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Programme information

How much time would I need to devote to study?

The Global Online MBA is a 24 month long programme taught online via our innovative learning platform, The Hub. We would recommend a minimum of around 20-25 hours of study for a typical week, depending on your pace of study and academic goals. This will include recorded and live lectures, reading, assignments, group discussions and activities, case studies, projects and careers support.

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.

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.

What are the entry requirements and what happens if I don't meet them?

To be eligible to apply for the programme, you would normally require:

  • Five years’ relevant postgraduate work experience; however candidates with a minimum of three years’ relevant experience can be exceptionally considered

  • At least a Lower Second Class Honours degree OR international equivalent OR recognised professional qualification

  • English language test results (if applicable).

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.

More information about entry requirements can be found here.

Can the English language requirement be waived?

English language waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis. To discuss the possibility of a waiver please contact the Global Online MBA Recruitment team.

For more information visit the English language requirements page.

Fees and funding

What are the tuition fees?

The fee for the Global Online MBA January 2020 intake is £36,500. The fee for the Global Online MBA September 2020 intake is £37,600.This fee is the same for both UK and international students.

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 on the Key dates and deadlines 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.

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.

When do I need to pay the full tuition fee and can I pay in instalments?

You can choose to pay the tuition fee in either two or four instalments. The first option consists of one instalment at the beginning of each admissions year and the latter, two instalments each year which is typically at the beginning and mid-way through each year.

What do my fees cover/do not cover?

Your fees cover:

  • Tuition for the two years

  • Core reading texts and study materials

Your fees do not cover:

  • Cost of accommodation and living expenses in London

  • Costs incurred as part of optional internships or exchanges

  • Supplementary texts and study materials

  • If you join one of our Career Clubs there will be a membership fee of £20 per club for the year.

The Business School

Where is the Global Online MBA ranked?

The Global Online MBA was awarded the following rankings in the QS Online MBA Rankings 2019:

  • 1st in the UK

  • 2nd in the world

  • 2nd for employability

As the Global Online MBA admitted its first cohort in January 2015,  we will be entering the programme into the FT Online MBA rankings in 2021.

The strength of our Business School is reflected by our high position in rankings and we’re delighted to see in the past ten years, Imperial College London has consistently ranked in the top ten in the world and top five in Europe:

  • 8th in Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018

  • 8th in QS World University Rankings 2019

  • 3rd in Europe in Times Higher Education (THE) The World University Rankings 2018

The latest list of rankings can be found here.

Our research is ranked first for the percentage of research activity assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF2014).

I am concerned that an Online MBA does not look as prestigious as a normal MBA, will this be stated on my certificate?

On completion of the Global Online MBA, you will receive an Imperial MBA certificate. Your degree certificate will not mention the mode of study.

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 Recruitment events and webinars page to find out when the next event is being held for the Global Online MBA.

How do I find the Business School?

The Business School is located in the South Kensington Campus of Imperial College London. Please refer to the location page for our address and guidance on how to get here.

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. Please log into our online portal to do this.

Should you choose to accept, the Tuition Fee team will issue you with an invoice for the deposit payment within five 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 etc. Your full offer conditions will be viewable via your online account.

How much is the deposit payment?

The deposit amount for the Global Online MBA January 2020 intake is £1,825 and the deposit amount for the September 2020 intake is £1,880.

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 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, hard copy document to the MBA Admissions team to support this qualification. Please refer to the Next steps 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, your scholarship will not be transferred. You will be considered for any scholarships that you are eligible for in the subsequent academic year.

Do I need a visa for the Global Online MBA programme?

A Tier 4 visa is not required for this programme. International students from outside the EU and EEA will be required to obtain a student visitor visa for the on campus periods of the programme.

How do I show that I've met the academic conditions 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 Next steps page for more information on what you are required to submit and the address that the documents will need to be posted to.

When will I need to make the first payment of my tuition fees?

If you’re made an offer for a place on the programme, you will be asked to pay a non-refundable deposit of 10% of the first year’s fee in order to secure your place. This is part of the total fees and not an additional cost.

Once this deposit is paid, you can pay your tuition fees in up to four instalments over the two years of the programme.

The first instalment is payable at the start of term and the second is payable six months after. This is repeated in the second year. If you pay in instalments, a 2% surcharge of the total amount will be added to your first instalment. You’ll be asked to select a payment schedule during the offer acceptance process. If you have any further questions please contact the Student Finance team.