Become a business leader for the future
With the one-year MBA at Imperial College London, a global top-10 university, you will join an ecosystem built on technology and innovation, at the forefront of the world's greatest challenges. You will gain vital business knowledge fused with the latest technology insights to transform your career, your industry, and even the world we live in. This unique position, alongside our location in London, Europe's start-up capital and a global business hub, will give you the edge to accelerate your career in an ever-changing market.
Wondering how this is put into practice? Our MBA is designed with you in mind, providing core learning alongside options to personalise your programme, and transformational global and leadership experiences.
Achieve your full potential and stand out in a crowded market.
A London MBA from a global top 10 university
Personalise the Imperial MBA according to your career ambitions. Our one-year MBA includes pre-study and core modules to ground your knowledge, as well as a choice of flexcore and elective modules to personalise your programme.
You can also choose a concentration to focus on a particular subject area and signal your interests to employers.
Please note, programme content is subject to change.
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 accounting, careers, corporate sustainability, data analysis, finance, maths, plagiarism awareness, and social innovation and ethics.
Please note that some modules are compulsory while others are strongly recommended.
Your Full-Time 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 takes place at the start of September when the programme begins and lasts for two weeks, it will include a climate change away day - an opportunity to bond with your new classmates.
Managers are faced with a wealth of data. This module is about turning that data into actionable insights, leading to well-informed decisions for complex business problems. We show how to build a model of the business situation that recognises its essential features and takes account of uncertainty.
Business Problem Solving
The Business Problem Solving module aims to equip you with a range of frameworks, tools and techniques, many of which have been developed by the management consulting industry. The focus of the module will be problems that include the collection and analysis of information/data.
Corporate Finance 1
Corporate finance matters, both to the success of organisations, and to economies. The business world is affected, and at times, influenced, by the financial decisions made by corporations. It is important that you understand the major types of financial decisions made by corporations, and how these decisions affect your work. You will develop a market-oriented framework for analysing a corporation’s investment decisions and understand how these decisions impact your business.
Financial and Management Accounting
This module will take you beyond the numbers and teach you how a company’s financial reporting can help you understand a company’s health and story.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
This module provides you with a unique opportunity to build your knowledge, skills, and experience in starting up an innovative business, looking for critical funding, and structuring a deal to make your business viable. You will learn how to identify approaches to overcoming innovation problems, how to understand customer need and value proposal, evaluate commercial potential, tactics for securing buy-in, and best practices for scaling your business.
Whatever industry you’re in, in order to ensure your business stays buoyant in a competitive market, you need to understand how individual markets operate, and how to use economic tools to analyse your position. By the end of this module, you will know how to apply basic principles of economics to real-world questions, such as how markets do or do not work and the choice of pricing by firms.
In this module, you will develop a general management viewpoint in planning and evaluating marketing decisions, from strategic and tactical perspectives. It will help you understand how marketing decisions contribute to business performance and how such decisions are affected by organisational and environmental influences.
This module will give you a practical yet theoretically-grounded collection of tools you can use to be an effective leader and manager of people. You will understand how to manage yourself and your own career, how to lead and motivate others, and how to work well and effectively in teams to deliver good results.
Through the Strategy module, you will examine issues such as defining the firm’s purpose, understanding its competitors, and how to gain an edge (and keep it) over time. You will examine business-level and corporate strategy topics and develop your ability to think beyond day-to-day business activities.
Data Analytics and Visualisation for Business
This module covers a number of tools on an advanced level for data manipulation and visualisation, including Excel, Google Sheets/Query, Power BI and Tableau, with an emphasis on how to ask insightful business questions and analyse data interactively.
While studying these tools, you will take a managerial perspective and develop a statistical thinking when analysing the data. Discussion will be complemented by real data sets from IT, supply chain, retail, finance, and other relevant industries.
Design Thinking: Solving Complex Problems Through a Disruptive Mindset
Design Thinking represents a powerful way to unleash the creative potential of managers and leaders in organisations and is rapidly becoming a new management paradigm for value creation. Through this module you will develop the ability to gain deep insights about users, to define and reframe problems, and to effectively generate solutions or alternative approaches. You will learn how to clearly articulate ideas and concepts visually as well as verbally, and a mindset that embraces uncertainty and seeks new opportunities by exploration and experimentation.
