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

Key information

Duration: 21, 24 or 32 months part-time
Start date: September 2021 or January 2022
Location: Online
ECTS: 90 credits
 
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Overview

Ranked 1st in the UK and 2nd in the world in the QS Online MBA rankings 2020.

The Global Online MBA is a part-time programme delivered in an online format that will enable you to advance your career whilst studying at a global top 10 university.

The Global Online MBA programme has been updated to enable for greater flexibility, to fit around with your commitments and career goals. You will tailor your studies with new flexcore modules, a diverse portfolio of elective modules and the new option to complete the programme in 21, 24 or 32 months.

This highly interactive, online MBA is designed by our in-house technology educational specialists. Studying via our online learning platform, The Hub, you will learn from world-class faculty at the Business School, whose academic excellence and industry knowledge will enrich your MBA experience.

You will have the opportunity to meet your class and faculty on-campus in London at the compulsory induction week and Capstone module at the end of your studies, as well as take part in global experiences.

Benefit from our connection with Imperial College London by accessing the College’s world-renowned STEM research, entrepreneurial ecosystem and networks.

Study programme

The Global Online MBA is a part-time programme that is delivered in an online format, focusing on innovative thinking and new technology to deliver a practical curriculum.

The programme offers several possible completion points at 21 months (early), 24 months (standard) or 32 months (extended), allowing you to complete the programme at your own pace. The number of modules to be completed remains constant, regardless of the chosen exit point.

The programme consists of pre-study modules, core modules, flexcore modules and electives. Each module lasts between four days (on-campus elective modules) and 10 weeks. You may choose to personalise your curriculum to specialise in Finance, Marketing, Strategy, Leadership and Organisation, Business Analytics and Operations, or Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and optionally have this specialisation certified for your employer.

Modules have been carefully designed for online study via The Hub. The on-campus Capstone module provides you with a practical opportunity to apply and integrate what you’ve learnt during the programme

To truly put the ‘global’ in Global Online MBA, the optional international experiences on the programme will broaden your outlook and understanding of the global work environment.

Through the IB Glocal Electives, you can deep dive into specialist courses and better understand how selected themes relate to the region you're studying in. The Global Experience Week will provide you with valuable real-world experience where you will work with community businesses to help create results.

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 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.

There are limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses. See what changes we may make and how we will tell you about them.

Find out more about potential changes

Structure

Pre-study modules

The online pre-study modules will ensure you have the basic knowledge and skills required for the start of the programme. You will complete these modules before commencing the programme.

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

Year 1

Core modules

You will study all of the following core modules during your first year.

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

Year 2

Flexcore modules

You will choose two Flexcore modules from the options below. Each is worth 7.5 ECTS credits:

  • Corporate Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Business Analytics

Optional modules

Additionally, you will choose further elective modules to the value of 20 ECTS credits. This can be a combination of the 5 ECTS credit modules below or the 7.5 ECTS credit flexcore modules listed above. You may be able to take up to 12 ECTS at one of our partner institutions around the world.

The Global Online MBA elective portfolio consists of 19 online modules across a number of subject areas. You can also choose up to two of the 30+ classroom-based elective modules that we offer at Imperial College Business School, which are shared across our entire suite of MBA programmes.

Combined with your flexcore module choices, you may choose to specialise in Finance, Marketing, Strategy, Leadership and Organisation, Analytics and Operations, or Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and have this specialisation certified for your employer (optional).

Finance
  • Advanced Corporate Finance (Online)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (Online)
  • Private Equity (Online)
  • Venture Capital Finance (Online)
  • Advanced Company Valuation (On-campus)
  • Alternative Investments (On-campus)
  • Banking and FinTech: Strategies and Challenges (On-campus)
  • Clean Technology Investment (On-campus)
  • Entrepreneurial Finance (On-campus)
  • Topics in Asset Management (On-campus)
  • Financing the Blue Economy (IB Glocal elective)
Marketing
  • Applied Strategic Marketing (Online)
  • Brand Management (Online)
  • Digital Marketing (Online - new for 2020/21)
  • Marketing Analytics (Online - new for 2020/21)
  • Market Research (Online - new for 2020/21)
  • Pricing Strategy (Online)
  • Consumer Behaviour (On-campus)
  • Service Analytics (On-campus)
Strategy
  • Advanced Strategy (Online)
  • Business Problem Solving (Online)
  • Digital Business (Online)
  • International Business (Online)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (Online)
  • Breakout Strategy (On-campus)
  • Building and Managing Reputations During Good Times and Bad (On-campus)
  • Climate Change and Business Strategy (On-campus)
  • Design for Business Transformation (On-campus)
  • Digital Business Model Design (On-campus)
  • Digital Transformation: Leading Real-World Change (On-campus)
  • Economics of Information and Intellectual Property (On-campus)
  • Energy Business (On-campus)
  • Leadership for Sustainable Organisations (On-campus)
  • Management Challenges in Healthcare (On-campus)
  • Strategic Networks for Innovation and Change (On-campus)
  • Strategy in Volatile and Uncertain Environments (On-campus)
  • Sustainability and Competitive Advantage (On-campus)
  • Digital Opportunities: Insights from the Startup Nation (IB Glocal elective)
  • Financing the Blue Economy (IB Glocal elective)
  • The Future of Cities (IB Glocal elective)
Leadership and Organisation
  • Leadership (Online)
  • Leading YourSelf (Online)
  • Managing Negotiations (Online)
  • Climate Change and Business Strategy (On-campus)
  • Digital Transformation: Leading Real-World Change (On-campus)
  • Family Business (On-campus)
  • Leadership for Sustainable Organisations (On-campus)
  • Leading & Executing Strategic Change (On-campus)
  • Strategic Networks for Innovation and Change (On-campus)
  • The Future of Cities (IB Glocal elective)
Analytics and Operations
  • Big Data, AI and Machine Learning (Online)
  • Data Analytics and Management (Online)
  • Marketing Analytics (Online)
  • Operations Management (Online)
  • Project Management (On-campus)
  • Service Analytics (On-campus) 
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Digital Business (Online)
  • Venture Capital Finance (Online)
  • Banking and FinTech: Strategies and Challenges (On-campus)
  • Breakout Strategy (On-campus)
  • Clean Technology Investment (On-campus)
  • Climate Change and Business Strategy (On-campus)
  • Design for Business Transformation (On-campus)
  • Digital Business Model Design (On-campus)
  • Entrepreneurial Finance (On-campus)
  • Entrepreneurial Journey (On-campus)
  • Idea SMARTCamp (On-campus)
  • Financing the Blue Economy (IB Glocal elective)
Further electives
  • Global Experience Week
  • Independent Project

