Global Online MBA student

Global Online MBA

Next start date:
21, 24 or 32 months
Next application deadline:
Applications for January 2025 are now open
Next start date:
21, 24 or 32 months
Next application deadline:

Developing innovative thought-leaders with a global mindset

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, it is crucial for business leaders to develop a global mindset that allows them to effectively communicate with people from all over the world. Our part-time Global Online MBA is delivered via The Hub, our bespoke online learning environment which offers a rich and diverse learning experience for high levels of personal and professional growth. In this multicultural setting, you will be exposed to a wealth of knowledge, experience and industry insights to test your existing perspectives and challenge the status quo.

Our Global Online MBA has two start dates – January and September. You will also have the option to graduate in 21, 24 or 32 months, so you can fit the programme around your life and learning pace. Graduate with a prestigious qualification from a world-renowned Business School while enjoying the freedom to learn when and where suits you best.

in the World (QS Online MBA rankings 2024)
in the world (Financial Times Online MBA rankings 2024)
in the world for salary today and career progression (Financial Times Online MBA rankings 2024)
nationalities represented (Global Online MBA, class of September 2023 and January 2024)
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Study your Global Online 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 2025)

Programme content

Our Global Online MBA offers the choice of two start dates - September and January. Studying via our online learning platform, you will be taught by world-class faculty at the Business School, whose academic excellence and industry knowledge will enrich your MBA experience. Deep-dive into your areas of interest by personalising your learning through concentrations, flexcore and elective modules. Enhance your international impact through Global Experience Week, and build deeper connections across the MBA community.

All modules have been carefully designed for online study via The Hub and are taught over 10 weeks. This will include recorded and live lectures, reading, assignments, group discussions and activities, case studies, projects and careers support. You can expect to spend around 20-25 hours of study for a typical week which can be demanding when working full-time. However, you will receive ongoing support from our dedicated programme team and your cohort to help you thrive.

Download an example Global Online MBA timetable.

September 2024: Please note, programme content is subject to change.

January 2025: 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

On-campus | September start date: July / January start date: November

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.

Induction week

September or January depending on start date

Your first opportunity to meet your programme team and cohort will be during the compulsory induction week at our campus in London where you will lay the foundations of your MBA experience. You will have plenty of time to meet and connect with your classmates through various activities and events. During your five-day induction, you will also attend several lectures, discussions, and exercises introducing you to the programme. Sessions with our Career's team will also be available, helping you plan and develop your career goals.

Watch our video to learn more about induction week on campus.

Your online learning experience

We’ve invested heavily into our bespoke learning technology, The Hub, which is continually refined to ensure we deliver a superb online MBA teaching experience. The way the programme is designed, with the community on hand, allows everyone to contribute to a learning experience that places engagement and technology at the forefront. All MBA modules have been through a rigorous process to optimise them for online delivery. 

As a Global Online MBA student, we recommend a minimum of 20-25 hours of study for a typical week, depending on your pace of study and academic goals. This will include recorded and live lectures, reading, assignments, group discussions and activities, case studies, projects, and Careers support.  

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Applications for September 2024 and January 2025 entry are now open.

Discover our admissions process for the Global Online MBA including entry requirements, how to apply and key dates and deadlines.

We operate a staged admissions process with several deadlines throughout the year. This programme is highly competitive, so early application is advised; this will put you in a stronger position to be considered for a scholarship, and provide access to exclusive admitted students events.

How to apply

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Fees and funding

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. We’ve also provided information about the different financing options available to you.

What our students say

“The programme's high-quality content and the rich cultural diversity in the Business School community will stimulate a mindset shift that will endure long after the programme is completed. Choosing an MBA programme at Imperial College Business School will equip you with the tools and networks necessary to achieve your goals. It is one of the best decisions you could make for your professional and personal development.”
Ekechi Ogwo
Global Online MBA 2024
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Class of September 2023 and January 2024

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average age
average years of work experience
nationalities represented
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Career impact

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 2020.

What our students say

“I have found Careers a good companion for accountability along my journey. It is very easy to let the time slip by, but if you utilise all the resources afforded to you, you can have a really enriching experience here. I am exploring various technology startups at present. I have found the MBA runs alongside this nicely in terms of foundational academic knowledge gained and the practical aspects of putting together a business.”
Priyanka Mandal
Global Online MBA 2021
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Frequently asked questions

The Global Online MBA is a 24-month programme taught online via our innovative learning platform, The Hub. We would recommend a minimum of around 20-25 hours of study for a typical week, depending on your pace of study and academic goals. This will include recorded and live lectures, reading, assignments, group discussions and activities, case studies, projects and careers support.

This will vary for each student, but the expected commitment hours per module is usually around 190 hours (for the total module) taking into account taught classes and individual study around the classes, which means around 20-25 hours a week. This will also vary more in the second year, depending on which elective modules are chosen. 

Each module has a different weighting of coursework, exams and projects. Most modules will have some coursework as part of the module assessment with an exam towards the end of the module. The Global Online MBA has the Capstone at the end of the second year of study. There is also the option to do the Independent Project as part of an elective. 

You will begin the programme with the assumption that you will complete the 24-month version of the programme, however, if you wish to opt for a longer or shorter programme, you will make this decision in the second term.

As with choosing the length of the programme, you will also choose your concentration in the second term. 

The Capstone will take place on campus.

The programme induction week is a compulsory element of your Business School programme and we expect you to attend on campus in London. 

There will be five to eight live sessions per module, delivered between10.00-18.00 for 60-90 minutes. At least one session per week can be expected, but there will likely be more. Ad-hoc classes may also be scheduled, depending on the module.

Live sessions will take place around 10.00 and 18.00 UK time to accommodate different time zones. 

Mangala Prasetia and classmates at GMBA Capstone
Student blog

My Global Online MBA Capstone experience

Mangala Prasetia , a Global Online MBA student, reflects on his experience of the Capstone module. The Capstone takes place over a seven-day period across our South Kensington and White City campuses.

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How to navigate 'The Hub' and excel with online learning

Ukachi Carol Okere is a student studying the Global Online MBA at Imperial College Business School. In this blog, she highlights the unique features and benefits of The Hub, our exclusive online learning environment developed by the IDEA Lab.

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Imperial’s Global Online MBA ranked #1 in the world by QS

Imperial College Business School is thrilled to announce our exceptional performance in the latest QS Online MBA ranking - we have secured the #1 position globally!  

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