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.

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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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Managers are faced with a wealth of data. This module is about turning that data into actionable insights, developing your understanding of probability and statistical techniques, and leading to well-informed decisions for complex business problems.

The Business Problem Solving module aims to equip you with a range of frameworks, tools and techniques, many of which have been developed by the management consulting industry. The focus of the module will be those problems that are amenable to the collection and analysis of information/data.

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.

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.

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.

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. By the end of this 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 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.

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.

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