Executive MBA

Executive MBA

Start date:
22 months
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 or 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. 

in the UK (Financial Times Business School Rankings: EMBA 2022 - excluding multi-location EMBA programmes)
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, QS World University Rankings 2023)
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 2024 on-campus dates.

Please note, programme content is subject to change.

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 | 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 | Early February, compulsory

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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The Executive MBA is a 23-month programme. In your first year of study, you will attend lectures at our campus in South Kensington, London for two days every month, a residency in China and a three-day study trip to a European city. In the second year, you will complete electives, a residency in the United States and a final project. Please refer to the Programme page for more information on class timetables.

For each module, you will be expected to complete approximately 12-20 hours of class time plus three additional hours for every one hour in the classroom.

Our programmes are intensive periods of study. Contact hours form only part of the activity that you will be asked to undertake. You will be required to devote time to preparing for lectures, undertaking background reading, working in groups, completing assessments (both individual and in groups), revising for exams etc.

A significant amount of time will also need to be allocated to career planning and development as well as becoming an active contributor to the Business School community. This is not an exhaustive list but provides you with a flavour of what you can expect from your time as a student at Imperial College Business School.

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