Propel your career with a Weekend MBA in London
Our Weekend MBA programme allows you to accelerate and develop your career as a working professional. Studying at Imperial one weekend a month in one of the world’s top business hubs offers an unrivalled setting for your studies; boasting leading multinational companies, inspiring startups and a diverse network of business professionals.
During this transformative 21-month programme you will develop strong leadership skills, master key business concepts and gain real-world business experience. You will emerge as a confident, innovative business leader, ready to shape the future of your industry, and capable of steering any organisation towards success, even in the most challenging of times.
For 2025 entry, the programme start date is subject to College approval.
A part-time MBA at a global top 10 university
After an initial induction, you will attend lectures at our campus in South Kensington, London for Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings approximately once a month. In the second year of study, you will then complete your electives, Capstone Consulting Experience and Global Experience Week. You will be required to take 32-46 days out of the office in a 21-month period, depending on your choice of electives.
Please note, for 2025 the programme will start in January (subject to College approval). Programme content is subject to change.
Online pre-study modules
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. Some of these modules are compulsory while others are strongly recommended as they will help you prepare you for the remainder of your programme.
The Weekend MBA induction will take place on our South Kensington Campus in London, where you will meet with the rest of your cohort, faculty and programme staff. Please note attendance of your induction week is mandatory.
This two-day induction will lay the foundations of your Weekend 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.
This module explores the basic analytical principles that can guide a manager in making complex decisions. You will learn how to identify the underlying analytical structure in a seemingly complex and amorphous decision problem and the role of uncertainty and risk in the decision-making process. You will be able to analyse data to understand relationships and predict future outcomes, while building models, decision trees and simulations to help understand problems with more clarity.
Financial and Management Accounting
This module will contribute to your managerial potential by explaining the techniques of financial management accounting and examining the relevance to broader issues of decision-making and organisational control. You will also examine the uses of financial and management accounting information for a wide range of decisions relating to financial performance, corporate social responsibility and governance and business sustainability.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The Innovation and Entrepreneurship module offers you a unique opportunity to build your knowledge, skills and experience in this important topic which covers innovation, entrepreneurship and design as core elements. The module introduces you to the themes that are relevant if you want to clearly define problems in the market place and develop unique solutions to address these problems. It enables you to understand how to introduce these solutions into the market and analyse the financial feasibility of the overall business case.
This module introduces basic economic concepts of practical value in business life, providing a conceptual framework for assessing the interaction between firms and markets, and identifying the ways in which profit opportunities arise in markets and can be effectively exploited. It will provide a framework for modelling the interaction between consumers and producers, study alternative market structures ranging from monopoly to perfect competition, and enable students to identify and analyse strategic interaction between market participants.
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—one who earns the respect, appreciation and gratitude of the people who work with and for you in your future career. You will learn how modern organisations work (and fail). The module will show how your success as a leader, manager and professional depends on how well you work in organisations with and through people to deliver good results.
By undertaking this module, you will gain a market-oriented framework for analysing the major types of financial decisions made by corporations. It will provide an introduction to the objective function of the firm, present value techniques, asset valuation, capital budgeting principles and problems, the capital asset pricing model, the operation and efficiency of financial markets and the financial decisions of firms.
This module provides a basic framework to help you understand how macroeconomics explains global events. At the end of the module, you will appreciate how business, government and the global economy interact, which will give you the understanding required to make more informed managerial decisions. It aims to provide a practical understanding of the workings of a modern economy as a basis for interpreting the factors that influence aggregate expenditure and the impact of changes in this demand on employment, inflation and the trade balance.
Effective marketing management requires a clear understanding of consumers and the market in general. This module will help you to understand how marketing contributes to a business’ competitiveness and survival and provides you with critical marketing insights, tools, and techniques. It will cover concepts associated with brand management, promotion and services marketing.
Strategy is about how an organisation achieves an advantage in a competitive, fast paced environment by harnessing its resources and competencies over relatively long periods of time, in pursuit of specific goals. Integration of external and internal perspectives provides the basic framework for strategic thinking. The module will give a holistic view of the firm, developing your ability to think beyond day-to-day business activities and challenging you to ask the right questions about its future.
