FAQ EMBA

Programme information

When am I required to attend classes?

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 2018-19 Executive MBA timetable for more detailed information on first-year term dates in 2020.

How much time will I need to devote to studying?

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.

Application process

How do I submit an application and what documents do I need to provide?

Applications to the Executive MBA are made online – we do not accept paper applications.

Applications for the cohort starting in February 2020 are now open. To receive email notifications as well as emails about upcoming events and programme news, please join our mailing list »

Please refer to the application process to see what documents you are required to submit with your application.

When will I receive a decision on my application?

We operate a rolling admissions process. If you wish to be considered for entry to our Executive MBA starting in February 2020, it is best to apply as early as possible to maximise your chances.

I do not meet the standard entry requirements; can I still be considered?

We welcome candidates with non-traditional qualifications and backgrounds. We may be able to consider applicants who do not meet the entry requirements. If this applies to you, please contact the Executive MBA Recruitment team for a profile review.

My application has been unsuccessful; can I have some feedback?

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.

Fees and Funding

What are the tuition fees?

The fees for February 2020 entry are £58,700.

Fees include tuition and accommodation during the study tours and global residencies, but not flights. Students are also responsible for organising and purchasing visas for the study tours and global residencies.

Fees are the same for overseas and UK students.

Can I pay in instalments?

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.

Do you offer any scholarships and if so, what do I need to do to be considered for one?

There are a number of Business School scholarships available to Executive MBA candidates.

To be considered for an award, you must submit your MBA application before the deadline listed under the specific scholarship page. To receive notifications about scholarship deadlines and programme news, please join our mailing list

Please note that specific scholarship schemes may have earlier application deadlines, so please ensure that you check the details on the Scholarships webpage 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 your Executive MBA application decision.

Students may also obtain other sources of funding. A list of potential funding sources can be found on the financing page.

I’d like more information regarding the CPD loan, who should I contact?

Please contact the Tuition Fees team with any queries you have regarding the Careers and Professional Development Loan.

Who do I contact if I have questions regarding my deposit/tuition fee invoice?

Please contact the Tuition Fees team with any queries regarding your deposit or tuition fee invoice.

I’m being sponsored; what documents do I need to provide?

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
  • 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

Sponsorship letters should be posted to: MBA Admissions team, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London, SW7 2AZ

Visa and immigration

As an international student, what type of visa will I need to join the programme?

A Tier 4 student visa is not required for this programme, but international students from outside the EU and EEA will be required to obtain a Short term study visa for the on-campus periods of the programme. An official letter that you will need to use to apply for this will be provided once your unconditional place on the programme is confirmed.

Visiting the Business School

Are there any open days I can attend?

The Business School holds online and on campus 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 Recruitment events and webinars page to find out when the next event is being held for the Executive MBA.

How do I find the Business School?

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.

GMAT

Do I need to submit my GMAT or GRE results with my application?

GMAT is not a compulsory requirement for admission to the Imperial Executive MBA.

However, if you have already sat or intend to take GMAT, 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.

I’ve taken GMAT, how do I submit my GMAT results?

To submit a GMAT score, you must request for it to be sent to Imperial College Business School using the code S22-7S-16.

Offer holders

I’ve received an offer, how do I secure my place?

Once the official offer letter has been processed, you will have 28 days to decide whether you would like to accept or decline this.

Should you choose to accept, the Tuition Fee team will issue you with an invoice for the deposit payment within 5 working days of you making this decision.

Once you have received the invoice, you will then have a further 30 days in which to make the deposit payment. Please be aware that failure to pay the deposit on time may result in your offer being withdrawn.

Please note that the only exemption from the deposit payment are students with confirmed sponsorship for the full value of their tuition fees, who will need to provide proof of their funding before being exempted.

How much is the deposit payment?

The deposit amount for the Executive MBA February 2020 entry is £2,935.

Can I extend my deposit due date?

It is not normally possible to extend a deposit due date, but it may be possible to consider a request to do so in exceptional circumstances. Please email the Executive MBA Admissions team outlining the reasons for requesting the extension and state when you expect to be able to make the deposit payment.

Why is the deposit condition still showing on my e-Service when I’ve already made the payment?

Once the deposit has been paid, please allow time for the deposit to be processed.

You should see confirmation that the deposit has been received on your student e-Service after 3-5 working days of making the payment.

If the deposit condition has not been cleared on your account after 5 working days of making the payment, please contact the Tuition Fees team for assistance.

How do I show that I’ve met the academic condition of my offer?

The majority of academic documents need to be posted to the Imperial MBA team to verify.

Scans or photocopies of documents will not be sufficient to satisfy the academic condition of your offer.

Please refer to the Next Steps page for more information on what you are required to submit and the address that the documents will need to be posted to.

How do I show that I’ve met the English language condition of my offer?

IELTS and TOEFL certificates should be scanned and emailed to the Executive MBA Admissions team. If you have not yet received your certificates, you can email your IELTS Test Report Number or TOEFL 16 digit registration number to the Executive MBA Admissions team.

If you have completed the Pearson Test of Academic English, please ensure you have sent your scores to Imperial via your Pearson PTE account.

If you have completed another one of Imperial’s accepted English language qualifications, you will need to post the original, physical document to the Executive MBA Admissions Team to support this qualification. Please refer to the Next Steps page for more information and the address that the document will need to be posted to.

Note: Imperial College London considers TOEFL scores to be valid for 2 years. Scores must be valid at the beginning of your studies at Imperial if your application is successful. You must meet the entry requirement in one test from your scaled scores (‘My Best Scores’ reported by TOEFL will not be considered). For more information regarding TOEFL please visit the ETS website. Please note if you would like ETS to send your TOEFL scores directly to the College, our TOEFL Institution Code is 0891.

Can I defer my offer?

Offer holders can request to defer their place on a programme for one academic year. In order to request a deferral, you must complete a signed deferral request form and return via email to the Executive MBA Admissions team. The form should outline the reasons for requesting a deferral and include full details of what you expect to do in the upcoming year (further study, internships etc).

Please note that offers can be deferred by one year only. Should your request be approved, it is advisable to complete any remaining conditions of your offer this year, so that the process is simplified next year.

If you have been awarded a scholarship and wish to defer, we cannot guarantee that your scholarship will also be deferred. You would be considered for any scholarships that you are eligible for in the subsequent academic year.

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