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London Business School Guide: Everything You Need To Know

Feb 21, 2024

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School and Program Overview

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Here is everything you need to get into London School Business.

This guide is designed to help you make a decision about whether London Business School is a good fit for you. In it, we give an overview of the school and its MBA program, including location, information about the MBA community, and ranking. We then give you a detailed look into the MBA course, including program offerings, extracurricular activities, and post-MBA opportunities. 

This guide also includes a wealth of resources that will strengthen your LBS application, including essay guidelines, interview advice, and letter of recommendation planning support.

We know this guide will be helpful for you and your MBA journey, and we wish you the best in your decision and application process! If you have any questions after reading, please feel free to contact us .

Location: London, UK

Located in the center of London, attending and living near LBS means that you will have a good balance between urban opportunities and access to one of the busiest financial hubs in the world.

As one of the biggest cities in the world, London is an incredibly diverse city that is both livable and full of cultural, culinary, academic, and professional opportunities. And as part of the University of London, LBS is part of a wide network of academic institutions throughout the city, including other prestigious universities such as Imperial College and the London School of Economics.

London is an expensive city, but rent prices vary significantly. Off-campus apartments can cost anywhere from around $690 to $2500 per month, depending on apartment size and location. LBS also provides an accommodation search portal via the University of London.

Overall, LBS’ location is one full of opportunities and unique experiences, but you will have to reflect on whether an urban experience matches your needs and desires.

Note : LBS also has a location in Dubai. Click here to find out more.

LBS’ Community

With a strong emphasis on diversity and a global mindset, there is no “typical” LBS student. However, the LBS community is uniquely international and is full of leaders who are driven to change the status quo. As London Business School Admissions says , “We nurture our students to challenge the status quo, to question the norm and to develop the skills to become the world’s best business leaders. Over the years we have adopted a truly global outlook tackling challenges faced by international businesses and their leaders.” 

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As such, LBS tends to be a cohesive community that forms strong networks and leverages them long after the MBA is done. If you are interested in joining a proactive and global group of driven leaders, LBS may be just the place for you!

Class Size and Demographics

Out of around 3,000 applicants for the Class of 2025 , 487 were admitted and accepted their spots at LBS. 

43% of LBS’ Class of 2025 are women, and around 91% are international, representing 63 nationalities. The breakdown of LBS students’ nationalities is below:

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In general, LBS tends to admit applicants with 5 years of work experience. Most students came in from consulting (29%) and financial backgrounds (21%), although a wide range of industries are represented, as illustrated in the chart below:

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The median GMAT score for the Class of 2025 was 708.

Currently, tuition for the full 15- to 21-month program is £115,000, or around US$146,000. This does not include student fees (~$350), travel, and living costs, which may vary.  

Note that LBS has a wide range of scholarships that are offered based on merit.

Costs and Financing

LBS offers a range of merit-based scholarships to applicants of all nationalities. Applicants are automatically considered for some of these scholarships, while others require a separate application. Learn more about LBS’ financial aid opportunities and resources here .

For information on how to get company MBA sponsorship, see our guide or visit this page . 

To search for third-party scholarships available for MBA candidates, click here .

For US nationals seeking federal loans, visit the US government website for financial aid. For private loans, see this list to see what firms are offering the best rates.

For international students interested in loans, we recommend the following institutions: Mpower Financing , Juno , or Discover .

Program Length

LBS’ MBA can be completed in 15 to 21 months, depending on the choice of each student (most students choose to complete the program over 21 months). Note that there are other degree programs, including an Executive MBA (20 months), which may vary in duration. 

Across multiple ranking sources, LBS is consistently placed at the very top. Financial Times has LBS at #8 globally for all MBA programs and Forbes ranks LBS as first in the world .

Another important consideration to make when deciding whether any business school is right for you is the MBA’s ROI – where graduates go and how well they succeed. You want to ensure that the investment you make in your MBA, both in terms of time and money, gets you the career boost you’re aiming for!

The first key indicator of the school’s preparation and reputation is how many students receive job offers immediately after graduation (this is usually within three months). Secondly is the median base salary, which shows the value that employers see in candidates as a combination of their previous experience and skills and knowledge gained during the MBA. Employers are willing to pay candidates more when they can trust that the MBA has provided them with solid leadership skills. We provide the median base salary for all MBA graduates, but we also recommend looking at LBS’ latest employment report to see detailed post-MBA salary information for your industry.

You will also want to consider each school’s career services and any resources they offer to support your post-MBA success. Part of the investment you make towards your MBA includes ensuring that you are getting the help you need to prepare for interviews, salary negotiations, and network-building. We include information about LBS’ career services below.

Key Statistics

Of those that sought employment after completing their MBAs in 2023, 90% received an offer within three months. The top functions that graduates pursued were consulting (45%, mean base salary of $125,219), finance (26%, mean base salary of $121,870), and technology (21%, mean base salary of $110,052). 

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85% of students who accepted an offer received other compensation/bonuses. The top employers of graduates were McKinsey, BCG, and Bain.

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55% of graduates received jobs in the UK. The rest were relatively evenly distributed throughout the world, as illustrated in the map below:

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Employment Services and Resources

LBS also offers excellent career services to support students and alumni in their post-MBA journeys. LBS’ Career Center provides access to a suite of career resources, including coaching, learning, employment opportunities, and insights.

Key resources that students and alumni can access include career and coaching advice, career learning workshops and tools, recruitment opportunities and events, and personalized career information. 

Now you’ve got the basics of what LBS is all about. Before you read on to the details of LBS’ MBA program, you may be wondering if the school is really right for you and your situation.

