ThumbnailECTS: 90 credits
Start date: January and September 2017
Duration: 2 years part-time
Location: Online

This online MBA programme offers a uniquely flexible format that places engagement and technology at the forefront of your learning.

About the course


By combining Imperial’s world class teaching and research with the latest technology, Imperial College Business School is transforming the MBA experience. The course seamlessly combines theory and practice, and offers you the opportunity to tailor your MBA programme to your individual educational goals and interests.

On the programme you will harness your leadership skills through online lectures, projects and peer-learning, on-par with any on-campus programme yet at a time that suits you. A minimum of three weeks' on-campus elements, as well as opt-in face to face electives allow you to build valuable team-working skills through practical exercises and projects with real commercial outcomes.

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 via our app in a simple and effective way.

Importantly, you’ll also have quick and easy access to feedback from tutors no matter what your local time or location.

Combining the latest academic thinking and hands-on business practice, the Imperial Global Online MBA equips you with the tools to achieve your career goals.


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 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 and strong understanding of business 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

  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial and Management Accounting
  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design (more below)
  • Managerial Economics
  • Marketing Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Personal Leadership Journey
  • Project (more below)
  • Strategy
Non-assessed modules
  • Induction
  • Plagiarism Awareness Course
  • Pre-programme Accounting Primer
  • Pre-programme Maths Primer
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Study Skills

Optional modules

You choose five 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
  • Design Management
  • Digital Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Family Business
  • Hi-Tech Strategy
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Leading and Executing Strategic Change
  • Managing Negotiations
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Operations Management
  • Pricing Strategy
  • Private Equity
  • Strategic Networks for Innovation and Change
  • Strategic Problem Solving
  • Sustainability and Competitive Advantage: Rethinking Value Creation
  • Topics in Asset Management
  • Venture Capital Finance

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design

The Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design Module provides you with a practical opportunity to apply and integrate what you’ve learnt in Year 1 and enables you to think more strategically when faced with the challenges of bringing new ideas to market.

During this two-week project at the start of your second year, you will work on campus in groups. Working in a team of students with complementary skills and personalities, you will generate ideas about how to make this company grow and make a business case about how to proceed with the project as a business, either stand alone or within the company.


The final project is an essential part of the Global Online MBA experience.

You submit a report of up to 15,000 words for assessment.

It must have a critical, evaluative or analytical element, and add value by creating something new in terms of method, application, ideas and knowledge.

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

Teaching and assessment

Online learning

The Imperial College Business School believe online technologies have reached a stage where it is possible to deliver an MBA online.

You will use The Hub virtual learning platform throughout your studies.


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

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

You will need a good undergraduate honours degree (normally 2:1) from a UK university or an equivalent overseas qualification. Alternatively an acceptable professional qualification will also be considered.

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.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:


Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:


* This is a complete fee for the course, not a yearly fee

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.

How to apply

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.