Modules

Modules

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.

This module is designed to serve as preparation for the finance topics you will typically encounter on your degree programme. 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). You should complete this module before joining the programme in September.

In this mathematics module, you will learn the fundamental business maths skills needed to succeed in your studies. These maths skills will also give you an edge in the workplace enabling you to apply greater analytical skill to your decision making. 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 the Career and Professional Development Service until you have completed this course.

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.

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.

Core modules

Enhance your fundamental business knowledge and skills with core modules. These modules are the backbone of the programme and give you a solid base of practical knowledge in the following subject areas.

This module contributes to the development of your managerial potential by explaining the techniques of financial and management accounting and examining their relevance to the broader issues of management evaluation and decision-making in the generic manufacturing and service sectors.

This module introduces you to widely applicable concepts and principles used by economists to understand economic situations at the level of the firm. The module will enable you to develop new insights into the business world and become a more effective manager by focusing on the practical usefulness of these concepts to business decision-makers.

Marketing Decisions is essentially about understanding the ways in which an organisation can serve its customers better than its competitors, and continue to do so over time. This module will introduce the key marketing concepts, allow you to understand the principles of marketing analysis and see how marketing is an essential element of business strategic planning.

This module will provide you with a practical understanding of what shapes the way organisations work. You will learn how human resource management links with other key aspects of organisations, and how these can be managed effectively in a rapidly changing environment.

This module provides you with an understanding of business operations and project management in a global setting. You will explore how organisations enhance value by managing internal and external processes related to the production of products or services effectively.

This module provides you with a rigorous theoretical grounding for financial decision-making and techniques for investment practice. It explains the objective of financial management in publicly listed companies. Practical examples are used to show how, and why, the size, timing and risk of cash flows of investment opportunities determine the value of a corporation.

Innovation is the fundamental driver of competitiveness and plays a large part in improving quality of life. This module equips you with an understanding of the main issues in the management of innovation and an appreciation of the relevant skills needed to manage innovation at both strategic and operational levels.

This module will give you a holistic view of strategy formulation, content and implementation in firms. You will be able to think beyond day-to-day business activities of firms, analysing the strategic threats and opportunities of firms based on their internal capabilities and external environments, including sustainability issues. Specific attention is devoted to strategic decisions that shape the boundaries of the firm.

Integration modules

The Integration modules give you the opportunity to integrate and apply practical, analytical and problem solving skills gained on the programme to real life business contexts.

This applied module offers an introduction to the essentials of new venture formation and entrepreneurship, with an emphasis on high-tech business. The focus is practical and hands-on, underpinned by theory and academic research. The practical part of the module prepares you for writing a business plan and involves you working in a group, researching and writing a business plan, and presenting it to your peers and a panel of academic and investor judges.

The Capstone allows you to choose your own topic of interest and to tailor your final summative piece of work to align with your career goals.

Imperial College Business School reserves the right to alter modules whenever they need to be amended or improved. Faculty may also change as and when required.