Corporate Finance II
Some say risk is an inevitable part of investing. Risky investments can bring big rewards, but these risks can, and should, be managed. To prevent loss, you need to understand the main financial securities and markets and how to develop efficient investment strategies. To complement your studies in the classroom, you will have access the Connect learning platform’s state-of-the-art technology, which includes a fully interactive book with online exercises and assignments.
This module analyses the macroeconomic backdrop against which businesses and government operate. You will analyse how the decisions of firms and consumers interact to generate the aggregate outcomes that macroeconomists focus on: total output (GDP), employment, inflation and the balance of payments. The module will examine the 2008 financial crisis and the ways in which it has affected economies and prompted responses of governments and central banks. And looking to a current and very local issue, you will also explore the economics of Brexit right in the city where the decisions are being made.
A firm can create competitive advantage through efficient and effective management of its operations. This module covers key concepts of operations management including the analysis of process flows and bottlenecks, capacity planning, inventory and supply chain management and quality management. You will understand how to apply these ideas to achieve operational excellence and total quality.
Analytics and Marketing
Advanced Financial and Sustainability Reporting
Big Data, AI and Machine Learning
Emerging Technologies in Marketing
Marketing Analytics: Leading with Big Data
Sales Management and Leadership (IB Glocal Elective)
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Digital Business Model Design
Digital Opportunities: Insights from the Startup Nation (IB Glocal elective)
Digital Technologies and Digital Transformation
Frugal Innovation: Expanding markets, meeting needs (IB Glocal elective)
Leading Social Innovation
Wicked Problems, Systems Dynamics, and Entrepreneurial Innovation
Advanced Financial and Management Accounting
Asset Management and Alternative Investments
Cases in Corporate Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions
Clean Technology Investment
Corporate Governance and Stewardship
Corporate Law and Tax Strategy
Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital
Financial Consulting Project
Sustainable Finance and Investments
The Fintech Revolution: New Markets, Models and Opportunities
Venture Capital Finance
Leadership and Organisation
Digital Transformation: Leading Real-World Change
Leading and Executing Strategic Change
Leading Social Innovation
Strategy and Leadership in a Digital World
The Future of Cities (IB Glocal elective)
Advanced Strategy in a Stakeholder Economy
Climate Change and Business Strategy
Design for Business Transformation
Economics of Information and Intellectual Property
Strategy and Leadership in a Digital World
Strategy in Volatile and Uncertain Environments
Sustainability and Competitive Advantage
Sustainable Transformation Made in Italy (IB Glocal elective)
Discover the latest thinking and techniques in the field of business analytics from coding to data analysis. As organisations possess and collect more and more data, it has become increasingly important for executives to be literate in state-of-the-art techniques for data collection, analysis and visualisation.
Digital Strategy and Transformation
This concentration is designed for those seeking roles in technology companies as well as any organisations engaged in digital transformation of their products, services, and processes. Elective options range from AI ventures and digital business model design and digital transformation.
This concentration is designed for those who want to innovate and launch products from within existing corporations, found their own ventures or join a high-growth firm. Your elective options include design thinking, entrepreneurial finance and completing a start-up project as part of the Entrepreneurial Journey module.
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) and stakeholder impact
This concentration offers a deep dive into the mindset, knowledge, and skills for leading and transforming organisations towards greater sustainability and stakeholder impact. You may take this concentration if you are aiming for one of the growing number of specialist roles that corporations, consultancies, NGOs and governments offer in this area.
Electives include sustainable strategy, ESG-related finance, sustainable and social innovation, sustainable consumption, and energy business.
If you are looking to work in financial services, corporate finance or fintech, take the finance concentration. Electives include asset management, private equity, entrepreneurial finance, sustainable/ESG finance and fintech, among others.
Global Experience Week
Taking place over the summer term, Global Experience Week is an unforgettable opportunity that MBA students look forward to each year. You’ll learn about the challenges faced by local organisations, and how a country’s business environment affects the way they operate.
You will choose from the following locations aligned with our key topics:
Brazil – How business can unlock potential to boost productivity
Kenya – How business can scale while addressing the SDGs
Nordics (exact destination TBC) – How businesses can be transformed to tackle climate action
The cost of this trip is included in your tuition fees. Locations are subject to change.
IB Glocal Electives
The IB Glocal Electives teach students how to explore contemporary global business problems with a local perspective. You will gain a deeper insight into international issues in a particular geography and will benefit from the in-market exposure and teaching the trips provide.