Analytics and Operations
Big Data, AI and Machine Learning
Data Analytics and Visualisations for Business
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Digital Business Model Design
Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital
Leading Social Innovation
Venture Capital Finance
Advanced Corporate Finance
Advanced Financial and Management Accounting
The Fintech Revolution: New Markets, Models and Opportunities
Clean Technology Investment
Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital
Mergers and Acquisitions
Topics in Asset Management
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)
Emerging Technologies in Marketing
Applied Strategic Marketing
Business Problem Solving
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
Advanced Strategy in a Stakeholder Economy
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.
Past Global Experience Weeks have included the Nordics, where students explored how businesses can be transformed to tackle climate action.
You will choose from the following locations aligned with our key topics:
Brazil – Market Trends in the Marvellous City
Kenya – How can business address inequality?
The cost of this trip is included in your tuition fees.
IB Glocal Electives
The IB Glocal Electives are intensive four-day study abroad experiences where you are able to explore contemporary global business challenges with a local perspective. You will gain deep insight into international issues in a particular geography, benefitting from the in-market exposure and teaching the trips provide. Previous locations have included Houston, Milan, Singapore and Tel Aviv.
Digital Opportunities: Insights from a Startup Nation
Frugal Innovation: Expanding markets, meeting needs
Sustainable Transformation Made in Italy
The Future of Cities
Sales Management and Leadership
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.
The Independent Project can be selected as a double-weighted elective as part of the Weekend-MBA experience, and involves researching a real business issue for an organisation of your choice. You may choose to do your project for your current company or you can be sponsored by another organisation. You will submit a report of up to 15,000 words which includes a critical, evaluative or analytical element. Projects range from consultancy assignments to theoretical analyses, giving you the opportunity to develop analytical expertise.
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.
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. Throughout the Journey, you will be able to collaborate with the Imperial Enterprise Lab to connect with investors and receive coaching support.
Capstone Consulting Experience
The Capstone Consulting Experience (CCE) gives you the opportunity to solve a complex/strategic problem facing a real client with a team of your peers from the Weekend MBA programme.
This module focuses on developing your skills in managing a real consulting project from inception to completion, drawing on the knowledge and skills achieved in other modules and in the Personal Leadership Journey. Clients, based in the UK or abroad, include large multinational companies, SMEs, governments, entrepreneurial ventures and NGOs.
What our students say
“Imperial’s core modules have not only broadened my knowledge base but strengthened my interest in promoting financial inclusion initiatives in developing economies in a more equal, inclusive, and sustained way. The Personal Leadership Journey has been really beneficial in exploring more about myself, my goals and learning about key skills that will push me along my career path.”
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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.
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“Imperial’s focus on entrepreneurship really grabbed my attention. I want to develop my own business in the future so the Weekend MBA will give me insight into the early years of that journey. Imperial’s global reputation in STEM subjects highlights exciting opportunities in entrepreneurship and the programme structure has given me the opportunity to continue working for my final year in the army.”
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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 and the Boston Consulting Group.
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Frequently Asked Questions
To be eligible to apply for the programme, you would normally require:
- Seven years’ relevant postgraduate work experience; in exceptional circumstances, we will consider candidates with a minimum of three years of continuous relevant full-time work 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.
All applications to our postgraduate programmes 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.
At Imperial, we work with admissions rounds. By submitting your application into an admissions round, you will be able to plan around the next steps in the process and see the timeline for decisions to be made. If you wish to be considered, please follow the dates listed on the key dates and deadlines page.
Please email the Weekend 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.
GMAT / GRE is not required for admission to this programme.
However, if you have if you have already sat or intend to take GMAT (old or new test) or GRE, you are welcome to submit your results as a good score overall can add weight to your application – particularly if you feel that your degree performance does not reflect your academic potential.
To submit a GMAT score, you must request for it to be sent to Imperial College Business School using the code S22-7S-16.
The Imperial Weekend MBA is a 21 month long programme, taught on long weekends once a month. Please refer to the Admissions page for more information on when you will be required to attend classes at the Business School.
For information on the fee and deposit amount, please visit the Admissions page.
Self-funded students will have the option of selecting to pay their fees in instalments. This option will be made available at the time of responding to your offer. For further information about the instalment plan, please contact our Tuition Fee team.
There are a number of Business School scholarships available to Weekend MBA candidates.
To be considered for an award, you must have submitted your MBA application by the final application deadline listed on the key dates and deadlines page.
Please note that specific scholarship schemes may have earlier application deadlines, so please ensure that you check the details on the scholarships page carefully before applying.
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. Scholarship decisions will be made in conjunction with Weekend MBA application deadlines.
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
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.
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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