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A unique part-time programme, designed for senior executives looking to accelerate their careers in a technology-driven world.

Key information

Duration: 23 months part-time
Start date: February 2018
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
Executive MBA at Imperial College Business School
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Overview

Our Executive MBA is a 23-month part time programme is designed for senior executives wishing to accelerate their career. The programme flexibility allows students to undertake an MBA alongside their current role.

You’ll gain a thorough knowledge of essential business disciplines, have opportunities to specialise in your areas of expertise, as well as the chance to develop your global perspective on business.

The programme is delivered via a unique blend of online preparation and in-class teaching. The online material allows you to complete a significant portion of work flexibly at your own pace, wherever you might be. Preparation completed online is then used at on-campus sessions, helping you make the most out of your time in class.

Study programme

There are four on-campus classes per core module and you will be on campus approximately once a month in your first year. Your attendance on campus in the second year depends on the electives you choose.

Prior to the start of the programme, you take a number of pre-programme modules. These ensure that you have the quantitative and financial skills required for the rest of the course. You must successfully pass the pre-programme modules, but they are not formally assessed.

You complete a number of core modules across years one and two. These cover the general functions of management, explore essential business topics and equip you with the skills to be an effective and inspiring leader in your field.

You will work through around 16 hours of material for each module online, split into one-hour cells, using our highly interactive online learning tools before each of your in-class sessions. 

In your second year, you begin to specialise in areas of interest and choose four elective modules to study in the spring and summer terms. You can choose to do all four electives online or opt to study some or all electives with a blend of online and in-class learning.

During the autumn term of your second year you undertake an individual project and analyse a particular industry, management problem or aspect of the economy, usually working in close cooperation with a company (typically their employers). The final project is an opportunity to apply the management principles, modules, concepts and techniques learnt during the programme and to be recognised for adding value to your organisation.

International residences 

In your first year, you will travel to Greater China for a one week residency and later join a 3-day study tour to a top business school in Europe. During your second year you will spend a further week at a top business school in the United States*.

Find out more about the Imperial Executive MBA

* the specific cities that you will travel to for your residencies and trip are indicative of our current plans but will be confirmed at a later date.

Professional accreditation

We are among a handful of business schools worldwide to achieve triple accreditation:

We have also been recognised for our work in tackling gender inequality in higher education with a Bronze Athena SWAN award.

Structure

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

Structure

Core modules

You study all of the core modules below.

  • Accounting and Corporate Reporting Analysis
  • China Residency
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Corporate Finance
  • European Study Tour
  • Executive Leadership Journey
  • Managerial Economics
  • Marketing Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Responsible Leadership and Corporate Success
  • Strategy
  • USA Residency

Non-assessed modules

  • Accounting Primer
  • Finance Primer
  • Induction
  • Maths Primer
  • Plagiarism Awareness

Optional modules

You choose 4 optional modules from below.

  • Advanced Company Valuation
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Brand Management
  • Breakout Strategy
  • Clean Technology Investment
  • Climate Change, Business and Finance
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Design Management
  • Digital Business
  • Entrepreneurship Journey
  • Family Business
  • Globalisation
  • Hi-Tech Strategy
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Leading and Executing Strategic Change
  • Management Challenges in Healthcare
  • Managing and Valuing Intellectual Property
  • Managing Infrastructure Projects
  • Managing Negotiations
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Pricing Strategy
  • Private Equity
  • Social Media
  • Strategic Problem Solving
  • Strategy in Volatile and Uncertain Environments
  • Sustainability and Competitive Advantage: Rethinking Value Creation
  • The Future of Cities
  • Venture Capital and Growth Finance

Final project

The individual project is completed in year two of the programme and takes the form of a formal report of up to 15,000 words.

You will analyse a particular industry, management problem or aspect of the economy, usually working in close cooperation with a company (typically your employer), to develop a recommended strategy and implementation plan.

You'll make use of management principles, modules, concepts and techniques covered on the Executive MBA programme.

For more information about the course structure, including comprehensive descriptions of each component, please see Imperial College Business School's website.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Case studies
  • Equipment/technique demonstrations (e.g. Bloomberg, Datastream)
  • Formal presentations
  • Group work exercises,
  • Interactive content including video and module quizzes
  • Lectures
  • On-line discussion forums
  • On-line lecture materials
  • Practical classes and field work
  • Pre-programme VLE modules
  • Seminars
  • Work Placement Opportunity
  • Workshops

Assessment methods

  • Case Studies
  • Continuous assessments
  • Essays
  • Formal Presentations
  • Multiple Choice Tests         
  • Participation
  • Reports
  • Written Examinations/Tests 

Exchange opportunities

There are exchange opportunities available to MBA students. You are able to apply to take a number of module credits at one of the partner institutions listed below.

  • Esade Business and Law School
  • ESSEC Asia-Pacific
  • ESSEC Business School
  • Graduate School, Bocconi University
  • HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
  • School of Management, Fudan University
  • SDA School of Management, Bocconi University
  • University of Economics Prague
  • Warsaw School of Economics- SHG

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is normally at least a 2.2 UK Honour's degree.

An approved professional qualification can be accepted in place of a UK Honour's degree.

Additionally, ten years of relevant postgraduate work experience, of which at least five should be management experience, is required.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College. There is further detail available from the Business School website.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

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.

Additional criteria

Applicants are expected to have 10 years' relevant postgraduate work experience or 5 years' management experience.

Applicants who do not hold a first degree (but have suitable experience and/or professional qualification) may be eligible for an alternative entry route onto the MBA, via a Special Qualifying Examination.

You may also be required to sit a careers interview and an academic interview.

How to apply

How to apply

Making an application

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

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.

All of the Business School taught postgraduate programmes require payment of an application processing fee before an application can be submitted. Details of the cost can be found on the Business School website.

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.

Tuition fees and funding

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

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Read more about scholarships specific to this degree on the Business School website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry
To be confirmed

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020. 

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
To be confirmed

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020. 

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

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.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

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