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Global Online MBA programme content

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

The programme offers several possible completion points at 21 months (early), 24 months (standard) or 32 months (extended), allowing you to complete the programme at your own pace. The number of modules to be completed remains constant, regardless of the chosen exit point.

The programme consists of pre-study modules, core modules, flexcore modules and electives. All online modules have been carefully designed for online study via The Hub and are taught over 10 weeks. In addition, you can take up to two classroom elective modules on campus – many taught in concentrated multi-day blocks – together with students on our other MBA programmes.

With our wide range of flexcore and elective modules, you can tailor your curriculum to suit your personal interests. Optionally, you can specialise in areas such as Business Analytics and Operations, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, Leadership and Organisation, Marketing or Strategy, and have this specialisation certified for your employer.

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, completing assessments, and revising for exams, as well as working in timezone-based virtual syndicate groups to undertake group work and live presentations.

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.

How you will grow as a leader

Our Global Online MBA will give you the tools to become a leader who is:

  • Inspiring: you will develop your personal skills to enhance your effectiveness as a leader and manager, communicating clearly and persuasively.
  • Analytical: you will use frameworks and tools to analyse any kind of situation and make decisions informed by critical thinking.
  • Responsible: you will consider all relevant present and future stakeholders in your decisions.
  • Innovative: you will work systematically to create new solutions and products within organisations and new businesses.


Year 1
    Term 1   Term 2   Term 3
Pre-study modules            
Induction Week (one week on campus)                
Core modules            
Electives           optional
Flexcore modules           optional
Year 2

Term 1


Term 2


Term 3

Early exit point at 21 months

Flexcore modules            
Capstone (one week on campus)            


This timetable is indicative and may vary depending on your chosen start date (January/September) and exit point.

Note: If you choose to study your programme in 32 months, you may complete your flexcore and elective modules in the third year.

January and September intakes study together for part of the core year. Assessment for some core modules involves structured timed exams at the end of term. Each term lasts approximately three months, but this will vary depending on your elective choices.

How you will be learning

Your study time will consist of both contact time and independent learning. You can expect to spend around 20-25 hours of study for a typical week. This will include recorded and live lectures, reading, assignments, group discussions and activities, case studies, projects and careers support.

Teaching and learning

The programme combines academic rigour and practical relevance. There is a careful balance of teaching and learning, individual and group work. Teaching and learning methods include:

  • Recorded and live lectures
  • Practical classes and fieldwork
  • Equipment/technique demonstrations (e.g. Bloomberg, DataStream)
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Case studies
  • Group activities (including live presentations within your time zone-based syndicate team)

We want everyone to be able to get the classroom experience of an MBA during each module, so you will also have live remote interaction with faculty, as well as making use of discussion boards.

Independent learning

You will be expected to spend significant time on independent study outside of face-to-face contact time. This will typically include accessing resources online, reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, reviewing lecture notes and watching lecture recordings, working on individual and group projects, working on coursework assignments and revising for exams.


Forms of assessment include essays, continuous assessment, written exams, multiple choice tests, formal presentations, reports and case study participation.

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.