Master of Business Administration (MBA)

At Imperial, we recognise we live in challenging times, facing pressures of rapid technological innovation, increasing globalisation, dwindling natural resources and the need to generate economic growth which delivers greater well-being for society. At Imperial College Business School, we tackle the challenges business faces through analytical, sharp analysis and thought-leadership. It is our DNA.

The Full-Time MBA is a process of transformation, allowing you to find ways to meet the challenges of the future. You will hone your current skillset, expand your knowledge and specialise in the areas of business that interest you. Your analytical, innovative and entrepreneurial skill set will be challenged and stretched, and a selection of exciting projects will give you the chance to apply your learning in real-world situations.

Find out more about why the Imperial Full-Time MBA is special


We are among a handful of business schools worldwide to achieve triple accreditation from Association of MBAs (AMBA)Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).


Our graduates enjoy careers in a business setting as well as a variety of sectors. Your MBA equips you with transferrable skills valued not only in the business world but also in industry, healthcare, public service and energy.

There are no typical career paths pursued by MBA graduates and there are several reasons why you might choose to study for one. The combination of your enhanced professional skills, strong understanding of business, and numerous opportunities to network with leading experts from the business world will ensure you can climb the career ladder and pursue senior level managerial positions.

An MBA is for you if you are:

  • an entrepreneur looking to build your own business
  • a professional seeking to move to a managerial post
  • planning a career change

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Core modules

  • 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
  • Personal Leadership Journey
  • Strategic Problem Solving
  • Strategy
  • Business Simulation
  • Careers and Professional Development
  • European trip (more below)
  • Immersion Week
  • Intelligent Business Speaker Series
  • Personal Ethics and Core Values
  • Plagiarism Awareness
  • Pre-Programme Accounting
  • Pre-Programme Maths
  • Pre-Programme Quantitative Methods
  • Study Skills

You will visit a key European city to learn about international business practices by visiting top companies to learn about the cultural and economic environment of Europe outside of the classroom. This activity is one of your non-assessed core course elements.

Optional modules

You choose six modules from below.

  • Advanced Company Valuation
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Advanced Strategy
  • Banking and FinTech: Strategies and Challenges
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Brand Management
  • Breakout Strategy
  • Clean Technology Investment
  • Climate Change, Business and Finance
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Corporate Law and Corporate Tax Strategy
  • Corporate Strategy and Dynamic Competition
  • Design Management
  • Digital Business
  • Family Business
  • Globalisation
  • Hi-tech Strategy
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Leading and Executing Strategic Change
  • Leading Change and Transformation
  • Macroeconomics and Finance for Practitioners (International Elective)
  • Management Challenges in Healthcare
  • Managing Infrastructure Projects
  • Managing Negotiations
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Pricing Strategy
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate Investment
  • Strategic Networks for Innovation and Change
  • Sustainability and Competitive Advantage. Rethinking Value Creation
  • Topics in Asset Management
  • Venture Capital and Growth Finance
  • Wealth Management and Alternative Investments

Integrative modules

You choose four modules from below.

  • Consulting Project or Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design Project
  • Global Experience Week (more below)
  • Imperial Innovation Challenge
  • Individual Project or Internship Report

Global experience week

You will travel to another country to view business in an international context. The 2015-16 academic year visited major companies in China and our 2016-17 academic year will visit 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.


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


  • Case Studies
  • Continuous assessment
  • Essays
  • Multiple Choice Tests
  • Participation
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Written examinations

Staff expertise

The Imperial College Business School has over 60 academics, 10 teaching fellows and 20 researchers supporting teaching and research across the School.

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

Minimum academic requirement

You will need to have achieved the following:

  • a good undergraduate degree or recognised professional qualification
  • three years of relevant postgraduate work experience
  • GMAT score of 600 or above

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 requirements

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.

Home and EU students

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Islands and overseas students

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Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Funding from Imperial


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.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master’s Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

All applicants must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most of our postgraduate courses don’t have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full. We therefore recommend applying early to avoid disappointment, especially students who will also be applying for funding or applying for a visa.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

ATAS Certificate
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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