Imeprial students programme mba

Global Online MBA programme content

The Global Online MBA is a two year, part-time programme that is delivered in an online format, focusing on innovative thinking and new technology to deliver a practical curriculum.

The programme consists of pre-study modules, core modules and electives. Each core and elective module lasts for 10 weeks. The core modules have been carefully designed to fit an online format delivered via The Hub.

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.

Programme overview

Pre-study modules

The online pre-study modules will ensure you have the basic knowledge and skills required for the start of the programme. You will complete these modules before commencing the programme.

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Induction Week - compulsory

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for students joining our January 2021 intake, your Global Online MBA induction week will be delivered as an online immersive experience.

Your first week of the Global Online MBA programme will be spent at our South Kensington Campus in London, where you will meet with the rest of your cohort, faculty and teaching/programme staff. This five-day induction will lay the foundations of your Global Online MBA experience. As well as a programme introduction, you will partake in several taster lectures, discussions and exercises to give you a taste for the Global Online MBA.

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Core modules

Core modules build rapidly on your previous experience while introducing new and challenging disciplines. You will cover the general functions of management, explore essential business topics and acquire the skills to be an effective and inspiring leader in whatever career you choose.

There are eight core modules carefully designed for online learning. Each module provides you with a solid grounding in business theory and practice. The emphasis is on applied learning, giving you a chance to test your understanding through case studies and simulations. Students are placed in diverse syndicate teams. These groups consist of students from a variety of cultural and industry backgrounds to ensure that you gain the widest possible perspective from the MBA experience and enhance your people skills.

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Electives provide you with the opportunity to specialise in an area of particular interest or to explore new avenues.

The Global Online MBA elective portfolio consists of 18 online modules across a number of subject areas. You can choose five electives from the portfolio which you will study in the second year of the programme.

Supported by our own experienced faculty, many of the electives include guest lecturers from industry and other academic institutions who impart their unique insights and real-world experience to the class.

You can choose to take up to two face-to-face electives from our on-campus portfolio (instead of online electives).

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Global Experience Week

The Global Experience Week is a unique hands-on learning experience. Together with the rest of the cohort, you will travel to another country for an intensive week-long trip to explore a new culture and business in an international context.

You will get to see multiple companies and cultural experiences and learn about different sectors, from marketing to finance to the entrepreneurship scene. You will learn more about international business from top executives in today’s hugely exciting global economy and attend seminars on local culture and business, all within a week.

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Please note this is an additional cost and an optional element for Global Online MBA students. Module is subject to Covid-19 travel restrictions.


This module provides you with a practical opportunity to apply and integrate what you’ve learnt during the programme and enables you to think more strategically when faced with the challenges of bringing new ideas to market.

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We aim for our Global Online MBA to be a transformative experience for you. Use this time with us to be curious, learn new skills and immerse yourself into our community.
Professor Markus Perkmann
Academic Director of the Imperial MBA
Markus Perkmann

Timetables and course outlines are subject to change. Imperial College Business School reserves the right to alter the timetable when required.