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Imperial’s Executive MBA was the UK’s first blended MBA programme, created with leaders of the future in mind and developed specifically to facilitate advanced learning without impacting career progression.

Choosing to study an MBA of any kind is a momentous and potentially life-changing decision that requires a significant amount of research, planning, and consideration to help you choose the programme that best suits your goals and circumstances.

What is an Executive MBA degree?

An Executive MBA is a unique learning format that allows high calibre professionals from all kinds of industries and professions to pursue their ambition to become global leaders in business – without pausing their careers.

Imperial’s Executive MBA is a 22-month programme that develops leaders for a technology-driven world through a combination of on-campus and online learning. With three in-person sessions every four weeks (Fridays and Saturdays), you’ll experience a seamless learning environment that fits around your full-time work with the support and resources necessary to help you succeed.

What will I learn?

The core modules of the Executive MBA programme cover the general functions of management and allow you to explore essential business topics and skills necessary to become an effective leader in your field.

Examples of core modules include:

  • Accounting and Corporate Reporting Analysis
  • Managerial Economics
  • Marketing Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Innovation and Intrapreneurship
  • Responsible Leadership and Corporate Success

You’ll also undertake the Executive Leadership Journey – a transformational combination of coaching and experiential learning scenarios specifically designed to help shape you as a leader and help you understand your personal leadership style.

The direction of your Executive MBA will also be shaped by your choice of electives – a suite of over 50 specialised modules spread across five subject areas: Analytics and Operations, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, Leadership and Organisation, Marketing, and Strategy.

What will I experience?

In addition to a wealth of on-campus and online learning opportunities, the Executive MBA also gives you the chance to explore business in international markets through international residencies, which will expose you to two of the most important economies in the world, outside of our base in London. In addition, we offer optional Glocal’ electives that see students visiting top business schools in Europe, Singapore, North America and beyond.

These modules are specifically tailored to expose you to some of the most important economies in the world outside of London, and learn how the theories and cases studied in class can be applied in various international contexts.

Entrepreneurial Journey

Another key part of the Executive MBA experience is the Entrepreneurial Journey. Working in teams with your MBA classmates, the Entrepreneurial Journey is a six-month optional elective project in which you’ll develop a value proposition, carry out customer discovery research, validate the product or service, and create a fully-fledged business proposal. You’ll also have the option of collaborating with students from across the entire Imperial ecosystem, as well as design students from the Royal College of Art or Imperial academic entrepreneurs via the Imperial Enterprise division.

Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or intrapreneur or want to find out whether the entrepreneurial life is for you, the Entrepreneurial Journey is a safe space to explore an actual business opportunity in a practical environment.

What does an Executive MBA cost?

Imperial’s Executive MBA has a fee of £69,000 in 2024 for all students regardless of location. This tuition fee is split equally between the two years of the programme and can be paid in one instalment per year.

There are several ways to fund your Executive MBA, from financing through private loans and personal resources, to employer sponsorship and Imperial’s wide range of scholarships. Finding the right funding method for you is an important and often time-consuming process, so planning early and reviewing all of your options before applying is key to ensuring success.

How do I apply to the Executive MBA?

There are three main steps to the application processs: apply online, the interview and the final decision. Application deadlines are aligned with deadlines for our scholarships. Our Executive MBA is highly competitive, especially if you want to be in with chance of receiving a scholarship, so we recommend applying as early as possible.

The Executive MBA is a career-shifting experience that can put you on the express path to the C-suite or at the forefront of the world’s business landscape.

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