Business School students

Our flexible part-time course offers the chance to study an MBA at Imperial while continuing your current job.

Key information

Duration: 21 months part-time
Start date: April 2023
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
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Our 21-month Weekend MBA allows you to accelerate and develop your career, balancing studying at Imperial in London in your spare time with a demanding job. This enables you to study in London without the need to relocate, providing access to a global business hub.

The programme allows you to develop a strong international network of ambitious students and graduates, leading faculty members and business practitioners.

Study programme

This programme is taught on weekends once a month from April to January (Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning). Completing this MBA will require you to take 32 – 46 days out of the office in a 21 month period, depending on the electives chosen.

The first year of the programme focuses on core modules, which cover the foundations for business success. There is a careful balance of teaching and learning, individual work and group work. There are also regular seminars by expert external speakers.

In the second year, you tailor your MBA and choose optional modules which cover all of the key management and business disciplines as well as a final project. With our flexible modules, you can choose to study electives on campus at Imperial, or online through our unique, high engagement learning platforms. The Global Experience Week in your second year is an intensive exploration of a country’s business practices and challenges using company visits to learn through practical case studies.

There is also an opportunity to participate in The Entrepreneurial Journey in place of one elective module. This is a live entrepreneurial project that provides insights into the challenges of introducing products and services to market.

Find out more about the Imperial Weekend 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.


This page reflects the latest version of the curriculum for this year of entry. However, this information is subject to change.

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 this year of entry.

We recommend you check this page before finalising your application and again before accepting your offer. We will update this page as soon as any changes are confirmed 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 any changes made.

Page last reviewed on 25 October 2021.


Non-assessed modules

  • Induction
  • Plagiarism Awareness
  • Study Skills

Pre-study modules

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

Core modules

  • Capstone Consulting Experience (see below)
  • Corporate Finance
  • Decision Analytics
  • Financial and Management Accounting
  • Global Experience Week
  • Global Macroeconomics
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Managerial Economics
  • Marketing Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Personal Leadership Journey
  • Strategy

Capstone Consulting Experience

The Capstone Consulting Experience is an independent report on a relevant theme, where you will demonstrate that you are able to address a specific theme in an autonomous way and bring together your learning across different subjects.

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

Optional modules

You will choose six optional modules, developing your expertise with your future career objectives in mind. There are a wide range of optional modules, from which approximately 20 are run each year depending on student interest.

The list of electives below gives a sample of the kinds of modules run in a given year.

  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Advanced Strategies
  • Banking and FinTech: Strategies and Challenges
  • Big Data, AI & Machine Learning
  • Brand Management
  • Breakout Strategy
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Problem Solving
  • Building and Managing Reputations During Good Times and Bad Times
  • Clean Technology Investment
  • Climate Change and Business Strategy
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Defining Moments
  • Design for Business Transformation
  • Design Management
  • Digital Business
  • Digital Business Model Design
  • Digital Opportunities: Insights from the Startup Nation
  • Digital Transformation: Leading Real-World Change
  • Economics of Information and Intellectual Property
  • Energy Business
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Entrepreneurial Journey (see below)
  • Family Business
  • Final Report
  • Financing the Blue Economy
  • IdeaSMART Camp
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Leading and Executing Strategic Change
  • Leading Social Innovation
  • Leading YourSelf
  • Management Challenges in Healthcare
  • Managing Negotiations
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Pricing Strategy
  • Private Equity
  • Project Management
  • Sales Management and Leadership
  • Strategic Networks for Innovation and Change
  • Strategy and Leadership in a Digital World 
  • Strategy in Volatile and Uncertain Environments
  • Sustainability and Competitive Advantage: Rethinking Value Creation
  • Sustainable Transformation - Made in Italy IB Glocal Elective
  • The Future of Cities
  • Topics in Asset Management

The Entrepreneurial Journey

The Entrepreneurial Journey is an optional module that can be taken instead of one elective. It is a live entrepreneurial experience that provides insights into the challenges of introducing products and services to market.

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
  • 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.

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 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 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.

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

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

If you are applying for a taught Master’s course, you will need to pay an application fee before submitting your application.

The fee applies per application and not per course:

  • £135 for MBA applications
  • £80 for all other taught Master’s applications

There is no application fee for MRes courses, Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas or research courses, such as PhDs and EngDs.

If you are facing financial hardship and are unable to pay the application fee, we encourage you to apply for our application fee waiver.

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 fees for the Weekend MBA are the same for UK and international students.

Find out more about fees and funding opportunities.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees

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 2022-23 entry, the maximum amount is £11,836. 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. 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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