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A unique part-time programme, designed for senior executives looking to accelerate their careers in a technology-driven world.

Key information

Duration: 23 months part-time
Start date: February 2019
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
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Overview

Our Executive MBA is a 23-month part-time programme is designed for senior executives wishing to accelerate their career. The programme flexibility allows you to undertake an MBA alongside your current role.

You’ll gain a thorough knowledge of essential business disciplines, have opportunities to specialise in your areas of expertise, as well as the chance to develop your global perspective on business.

The programme is delivered via a unique blend of online preparation and in-class teaching. Online material allows you to complete a significant portion of work flexibly at your own pace, wherever you might be. Preparation completed online is then used at on-campus sessions, helping you make the most out of your time in class.

Study programme

There are four on-campus classes per core module and you will be on campus approximately once a month in your first year. Your attendance on campus in the second year depends on the electives you choose.

Prior to the start of the programme, you take a number of pre-programme modules. These ensure that you have the quantitative and financial skills required for the rest of the course. You must successfully pass the pre-programme modules, but they are not formally assessed.

You complete a number of core modules across years one and two. These cover the general functions of management, explore essential business topics and equip you with the skills to be an effective and inspiring leader in your field.

You will complete approximately 24 hours of online material prior to each campus weekend, split into one-hour cells, using our highly interactive online learning tools before each of your in-class sessions.

In your second year, you begin to specialise in areas of interest and elective modules to study in the spring and summer terms. You can choose to do all of your optional modules online or opt to study with a blend of online and in-class learning. Many optional modules are offered in four formats to fit into your schedule:

  1. Long weekend on campus - Thursday afternoon, Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning

  2. Weekday on campus - Monday and Tuesday (week one), Thursday and Friday (week two)

  3. Online electives (10-week blocks) - Perfect if you want to minimise your visits to campus, our highly interactive online modules allow you to study at your convenience

  4. IB Glocal Electives - Intensive study abroad programmes led by the Business School faculty to teach students how to explore contemporary global business problems with a local perspective

During the autumn term of your second year, you undertake an individual project and analyse a particular industry, management problem or aspect of the economy. You will usually work in close cooperation with a company (typically your employer). The final project is an opportunity to apply the management principles, modules, concepts and techniques you have learnt during the programme and to be recognised for adding value to your organisation.

International residences

At the end of your first year, you will join a three-day international core module to a top business school in Europe called Manufacturing the German Way. In the middle of your second year, a one-week international core module called Doing Business in China will take you to Greater China.

Find out more about the Imperial Executive MBA

Professional accreditation

We are among a handful of business schools worldwide to achieve triple accreditation:

We have also been recognised for our work in tackling gender inequality in higher education with a Bronze Athena SWAN award.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Please note that the curriculum of this course is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.

The following changes to this course have been made for this year of entry:

  • Core and non-assessed modules required and their titles
  • Optional modules available for study and their titles
  • The description of entry requirements
  • Tuition fees

Structure

Core modules

You study all of the core modules below.

  • Accounting and Corporate Reporting Analysis
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Doing Business in and with China
  • Executive Leadership Journey
  • Managerial Economics
  • Managing Technology the German way
  • Marketing Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Responsible Leadership and Corporate Success
  • Strategy

Non-assessed modules

  • Induction
  • Plagiarism Awareness

Pre-study modules

  • Data Analysis
  • Finance Primer
  • Accounting Primer
  • Introduction to Corporate Sustainability, Social Innovation and Ethics

Optional modules

You choose five optional modules. Below is a sample of optional modules.

Analytics and Digital Marketing

  • Brand Management
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Pricing Strategy

Finance

  • Advanced Company Valuation
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Alternative Investments
  • Banking and FinTech: Strategies and Challenges
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Topics in Asset Management
  • Venture Capital and Growth Finance

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Big Data, AI and Machine Learning
  • Clean Technology Investment
  • Design for Business Transformation
  • Digital Business
  • Digital Opportunities: Insights from the Startup Nation
  • Digital Transformation: Leading Real-World Change
  • Energy Business
  • Entrepreneurial Journey
  • Family Business
  • Idea SMARTCamp
  • Leading Social Innovation
  • Strategic Networks for Innovation& Change
  • The Future of Cities

Strategic and Management

  • Advanced Strategy
  • Breakout Strategy
  • Business Analytics
  • Climate Change and Business Strategy
  • Family Business
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Leading and Executing Strategic Change
  • Management Challenges in Healthcare
  • Managing Negotiations
  • Managing Service Operations
  • Operations Management
  • Strategic Problem Solving
  • Strategy in Volatile and Uncertain Environments
  • Sustainability and Competitive Advantage. Rethinking Value Creation
  • The Economics of Information and Intellectual Property

Final project

The individual project is completed in year two of the programme and takes the form of a formal report of up to 15,000 words.

You will analyse a particular industry, management problem or aspect of the economy, usually working in close cooperation with a company (typically your employer), to develop a recommended strategy and implementation plan.

You'll make use of management principles, modules, concepts and techniques covered on the Executive MBA programme.

For more information about the course structure, including comprehensive descriptions of each component, please see Imperial College Business School's website.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Case studies
  • Equipment/technique demonstrations (e.g. Bloomberg, Datastream)
  • Formal presentations
  • Group work exercises,
  • Interactive content including video and module quizzes
  • Lectures
  • Online discussion forums
  • Online lecture materials
  • Practical classes and field work
  • Pre-programme VLE modules
  • Seminars
  • Work Placement Opportunity
  • Workshops

Assessment methods

  • Case Studies
  • Continuous assessments
  • Essays
  • Formal Presentations
  • Multiple Choice Tests
  • Participation
  • Reports
  • Written Examinations/Tests

Exchange opportunities

There are exchange opportunities available to MBA students. You are able to apply to take a number of module credits at one of the partner institutions listed below.

  • Esade Business and Law School
  • ESSEC Asia-Pacific
  • ESSEC Business School
  • Graduate School, Bocconi University
  • HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
  • School of Management, Fudan University
  • SDA School of Management, Bocconi University
  • University of Economics Prague
  • Warsaw School of Economics- SHG

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.2 degree or an approved professional qualification.

Acceptable qualifications include:

  • Any Institute of Chartered Accountants in the UK or Ireland (Full membership)
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting (Full membership)
  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (Full membership)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (Associateship or Fellowship)

If you don't have a first degree (but have suitable experience and/or professional qualification) you may be eligible for entry via a Special Qualifying Examination. You may be asked to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) at the discretion of the Programme Team.

You will typically require a minimum of ten years' relevant postgraduate work experience; however, candidates with over eight years' relevant experience can be exceptionally considered. This should include significant management experience, which may include line, project or matrix management.

If your maths does not seem to be at the required level, you may be asked to sit a short maths test prior to an offer being made.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College. There is further detail available from the Business School website.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

How to apply

Making an application

All applicants to our Master's courses must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, please visit the admissions website.

Please note you can only apply to one Business School programme per academic year.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Scholarships

Imperial College Business School is pleased to offer significant scholarship funding to our most talented applicants of the Executive MBA. A range of scholarships are available and all self-funded candidates are automatically considered for all scholarship schemes for which they meet the eligibility criteria and application deadlines.

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

February 2020 entry

£29,350 per year

Fees for this course are fixed for both years and will not increase with inflation.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

February 2020 entry

£29,350 per year

Fees for this course are fixed for both years and will not increase with inflation.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,906 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Further information

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