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

Applying for the Executive MBA

Are you ready to elevate your career by joining the prestigious Executive MBA at Imperial? Taking a holistic approach to admissions, this programme attracts a diverse range of individuals with varied backgrounds to foster an enriching, international learning experience. Looking beyond your professional qualifications, we also consider who you are, what motivates you and how you collaborate with others.   

Applications for January 2025 entry are open.

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Executive MBA Class of 2022-23

What we look for in an Executive MBA candidate 

Our ideal candidates are ambitious and proactive leaders with a particular interest in the power of technology and innovation. We look for individuals with previous business experience who can leverage their networks and resources, demonstrating strong leadership potential and a track-record of driving innovation and collaboration.

Further detailed entry requirements are below.

Entry requirements

Typically, we are looking for candidates with ten years’ relevant postgraduate work experience, however, candidates with over eight years’ relevant experience can be exceptionally considered. Work experience should include significant management experience (typically five years), which may include line, project or matrix management. 

You will need at least a UK Second Class Honours or the international equivalent, or an acceptable professional qualification:  

  • Full membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in the UK or Ireland (ICAEW, ICAS or Chartered Accountants Ireland)  

  • Full membership of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting (CIPFA)  

  • Associateship or Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)  

  • Full membership of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)  

All home, EU, and overseas applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency. Students who were not awarded their degree in a qualifying English-speaking country must demonstrate their proficiency by completing an approved English language qualification at the required level. Minimum test requirements for the most popular tests are: 

  • IELTS (academic): A minimum score of 7.0 with minimum scores of 6.5 in all elements 

  • TOEFL iBT: A minimum score of 100 overall with minimum scores of 22 in all elements 

  • Duolingo English Test: 125 Overall with no less than 115 in any band score 

More detailed information can be found on our English language requirements page.

A student visa is not required for this programme. A short-term study visa is required for the on-campus periods of the programme if you are an international student from a country outside the EU or EEA. If you are made an offer for a place on the Executive MBA, our team will provide all the relevant visa information and guide you through the process. 

How to apply

Start your application online

  • Visit the application portal
  • Create an account and input your personal details
  • Pay the £150 application processing fee

Submit your supporting documents

Complete your application

Once you have submitted your supporting documents you can complete your application. Please note: referees may respond after submission.


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview. This is the best opportunity for you to demonstrate your passion and drive, and why you want to study an MBA at Imperial.

Your interview will be held online and last approximately one hour. The date and time of your interview will be communicated to you via email. 

Admissions decision

You will be notified of the outcome of your application within a week of the interview taking place.

Submit outstanding documents and pay your deposit

If you receive a conditional offer, you will need to log into the portal and submit any outstanding documents. The application portal is where you respond to your offer and view full details of your conditions. You will then be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of 10% of the tuition fee to secure your place.

Key dates and deadlines

Applications for our Executive MBA 2025 intake are open. 

We operate a staged admissions process with several deadlines throughout the year. This programme is highly competitive, so early application is strongly advised. You will receive a decision on your application within four weeks of submitting a complete application.

To be eligible to apply for a scholarship, you will need to submit your complete application by Monday 12 August. All candidates who apply before the scholarship deadline will be considered for an award. Please refer to our scholarship page for further details on our scholarship offering.

Candidates should submit their application by 23.59 UK time on the day of the application deadline.

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Deadlines for 2025 entry



22 April 2024

First deadline

17 June 2024

Second deadline

12 August 2024

Scholarship deadline

21 October 2024

Final deadline


Invest in yourself

Choosing to pursue an MBA is one of the most important decisions you will make and is a substantial investment in yourself.

Many of our students fund their studies through multiple funding sources. We offer a wide range of awards, including a number of full scholarships to the most talented applicants.

Head over to our Fees and funding page to find out more about tuition fees, scholarships and the different financing options available to you.


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Attending an event is a great way to find out more about our programmes and what it’s like to study at Imperial College Business School.

Frequently asked questions

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.

We operate a staged admissions process with several deadlines throughout the year. This programme is highly competitive, so early application is strongly advised. You will receive a decision on your application within four weeks of submitting a complete application.

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.