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Complement your science degree with a challenging and innovative one year programme in management

Our joint honours “Year in Management” programme equips current Imperial science students with managerial skills and business acumen, empowering the next generation of scientists to work on complex, collaborative projects. This interdisciplinary approach is essential for driving innovation and advancement in an ever-evolving scientific landscape. 

Run in collaboration with the departments of Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Chemistry within Imperial College London, this one year programme covers the operating environment of business organisations to prepare students for management roles. You will develop strong conceptual, analytical and leadership skills to broaden your academic experience, studying alongside students from other disciplines. 

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Combine science and management at a top London Business School

in the world, (Imperial College London, QS World University Rankings 2025)
in Europe, Imperial College London, QS World University Rankings 2023
city for students (London, QS Best Student City Rankings 2023)

Programme content

The curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including accounting, strategy, entrepreneurship and marketing with a strong focus on leadership, problem-solving and innovation. Through formal teaching, group projects, case studies and guest speakers, you will broaden your academic experience and gain valuable insights into the management and operating environments of business organisations.

Please note, programme content is subject to change.

Through a combination of online pre-study modules and induction week, you will be ready to hit the ground running when your programme begins. This comprehensive preparation not only prepares you for the academic rigour ahead but also ensures you're thoroughly equipped to maximise the benefits of your programme.

Online pre-study modules

Starting mid -July

Before the start of your programme you will be expected to complete online pre-study modules which are delivered via The Hub, our bespoke virtual learning environment. You will complete two online primer modules in maths (strongly reccomended) and plagiarism awareness (compulsory), to get ready for the year ahead. 

Induction week

Early October

The programme starts with a comprehensive induction week, which includes sessions to support your transition to the field of business and management studies, such as workshops on the Fundamentals of Business, and Working with Case Studies. You will also meet and network with the rest of your cohort, as well as students from our Intercalated BSc programme, working together in small groups to compete in a non-assessed business simulation game. The week culminates with group presentations on what you have learned, and a programme social event.    

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Application process and eligibility criteria

Students of Chemistry, Life Sciences or Medical Biosciences who wish to transfer to the joint 'with Management' pathway, should in the first instance contact their home department to request further information about the relevant transfer process and deadlines.

Typically, students who wish to transfer should have completed at least one year of undergraduate study, and achieved a minimum overall combined performance of a 2:1 in year 1 (and year 2, if applicable).

Students who do not meet this requirement may still be considered, if their application is endorsed by their Personal Tutor or Director of Undergraduate Studies. They may also be asked to attend a short interview with the Business School.

Frequently asked questions

The Joint Honours "Year in Management" programme is run in collaboration with the departments of Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Chemistry within Imperial College London. Undergraduate students from these departments may apply to complete their final year at the Business School, to graduate in their science discipline 'with Management' (e.g. Chemistry with Management).

The Management year of the Joint Honours Programme covers the management and operating environment of business organisations to prepare students for an eventual career in management.

A group would normally consist of six students who investigate a particular management-related problem, ideally focusing on a company, group of companies or an industry. A faculty member supervises each group, and students are given social research methods training in the Autumn term to help prepare them for the research they will undertake through the Spring.

At the end of the summer term, each group writes a joint report of approximately 25,000 words in a format prescribed by the University. In addition, groups will give a presentation of their findings.

In the autumn term the programmes examine the economic, financial and organisational framework within which businesses operate. The spring term builds on this general framework and considers the functional issues that arise in the management of business activities. Finally the summer term is timetabled around examinations and the completion of the group project.

Some modules on the Joint Honours, and Intercalated BSc programmes will be taught to all students together as a group, while the classes will be split for other modules. All of this information is detailed in the individual programme handbooks issued at the beginning of the academic year.

Assessment for the programme is conducted on a modular basis.  Assessments for each module will vary according to the subject matter/nature of the module, but will normally consist of a combination of different coursework assignments and, in most cases, a final examination.  Some modules will be assessed by coursework only.

The nature of coursework and the weight attached to coursework marks vary between modules (details will be given at the start of each module). Students will complete both group and individual coursework assignments during the programme, however, deadlines for which will be frequent and fall throughout term.

Examinations for modules with this sort of assessment will take place in January (for Autumn term modules) and April/May (for Spring term modules). Full details of assessment weightings will be listed in the programme handbook at the beginning of the academic year.