Masters of Business Administration MBA

The MBA programme will develop your understanding of the management of innovation and creativity, as well as introducing you to fellow students from around the world who share a passion for business.

York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 19 Full-time Home & EU students: £11,000, International (non EU) students: £15,000 per annum
Full-time & Part-time options available

Course overview

The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) offers participants with aspirations of a career in business management the opportunity to gain a practitioner-focused MBA, laying the foundations for a critically aware and holistic understanding and experience of business management.

While studying the MBA at York Business School you will be exposed to contemporary thinking in business management and business research. This will be through a series of experiences supported by academic staff who are research active in the field of business management, complemented by a guest speaker programme of business experts and researchers. You will have the opportunity to engage in a live business project.

The York St John University MBA aims to recruit a diverse range of students who share a passion for Business Management. As a student on this programme you will be studying alongside others who wish to move into or further develop their careers in Business Management, from both EU/UK and other countries around the world.

The MBA programme is built around your need to undertake a programme of development suited to becoming a leader and manager of the future and this involves you in developing a critical appreciation of the issues and complexity around the present and future business environment and the need for strategies of sustainability within the business and society. You will explore the key areas of operation in respect of its people, finance and the operations and information system as well as the opportunity to study the strategic aspects of management. The programme is underpinned by a 30 credit module in which you explore the contemporary issues for business and the value of business research to the understanding of these issues. All these aspects are delivered through engagement and application of the theories to real life practice and case studies as well as developing your own independent piece of business research.

A distinctive element of the MBA programme is the opportunity to gain professional accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) alongside the academic award. The CMI accreditation is optional and is subject to an additional fee to the awarding body, CMI.

Course structure

The MBA programme consists of core and option modules, plus a research project taught across three phases of learning. The option modules aim to develop your understanding of the management of innovation and creativity in a commercial context.

Most students will register for and complete the MBA programme. Others can choose to undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration (60 credits) or a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (120 credits). The programme can be taken either full-time (one year) or part-time (two - five years).

There will be two intakes each year in September and January.

Full-time route

Modules include:

  • Business and Sustainability
  • International Business Strategy
  • Leading and Managing the Business Project*
  • Managing Business Finance*
  • Managing Operations and Information Systems
  • People Management
  • Planning and Organising the Business Project*
  • Research Investigation*
  • Researching Contemporary Business Issues

*Modules to be passed for CMI Award (as well as the MBA)

Part-time route

Year 1 modules include:

  • Business and Sustainability
  • Planning and Organising the Business Project*
  • Leading and Managing the Business Project*
  • Researching Contemporary Business Issues

Year 2 modules include:

  • Managing Business Finance*
  • International Business Strategy
  • People Management
  • Managing Operations and Information Systems
  • Research Investigation*

*Modules to be passed for CMI Award (as well as the MBA)

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements

UK/EU Students

UK/EU students will be able to enter the programme directly in accordance with University entry requirements for MBA programmes (a first degree achieved at Class 2:2 or above from an approved university or institution) or possess an equivalent qualification.

International Students

In addition to the previous qualifications, non-UK/EU students whose first language is not English, will be required to achieve IELTS 6.0 or above, with no less than Band 6 in Writing Skills, or an equivalent qualification accepted by the University.


For part-time applicants who are in employment, careful counselling will be given so that they understand that this is a pre-experience programme.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The tuition fee for 2018 entry to this postgraduate course is £11,000 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Part-time students will be charged per module of their study pro-rata based on the full time price of £11,000.

Postgraduate Loan: A new Postgraduate Loan is now available to help you pay for your Master’s course for students commencing in the 2018/19 academic year. Find out more about the postgraduate loan.

Overseas 2016 / 17

The tuition fee for 2018 entry to this postgraduate course is £15,000 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, International Students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. For more information about Visa requirements and Short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration webpages.

International Fees & Funding

How to Apply

You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. full-time or part-time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

Applications for January 2018 must be submitted and completed by 29 January 2018.

Applications for September 2018 must be submitted and completed by 5 October 2018.

Apply Now: Full-time January 2018 Start

Apply Now: Full-time September 2018 Start

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