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Our team here at Ellin Lolis Consulting is always excited to support our clients in deciding which MBA is right for you . From mapping out your business school brand and objectives to planning your visit to your top-choice schools, we get to know you so we can offer you the best support along each step of the decision-making process.

Learn more about our all-in consulting services here.

Now you’ve got the basics of what LBS is all about. Before you read on to the details of LBS’ MBA program, you may be wondering if the school is really right for you and your situation.

Considering the fact that you can only do one MBA, choosing where to apply is the most important decision you will make during your application process. 

Though there are many components to a successful business school application, it’s important to know what you want out of your MBA. One of the most important aspects of an MBA program is academics. After all, you’ll spend most of your time in the classroom, preparing for class, or studying for exams!

In this section, we go into depth about just what you can expect during your London Business School MBA. 

LBS’ MBA curriculum is focused on business fundamentals as well as leadership, communication, and analytical skills. The curriculum includes both required core courses, tailored core courses, and time for chosen electives (note that students opting for the shorter program length will have fewer opportunities for electives). 

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Then, once core courses are finished, students can start choosing from their tailored core course options. This period allows students to fulfill their business fundamentals knowledge while delving deeper into key areas that are most important for their careers. Examples of these tailored core courses include Developing Entrepreneurial Opportunities, Innovation and Technology Strategy, and Global Economic Analysis. This is the structure of most students’ first year.

Then, during the summer, students have two options: taking on a summer internship or enrolling in LBS’ Entrepreneurship Summer School.

Finally, during the second year, students choose between ten and 12 electives in accounting, finance, economics, management and operations, marketing, organizational behavior, and strategy/entrepreneurship. Students also have the option to enroll in global or business experiential programs and cross-register for certain electives and language courses offered at University College London.

While optional, students can choose to pursue seven concentrations: change management, entrepreneurial management, finance, marketing, private equity, strategy, and economics.

Notable Faculty

LBS is known for the quality of its professors. Here are just a few of them.

Alex Edmans is a Professor of Finance and the Academic Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance at LBS. Recognized as Poets and Quants’ Professor of the Year in 2021, his research interests include corporate finance, responsible business, and behavioral finance. He is also a prolific public speaker, having spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos and giving three Ted talks that have been viewed a combined 2.5 million times. If you’re interested in topics like the social responsibility of business , Professor Edmans should be at the top of your list.

Herminia Ibarra teaches organizational behavior. She is an authority on leadership and career development, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network, and one of Apolitica’s 100 most influential people in gender policy. She is the author of two best-selling books, Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader and Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career. Her most recent article, The Leader as Coach, won the 2019 Warren Bennis Prize for the best leadership article in the Harvard Business Review. Ibarra writes regularly in leading academic journals and business publications, including the Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal , and New York Times and speaks internationally on leadership and organizational transformation.

Suleyman Basak is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on asset pricing and risk management and has won a number of awards for his teaching. He was previously at Wharton and acted as a consultant to Goldman Sachs.

Instruction style

In general, there are three primary teaching styles : case studies, experiential learning, and lectures. LBS’ MBA combines all three. Depending on the class, professors may employ any combination of these approaches.

Particularly, LBS values lectures and discussion, group work and role-plays, field visits and experiential learning opportunities in London and around the globe, and talks with industry leaders and real-world entrepreneurs.

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LBS is home to some of the world’s best experiential learning opportunities for MBA students. For example, LondonCAP allows students to test the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom alongside a group to create value for real-world companies and organizations in London. Previous students have worked on projects with leading London-based organizations such as the BBC, Football Association, AB InBev, and the British Fashion Council. 

London Business School is home to six research centers and institutes . This includes the AQR Asset Management Institute , the Center for Corporate Governance , the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship , the Leadership Institute , Private Equity at LBS , and the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development .

International Study Programs

Apart from the international experience that all MBA students are immersed in due to LBS’ diverse class, the school also offers Global Business Experiences (GBEs) so that students can gain experience and build networks abroad.

GBEs are week-long programs that consist of lectures, guest speakers, site visits, group workshops, company visits, and alumni meetings. During this time, students apply their academic learnings to real-life, global business situations. Each experience is tailored to the location and hosting company/organization. Past locations include Stockholm, NYC, and Paris.

Students can also take part in international exchange programs with partner schools across the globe. Students can take up to four elective courses in their location of choice. Partner schools include HEC in Paris, Hitotsubashi University’s Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy in Japan, Kellogg School of Management in the US, Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, and the Gordon Institute of Business Science in South Africa.

The quality and extent of any business school’s community and network are key to assessing how the MBA will support your goals and objectives. While the MBA’s academic offerings are certainly one of the most important considerations, the influence and support of others connected to the school are one of the most influential aspects of getting an MBA. 

In clubs and extracurricular activities, you will meet others who can expand your perspectives, give you innovative ideas, and potentially become future business partners. When exploring each school’s extracurricular opportunities, see whether there are activities that align with your goals, values, skill gaps, or general interests.

Networking and Extracurricular Activities at LBS

As for the school’s networks and alumni community, some programs have stronger connections than others. You will want to consider whether the school has good connections to the regions and/or industries that you are aiming for and whether or not alumni networks exist where you are headed post-MBA. Not only will this be a chance for you to stay connected after graduation, but it can also get you lifelong career support and opportunities.

Extracurricular Activities and Clubs

With plenty of clubs and extracurricular activities available at LBS, there are many ways to refine leadership, networks, and skills during the MBA. There are over 75 clubs available and over one thousand events each year.

