Online pre-study modules

Before the programme begins you will be expected to complete some online pre-study modules which are delivered through The Hub, Imperial College Business School’s virtual learning environment.

These modules will be available to students who have accepted an offer of admission from July onwards, and are designed to give you a basic knowledge of areas which will be covered by the programme throughout the academic year.

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.

Complete the first stage of your career journey whilst at the Business School: the careers pre-course work. This online module will take you through the process of identifying what career might be right for you and ensure you are best placed to start working with the careers team as soon as you start the programme.

Note: you will not be able to access Imperial College Business School Careers until you have completed this course.

In this short module, we will explain the key academic issues relating to deliberate and accidental plagiarism including what it is, the different types of plagiarism and the notion of academic integrity, as well as providing advice on how to avoid plagiarism in your work. You are required to complete and pass the online plagiarism awareness test during the autumn term.

These optional interactive courses provide practical advice on working in groups, delivering presentations, and time management. They contain videos of recent students describing their experiences of studying at the Business School, some of the challenges they faced, and suggestions on how to overcome these.

An English Language Development section is also available for non-native speakers of English who wish to practice their skills and develop subject-specific vocabulary. You can upload your writing for detailed feedback from a language tutor.

Core modules

Core modules build rapidly on previous experience while introducing new and challenging disciplines.

This module covers corporate financial decision-making at an advanced level. It provides an overview of corporate investment policy and company valuation, financing decisions and capital structure, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, external financing at different stages of a firm’s life cycle, and recent phenomena in corporate financial innovation.

The central question of strategic management is how to enhance the performance of the firm. This module will explore a variety of issues that confront managers as they strive to enhance the performance of their firms. Some issues include: defining what the firm does, whom the relevant competitors are, how the firm can try to gain an edge over its competitors, and whether and how the firm can try to retain that edge over time. To do so, you will examine both business-level and corporate strategy topics, including industry analysis, analysis of a firm’s competitive advantages, diversification and international expansion.

This module introduces you to the art of modelling, analysis and interpretation of data and optimization using Excel. Emphasis is on practical applications and intuition and understanding. The module will also serve as an introduction to a number of business models and problems that will be covered in later courses in depth.

The aim of this module is to show you how to systematically model firms’ behaviours and their effects, and to demonstrate the evidence available on a range of topics.  This area of economics, often referred to as industrial economics, makes heavy use of game theory.  Prominent topics include the effect of market concentration on firms’ profitability, the impact of barriers to entry and strategies to create them, advertising, research and development, vertical integration and network effects.  The module will present examples of the way in which globalisation and the rise of intangible investments (software and intellectual property) are changing the environment for firms, and how they are responding.

This module aims to contribute to the development of your managerial potential by providing you with a solid foundation in accounting and finance. The module will equip you with the techniques of financial and management accounting as well as the foundation of financial theory needed to support management evaluation, financial decision-making and investment practice. As no business operates in isolation from the financial markets, the module will cover the key principles of accounting, corporate finance, financial markets, and the interaction between them.

This module introduces you to how companies can systematically organise the innovation process and how they can formulate technology strategies to maintain their leadership advantage.  Drawing on the experiences of leading innovators, this module will equip you with the skills and tools to shape the innovation process within modern organisations, in order to reduce the uncertainty underpinning the management of technological innovation and make it more likely for innovations to be successful.

The module draws on insights from Dr Criscuaolo’s research in this area as well as her experience working with leading innovators such as Merck, GSK, Arup, Atkins, Nokia, P&G and others.

By the end of the module, you should be able to understand and interpret managerial strategies associated with different types of innovation and the different ways organisations seek to profit from their innovations.

In many industries, the ability to innovate is critical to building and sustaining competitive advantage. And, irrespective of the type of business, technology directly and deeply impacts a firm’s competitive advantage. This means we need to understand how new products and services are created, and how we can increase the likelihood that they are adopted by the market.

Dr Paola CriscuoloAssociate Professor, Deputy Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The focus of this module is on developing your understanding of people and teams within modern organisations and the theoretical foundations you will need to contribute effectively in them.

This module introduces you to product and brand management for market-driven organisations. The module takes a strategic perspective to develop a deep understanding of how marketing principles guide the creation of new products and brands, their launch into the market, the positioning of products and brands, and the management across their life-cycle. This module will encourage students to apply these principles to be better prepared for developing and implementing strategies that lead to commercial acceptance and performance.

European Immersion

The European Immersion will give you the opportunity to experience first-hand the dynamics of business in another country. The two-day trip will consist of a number of visits to technology and innovation companies, and a networking event. Last year’s MSc Management cohort travelled to Berlin or Lisbon for their European Immersion.

Read more about the international elements of the programme

Leadership in Action

The Leadership in Action module runs throughout the year and allows you to gain international consulting experience.

The focus of the module is on developing your leadership potential, through managing a real design thinking consulting project from inception to completion in a global context. Drawing on the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme, you will apply problem solving techniques to a complex and challenging business problem, and apply your learning by developing a product or service.

As part of the module you will travel abroad to Brazil or India for a week, test your business model in a different cultural and socioeconomic environment and deliver a solution to the client.  You will be coached and mentored throughout the project by faculty and will complete the module by writing an individual reflective piece around your learning.

This fully immersive module will form the backbone of the programme and will give you an understanding of how to perform effectively as individuals, within a team and within an organisation. The module will raise global awareness through experiencing first-hand how socioeconomic and cultural differences can affect the way that business is conducted in another country.

Jolande Bot-Vos

Business is a global workplace. If you look at all the companies in the world, no matter how big or small, they have either international suppliers or international customers, as well as international employees. If you want to operate successfully in this environment, you have to be international. If you don’t bring an open, global view to everything, you will not be able to understand what is going on in a company.

Jolande Bot-VosProgramme Director, MSc International Management