EMBA The programme

Programme content

The Executive MBA is a 23-month part-time programme designed for leaders in a technology-driven world. Its unique blend of on-campus learning and online study tools will give you a thorough knowledge of essential business disciplines, opportunities to specialise in your areas of expertise and experiences to develop your global perspective on business. You will have three sessions on campus every four weeks, taking place on Friday and Saturday. Elective modules can be taken in four different formats and include students from our other MBA programmes, increasing the diversity of your cohort and the ability to make lasting connections.

The programme content consists of pre-study modules, core modules and electives. All of our campus-based core modules have been carefully designed to work seamlessly within our exclusive online virtual learning platform, The Hub, reducing the amount of time you need to spend away from the office. You will also undertake two specialist international core modules, which will expose you to global business practices outside of our London base for one week.

For all of our modules, there is an emphasis on applied learning, giving you a chance to test your understanding through case studies and simulations. You will be expected to work through around 16 hours of material for each module online, with a large amount of work and study taking place in your own time. By creating the programme in this format, it gives our students the immediate ability to apply all knowledge and skills gained during the Executive MBA back in the workplace, fast-tracking the learning process.

Timetable

Interested in how your time on the Executive MBA will be spent? See what the timetable looks like for the course here.

You can also view the 2020 timetabled dates for on campus sessions, exams and the international elements of the programme here.

Timetables and course outlines are subject to change. Imperial College Business School reserves the right to alter the timetable when required.

Programme overview

Online pre-study modules

Modules covering mathematics, accounting and data analysis methods will be available to you prior to the start of the programme, ensuring that all students have the required knowledge and skills.

These interactive modules focus on key concepts and their application to real-world problems. Delivered through The Hub, Imperial College Business School’s online learning platform, each module will take approximately 10 hours to complete.

A teaching assistant will work in tandem with programme faculty to support you, providing guidance and monitoring progress and performance.

  • Accounting Primer

  • Finance Primer

  • Mathematics Primer

  • Plagiarism Awareness

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Core 1 modules

As part of your Executive MBA programme, you will complete core modules that cover the general functions of management, explore essential business topics and equip you with the skills to be an effective and inspiring leader in your field. Each module provides you with a solid grounding in business theory and practice. The emphasis is on applied learning, giving you a chance to test your understanding through case studies and simulations. You will be placed in diverse syndicate groups. These groups consist of students from a variety of cultural and industry backgrounds to ensure that you gain the widest possible perspective from the MBA experience.

  • Accounting and Corporate Reporting Analysis

  • Global Macroeconomics

  • Managerial Economics

  • Marketing Management

  • Organisational Behaviour

  • Languages

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Executive Leadership Journey

Tthe Executive Leadership journey will run throughout your studies during the two years of the Executive MBA. You will be exposed to different tools, coaching and experiential learning situations, which all contribute towards getting to know yourself better, gaining in confidence and ultimately changing behaviour to make the step from manager to leader.

We will draw on themes from core teaching of Organisational Behaviour and Responsible Leadership and Corporate Success, and provide you with the opportunity to practice the behaviours that you will need for success.

Exams

Exams enable students to demonstrate the extent to which they have attained and exceeded the intended learning outcomes. Students must attain a minimum of the Pass mark which represents the minimum threshold standards which students must meet in order to pass a module, progress through their programme and be awarded a degree.

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Core 2 modules

Each module provides you with a solid grounding in business theory and practice. The emphasis is on applied learning, giving you a chance to test your understanding through case studies and simulations. You will be placed in diverse syndicate groups. These groups consist of students from a variety of cultural and industry backgrounds to ensure that you gain the widest possible perspective from the MBA experience.

  • Corporate Finance

  • Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Responsible Leadership and Corporate Success

  • Strategy

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Exams

Exams enable students to demonstrate the extent to which they have attained and exceeded the intended learning outcomes. Students must attain a minimum of the Pass mark which represents the minimum threshold standards which students must meet in order to pass a module, progress through their programme and be awarded a degree.

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International residency - Berlin

At the end of your first year, you will join a three-day international core module to a top business school in Europe called Manufacturing the German Way. You will gain first-hand experience in how the theories you learn in class are applied in this international context and how different countries and cultures can affect business strategies and consumer needs and wants.

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Electives

The Imperial Executive MBA electives allow you to specialise in areas of particular interest, developing your expertise with your future career objectives in mind. You can choose five electives. These run in the spring and summer terms of your second year and are offered in three formats to fit into your schedule.

Our elective options also feature many modules that are offered online, ideal if you have a less flexible work schedule or commute long distances. Supported by our own experienced faculty, many of the electives include guest lecturers from industry and other academic institutions who impart their insights and real-world experience to the class.

  1. Online modules – perfect if you want to minimise your visits to campus, our award-winning highly interactive online modules allow you to study at your convenience.
  2. Two-week – Monday and Tuesday (week 1), Thursday and Friday (week 2)
  3. Weekend – Thursday afternoon, Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning

You can also apply to sit in on an additional two electives for which you will not be assessed.

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International residency - Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China

In the middle of your second year, a one-week international core module called Doing Business in China will take you to Greater China. These modules will expose you to two of the most important economies in the world, outside of our base in London. You will gain first-hand experience in how the theories you learn in class are applied in various international contexts and how different countries and cultures can affect business strategies and consumer needs and wants.

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Final Project

The individual Final Project is an opportunity to create value for your employer at the highest strategic level in a tangible and measurable way as a culmination of your learning experience. It requires you to approach a real problem or opportunity, analyse it and develop a recommended strategy and implementation plan, while applying some relevant concepts and frameworks from the Executive MBA programme. Ideally, a superior from your organisation will sponsor the project, in recognition of your potential to add value to your organisation.

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What’s successful in the Executive MBA is the chance to think about the experiences that they’ve had – a structured way to process and share these experiences. And to work with their colleagues to find the opportunities that lie in difference. Thus we provide them with the academic framework to organise these experiences for subsequent implementation.
Professor Nelson Phillips
Imperial College Business School
Nelson Phillips