Whether you are interested in networking with others from your region or social group (e.g., Africa Club , Out in Business Club, LBS Women in Business ), exploring your industry/background further (e.g., Entrepreneurship Club , Social Impact Club ), or simply finding others with similar personal interests (e.g., Sailing Club , Photography Club ), there are certainly a number of clubs that fit your profile and objectives.

Networking and Alumni Opportunities

In addition to experiencing LBS’ tight-knit student community, MBA students and grads have access to the school’s one-of-a-kind alumni community . LBS’ alumni network has more than 47,000 members in 157 countries. Students have the chance to interact with alumni through a number of alumni events, while alumni have lifetime access to LBS resources such as the LBS library. 

Networking and Alumni Opportunities at LBS

Whether you are a student or an alumna, you also have access to the LBS Hub , an engagement platform to enable global alumni connections, clubs, and online mentoring. 

Apart from being a consistently well-ranked school with an excellent reputation among employers, there are a few key aspects that make LBS unique:

  • Global culture and opportunities : LBS has a reputation for its extremely diverse MBA class and strong network that is maintained even as graduates take jobs across the world. Additionally, there are many opportunities for global immersion, student treks, and exchange programs that give students an extra dose of international experience.
  • Collaboration : Group work is a key component of the LBS experience, whether it’s inside or outside of the classroom. Although business can often be a competitive environment, LBS emphasizes collaboration over competition. 
  • Location : To complement the school’s unique international opportunities, students can also take advantage of LBS’ location in one of the biggest global hubs for a number of industries. From the classroom to clubs, students can leverage LBS’ close relationships with local businesses and organizations for events, projects, and internships.

Now that you know just about everything there is to know about LBS and its opportunities, you may be considering applying. Luckily, our expert team at Ellin Lolis Consulting has a wealth of LBS-specific resources to make your application stand out and succeed. We’ve compiled them below:

LBS Essay Analysis

Receiving around 3,000 applications per year and with an acceptance rate of around 20%, LBS is a highly selective MBA program. 

This guide, which includes tips from our expert essay editing team, will help you use your LBS admissions essays to stand out. You’ll find an analysis of who LBS is looking for, the essay questions, and what to (and not to!) do. We’ve also included sample essays. All in all, using this guide will ensure you give your LBS application your best shot.

Access the guide here .

LBS Interview Prep

The LBS interview is one of the most sought-after – and most difficult – interviews to land in the business school world. Luckily, we’ve created this exclusive guide to help you prepare for an LBS interview that stands out among the competition.

In this guide, we’ve rounded up not only our best tips from our interview team but have also included sample LBS interview questions.

Additional LBS Resources

Looking for even more resources to ensure you get into LBS?

Our MBA Resource Center is the perfect tool to start – or improve! – your LBS application. In our MBA Resource Center, you get access to:

  • Dozens more successful LBS essays
  • An exclusive essay brainstorming guide
  • Letter of recommendation guides and templates
  • Résumé templates 
  • Additional resources like interview mocks and sample interview essays 

Our MBA Resource Center is the tool you need to turn an average application into an outstanding application that earns you a spot at LBS ! 

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Our clients get admitted to LBS

If your eyes are set on LBS, you may be wondering about how you’ll prepare and execute a successful application. As one of the most selective MBA programs out there, getting admitted to LBS is no easy task. Luckily, Ellin Lolis Consulting is here to offer our comprehensive expertise to you.

From brainstorming your ideas for your essays to negotiating your scholarships , our all-star team ensures that you get exactly the support and guidance you need along every step of the application process .

Don’t just take our word for it – take a look at the following testimonials from some of our clients who were admitted to LBS:

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Landing a spot at LBS is no easy task. Now is the time to make sure your accomplishments truly shine. 

Ellin Lolis Consulting began with one mission: provide the best possible service to our clients and get them the best possible results . We know that applying for an MBA can be a difficult, long process, but our goal is to take away as much of the stress as possible by acting as your ally in the process. 

So if you need much more than just a few comments on your essay but instead want focused help shaping how you present your life’s greatest hits to one of the world’s toughest critics, you can count on us. 

That’s why we have a 98.9% success rate. We love digging deep into your story, finding what makes you unique, and sharing your accomplishments and why you belong at LBS, all without losing your voice.

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While preparing your MBA application, the following resources created by Ellin Lolis Consulting will help you ensure you are not just doing everything right but developing an outstanding and competitive application.

Deciding and Planning 

  • How to Decide Where to Apply to Business School
  • Your Complete Timeline for MBA Application Success
  • How to Create Your Business School Brand
  • When Should You Start Preparing Your MBA Application?
  • MBA Application Rounds: When Should You Apply?
  • 3 Key Ways MBA Consultants Help You Build a Better Application Strategy

Writing your Essays and Résumé

  • Your Complete Guide to Writing Winning MBA Essays
  • How to Choose Your MBA Essay Stories (webinar)
  • How to Write an MBA Goals Essay that Lands You an Interview
  • 3 Reasons MBA Consultants Are Critical When Identifying and Telling MBA Essay Stories
  • How to Use Storytelling to Write Standout MBA Essays
  • How to Highlight Uniqueness in Your MBA Essays
  • How to Discuss Failures and Weaknesses in Your MBA Essays
  • How to Write an MBA CV

Letters of Recommendation

  • How to Choose the Best Recommenders for Your Application
  • How MBA Consultants Can Help you Obtain Better Letters of Recommendation
  • How to Secure MBA Letters of Recommendation

MBA Interview Prep

  • How to Be an Interview Rockstar and Leave a Great Impression
  • The 5 Toughest MBA Interview Questions and How to Ace Them
  • 5 Critical MBA Interview Mistakes Non-native English Speakers Make (And How to Stop Making Them)
  • Ask These Questions During Your MBA Interview
  • 3 Key Ways MBA Consultants Can Help You Prepare for Your MBA Interviews
  • The 3 Most Common MBA Interview Mistakes (and How to Avoid Making Them) (webinar)

After Getting Accepted

  • You’ve Just Been Accepted to Business School! Now What?
  • MBA Application Fundamentals: What To Do After You’re Admitted

We hope you have enjoyed this guide to the London Business School MBA.