Led by Imperial College Business School faculty in collaboration with partners at global locations, these intensive four-day study abroad programmes give students who want to enrich their academic curriculum a stimulating experience. Previous locations have included Houston, Milan, Singapore and Tel Aviv.
The optional Global Exchanges programme allows you to increase your international exposure and build your network by taking advantage of specialised electives at one of our partner schools.
Personal Leadership Journey
The Personal Leadership Journey is a Careers-led module that runs throughout the programme. It is designed to give you the key skills you need as a global professional through workshops, reflective exercises and one-to-one meetings. It will also enable you to make new connections with leaders and experts from the industries that most interest you.
Working closely with your own personal careers consultant throughout the year, you’ll focus on four key areas including: Personal impact and networking, Executive communication, Managing your career, and Leading in a complex and connected world.
LEADS (Leadership, Ethics, Awareness, Diversity, Society)
The world needs responsible leaders who care about the long-term health of their organisations but also society and the environment. Using a holistic approach, our LEADS module runs all year and starts with giving you the tools to discover and analyse yourself.
You will move on to consider yourself in relation to others, and finally, explore the role of leaders in making organisations sustainable.
Imperial Innovation Challenge
Through this one-week learning laboratory, you will work with Imperial College London scientists to apply innovative thinking to generate business solutions to complex international issues. In groups, you will use business model innovation to create economic disruption with positive environmental and social effects. Students typically work with a deep tech client, developing their understanding of the relationship between business and technology.
With tailored support and feedback, Careers Week enables you to focus on your career goals through a series of workshops and activities. Highlights of the week include: tailored career sessions, drop-ins for sector-specific career guidance, Entrepreneurs Day co-delivered by the Imperial Enterprise Lab and Imperial Hackspace, interview practice and feedback, and external one-to-ones for specific sectors. Find out more about Careers.
Global Insights Speaker Series
You have the option to attend a speaker series with industry leaders, as well as intimate seminars with Imperial College London experts from fields including climate change, AI and fintech.
Full-Time MBA Capstone
Your MBA will culminate in an unforgettable capstone experience away from campus in a natural environment to give you the space to reflect upon your learning experience. In previous years, students visited a national park in Wales with their classmates while the class of 2022/23 visited Norway.
The Entrepreneurial Journey is your opportunity to work an idea into a product or service and pitch your proposition to a panel of venture capitalists to compete for a monetary prize. You can connect with Imperial scientists if your idea is tech-related.
The journey is suitable for both those wanting to innovate as intrapreneurs from within an organisation or start their own ventures. You will develop a value proposition, carry out customer discovery research, validate the product or service, and create a fully-fledged business proposal. Call on the Imperial Enterprise Lab to help you connect with coaches and investors.
Strategic Consulting Project
The Strategic Consulting Project (SCP) module provides you the opportunity to work on a real-world business problem for a real client in a team setting. This will allow you to apply the knowledge you gained in the Business Problem Solving module, your other core modules (depending on the topic you are addressing), and your skill in working as part of a team which is supported by a faculty coach. Clients tend to be a mix of large and small companies with recent clients including Virgin Media, SSE, Rajasthan Royals, and Arrival.
Gain practical experience in developing business/data analytics applications for business with our MBA Analytics Project. Work part-time in small groups over an approximately 10-week period to complete a business-related project which contains a significant analytics component.
Financial Consulting Project
Working either individually or in a team of two people (your choice), you will address an important, real-life problem, opportunity or challenge within a finance firm that is amenable to an approach based on data gathering and analysis. Teams will prepare a formal written proposal and communicate their results via both presentation and written report.
The Business Project allows you to develop your ideas on a particular topic of interest. You may choose from the following three options:
1. Complete a research project with an organisation of interest.
2. Complete a consulting report covering a sector or market and one or more organisations.
3. Develop your own business plan to gain more entrepreneurial experience.
Employ your networking skills to organise an internship and our Careers team will alert you to opportunities arising from our corporate connections and alumni network.
What our students say
“The Business School provides a lot of ways to connect with like-minded people driven by passion on various topics of interest through university-wide electives, events, and networking sessions.”
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Imperial College Business School Careers provide world-class support that is tailored to your own individual career aspirations and is an integral part of our MBA programmes. A number of personalised services are provided before you start your programme, throughout your time at the Business School, and after you graduate, to support you both in securing a job in the sector of your choice and with ongoing career success.
