Executive MBA

Executive MBA

Start date:
23 months
Next application deadline:
Blended: London, UK and online

A first-class MBA preparing experienced professionals for executive leadership roles in a technology-driven world 

The London-based Executive MBA (EMBA) is a part-time programme specially designed for experienced business professionals looking to accelerate their career either within an existing trajectory or by transitioning to a new business context or role. The programme is delivered through a combination of online and in-person teaching, harnessing the benefits of blended learning while minimising the number of days you need to spend away from the office. 

Through a carefully-curated Executive Leadership Journey, our Executive MBA ensures you develop strong leadership skills alongside core modules to help you master fundamental business topics, preparing you for senior general management positions. In your second year, you will build upon this knowledge, gaining specialist skills and expertise through our wide range of elective modules. You will also complete one-week international residencies in both the USA and China to better understand the global business environment. With a focus on leadership, technology and building your global network our Executive MBA is your first-class ticket for success. 

For 2025 entry, the programme start date is subject to College approval.

in the UK (Financial Times Business School Rankings: EMBA 2023)
in Europe (QS Executive MBA Rankings 2022)
elective options
global opportunities
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Study for your MBA at a world-leading university

in Europe (Imperial College London, Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024)
in the world (Imperial College London, QS World University Rankings 2024)
city for students (London, QS Best Student City Rankings 2023)

Programme content

In the first year of your Executive MBA, you will be required to come to campus every three to four weeks on a Friday and Saturday. Each Friday and Saturday block is structured to include four four-hour class sessions, ensuring an intensive and focused learning experience. These typically comprise three sessions on core business topics while the other four hours are spent on a combination of the Technology and Grand Challenges module, Business Leader speaker sessions, and your Executive Leadership Journey. The Executive Leadership Journey runs throughout the programme, and is supported by your personal career coach.

Your second year provides the opportunity to follow your particular interests and develop specialised knowledge and expertise via elective modules and a substantial individual project.

View 2025 timetable and on-campus dates.

Programme structure is subject to change and will be confirmed prior to the programme start date.

Through a combination of online pre-study modules and induction week, you will be ready to hit the ground running when your programme begins. This comprehensive preparation not only prepares you for the academic rigour ahead but also ensures you're thoroughly equipped to maximise the benefits of your programme.

Online pre-study modules

Online | December/January

Before the start of your programme, you will be expected to complete online pre-study modules, delivered via The Hub, our bespoke virtual learning environment. These include primers in key areas including data analysis, finance, accounting, maths, corporate sustainability, social innovation and ethics. 

Induction week

On-campus | 23-25 January 2025

Your Executive MBA induction will be spent at our South Kensington Campus in London, where you will meet with the rest of your cohort, faculty and programme staff. 

This two-day induction will lay the foundations of your Executive MBA experience. As well as a programme introduction, you will partake in several lectures and activities to give you a taste for the programme, as well as attending a special welcome dinner. 

What our students say

“The Business School's strong network of alumni, industry connections, and corporate partnerships has provided invaluable opportunities for networking, mentorship, and accessing new career prospects.”
Stuart Beards
Executive MBA 2024
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Career impact

As an Executive MBA student, you get complete access to Careers, including a personal career coach, throughout your studies and beyond. Whether you are pursuing an MBA to accelerate progression in your current industry or you wish to make a transition, Careers will provide extensive support and resources to support you on your MBA journey.

“My Executive MBA journey is giving me the knowledge and the skills needed to become a better leader. This programme shows that it takes time, effort, and willingness to continue learning to identify my leadership style and improve my communication skills.”
Ulaş Malli
Executive MBA 2022
Global AI & CVM Senior Manager, Vodafone
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To be eligible to apply for the programme, you would normally require: 

  • Ten years’ relevant postgraduate work experience; in exceptional circumstances, we will consider candidates with over eight years’ experience who can demonstrate strong significant management experience 
  • You will need at least a UK Second Class Honours or international equivalent or an acceptable professional qualification
  • English language test results (if applicable). 

More information about entry requirements can be found here

We accept a wide range of international qualifications for postgraduate study at Imperial.

We've provided general guidance in the country and region index on how qualifications awarded by public institutions overseas may satisfy our minimum academic admission requirements.

We review our requirements annually. Updates usually happen in September each year before the next academic year of entry.

If your country or region is not listed, please contact the relevant Admissions team for further information.

View accepted qualifications

Applications to the Executive MBA are made online – we do not accept paper applications.

Please refer to the how to apply section of our Admissions page to see which documents you are required to submit with your application.

Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis. Decisions will typically be released within 4 weeks of a complete application having been submitted.

Please email the Executive MBA Admissions team if you would like feedback on your application. Please note that whilst limited feedback can be provided, the decision of the academic selectors is final and it will not be possible for your application to be reconsidered.

Executive MBA class of 2025

Meet the Executive MBA class of 2024

In February, we welcomed the newest additions to our Executive MBA programme at Imperial College Business School. These ambitious individuals have commenced their transformative 22-month journey, dedicated to honing their leadership skills and broadening their global business acumen.

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