I know that applying for an MBA can be a difficult, long process, but arming yourself with information about your top-choice programs, planning ahead, and finding your application ally can take away as much of the stress as possible in the process. 

So, whether you need help developing your London Business School essay or guidance shaping how you present your greatest hits to one of the world’s toughest critics, you can count on my amazing team and me. 

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Applying for the Doctoral programme

Are you ready to ignite your extraordinary potential within a forward-thinking Business School? At Imperial we take a holistic approach to admissions, attracting a diverse range of individuals with varied backgrounds to foster an enriching learning experience. Looking beyond your professional qualifications, we also consider who you are, what motivates you and how you collaborate with others.

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Who are we looking for?

At Imperial, we are looking for well-rounded candidates with the aptitude and ambition to thrive in our PhD programmes and make a global impact as future leaders of business and society.

Entry requirements

Academic achievement.

A PhD at Imperial College London is a demanding academic qualification. We therefore look for evidence of strong and consistent academic performance and expect applicants to have high grades at undergraduate and Master’s level, including a strong dissertation.

From graduates of UK institutions, this would normally equate to a combination of at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree at undergraduate level and a Master’s degree awarded with Merit or Distinction. Please see the  College Country index  for the international equivalent of these qualifications, though please bear in mind that the Business School may ask for higher grades than the College minimum.

In exceptional circumstances, we will consider candidates holding a strong First Class Honours undergraduate degree, without a Master’s, if accompanied by very strong academic references and outstanding CV and personal statement.

For general enquiries, please contact us at  [email protected]

What to expect – pre-requisite knowledge and training

As a PhD graduate of Imperial College Business School, you will be expected to have a solid foundation in quantitative research methods, understand the breadth of your research area and have in depth knowledge of your specific field demonstrated through your own original research. Graduates who are working in primarily qualitative fields are still expected to undertake core quantitative methods training.

To be able to succeed in the formal courses, as a minimum, you should have knowledge of:

Topics include functions, limits and continuity, differentiation, applications of the derivative, curve sketching, and integration theory, methods of integration, applications of the integral, Taylor’s theorem, infinite sequences and series.

Matrix Theory/Linear Algebra

Topics include matrix algebra, systems of linear equations, determinants, vector algebra and geometry, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, vector spaces, subspaces, bases, and dimension, linear transformations, representation by matrices, nullity, rank, diagonalization, inner products, adjoints, unitary, and orthogonal transformations.

Topics include fundamentals of probability theory, confidence intervals, and tests of hypothesis for normal distributions, one- and two-sample tests and associated confidence intervals for means and proportions, analysis of variance, F-tests, correlation, regression, contingency tables, and statistical analysis using the computer.

Data analysis and programming

During your courses and research, you will use a variety of analysis tools and programming languages, including R, STATA, MATLAB, Python – applicants who are not confident with programming should learn before enrolling. There are many open online courses available that make it feasible to learn. This  Data School  web page gives a good round up of some available resources as a starting point.

  • Statement of purpose

One of the most important parts of our application form is the Statement of Purpose section. Although you are not expected to have your whole thesis planned at this stage, it is important to articulate your knowledge and ideas. It should include the following:

  • Your motivation for undertaking the MRes and PhD
  • A discussion of possible research areas that you might pursue
  • Business School faculty you have identified that align with your research interests
  • What interests you most about your chosen field of study

Relevant past study or research projects – in particular those completed with faculty

GMAT or GRE requirement

A GMAT or GRE score is a compulsory requirement to be considered for entry into the Doctoral programme at Imperial College Business School. This GMAT/GRE score must be submitted before we will consider an application. Please note that we do not make offers on the condition that a candidate achieves a satisfactory GMAT/GRE score.

There are only a few test dates per year in some countries or testing centres. It is highly recommended that applicants arrange a GMAT or GRE test at the earliest possible opportunity to ensure that they can submit a timely application.

To locate your nearest GMAT test centre, visit  or for your nearest GRE test centre visit . Our GRE code is 0121.

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No preference between GRE and GMAT:

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Strategy & Organisational Behaviour

GRE preferred:

  • Economics & Public Policy

All applicants are free to take either test and we understand that there are some countries where only one of these tests is available.

We expect applicants to have obtained strong scores across all elements of the exam. We consider strong scores to be in the 90th percentile or higher in either test.

For the GMAT Exam , our preferred total score is 700 or above. From the different test elements, scores in the 90th percentile roughly equate to: 50/60 in quantitative reasoning, 39/60 in verbal reasoning, 6/6 in analytical writing and 8/8 in integrated reasoning.

We also accept the GMAT Focus Edition (available from 7 November 2023). If taking this test, our preferred total score is 655 or above. We would also be looking to see scores in the 90th percentile in the Data Insights, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning components. Scores are valid for five years from your appointment date. 

From the different test elements, scores in the 90th percentile roughly equate to: 165/170 in quantitative reasoning, 163/170 in verbal reasoning and 5/6 in analytical writing.

English language requirement

All Doctoral students must meet our English language entry requirements. If you have a degree taught in English within the following countries, you meet the English requirement automatically: Australia, Canada, Guyana, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America, West Indies. This applies only to degrees that were studied entirely and awarded in the relevant country.

