MSc students at the Business school
Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: September 2017
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

This course provides a unique combination of analytical thinking and the strategic, applied focus needed for today’s rapidly changing environment.

About the course


Developed for business graduates with prior experience of economics and strategy, this one-year programme provides a unique combination of analytical thinking and the strategic, applied focus needed for today’s rapidly changing environment.

The course is interdisciplinary, combining advanced modules in both economics and strategy. It is ideally placed for graduates looking to start a career in business, whether in management consultancy, policy analysis, financial services or the corporate sector.

This MSc is taught by academics from the Business School and by leading scholars in those areas of strategy at the intersection of organisation theory and technological innovation.


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

The programme consists of three distinct phases:

  • the Economics and Strategy for Business (ESB) Core
  • the ESB Advantage
  • ESB Applications

Students also undertake a business simulation where they will integrate and apply the knowledge they have gained to a real-life scenario, as well as a consulting project undertaken for a client, which enables students to solve a business problem.

Course content

Online Primers
  • Data tools and Evidence
  • Strategy Primer
  • Maths Primer
September Foundation
  • Analytics for Applied Economics and Business
  • ESB Careers and Professional Development
The ESB Core
  • Business Economics
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Economics and Strategy for Innovation
  • Management Accounting
  • Strategic Marketing
The ESB Advantage
  • Corporate Finance
  • Information, Incentives and Contracts
  • Macroeconomics for Business
  • Risk Management and Corporate Governance
  • Strategy Implementation
ESB Applications
  • Business simulation
  • Consulting project
  • Digital Economics and Digital Strategy
  • Energy Economics and Strategy
  • ESB Report
  • Global Strategy

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

For the academic requirements for this course please see the Imperial College Business School website.

International qualifications

We accept a wide variety of international qualifications. Please see the Business School's International Entry Requirements for guidance.

English language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification.

For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:


Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:


Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your , which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS Certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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