Masters of Business Administration (MBA)

Preparing you for leadership.

If you aspire to a career in business management, this is your chance to stand out from the crowd with a highly respected qualification and give yourself a solid foundation of knowledge and experience to build on.

Course fees 2020-2021 academic year
Home & EU students: £9,000 per annum
International (non EU) students : £10,300 per annum


Duration One year, full-time

Start date September 2020

Entry Requirements.

Students require a first degree achieved at Class 2:2 or above from an approved University or Institution or possess an equivalent qualification.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to achieve IELTS 6 or above with no less than Band 6 in any area, or equivalent.

Course Content.

This is a real-world MBA. It is not just about the theory of business and concepts about organisations. It is an MBA that is rooted in business reality.

The programme is taught by a range of professors and tutors that have an excellent reputation in business teaching, research and consultancy. The staff members have worked / consulted with a diverse range of important businesses including Nike, Marks and Spencer, John Lewis.

The teaching and learning approaches include the use of group work, field visits, hosted projects, company-commissioned research and consulting opportunities – made possible by the fact that so many small and large business are located close to the London campus.

The MBA includes the involvement of business leaders – some of which are honorary graduates of the University.

Class sizes are limited to 25-30 students. This means that student has an opportunity to obtain significant, personal support and encouragement.

The MBA programme has a personal tutor – who is there to support the student through-out their time studying for the MBA.

The University has its own language support department which will offer in sessional English language support.

Through-out the year, the programme also includes on-going employability skills development such as in the form of CV writing, interview techniques and personal career planning.

Our MBA in detail.

The London MBA degree programme has been carefully developed by senior staff from York Business School.  It’s purpose is to provide students with a deep understanding of the key strategic trends and management issues within the global business environment.  In addition to the strong academic content of the programme, the MBA programme is further distinguished by:

  • Dedicated personal tutors
  • In-sessional English support
  • Master classes delivered by industry experts and practitioners
  • Practical and applied learning through field trips, hosted projects and group activities
  • Ongoing employability skills support in areas such as interviewing, recruitment and selection and CV building

Post Graduate Programme Director: Dr Brendan Pattison

Course Leader:  Wayne Fiddler

Personal Tutor:  Professor Julie McColl


All modules are compulsory:

Introduction to Research in Contemporary Business Issues | 15 Credits

Professor Julie McColl

Carol Cloughton

It is essential for an MBA student to have a full and wide understanding of how current issues in politics economics, society and technology environment can both disrupt and create opportunity in the business environment and help leaders and managers to identify analyse and respond trends changes and developments in the market place.  This module addresses issues such as major trends, global influences, emergent opportunities, market disruptors, innovation management, sustainability and social responsibility.  It then considers the practical applications and significance of these trends upon businesses and other organisations.

People Management | 15 Credits

Catherine Botting

Developing and managing talent in contemporary organisations helps employees to feel motivated and engaged with organisational goals and activities and ultimately impacts upon customer engagement and business success.  This module exposes students to cultural and historical debates related to dominant managerial ideologies and concepts as a means of understanding the principles and practices of contemporary people management.   The module addresses the psychology of work and organisations, the changing nature of work, distributive teams and managing at a distance, knowledge management and professional development and digital frameworks.

Business and Sustainability | 15 Credits

Mathew Holmes

Global organisations are increasingly adopting sustainable and socially responsible business policies.  The UN Global Compact is a principle-based framework for businesses, stating ten principles in the areas of human rightslabour, the environment and anti-corruption. This module explores the incorporation of these principles into core business operations and the creative opportunities that may arise from the implementation of these principles.  The module also explores the theoretical and practical issues of business and sustainability, the impact of business activities on the natural, social and economic environments and how it relates to the triple bottom line, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance.  The module will consider in particular, through the use of case studies, how entrepreneurs are developing innovative businesses with a strong sustainability focus.