For all other applicants, a full list of acceptable English language qualifications and our required scores can be found on our detailed  English language requirement page .

Most applicants meet the requirement in one of the following ways:

IELTS (academic): A minimum score of 7.0 with minimum scores of 6.5 in all elements.  The IELTS indicator test will be accepted for admissions to the 2023/24 academic year.

TOEFL iBT: A minimum score of 100 overall with minimum scores of 22 in all elements.  The ETS at Home test will be accepted for admission to the 2023/24 academic year.

  • Duolingo English Test: 125 Overall with no less than 115 in any band score.
  • IELTS, TOEFL and Duolingo scores are only valid if they are less than two years old on the programme start date
  • TOEFL: You must meet the entry requirement in one test from your scaled scores ( ‘My Best Scores’ reported by TOEFL will not be considered ). For more information regarding TOEFL please visit the  ETS website . Please note if you would like ETS to send your TOEFL scores directly to the College, our TOEFL Institution Code is 0891.

You may submit your online application prior to meeting the English language requirement.

Start your application

Applications are made through our online application system, which gives you the flexibility to complete your application in your own time and save your progress. The form includes questions about you and your educational history to date.

If you wish to be considered for the Doctoral programme, please follow the steps below:

  • Start a new application and search for “Business”. Select either Business (MRes 1YFT) or (MRes 2YFT) depending on which pathway you wish to apply for.
  • Applicants applying for the Marketing or Analytics and Operations pathways will need to select Business (MRes 1YFT). Applicants applying for the Economics and Public Policy, Finance, Strategy and Organisational Behaviour or Innovation and Entrepreneurship pathways will need to choose Business (MRes 2YFT). You must only select Business [LISS DTP 1+3] (MRes 1YFT) if you are also planning on completing a LISS Case for Support.
  • Once you have chosen either the Business (MRes 1YFT) or Business (MRes 2YFT) programme, you will need to select which pathway you wish to be considered for based on your research area of interest.
  • You will also need to provide a brief outline of your primary research interest and indicate a potential supervisor.

Submit your supporting documents

Once you have submitted your application form, you will need to upload the following supporting information to complete your application in time for the application deadline you want to be considered by.

  • Current resume/CV
  • Complete degree transcripts
  • Contact details of two academic referees
  • GMAT/GRE test scores: you should have sat and have a valid test score that meets our requirements at the point of entry
  • Evidence of English language qualification

It’s essential we receive your supporting documents  and  reference information before midnight (UK time) on Monday 8 January 2024.  Until we have received all the necessary documents, your application will not be complete and will not be processed.

Once the following information is uploaded, the Doctoral Admissions Team will assess your application and you will be contacted if any additional documents are required. Complete applications will then be considered by the Academic Selection Committee. Applications submitted without a GMAT or GRE score or without references will be considered incomplete and will not be considered.

If you are shortlisted by the Academic Selection Committee, you will be invited to an interview with a panel of faculty before a final decision is made. In the case of overseas candidates, we will arrange an interview by telephone or via Skype. 

Shortlisted candidates will normally be invited to interview by Friday 1 March 2024 at the latest.

Admissions decision

You will be notified of your application result by email as soon as possible after your interview. Following this, you will receive official notification via your Imperial Gateway account from the College Registry team. If you have been granted a place on the programme the official offer notification will let you know of any conditions that you need to complete to take up your place.

If you have any further questions about the application process, please see our FAQs.

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Funding your PhD

We offer a funded Doctoral programme at the Business School. This includes a full tuition fee waiver (Home/EU or Overseas fees) plus a living stipend for up to five years through the Business School Graduate Teaching Assistant Scholarship. Funding for a sixth year can be considered on a case-by-case basis, with the potential to undertake a teaching or research assistant studentship with one of the Business Schools research centres.

Some of our scholarship funding comes from EPSRC and ESRC for candidates who meet Research Councils UK’s academic and residential eligibility conditions. During the MRes you will have a discussion with our team to find out whether you are eligible to move onto any of these awards.

Funding and scholarships

The fees for both UK and international students are the same.   

Frequently asked questions

How do i apply and what documents do i need to submit with my application.

All applications to the Doctoral programme are made via our online platform. You will either need to select 'Business (MRes 1YFT)' or 'Business (MRes 2YFT)' based on your research area of interest. Further information can be found on our  Doctoral programme page .

Please refer to the 'How to apply' section of this page to see application deadlines, what documents you are required to submit with your application and to view the selection process.

When is the application deadline?

To find out more about application deadlines for our Doctoral programme please visit the 'How to apply' section of this page.

What do I need to include in my statement of purpose?

One of the most important parts of our application form is the ‘statement of purpose’ section. It should be no more than one or two A4 pages and should cover the following points:

  • Your motivation for undertaking the programme
  • A discussion of possible research areas that you might pursue and how these are a good fit for Imperial College Business School
  • Relevant past study, industry, or research projects

Long-term career goals

I haven’t decided what area I want to specialise in for my PhD, what should I do?

You should browse the description of the different research groups in the Business School and the webpages of faculty members. This will give an overview of their research interests and current projects. The MRes gives you an opportunity to pursue potential interests through courses and a project prior to committing to the PhD.

Do I need a willing supervisor prior to application?

No, although in your application you should list a member of faculty you have identified as a potential supervisor. You can demonstrate in your statement of purpose how your research interests are aligned to a potential supervisor and the Business School.

Checking the research profiles of faculty members and Business School projects will give you an indication of whether the Business School is a good fit for you. If no faculty are working in your area of interest it is unlikely that you would be shortlisted, as we may not be able to provide supervisory support during your PhD.

