FTMBA Core modules

Where the journey begins

Business leaders need the critical thinking skills to guide their organisations through a multitude of modern-day disruptors, along with the managerial, financial, strategic, analytical, and operational expertise to ensure the bottom line is met. No small feat in a world with constantly evolving challenges and priorities. 

Our pre-study and core modules teach you the fundamentals of management. They also serve as an introduction to each of the specialisms* available in analytics, entrepreneurship and finance, to help you decide on the best path to success.

*Subject to College approval 

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FTMBA pre study modules

Pre-study modules 

These online pre-study modules act as a refresher and equip you with the key business skills and knowledge required for success on the programme. To support your progress, an online tutor will work in tandem with the programme faculty providing guidance and monitoring your performance. 

Accounting Primer

This key online module assumes no prior knowledge and covers key accounting concepts, such as financial statements and the relationships between them. You will be introduced to standard financial reporting, including balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements. The basic pro-forma of these statements, how they are prepared and their limitations will be explained.

Data Analysis Primer

This module is designed to serve as preparation for the data analysis topics you will typically encounter on your degree programme. You should complete this module before joining the programme in September.

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.

Maths Primer

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

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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FTMBA core modules

Core modules

The core modules build rapidly on your previous experience, while introducing new and challenging disciplines. You will explore advanced business topics to build a solid toolkit and acquire the skills to be an effective and inspiring leader in your chosen career path.*

*Subject to College approval 

Business Analytics

Technology not only drives business decisions; it provides the tools needed to make said decisions. But technology alone won’t give you the answers you need to solve vital business problems. In this module, you will be introduced to the art of modelling and will learn to analyse data to understand relationships, predict future outcomes, and solve complex problems. You will learn how analytical principles can guide you in making challenging decisions, and about the role of uncertainty and risk in the decision-making process.

Business Problem Solving

Through this module, you will learn the fundamental skills of strategic problem solving, including how to approach a business problem in a structured and efficient way utilising techniques from the top-tier consulting firms.

Relevant for consultants and non-consultants alike, you will be taught how to apply the skills of strategy consulting to business problems that you may encounter in any field. At the end of this module, you will understand how to define and structure a problem, conduct analysis, and synthesise and communicate recommendations.

Corporate Finance

Corporate finance matters, both to the success of organisations, and to economies. The business world is affected, and at times, influenced, by the financial decisions made by corporations. It is thus important you understand the major types of financial decisions made by corporations, and how these decisions affect your work. You will develop a market-oriented framework for analysing a corporation’s investment decisions and understand how these decisions impact your business.

Data, Probability and Statistical Analysis

This module aims to develop your understanding of probability and statistical techniques that will help with managerial decision-making. By necessity, these techniques are quantitative in nature and so some technical analysis will be required. The module will be presented from the perspective of a future manager rather than from a technician’s perspective. In addition, this module will also be a useful pre-requisite for other compulsory and elective modules in analytics, economics, finance, marketing and operations among others.

Financial and Management Accounting

Accounting is the language used to measure and communicate a firm’s economic events to its external stakeholders. Regardless of whether or not you work in the field, if you understand the language of accounting, you will understand one of the building blocks of business. This module will take you beyond the numbers and teach you how a company’s financial reporting can help you understand a company’s health and story.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This module provides you with a unique opportunity to build your knowledge, skills, and experience in starting up an innovative business, looking for critical funding, and structuring a deal to make your business viable. You will learn how to identify approaches to overcoming innovation problems, how to understand customer need and value proposal, evaluating commercial potential, tactics for securing buy-in, and best practices for scaling your business.

Investment and Risk Management

Some say risk is an inevitable part of investing. Risky investments can bring big rewards, but these risks can, and should, be managed. To prevent loss, you need to understand the main financial securities and markets and how to develop efficient investment strategies. To complement your studies in the classroom, you will have access the Connect learning platform’s state-of-the-art technology, which includes a fully interactive book with online exercises and assignments.

Managerial Economics

Whatever industry you’re in, in order to ensure your business stays buoyant in a competitive market, you need to understand how individual markets operate, and how to use economic tools to analyse your position. During Business Economics, you will develop the framework and analytical tools needed to explain how market conditions are determined and how they differ between sectors and change over time. By the end of the module you will know how to apply basic principles of economics to real-world questions, such as how markets do or do not work and the choice of pricing by firms.


In a world where consumers are indifferent about business offerings and ever more critical of how products are marketed to them, how do you develop your brand in a way that will capture your target’s attention and lead them to act on your appeal? Understanding customer needs and the markets in which you work are essential in any sector. In this module, you will develop a general management viewpoint in planning and evaluating marketing decisions, from strategic and tactical perspectives. It will help you understand how marketing decisions contribute to business performance and how such decisions are affected by organisational and environmental influences.

Organisations Behaviour

To be a respected leader and to ensure your organisation achieves success, you must understand those you work with. You need to have the skills to develop your workforce and the ability to motivate, persuade, and inspire. 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. You will understand how to manage yourself and your own career, how to lead and motivate others, and how to work well and effectively in teams to deliver good results.


In your work you may lead strategic projects that help achieve your department’s aims. Or, you may be responsible for setting your company’s long-term strategic objectives. Whatever your role is in working towards achieving strategic priorities, you must understand how your work will enhance the performance of your firm. Through the Strategy module, you will examine issues such as defining the firm’s purpose, understanding its competitors, and how to gain an edge (and keep it) over time. You will examine business-level and corporate strategy topics and develop your ability to think beyond day-to-day business activities.

"My favourite module so far has been Innovation and Entrepreneurship, not only because it gave me a better understanding of what innovative thinking is, but also because of the highly interactive nature of the module. The lecturer, Dr Michelle Rogan, was very engaging and she even included a group simulation for us, during which we had to take to market and run a new business. "
Full-Time MBA 2020-21
Alexandra Circiu, Full-Time MBA 2020-21, student at Imperial College Business School