Capstone (on-campus)

During your second year, you will also study the compulsory Capstone module.

The Capstone module provides you with a practical opportunity to apply and integrate what you’ve learnt during the programme - including knowledge gained from your strategy, finance, innovation, management, entrepreneurship and leadership courses - and enables you to think more strategically when faced with the challenges of bringing new ideas to market.

Alongside a series of lectures on innovation, design, and entrepreneurship, you will ideate and develop an innovation and develop a business case for it so it can be realised within a company.

You will be required to use analytical skills to explore the existing capabilities and worldwide strategy of a company, analyse its industry, and flex your creative skills to develop your own project.

During this on-campus module, for a whole week, you will work in a team with complementary skills and experience.

IB Glocal Electives

The IB Glocal Electives, which are shared across the MBA portfolio, teach students how to explore contemporary global business problems with a local perspective. Led by Imperial College Business School faculty, these intensive four-day study abroad programmes give students who want to enrich their academic curriculum a stimulating experience. You will gain a deeper insight into international issues in a particular geography and will benefit from the in-market exposure and teaching the trips provide.

Locations include the following, subject to COVID-19 travel restrictions:

  • New York, USA
  • Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Mahe, Seychelles

Global Experience Week

During your second year, you have the chance to participate in the Global Experience Week.

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

The programme combines academic rigour and practical relevance. There is a careful balance of teaching and learning, individual and group work. Case study methodology and class-based discussions are used to strengthen the conceptual, analytical and problem-solving skills of the participants in real situations. In addition, there are regular seminars by external expert speakers.

  • Lectures
  • Practical classes and field work
  • Equipment/technique demonstrations (e.g. Bloomberg, DataStream)
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Case studies
  • Group work exercises
  • Formal presentations

Independent learning

You are expected to spend significant time on independent study outside of face-to-face contact time. This will typically include accessing resources online, reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, reviewing lecture notes and watching lecture recordings, working on individual and group projects, working on coursework assignments and revising for exams.

  • Pre-programme VLE modules
  • On-line discussion forums
  • On-line lecture materials
  • Interactive content including video and module quizzes

Assessment methods

You will be assessed using a range of methods:

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

Balance of assessment

For compulsory  modules:

  • Coursework – 80%
  • Exam – 20%

For electives, assessment will be 100% coursework based.

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.

Special Qualifying Examination

Applicants who do not hold a first degree (but have suitable experience and/or professional qualification) may be eligible for an alternative entry route onto the MBA, via a Special Qualifying Examination.

Applicants may be asked to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) at the discretion of the Programme Team. 

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

Our competence standards highlight the core skills students should be able to demonstrate by the end of this course.

View Imperial College Business School's competence standards [pdf]

We believe in providing the widest practicable access to all of our degree programmes and will make reasonable adjustments wherever possible to support your study. For more information, please contact the Department using the contact details below.

Imperial College Business School

T: +44 (0)20 7589 5111
E: business.school@imperial.ac.uk

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

For 2021–22 entry, we are introducing a pilot application fee for our Master's courses. This helps cover some of the administrative and staffing costs associated with processing the large volume of applications we receive.

The fee for 2021-22 is as follows. It applies per application and not per course:

  • £135 for MBA applications
  • £80 for all other Master's applications

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.

Further questions?

Find answers to your questions about admissions. Answers cover COVID-19, English language requirements, Visas and more.

Visit the FAQs

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.

Find out more about fees and funding opportunities.

Tuition fees

Home rate of tuition

2021-22 entry

  • September 2021: £41,350 in total
  • January 2022: £41,350 in total

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

2021-22 entry

  • September 2021: £41,350 in total
  • January 2022: £41,350 in total

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.

Additional costs

These additional costs will apply if you choose to participate in these optional elements of the course:

Summary
DescriptionMandatory/optional Guide to cost
 Global Experience Week  Optional £2000-£2400 tuition + accommodation costs. Flights, meals and other expenses are additional cost and vary dependent on student location.
 International Exchange   Optional Flights, accommodation, meals and other expenses vary dependent on student location.
 Digital Opportunities: Insights from the Startup Nation   Optional Flights, accommodation, meals and other expenses vary dependent on student location.
 The Future of Cities (Glocal- New York)   Optional Flights, accommodation, meals and other expenses vary dependent on student location. 
Financing the Blue Economy (Seychelles)  Optional Flights, accommodation, meals and other expenses vary dependent on student location.
These are optional elements of the programme.
Additional costs

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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