During the MRes year, you will become part of the research community at Imperial College Business School and interact with faculty and other PhD students during taught courses and at seminars, which we hope will influence and help shape your research ideas for the PhD.

Are all applicants interviewed?

Not all applications progress to the interview stage of the selection process, however we interview all shortlisted candidates before making an offer. In the case of overseas candidates we will arrange an interview by telephone or via Skype.

Is GMAT/GRE a compulsory requirement?

Yes. A GMAT/GRE score must be submitted before we will consider an application. Any applications submitted without a GMAT/GRE score will be considered incomplete until we receive a score. Please note that we do not make offers on the condition that a candidate achieves a satisfactory GMAT/GRE score.

Do you offer Doctoral funding and stipend?

We offer a fully funded Doctoral programme at Imperial College Business School – this includes a tuition fee waiver and a stipend for up to five years. The 2024-25 rate of the Graduate Teaching Assistant scholarship stipend is £25,000. Rates are reviewed annually and are expected to increase for 2025-26 in line with Research Council UK rates. Stipends are tax-free and the continuation of the stipend will depend on your satisfactory progress on the programme.

What living costs should I allow for in London?

Living costs vary considerably depending on the area of London you choose to live in and your choice of accommodation.

Read more about  estimated London living costs  and  accommodation for postgraduates .

Do you offer Doctoral scholarships?

Within Imperial, we also have funding opportunities from various external studentships, including EPSRC, ESRC, and the Imperial College President’s PhD Scholarships .

Students who are eligible for other PhD  funding opportunities  that may be available to them are expected to apply for them.

How long does it take to complete the Doctoral Programme?

The Doctoral programme is structured to take between four to six years full-time. In the first year, all students undertake a one or two year MRes programme depending on their chosen research area specialism. Subject to satisfactory academic progress, students then progress to the PhD which takes between 3-4 years.

When does the academic year start?

The Doctoral programme has one intake each year in September and is spread over four to six years.

Do you offer any distance learning or part-time research programmes?

It is not possible to enrol on the Doctoral programme on a part-time or distance learning basis. Students must be in attendance throughout the full period of study.

Can I transfer from my current Doctoral programme to Imperial College Business School's Doctoral programme?

It is not usually possible to transfer onto the Doctoral programme as it is unlikely that previous studies would perfectly overlap with the School’s expertise.

Can I come to Imperial College Business School as a visiting student?

Imperial College Business School does not accept visiting student applications. On rare occasions students are invited to visit by an academic and are dealt with individually.

Can I have a part-time job whilst enrolled in the programme?

The Doctoral programme is full time. Students are able to undertake part-time work if this does not break any relevant visa and/or scholarship conditions, however the programme offers a living stipend to support students during their studies.

How many students do you accept onto the Doctoral programme every year?

Admission onto the Doctoral programme is highly competitive as we accept around 15 students each year, from a total of approximately 200 applications.

Is there a workspace assigned to Doctoral students?

There is a designated workspace which includes a computer and relevant software assigned to all enrolled Doctoral students. You will share working space with other PhD students in your cohort.

When will I receive my official offer?

When the Business School recommends an offer, the College Registry team will perform a final review of your application to make sure that all College entry requirements are met before making an official offer. This process can take up to three weeks from Business School recommendation.

Do I need to pay a deposit to secure my place?

No. This is not required as all places on the Doctoral Programme come with full funding.

How do I show that I’ve met the academic condition of my offer?

You will receive an email detailing what you are required to submit and where you need to submit relevant documents.

How do I show that I’ve met the English language condition of my offer?

IELTS and TOEFL certificates should be scanned and emailed to  [email protected] . If you have not yet received your certificates, you can email your IELTS Test Report Number or TOEFL 16 digit registration number to the Registry team.

If you have completed the Pearson Test of Academic English, please ensure you have sent your scores to Imperial via your  PearsonPTE account.

If you have completed another one of Imperial’s accepted English language qualifications, you will need to post the original, physical document to the Registry team to support this qualification. You will receive an email with more information and the address that the document will need to be posted to.

How do I find the Business School?

The Business School is located on the South Kensington Campus of Imperial College London. 

“The programme structure is different from many other business schools because during the first year at Imperial we study the Master’s of Research (MRes), which is focused on developing strong foundations before continuing to the PhD programme. This also gives us additional time to discover opportunities and find the right paths for our research. ”

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By Elena Aldea, Senior Recruitment & Admissions Manager, EMBA-Global and Sloan

Deciding which Masters programme is right for you is an important, and often confusing, decision. At LBS, it’s the role of the Recruitment Team to help advise you on which programme might be the best fit for you, and also to answer any questions you might have about the programme or the application process.

The next upcoming intake for the EMBA-Global programme starts on 8 th May 2022, so if you wish to join, get in touch with us as soon as possible for a consultation with the Recruitment & Admissions Team to discuss the next steps in the application process, as well as the logistics before the Orientation Week.

What is the EMBA-Global?

The EMBA-Global programme  is the unique dual MBA programme offered jointly by London Business School and Columbia Business School in New York. Upon successfully completing the programme, you will receive two full MBA degrees – one from London Business School and another from Columbia University – and be a full member of both institutions.

You can view our new brochure  here .

Who is the programme aimed at?

Our EMBA-Global students are often looking to accelerate their careers on a global scale, and the programme has been designed for those who want to be challenged and stimulated by a truly international postgraduate degree.

Our students tend to have 12 years’ work experience on average, and possess significant managerial and international experience.  If you would like an informal assessment of whether you would be a good fit for our EMBA-Global programme, please  submit your CV.

