MBA with Leadership




1 year full-time


UWS London



Start date

January, May, September


Studying towards an MBA with Leadership is a great way to advance your leadership career through gaining a solid academic grounding. This programme is taught by industry experts and focuses on the skills needed to be an effective leader in a business context.

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About the course

This one-year, full-time course is intended for graduates who have gained prior business or managerial experience, but who want to further their career and step into leadership roles. The MBA component of the programme gives students a broad look at the nature of business. It covers business fundamentals and ethics to give students an understanding of how interlinked departments and business operations are.

The Leadership aspect has a narrow and in-depth focus on implementing leadership in a business context. Areas covered and skills developed in this course include leadership styles, communication, inspiring and empowering employees, and effective management. 

The MBA Pathways program has a number of core modules, which will enable students to lead from within through innovation and creative thinking, shaping them into a leader for the ever changing context of Business. The modules are interdisciplinary in nature enabling students to critically demonstrate and understand the integration of key business functions enhancing their ability to design and deliver effective organisation wide strategies across sectors.

Students are required to complete the following three core modules:

  • Fundamentals of Senior Management (40 Credits)
  • The Strategic Manager (20 Credits)
  • Professional Management and Research Skills (20 Credits)

Students undertaking the Leadership Pathway will complete the following modules:

  • Ethical Leadership Responsible Organisations (20 Credits)
  • Theories of Leadership (20 Credits)

At the dissertation stage there is an option of either the Strategic Business project or the Developing Professional Practice module which will enable students to work with an employer on a project related to Leadership

  • Strategic Business Project (60 credits)


  • Developing Professional Practice (60 credits)

The Business project is theory based and can include the gathering of primary data. It challenges students to integrate their past learning from the previous stages of the MBA in a rigorous research project, which will be of value in better understanding a key business issue. In so doing, students will develop their knowledge and confidence in designing, developing , compiling and delivering strategic business projects.

The Developing Professional Practice module is designed to put theory into practice within a real world setting across and within Sectors: local, national and global. The module will enable students to develop skills and knowledge, both specialist and transferrable, enhancing their employability. It will enable students to build networks by connecting and working with professionals in industry.

A recognised innovative feature of our MBA programme is the fact it is supported by its own virtual learning environment – Moodle which provides access to MBA core materials and allows students to study and interact online with their peers.

You will be taught through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Practical workshops

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 16%
  • Independent study: 84%


  • Coursework assessment 100%

Assessment methods will include:

  • Oral presentation
  • Written reports
  • Coursework
  • Essays
  • Case studies
  • Posters
  • Portfolios

Why study MBA with Leadership?

This is a specialist course that is highly practical. The practical focus allows students to develop in-demand skills that are attractive to employers. Therefore, studying the MBA in Leadership is a great way to significantly advance your career prospects and employability.

A common career path of students of this course is to join multi-national companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, and BAE Systems. The MBA qualification gives graduates a competitive advantage over others within the job market, allowing graduates to progress quickly and earn higher salaries. 

Another attractive quality of this programme is the networking opportunities it brings. Studying for an MBA with Leadership in the UK’s financial hub (London) is a great opportunity to form professional connections.

This course is taught by industry experts and business leaders. It takes a global perspective and ensures the most current theory and industry knowledge is passed on to students. 

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for this programme are a 2:2 honours degree in a business subject along with substantial work experience in a managerial or leadership role. However, applications are assessed on an individual basis, so it is always best to consult the admissions contact to discuss your application. 

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must be able to demonstrate sufficient English Language capabilities. 

Below are some of the accepted English Language qualifications:

  • IELTS (gained in the last 2 years). Score: 6.0 overall and no lower than 5.5 for sub-tests.
  • Cambridge certificate of advanced English (CAE) and certificate of proficiency in English (CPE). Score: 176.
  • Trinity College Integrated Skills in English. Score: ISEII. 
  • Pearson Academic English. Score: 61.
  • TOEFL IBT. Score: 78.


You may also be permitted to take a supplementary English language programme prior to the start of the programme. All applications are considered on an individual basis, so it is always worth discussing your options with an admissions officer. 

Tuition Costs for 2024/25

The cost of this one-year, full-time course is £15,500 for both UK and international students. Funding options are available. 

UK Students

£ 15,500
  • Duration: 1 Year Full Time

International Students

£ 15,500
  • Duration: 1 Year Full Time

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