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MBA Leadership
Bath Business School
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
One year full time; two years part time.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We're generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent.

Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.

Please contact our admissions team for more information:

Our MBA degree in Leadership develops your talent and potential as a creative, innovative and enterprising leader.

  • Develop your theoretical understanding and professional expertise in strategic management and leadership.
  • Engage with current debates on the issues and challenges facing managers and leaders today.
  • Learn to manage complexity, diversity, and change, and develop innovative approaches to the challenges facing teams, organisations, and sectors.

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The MBA Leadership course at Bath Spa offers executive leadership education and professional career development for individuals with existing management experience.

Created and delivered through close consultation and collaboration with employers, the course is designed to ensure that you'll graduate with the leadership skills that organisations need in an ever-changing business environment.

The MBA Leadership supports the development of strategic leaders who can work effectively in a range of roles, drawing on a broad mix of transferable professional skills and experience.

What you'll learn


The MBA Leadership is designed to further develop your understanding of theoretical and practical knowledge and expertise in business, management and leadership.

The course enables you to take an international perspective about business, management and leadership to deepen your understanding of the impact of globalisation on business, societies and the environment.

It supports your professional leadership development through scholarly enquiry, peer discussion and networking, evaluation, work-based learning and reflective practice.

And it challenges you to further develop leadership and management expertise that is relevant to your chosen career path and develop the lifelong learning skills crucial to your ongoing personal professional development

Course structure

The MBA Leadership is delivered either full-time over one year, or part-time over two years.

You need to take 120 credits of classroom-based taught modules first, before completing your 60 credit Leadership Project.

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document for more information on which modules are core, required or optional.

  • Leading, Managing and Developing People
  • Strategic Management
  • Leading Change and Innovation
  • Governance and Risk Management
  • Strategic Marketing Management
  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Project Management
  • Professional Development Portfolio
  • Leadership Project.
How will I be assessed?

You'll be assessed by a variety of methods that may include some or all of the following across the various modules on the course:

  • Reports
  • Case studies
  • Business plans
  • Proposals for work-based projects / consultancy project
  • Reflective learning, professional career development and work-based experience portfolio
  • Project evaluations
  • Presentations.
How will I be taught?

We combine academic study with work-based learning and your own professional experience. You'll learn through a variety of activities including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, online activity and discussion, case studies, and project work.

Staff on this course offer you access to a wide range of academic and practical expertise in leadership and senior management. You'll benefit from one-to-one tutorials, workshops, peer-support and shared learning. We work with you to ensure that what you learn on the course develops into effective practice in the real world, and enhances your professional career development.

To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement.


Work-based learning, industry learning and professional networks

The MBA Leadership is designed for people who have experience in a management capacity. You're encouraged to use examples and case studies to relate the wider contexts of academic scholarship and debates about current best practice in business management and leadership to real world examples relevant to businesses and organisations today - and relevant to your own experience so far, and career aspirations.


On this course, you'll develop your leadership and management expertise in the context most relevant to your chosen career path, and develop lifelong learning skills, including an enthusiasm for business and learning as part of personal professional development.

The embedded real word content and context-based assessment on this course ensure that you leave with relevant experience, executive level skills, and will have further developed your own professional networks.

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UK students part time

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are no longer eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate.

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Course fees

Total (including Year 1 and Year 2) £9,930
UK students full time

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are no longer eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate.

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Course fees

Total £9,930
International students full time

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Course fees

Total  £16,860


Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You'll usually have a strong undergraduate degree in any academic subject. You'll also normally be expected to have at least two years work experience after graduation, where you can demonstrate that you have management experience and need to further develop your leadership skills and business and management expertise.

You may be considered without an undergraduate degree if you can demonstrate considerable relevant experience. In this case, you'll be asked to attend an interview, or to submit a portfolio supporting your application.

If English is not your first language, you'll need to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language. We're looking for a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (Writing, Listening, Reading and Speaking).

How do I apply?

Ready to apply for the MBA? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

With your application, you'll need to upload your undergraduate degree certificate, an up-to-date CV, and two references – one from your current employer, and an additional professional reference (this can be from someone else in your current organisation, or can be an external reference from a different organisation).

All candidates will be interviewed by an academic member of the course team.

Want to apply for this year? 

Many of our postgraduate courses have a limited number of student spaces. To avoid the disappointment of the course being full, we recommend that you apply now.

Late applications (generally those made after 31 July) will only be considered if places remain on the course.

Need more information or still have questions? Contact us to discuss your situation.

MBA Leadership Course Leader: Nilashis Ghosh

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