You can view our current class profiles  here .

How is the programme structured?

The EMBA-Global is five-term, 20-month programme. During the first academic year, core courses take place in blocks that alternate between London and New York each month. During the second academic year, you choose electives from the portfolios of LBS and Columbia Business School. The electives are offered in modular, block week or weekend formats.

Do I need to discuss the programme with my employer before I apply?

Yes. An important part of the application process is your letter of company support. This letter outlines that your company is aware of the time commitments of the programme and that they allow you to be out of the office during this period. One of your application references should also be from your current line manager.

You can find out more about how to gain company support   here .

Do I need to take the GMAT before applying?

The GMAT or  Executive Assessment  is a mandatory requirement. If you have not yet taken the GMAT, we urge you to consider the Executive Assessment, as this test is shorter in both duration (90 minutes) and preparation time required (typically, around 10 – 20 hours).

What are my next steps?

If you have not  submitted your CV  to the Recruitment Team, I would advise that you do so as soon as possible. We will then be able to give you an informal assessment of your programme suitability, and advise you regarding your next steps.

You should also  open an online application  form. You can return to your application as many times as you need before you are ready to submit. From this form, you can download the essay template, and submit the details of your references.

If you have any questions that are not covered in this article, you can see  full FAQ’s here .

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For department of management research programmes applicants., how can i apply.

Submit your application via LSE’s Online Application System .

The School’s Graduate Admissions Office will handle your application.

Before contacting the Graduate Admissions Office

Check if the information you are looking for can be found on:

  • LSE's Graduate Study page  
  • LSE General Admissions Enquiries page
  • Graduate Admissions Office’s tailored guidance pages for  Prospective Applicants

Tracking your application

Find out the status of your application via  Track your Application .

Further information

Use the ‘ How Do I' page  to carry out the most common tasks online.

How to apply 

Guiding you through the process - A very useful detailed online guide to the process of applying to the LSE.

What are the entry requirements?

Depending on the PhD programme you are interested in applying to, the entry requirements differ.

Find detailed information on the individual programme pages .

If your degree is from outside the UK

Read about the  equivalence of non-UK qualifications

Research Degree Programme entry requirements

MRes/PhD – Organisational Behaviour

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree in any discipline, or the equivalent.

GRE or GMAT test score is required.

MRes/PhD – Employment Relations and Human Resources

GRE or GMAT test score required.

MRes/PhD – Economics and Management

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree with evidence of preparation in economics and a strong mathematics background.

GRE test score (please note GMAT is not accepted for entry to this programme).

MRes/PhD – Marketing

MPhil/PhD – Information Systems and Innovation

2:1 bachelor’s degree or equivalent in computer science or a social science discipline, plus high merit (65+) in a Master’s degree or equivalent in information systems or management or a related discipline.

GRE or GMAT test score is recommended but it is not an entry requirement.

What should my application include?

How to Apply  

Supporting Documents .

See the 'Assessing your application' accordion under the programme page of your choice:

How can I get help with the application process?

Submit questions about the mechanics of the  application process  to LSE’s central  Graduate Admissions Office .

Please see LSE's  website index for graduate applicants  as well as Graduate Admissions Office’s tailored guidance for;

  • prospective applicants

Do I need to submit a GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) with my application?

If you are applying to one of our MRes/PhD programmes, it is an entry requirement that you submit a GRE or GMAT test score with your application.

The GRE or GMAT is required for all MRes/PhD applicants.

We do not require a specific GRE/GMAT overall score, but the test gives us an indication of your aptitude for our programmes.

In all MRes/PhD programmes except Economics and Management there is no preference for GMAT or GRE but all applications must submit scores at the time of application.

Your score should be less than five years old in October 2024  and must show full and percentile scores for all sections.

If you are applying to the MPhil/PhD in Information Systems and Innovation , a GRE or GMAT test score is recommended, but not mandatory. It must be no more than five years old in October 2024  and show full and percentile scores for all sections.

LSE GRE and GMAT requirements and submission of test scores, including LSE’s institution codes .

What is the minimum or expected GRE or GMAT score required?

Is there an option to study remotely.

Our programmes are designed to be studied on a full-time basis on campus at LSE. 

Can I undertake part-time study?

Our programmes are designed to be studied on a full-time basis at LSE.

For our MRes/PhD programmes you are required to take taught courses in the first year. 

This is a full-time requirement. 

Can I begin my studies at the start of January instead of September? 

Our programmes follow LSE’s academic year and run from September (Winter term) until June (Spring term), with all students starting at the same time.

The only exception for this is for students who have applied to study as a Visiting Research Student. Visiting students can enter the programme at the start of any term.

Are there any English language proficiency requirements?

If your native language is not English, or if the language of instruction of your previous degree is not English you will need to demonstrate that you have a high level of English proficiency.

You do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE, but we recommend that you do.

Please pay attention to the level of English required for your programme. For MRes/PhD entry the level required is Higher (B). For MPhil/PhD and all VRS students the requirement is Research (C).

Please see the School’s  English Language Requirements .

What is the difference between the research proposal and statement of academic purpose, and what information do I need to include?

The research proposal and statement of academic purpose are both important aspects of your application.

Read detailed information from the Department of Management on the purpose and expectations  for the research proposal and statement of academic purpose .

For the content of your personal statement and research proposal, please see Graduate Admissions advice .

How to prepare for the research programme interview?

Read detailed advice from the Department of Management on how prospective research students can prepare for their interview and what to expect.

What is sample of writing?

All applications should include a sample of academic writing.