Employment outcomes below refer to the class of 2022.
employed within three months
changed location for a new role
“The Careers team has been great! The Personal Leadership Journey provides a guide to help develop our skills and so far has touched on everything from job hunting to networking to professional presentation skills. I have been very lucky to have a great career consultant who helps keep me on track and working on my career goals.”
Meet your faculty
Our faculty are thought leaders in the field of business. They combine theoretical knowledge from their cutting-edge research with the latest practical insights from their extensive work with industry and government. All MBA faculty members are doctorate degree holders, many of whom have extensive industry experience at leading companies such as Accenture, BT, Bank of England, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), McKinsey, and UBS.
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Frequently asked questions
We have a series of admissions rounds throughout the year, with decisions typically released four weeks after each application deadline. Full details of application and decision deadlines are available here.
Please email the Imperial MBA Admissions team if you would like to request 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.
If you are taking the GMAT, you will need an overall score of at least 600 – although a stronger score will add more weight to your application.
There are no minimum requirements for the different sections of the GMAT, although we are looking for a well-balanced test with good performance in all areas – with particular attention paid to the quantitative section.
If you are taking the GRE, you will need to achieve minimum scores of 156 in the verbal and 158 in the quantitative sections.
You are required to have a valid GMAT or GRE score as part of your application for the Imperial MBA.
If you have applied for and been granted a waiver, then you may submit your application without a GMAT or GRE score. If you do not hold a waiver, you are required to submit a valid GMAT or GRE score as part of your application.
Your application will not be complete until this is received, and therefore will not be processed by our Admissions Team and may be withdrawn.
To submit a GMAT score, you must request for it to be shared with Imperial College Business School online using the code S22-7S-16. Please note that you do not need to send a hard copy unless requested.
To submit a GRE score, you must request for it to be shared with Imperial College Business School online using the code 0121.
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.
For information on the fee and deposit amount, please visit the Admissions page.
You can pay your tuition fees in one instalment at the start of term or, if you are self-funding, in two instalments, at the start of term and February.
If you pay in two instalments, a 2% surcharge of the total amount will be added to your first instalment. You will be asked to select a payment schedule during the offer acceptance process.
Please contact the Tuition Fee team if you have any further questions.
There are a number of scholarships available to MBA candidates. To be considered for an award, you must have submitted your MBA application by the deadline(s) listed on the Funding and Scholarships page. Please be aware that you do not need to submit a separate scholarship application to be considered for an award; all applications received by the stated deadline will be considered provided they meet the eligibility criteria.
Scholarship decisions will be made in conjunction with MBA application deadlines which can be found here.
Please contact the Tuition Fees team with any queries you have regarding the Careers and Professional Development Loan.
Please contact the Tuition Fees team with any queries regarding your deposit or tuition fee invoice.
If you are being sponsored by an organisation that will be responsible for paying your tuition fees, you must provide acceptable proof of the award.
Satisfactory evidence of sponsorship is usually regarded as an original, dated and duly authorised letter from your sponsor on headed paper which includes the following:
- Your name and College Identifier Number
- The programme for which you have been offered a place
- The amount of fees which will be paid by your sponsor (please report in GBP)
- The address to which the invoice should be sent
- Any Purchase Order Number required
- Confirmation that the fees will be sent directly to Imperial College
We will start to issue CAS from April. The details of your CAS will appear on your My Imperial record after you’ve met all the conditions of your offer. Please note that you will need to upload a scanned copy of the photo page of your passport and current visa (if you have recently completed a degree in the UK), before your CAS can be issued. Please upload these documents to the ‘passport/visa’ section of your My Imperial account.
Once your CAS is ready, you will receive an email confirming that it has been uploaded onto your My Imperial account. If you log into My Imperial you will be able to find your CAS number and the details that have been included in your CAS.
Please note that we cannot provide you with a CAS if you have outstanding conditions on your offer. Please ensure that you allow enough time to meet your conditions and apply for a visa before the start date of your programme of study.
Your CAS number holds information about the programme you will study and if you have paid any fees. You will not need a formal letter from the College confirming your offer status for your visa appointment.
For more information about what you will need, see the UKVI website.
The Business School holds online information sessions throughout the year to give you the opportunity to learn more about the programmes from the Programme Director, current students and alumni.
Please refer to the Meet us page to find out when the next event is being held for the Imperial MBA.
The Business School is located on the South Kensington campus of Imperial College London. Please refer to the location page for our address and guidance on how to get here.
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