Strategic Marketing Planning | 15 Credits

Professor Christopher Moore

Professor Julie McColl

Strategic marketing planning is essential to companies wishing to develop products and services that meet the needs of the target market. It is required when seeking funding for business start-up and expansion and helps businesses to set clear, realistic and measurable objectives.  This module has a strong digital focus and recognises the transition from traditional to digital marketing methods.  It provides relevant theory and concepts of planning and control, finance and marketing planning and considers how all aspects of marketing integrate with the strategic planning process.  A particular focus will be given to the strategic value of the brand with full consideration given to the methods by which a brand is created, developed and protected.

International Business Strategy | 15 Credits

Professor Julie McColl

Professor Christopher Moore

A successful business strategy will help guide a company into new areas of trade and will assist in the consolidation of already successful ventures.  Strategic planning sets direction and establishes priorities for the organisation. This module investigates the challenges of thinking at a strategic level in an international arena, in response to the global environment.  It considers the development of a global proposition for products and services for market appraisal and selection, entry strategies, channel partnerships, critical success factors, failure and withdrawal approaches, the importance of cultural differences and product and service strategies. The module will also investigate issues surrounding product and service standardisation and customisation within a pan-market context.

Applied Research in Contemporary Business | 15 Credits

Carol Cloughton

Market research is a critical element of business strategy as this informs the marketing plan for proposed, anticipated or projected markets. Successful business development and business growth comes from a full understanding of the consumer and the competitors within a given sector. Through analysis of these key areas the insights gleaned can inform market appropriate product and product category development, services and market communications in line with future consumer needs.  This module explores marketing research methods including data analytics, digital survey techniques, social media, big data, qualitative versus quantitative approaches, data analysis and sampling.

Planning and Organising the Business Project | 15 Credits

Dr Bob Gammie

Effective project management is a strategic management priority.  This module offers the opportunity to explore the strategic role of project management within an organisation through engagement with a live company project.  It considers the role and value of project management and its impact upon the achievement of strategic objectives.  The stages of project management will be examined in detail with a particular emphasis upon risk assessment, project brief development, and the effective scoping of a project.

Managing Business Finance | 15 Credits

Wayne Fiddler

The cornerstone of any MBA programme is a managing business finance module.  This module provides a comprehensive and detailed account of the requirements of financial and management accounting.  Mixing both theory and practice, this course will help you understand the fundamental concepts that underly financial accounting statements.  On a practical level it will help you to assess organisational performance using appropriate accounting ratios.  Furthermore, the course will provide you with a clear understanding of the role of accounting information in the planning, control  and decision making of a range of organisations.

Leading and Managing the Business Project | 15 Credits

Keith Brighty

This module focuses on the direct application of theory in the areas of leadership, organisational culture, operations management and organisational change.  By using the vehicle of a live project, the module provides an opportunity to critically evaluate strategic decision making and its relationship to the strategy implementation process.  On a personal level, the module provides an opportunity to evaluate personal skills in leadership and management.  It will conclude with the provision of a personal skills improvement plan.

Research Investigation | 45 Credits

Professor Christopher Moore

Professor Julie McColl

Carol Cloughton

The Research investigation module is the final phase of the MBA award.  This module provides students with an opportunity to investigate a topic of personal interest which will enhance future career prospects.  Through the application of an appropriate research methodology, students will be able to secure deep insights into contemporary management issues and practice.  The module will afford an opportunity to develop business networks and industry contacts.  The research project will serve as an invaluable tool for securing deep insights into areas of specialism that will be beneficial in the development of a future career plan.

Fees and Funding.

Postgraduate tuition fees 2020-21

The York St John University tuition fees for 2020/21 entry to the MBA programmes are:

£9,000 per annum for UK/EU, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students.
£10,300 per annum for International (non EU) students.

York Business School.

Whether you are a prospective student or a business leader or manager looking for continuing professional development and collaborative working, we look forward to helping you fulfil your potential in whatever business function or sector you may be working in, or aspire to through working together to create business activity at all levels and for everyone.

For YBS London, we have developed an in-depth range of specialist postgraduate programmes with our team of academic experts and industry professionals. The range of programmes that we have developed, focus on leadership, innovation, business creation, positive change and gaining a cuttingedge understanding of the marketplace, in the rapidly changing business world.

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