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Build your foundation in business

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.

As an Executive MBA participant, you will work through around 16 hours of material for each module online, split into one-hour cells, using our highly interactive online learning tools before each of your in-class sessions. The interactive integrated preparation cells are online and available for you to take when it suits you in the run up to each in-class visit. In the online preparation periods, you will cover key concepts and theories supported by our teaching assistants. You will then attend lectures at our campus in South Kensington, London, once a month, all day on Friday and Saturday, for 10 of the 12 months in your first year. In August and January, an additional two days will be added for core module exams.

You can apply the knowledge and skills gained from this programme immediately back in the workplace, fast-tracking the learning process.

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Pre study module EMBA

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

Accounting is divided into two areas, financial accounting which involves preparing financial information for users external to the organisation and management accounting which involves preparing financial information for the users within the organisation. This module will look at both areas.

Data Analysis Primer

This module is designed to serve as preparation for the data analysis topics you will typically encounter on your degree programme.

Finance Primer

You will learn key financial topics such as present value, Internal Rate of Return (IRR), capital budgeting, equity, bonds, diversification, portfolio choice and the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), all of which are often discussed and explored in great detail in business and management programmes across the globe as well as everyday business operations.

Introduction to Corporate Sustainability, Social Innovation and Ethics

This module focuses on sustainability from three key perspectives; corporate sustainability, business ethics and social innovation. It will equip you with a comprehensive understanding of sustainability issues, the relevance for policymakers, the role of corporations and the implications for decision-making on sustainability issues in business operations.

Mathematics Primer

In the mathematics module, you will learn the fundamental business math skills needed to succeed in your studies. These math skills will also give you an edge in the workplace enabling you to apply greater analytical skill to your decision making.

You will learn how to evaluate and manipulate the types of formulae that appear in an accounting syllabus, how to perform the calculus required to solve optimisation problems in economics and how to apply the concept of geometric series to solving finance‐related problems such as calculating compound interest payments.

This module assumes no prior knowledge of business maths, concepts are explained clearly and regular exercises give you the opportunity to practice your skills and improve your confidence.

Plagiarism Awareness

Plagiarism is the presentation of another person’s words, ideas, judgement or data as though they were your own. Many think plagiarism is just copying other people's work, but this is only just one aspect. To succeed during your MBA you will need to understand how to ensure your work – whether individual or group assignments – follow academic regulations.

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Core module EMBA

Core 1 modules

Accounting and Corporate Reporting Analysis

This module aims to 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.

During the module, you will develop the ability to:

  • Appreciate the different 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
  • Evaluate the uses and shortcomings of published financial accounts having a command of the basic accounting concepts and principles of underlying accounting information systems
  • Appreciate the contribution of different forms of cost analysis to the analysis of short-run and long-run management decisions
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of management accounting information and systems in supporting management control of organisational effectiveness, responsibility and sustainability.

Managerial Economics

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 you to identify and analyse strategic interaction between market participants.

Marketing Management

Among business disciplines, marketing is the primary contact point between a business and its customers. Nearly everybody will, at some point in their career, wear a marketing hat. Understanding marketing will help you whether you are an accountant, a consultant, a programmer, a banker, or a museum curator. Appreciating customer needs and how to marshal the resources of an organisation to meet those needs are crucial skills in today’s business world.

This module develops a general management viewpoint in planning and evaluating marketing decisions, from both strategic (e.g., market selection, firm objective, etc.) and tactical (e.g., promotion, pricing, etc.) perspectives. The module will also help you to understand how marketing decisions are affected by organisational and environmental influences.

Organisational Behaviour

This module provides a framework for understanding organisations and managing some of their key processes. It will also provide an opportunity to think about yourself as a leader and how you can develop your leadership skills.

During the module, you will develop the ability to:

  • Analyse motivation problems in an organisational context
  • Manage basic team dynamics
  • Design effect organisations
  • Manage the intricacies of power and influence in organisational life
  • Analyse and manage organisational culture
  • Think critically about their own leadership skills and how to develop themselves as a leader.


As part of our commitment to diversity, students are expected to enrich their experience and gain new cultural insights by studying a language such as Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, Japanese, Russian or Arabic, using a technology-driven approach. All students will have premium access to an innovative app which will allow you to learn a new language during your MBA.

Core 2 modules

Corporate Finance

This module provides a framework for analysing financial markets and showing how they interact with the key decisions of firms. It enables you to understand the role of assets, pricing, and the interaction between the economy and financial variables.

It give an overview of the two key financial instruments – Stocks and Bonds, introduces the key derivatives markets – Futures and Options, examines Portfolio Analysis and the risk return trade-off, introduces the concepts of risk and return in financial markets and the relevance of diversification, and how return is related to risk through the Capital Asset Pricing Model.

Corporate Finance will extend your understanding of company valuation and investment appraisal, introducing the concept of the cost of capital and how it can be calculated. It shows how companies are financed and how to decide between different types of finance.

Corporate Innovation and Intrapreneurship

Corporate Innovation and Intrapreneurship offers a unique opportunity to build your knowledge, skills and experience in this important topic which involves innovation and corporate entrepreneurship as core elements. The module introduces you to the themes which are relevant if you want to clearly develop innovation as a corporate activity. It introduces you into entrepreneurial thinking styles that are important to develop radical forms of innovation in your company.

Responsible Leadership and Corporate Success

Management consists of a set of universal skills that are well understood and can be learned. One of the most important of these skills, and one closely related to organisational success, is leadership. Leadership consists of how each one of us makes a unique difference to the challenges we face with people and projects.

Each session of the module will focus on a number of themes and will involve a blend of activities. The module begins with a general introduction to leadership and then moves on to studying personal aspects of leadership. As the module progresses, we will be paying attention to more organisation-based aspects, finishing off with sessions for personal action planning.


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.

"On the Executive MBA, you learn accounting skills and get a background in managerial economics and corporate finance. Alongside this, you develop soft skills as well, such as understanding how organisations work, how to lead, inspire and manage people and projects. For instance, in the Responsible Leadership and Corporate Success and Organisational Behaviour modules, we have explored topics such as negotiation and charisma. These soft skills are fantastically valuable for any aspect of one’s life."
Executive MBA 2018-19
James Laurie