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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your application

Applications for this course are still open.

The start dates of our courses have not changed as a result of COVID-19 and are scheduled to start as advertised.

We remain committed to delivering the highest quality education, so you can be assured that we have the technology, the expertise and committed staff who are ready to offer you a first-class educational experience that will inspire you. You can read more about this on our website.

Find more about student applications on our COVID-19 webpage

Key information

Duration: 2 years part-time
Start date: 7 September 2020 or January 2021
Location: Online
ECTS: 90 credits
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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.


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.


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


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


  • Advanced Company Valuation
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Alternative Investments
  • Banking and FinTech: Strategies and Challenges
  • Clean Technology Investment
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Topics in Asset Management


  • Consumer Behaviour
  • International Business
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Pricing Strategy
  • Strategic Networks for Innovation and Change


  • Venture Capital Finance
  • Leading Social Innovation

Strategic Management

  • Advanced Strategy
  • Breakout Strategy
  • Business Analytics
  • Climate Change and Business Strategy
  • Design for Business Transformation
  • Digital Business
  • Digital Opportunities: Insights from the Startup Nation
  • Digital Transformation: Leading Real-World Change
  • Energy Business
  • Family 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
  • The Future of Cities

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/Tests

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.

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.

For Business School courses, your first and second choices must be the same type of qualification (i.e. both MSc, both MBA or both MRes).

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.


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

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2020 entry

September 2020 entry - £18,800 per year
January 2021 entry - £18,800 per year

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

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2020 entry

September 2020 entry - £18,800 per year
January 2021 entry - £18,800 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 from the UK government.

For 2019-20 entry, the maximum amount was of £10,906. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.


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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