Business School students

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: September 2018
CampusSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

Applications for 2018

Open to applications for 2018 entry
Full-Time MBA at Imperial College Business School
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Whatever your ambitions, our intensive, one-year Full-Time MBA is the perfect starting point in your career transformation.

Joining an intimate class of students, your experience is tailored to your own career objectives, combining your aspiration and vision with our unique learning experience.

On this one-year programme you will study core modules to build your foundation in business, and then shape your own elective and project portfolio to specialise in the areas of business that interest you.

Your analytical, innovative and entrepreneurial skills will be challenged and stretched, and a selection of exciting projects will give you the chance to apply your learning in real-world situations.

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

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 secure your ideal role as a business leader.

Our optional exchange programme is a great opportunity to network internationally whilst taking advantage of specialised electives 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.

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.


Core modules

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

Non-assessed modules

  • Business Simulation
  • Careers and Professional Development
  • European Trip (see 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

European trip

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
  • Sustainability and Competitive Advantage. Rethinking Value Creation
  • Clean Technology Investment
  • Climate Change and Business Strategy
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Design Management
  • Family Business
  • Globalisation
  • Hi Tech and Digital Strategy
  • Idea SMART Camp
  • International Business
  • Leading Change and Transformation
  • Leading Social Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Macroeconomics and Finance for Practitioners (International elective)
  • Management Challenges in Healthcare
  • Managing Infrastructure Projects
  • Managing Negotiations
  • Managing Uncertainty
  • Strategic Networks for Innovation and Change
  • Leading and Executing Strategic Change
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Pricing Strategy
  • Private Equity
  • Project Management
  • 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
  • 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

Teaching and assessment


  • 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.

Course timetable

You will receive your course timetable by the beginning of your studies in September. The core teaching hours for the College are 9am–6pm and the Business School will also teach in the evenings beyond 6pm.

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

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)

2018 entry

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 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020. 

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry

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 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020. 

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 of up to £10,280 from the UK government. 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.


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).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.


Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is normally at least a 2.2 UK Honour's degree.

An approved professional qualification can be accepted in place of a UK Honour's degree.

Candidates are required to achieve a GMAT score of 600 or above, or GRE with 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.

Additionally, three years of relevant postgraduate work experience is required.

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

All applicants must apply online.

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 courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

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

All of the Business School taught postgraduate programmes require payment of an application processing fee before an application can be submitted. Details of the cost can be found on the Business School website.

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

ATAS certificate

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

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