Business School students

A world-class MBA experience, delivered in an online format

Key information

Duration: 2 years part-time
Start date: January or September 2021
Location: Online
ECTS: 90 credits
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Overview

The Imperial Global Online MBA combines innovative thinking and insight with new technology to develop practical solutions to real-world issues, benefiting business and improving society.

Our two year, part-time course allows you to study an online MBA from a top-ranked, world-class STEM institution with global recognition, equipping you with the tools to achieve your career goals.

You’ll access online lectures, projects and peer-learning through The Hub, our award-winning educational technology which provides a dynamic online experience.

Through The Hub, you’ll have access to a variety of interactive learning activities such as video content, live sessions, discussions, polls and case studies, and you’ll be able to download, edit, annotate and share files and notes in a simple and effective way.

You’ll belong to time zone based virtual syndicate groups and will be expected to undertake some group work and ‘live presentations’ and interactions with academics to provide some of the classroom experience of an MBA. Importantly, you’ll also have quick access to feedback from tutors.

Study programme

You’ll complete pre-session modules before commencing the course to ensure you have the basic knowledge and skills required.

The core modules are carefully designed for online learning. Each module provides you with a solid grounding in business theory and practice.

In year two, you will choose elective modules which allow you to specialise in an area of particular interest or explore new avenues.

The course also contains key classroom learning experiences, both on our London campus and in global locations. These include your induction week, Global Experience Week and the Capstone. These allow you to build your global network, reinforce strong connections within your cohort and apply knowledge gained from your coursework.

You can also complete a final project and will develop specialised expertise by researching real business issues.

Careers

Unlike many online MBAs, Imperial’s Global Online MBA also offers a full careers support package. The combination of your enhanced professional skills and a strong understanding of business will ensure you can pursue senior-level managerial positions.

Find out more about the Imperial Global Online 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 programme 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

Year 1

  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial and Management Accounting
  • Managerial Economics
  • Marketing Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Personal Leadership Journey
  • Strategy

Year 2

  • Capstone (on-campus)
  • Corporate Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Personal Leadership Journey

Non-assessed modules

  • Careers for Working Professionals
  • Induction
  • Plagarism Awareness
  • Study Skills

Pre-study modules

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

Optional modules

In year 2, you choose between three and five modules from below.

  • Global Experience Week
  • Idea SMARTCamp
  • Independent project

Finance

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

Marketing and Analytics

  • Applied Strategic Marketing
  • Big Data, AI and Machine Leaning
  • Brand Management
  • Business Analytics
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Data Analytics and Management
  • Digital Marketing
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Market Research
  • Pricing Strategy

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

  • Clean Technology Investment
  • Design for Business Transformation
  • Energy Business
  • Family Business
  • Leading Social Innovation
  • The Future of Cities (IB Glocal)

Strategic Management

  • Advanced Strategy
  • Breakout Strategy
  • Building and Managing Reputations During Good Times and Bad
  • Business Problem Solving
  • Climate Change and Business Strategy
  • Digital Business
  • Digital Business Model Design
  • Economics of Information and Intellectual Property
  • International Business
  • Management Challenges in Healthcare
  • Operations Management
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Networks for Innovation and Change
  • Strategy in Volatile and Uncertain Environments
  • Sustainability and Competitive Advantage

Leadership and Organisation

  • Digital Transformation: Leading Real-World Change
  • Leadership
  • Leading and Executing Strategic Change
  • Leading YourSelf
  • Managing Negotiations

Final Project

Year 2

This module allows you to put the theory taught on the MBA into practice. You’ll develop specialised expertise by researching a real business issue and influence real commercial outcomes, if your recommendations are implemented by a sponsoring organisation.

This project can be selected as an optional module, and it not compulsory (see previous tab).

Read more on the Imperial College Business School's website.

Global Experience Week

Year 2

A highlight of the programme for many, the Global Experience Week is a unique hands-on learning experience. Together with the rest of the cohort, you will travel to another country for an intensive week-long trip to explore a new culture and business in an international context.

Please note this is an additional cost and an optional element for Global Online MBA students.

Read more on the Imperial College Business School's website.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

The Imperial College Business School believe online technologies have reached a stage where it is possible to deliver an MBA online.

The majority of your learning will be undertaken via The Hub virtual learning platform, however, on-campus elements form an important part of your learning experience. The way the programme is designed and the community is on-hand to you all contributes to a learning experience that places engagement and technology at the forefront.

Teaching methods include:

  • 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

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 must hold at least five years’ relevant postgraduate work experience. Exceptionally, candidates with a minimum of three years’ relevant experience can be considered.

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.

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.

Competence standards

Competence standards for our courses are used to determine whether or not a student has a specific level of competence or ability. These standards can be found here.

Imperial College London believes in providing the widest practicable access to all our degree programmes and will make reasonable adjustments for students wherever possible. If you do not meet one or more of the competence standards above, please submit your application and you will be able to discuss your situation with the College’s education office.

 

How to apply

How to apply

Making an application

Apply online

All applicants must apply online.

Visit our Admissions website for details on the application process.

If you are applying to the Business School, you may only be considered for one programme per admissions cycle, with the exception of applicants to our Finance Master's programmes, who may select two programmes.

Application fee

The application fee for this course is:

  • £125 if applying for entry in January 2021
  • £135 if applying for entry in September 2021

We will waive the fee for any applicant – Home or Overseas – who demonstrates that they are experiencing financial hardship.

Find out more about the application fee and waiver

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 a range of scholarships to our most talented applicants of the Global Online MBA.

Imperial 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

Home rate of tuition

2021 entry

January 2021 entry: £18,800 per year

September 2021 entry: £20,675 per year

Fee status

Whether you pay the Home fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication). 

UKCISA has also provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021.

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Overseas rate of tuition

2021 entry

January 2021 entry: £18,800 per year

September 2021 entry: £20,675 per year

Fee status

Whether you pay the Overseas fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication). 

UKCISA has also provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021.

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you're a UK national, or EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government, if you meet certain criteria.

For 2020-21 entry, the maximum amount was of £11,222. 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. Find out more about our scholarships 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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