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The Full-Time MBA programme at Imperial College Business School has ranked in the top 10 in Europe in the 2021 QS World University rankings. The programme has ranked highly for thought leadership and employability indicators. This achievement cements the Full-Time MBA at Imperial as a leading programme for individuals who want to create an impact in business and society.

Dr Markus Perkmann, Academic Director of the Full-Time MBA said:

Students on our MBA are prepared with the capabilities and knowledge that allow them to seamlessly move in and out of functions whether within consulting, fintech, or an entrepreneurial venture, as we provide students with the practice, insights, and exposure they need to future-proof themselves in a rapidly evolving jobs market.

The Full-Time MBA equips students with the knowledge and skills to become the leaders of tomorrow. The programme and Business School's close link to Imperial College London, a leading STEM institute, gives students the opportunity to gain cutting-edge insights into digital innovation and entrepreneurship. COVID-19 has accelerated the speed at which digital technologies are transforming business, and Imperial graduates are recognised for the very skills these changes demand. Dr Perkmann says:

We evolve our programme on a continuous basis. Our particular goal is to enable our students to gain from the fact that we are part of Imperial College London, a global top-10 university with world-leading strengths in technology, science, health and business. Students interested in tech, analytics, digital transformation and an entrepreneurial mindset will find that our programme offers them an unprecedented opportunity to take advantage of the broader horizons offered at a STEM institution.

Top ranking indicators: thought leadership and employability

Employability, alumni outcomes, value for money, thought leadership and diversity are considered for the ranking generated by QS. At 90.1% we are pleased to be one of the highest scorers for the thought leadership indicator.

Dr Perkmann said: “Thought leadership is integrated into all of our programmes, including the Full-Time MBA. Internal and external experts share their industry insight with students in both our modules, electives and dedicated speaker series.”

Thought Leadership is present both in and outside the classroom, with internal and external experts regularly sharing their industry insight with students in modules and electives and as part of panels hosted by Careers Clubs and the School's Careers service.

 The programme also scores highly for employability at 90.3%. This ranking draws on data from the Full-Time MBA class of 2018-19. Our employment data on this class shows that 65% of students gained employment in the UK, with 29% employed in the Consulting sector, closely followed by 25% in IT/Telecoms/Technology and 23% in Finance, demonstrating the diverse variety of career possibilities available to Full-Time MBA graduates.

The highly ranked employability indicator would not be possible without our outstanding Careers team. Students of the Business School receive highly personalised, one-to-one sessions with Careers Consultants who offer support, advice and training to help students achieve their career goals. The team also organise numerous industry panel events where students gain insight from global leaders.

Lizzie Petykowski, a Full-Time MBA student in the class of 2019-20, benefited from personalised one-to-one sessions with the Careers service at the Business School. She said:

“Imperial College Business School Careers has been an amazing resource. The personal one-to-one coaching is invaluable, along with customised support by sector. I’ve had mock interviews and case study practice with multiple members of the team along with support from Careers on inviting speakers to clubs events.”
Full-Time MBA student in the class of 2019-20
Elizabeth Petykowski

This support is continued within the programme content as part of the Personal Leadership Journey. This module helps students identify personal strengths and areas of development to improve leadership capabilities. This module focuses on three main and interconnected elements, self-awareness, professional development and finally a Careers strategy, helping students map out career, personal and leadership objectives for the duration of their MBA and beyond.

Find out more about the Imperial Full-Time MBA