Business School students

Providing graduates with the professional skills and business knowledge to pursue a career in business.

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: September 2020
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
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Our intensive, one-year full-time MBA combines academic rigour and practical relevance.

There is a careful balance between teaching, learning, individual work and group work. Case study methodology and class-based discussions are used to strengthen your conceptual, analytical and problem-solving skills. There are also regular seminars held by expert guest speakers.

Your analytical, innovative and entrepreneurial skills will be challenged and stretched, and the selection of projects available allow you to apply your learning to real-world situations.

Study programme

You will complete pre-study modules to equip you with the basic knowledge and skills required for the programme. You are required to pass these modules, but they are not formally assessed.

Core modules begin in the autumn term and continue throughout the academic year. All students follow the same programme for these initial months and cover key concepts in business.

During the spring and summer terms, you choose optional modules to study. Optional modules allow you to shape the programme to your own ambitions and specialise in the areas of business that interest you the most or suit your career ambitions.

The programme includes a number of integrative modules that bring learning together, allowing you to develop by putting into practice what you have covered in the core modules. These include the Global Experience Week, Capstone Week, Business Simulation, Imperial Innovation Challenge, Consulting Project or Entrepreneurial Journey, and a final individual project or internship report.

Our optional exchange programme is a great opportunity to network internationally whilst taking advantage of specialised optional moduless at one of our partner schools. You can choose to travel to another business school and learn from their expert faculty, or join one of their abroad tours and build your network in another country.


You have access to personalised support from the Business School’s Career and Professional Development Service throughout the programme.

The combination of your enhanced professional skills, strong understanding of business, and numerous opportunities to network with leading experts from the business world will help you pursue your ideal role in business.

Find out more about the Imperial Full-Time 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 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


Core modules

You study all of the core modules below.

  • Accounting
  • Business Economics
  • Corporate Finance
  • Decision Analytics
  • Design Thinking and Innovative Problem Solving
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Investments and Risk Management
  • Macroeconomics
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Strategic Problem Solving
  • Strategy
  • Personal Leadership Journey

Non-assessed modules

  • Business Insights in Europe (see below)
  • Business Simulation
  • Induction Week
  • Personal Ethics and Core Values

Pre-study modules

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

Business Insights in Europe

During your MBA journey you will visit a key European city to learn about international business practices in Europe. You will have the opportunity to visit top companies and learn about the cultural and economic ecosystem of Europe outside of your London classroom. This activity is one of your non-assessed core course elements.

Optional modules

You choose six modules from below.

  • Advanced Company Valuation
  • Advanced Strategy
  • Alternative Investments
  • Banking and FinTech: Strategies and Challenges
  • Brand Management
  • Breakout Strategy
  • Business Analytics
  • Energy Business
  • Clean Technology Investment
  • Climate Change and Business Strategy
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Design for Business Transformation
  • Digital Transformation: Leading Real-World Change
  • Family Business
  • Idea SMART Camp
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Leading Social Innovation
  • Leading and Executing Strategic Change
  • Macroeconomics and Finance for Practitioners (International elective)
  • Management Challenges in Healthcare
  • Managing Negotiations
  • Managing Service Operations
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Pricing Strategy
  • Private Equity
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Networks for Innovation and Change
  • Sustainability and Competitive Advantage: Rethinking Value Creation
  • The Economics of Information and Intellectual Property
  • The Future of Cities
  • Topics in Asset Management
  • Venture Capital and Growth Finance


Integrative modules

You choose four modules from below.

  • Consulting Project or Entrepreneurial Journey
  • Global Experience Week (more below)
  • Imperial Innovation Challenge
  • Perspectives on Practice: Project or Internship Report

Global Experience week

You will travel to another country to view business in an international context. The 2017-18 academic year visited local companies and charities in Chile, and our 2016-17 academic year visited Vietnam.

Capstone week

This is the final week of your studies where you have the opportunity to celebrate your achievement and continue to apply your MBA learning. You experience a mix of case studies, poster sessions and a conference aimed at consolidating your MBA experience

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

A pass mark in the language component of the programme will be part of the assessment.

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.

  • Bocconi University Graduate School
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • ESADE Business and Law School
  • Essec Asia- Pacific
  • Essec Business School
  • Fudan University
  • HEC Business School
  • HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
  • Rotterdam School of Management
  • SDA Bocconi School of Management
  • University of St.Gallen, Switzerland - HSG
  • Warsaw School of Economics

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 approved 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 or professional qualification) you may be eligible for entry via a Special Qualifying Examination.

You are normally required to either undertake a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and achieve a minimum score of 600, or alternatively a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test and achieve minimum scores of 156 (new test) or 550 (old test) in the verbal, and 158 (new test) or 740 (old test) in the quantitative sections.

You are normally required to sit a careers interview and an academic interview.

You must also hold at least three years' relevant postgraduate work experience.

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.

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.

Read more about scholarships specific to this degree on the Business School website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2020 entry
£53,500 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2020 entry
£53,500 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

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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