FTMBA FAQs

Programme information

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 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?

All applications to our postgraduate programmes are made online – we do not accept paper applications.

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

When will I receive a decision on my application?

We have a series of admissions rounds throughout the year, with decisions typically released four weeks after each application deadline. Full details of application and decision deadlines are available here.

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

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

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

Please email the Imperial 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.

Fees and Funding

What are the tuition fees?

The fees for the Full-Time MBA (September 2020 entry) are £53,500. These fees are the same for both UK and international students.

When do I need to pay the full tuition fee?

You can pay your tuition fees in one instalment at the start of term or, if you are self-funding, in two instalments, at the start of term and February.

If you pay in two instalments, a 2% surcharge of the total amount will be added to your first instalment. You will be asked to select a payment schedule during the offer acceptance process.

Please contact the Tuition Fee team if you have any further questions.

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

There are a number of scholarships available to MBA candidates. To be considered for an award, you must have submitted your MBA application by the deadline(s) listed on the Scholarships page. 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 provided they meet the eligibility criteria.

Scholarship decisions will be made in conjunction with MBA application deadlines which can be found under the ‘When to Apply section’ of the Application process 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

I require a visa to study in the UK, when will I receive my CAS?

From May onwards, your CAS will appear on your student e-Service account 2-3 working days after your final offer condition has been met. Please note that you will need to upload a scanned copy of the photo page of your passport and current visa (if you have recently completed a degree in the UK), before your CAS can be issued. Please upload these documents to the ‘Passport/visa’ tab of your student e-Service account.

Once your CAS is ready, you will receive an email confirming that it has been uploaded onto your student eService account. To retrieve your CAS:

  1. Log in to your student eService account
  2. Go to the Personal Details tab
  3. Go to the Passport/Visa tab
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see your CAS number.

Please note that we cannot provide you with a CAS if you have outstanding conditions on your offer. Please ensure that you allow enough time to meet your conditions and apply for a visa before the start date of your programme of study.

What do I need for my visa appointment?

Your CAS number holds information about the programme you will study and if you have paid any fees. You will not need a formal letter from the College confirming your offer status for your visa appointment.

For more information about what you will need, see the UKVI website.

If you need any advice about your visa please contact the International Student Support team. Most information can be found on the International Student Support website.

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 Meet us page to find out when the next event is being held for the Imperial 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 and GRE

What GMAT or GRE score is required for the Imperial MBA?

If you are taking the GMAT, you will need an overall score of at least 600 – although a stronger score will add more weight to your application. There are no minimum requirements for the different sections of the GMAT, although ideally we are looking for a well-balanced test with good performance in all areas – with particular attention paid to the quantitative section.

If you are taking the GRE, you will need to achieve minimum scores of 156 (new test) or 550 (old test) in the verbal, and 158 (new test) or 740 (old test) in the quantitative sections.

What resources are available to help me to prepare for the GMAT?

The GMAT test is offered by the Graduate Management Admissions Council, and available at test centres around the world. You will find a wide variety of supporting materials at the official GMAT website, including free GMATPrep software, and you can register for your test once you are ready to take the exam.

The amount of time that candidates spend preparing for the GMAT exam, and the different methods that they use can vary dramatically, but you should ensure that you understand the content and format of test so that you can allow yourself enough time before you book your test.

You may want to consider using a GMAT preparation service – we recommend Manhattan Prep.

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

Including a GMAT or GRE score that meets or surpasses our requirement at the time of your application greatly enhances the likelihood of an invitation to interview. However, if all other components of your application are very strong, we may proceed to the interview stage without a score. In such a case, if you are successful at the interview, our offer will be conditional upon the required score being achieved prior to the programme commencing.

If your academic results are lower than the standard entry requirements, we will request that you provide your GMAT or GRE results before we can proceed with your application.

Is it possible to receive an offer conditional upon GMAT or GRE?

Including a GMAT or GRE score that meets or surpasses our requirement at the time of your application greatly enhances the likelihood of an invitation to interview. However, if all other components of your application are very strong, we may proceed to the interview stage without a score. In such a case, if you are successful at the interview, our offer will be conditional upon the required score being achieved prior to the programme commencing.

How do I submit my official GMAT results?

To submit a GMAT score, you must request for it to be shared with Imperial College Business School online using the code S22-7S-16. Please note that you do not need to send a hard copy unless requested.

How do I submit my official GRE results?

To submit a GRE score, you must request for it to be shared with Imperial College Business School online using the code 0121.

I have a significant amount of work experience; can the GMAT or GRE requirement be waived?

Submitting a GMAT or GRE score is one of our standard entry requirements for the Full-Time MBA programme, and will not be waived based on work experience.  We receive applications from candidates with a diverse range of academic and professional backgrounds, and the standardised test scores from the GMAT or GRE provide a consistent point of comparison between them – as well as an objective and recent assessment of their aptitude for key skills such as quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning and analytical writing.

Admitted students

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.

Once you have paid your deposit, you will need to meet any outstanding offer conditions before commencing the programme – for example: proof of your academic and/or English language qualifications, GMAT or GRE results at the required level, etc. Your full offer conditions will be viewable via your student e-service account.

How much is the deposit payment?

The deposit amount for the Imperial MBA is £5,350 for entry in September 2020.

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 Imperial 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 Meeting offer conditions 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 Imperial 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 MBA Admissions team.

If you have completed the Pearson Test of Academic English, please ensure you have sent your scores to Imperial via your PearsonPTE 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 MBA Admissions team to support this qualification. Please refer to the ‘Meeting offer conditions’ 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 Imperial 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 be deferred also. You would be considered for any scholarships that you are eligible for in the subsequent academic year.