You are encouraged to use something you have already written and an example of your best academic work. There is no word limit, but 2-3 pages would be sufficient/suitable.

This enables our selectors to assess your writing style and academic writing communication skills.

Where can I find information on funding?

Read information for funding your studies .

Find further information from  LSE’s Financial Support Office . 

Department on our  individual programme pages , and  here .

Look at our  funding information page .

Is there financial support available?

Yes, fully funded scholarships and funding opportunities are available.

Find information on our funding page .

Please note, there are only a very limited number and these are given to our top ranked candidates. We normally give about 7 scholarships a year across all 5 programmes. 

As funding is very competitive, and we would also encourage you to also explore external scholarships when submitting your application.

We also offer financial support each year to our PhD students to support their research and fieldwork costs, and to support conference attendance.

Does the Department of Management accept PhD students from other institutions, and how do I apply?

Yes, we welcome Visiting Research Students (VRS) to the Department. Learn more about our VRS programme .

Before applying, identify a supervisor able and willing to support your application, and who will supervise you during your studies at LSE.

Please note that fees are charged to all VRS students. Information on the fees and application process are all on the VRS programme linked above. 

Applications are handled by the School’s Graduate Admissions Office .

Details on how to apply  and a comprehensive guide to the process can be found here. 

Could I apply just for the MRes, and then apply to other schools as well for the PhD?

No. Admission to our MRes/PhD programmes is based on you undertaking a two-year taught MRes, and upon successfully completing this, progression to the PhD for three years.

The MRes element of our programmes are designed to prepare you for your three years as a PhD student in the Department.

Throughout your time as an MRes student you will have the opportunity to work with leading academics in the field, develop critical analytical skills, attend seminars and research practicums, undertake study in courses related to your research interests, enhance your methodological skillset, and engage with peers.

You will also have the unique opportunity to work and learn in our Behavioural Lab .

When applying for the MRes/PhD programmes you are committing to study in the Department of Management, and at LSE for the full duration of your studies.  

Can I apply to both Organisational Behaviour and Employment Relations and Human Resource programmes?

Although each ERHR and OB faculty member focuses on their respective research areas and interests, both faculty groups generally draw from similar disciplines (e.g., psychology, sociology, or economics), theoretical underpinning, and literatures that guide their multi-level (e.g., individual, groups, organisational, and/or institutional) quantitative and qualitative scholarship. In addition to the previous listed disciplines, some faculty from the ERHR research group additionally draw from industrial and labour relations and/or critical perspectives. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to investigate ERHR and OB faculty CVs to discern potential faculty who they may have the best fit given their current respective research interest. Some applicants may find that they could fit in either the ERHR or OB group. As any LSE PhD applicant can apply and be considered for at least two programmes, we encourage applicants to apply to both if they see potential fit in both the ERHR and OB groups.

I already have a Masters degree, can I just skip the MRes and go straight to the PhD?

No. Our MRes/PhD programmes are comprised of a two-year MRes, and upon successfully completing the MRes, progression to the PhD for three years.

The taught element of these programmes is essential for helping you develop critical analytical skills and methodological tools that you will need to apply to your doctoral research. During your MRes studies, you will have the opportunity to work with leading academics in the field, develop critical analytical skills, attend seminars and research practicums, undertake study in courses related to your research interests, enhance your methodological skillset, and engage with peers.

All MRes/PhD students must participate fully in the taught phase of their degree, and this is a condition of progression to the PhD.

I am finishing my Undergraduate degree; can I apply to your PhD programmes without having a Masters degree?

Mres/phd in management programmes.

Yes, exceptional candidates with an undergraduate degree and a strong interest in research may apply to our MRes/PhD in Management programmes. Our minimum entry requirements for the MRes/PhD programmes is an Upper second class honours (2:1) degree, or the equivalent.

We encourage undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing their academic and research interests further to apply for the MRes/PhD in Management programmes.

MPhil/PhD in Management – Information Systems and Innovation programme

You will need a 2:1 bachelor’s degree or equivalent in computer science or a social science discipline, plus high merit (65+) in a Master’s degree or equivalent in information systems or management or a related discipline.

Should I contact academics to see if they will be my supervisor before applying?

Unless you are applying as a Visiting Research Student, it is not necessary to contact potential PhD supervisors before applying.

Unfortunately, our academics time is very limited, and regrettably, they cannot respond to all requests.

We strongly recommend having a look at the Department’s faculty research group webpages so you can see the range of research interests and specialists in the Department, and familiarise yourself with individual faculty members before applying.

List of our faculty and staff  

After completing the MRes, can I choose the research subject for the PhD, or does the Department come up with a list the student can choose from?

Applicants to the programme are expected to have an area of interest that you will outline in your research proposal  and statement of purpose , but we expect your interests to develop and expand when you join our programme.

During the MRes, you will have the opportunity to work alongside your faculty research group, and this will allow you to see the work faculty do.

This experience will expose you to a range of faculty in the Department and research areas and methods you otherwise might not have access to, and this will help you to develop the research subject you want to explore in your thesis.

The research proposal you submit for your PhD upgrade will be in your chosen research subject area, and this will be with support from your supervisors and the Programme Director.

Can I work alongside my studies?

You can work part-time alongside your studies.

All full-time LSE students are generally restricted to working a total of 15 hours per week to enable them to focus on their studies.

We would strongly advise that as our PhD programmes are full-time, you would not be able to exceed 15 hours of work per week as your study will be time intensive.

Where can I find information on graduate destinations?

We are very proud of our PhD graduates, and many have taken on academic roles and research positions at institutions including:

  • Aalto University
  • Blavatnik School of Government
  • Bocconi University
  • University of Bournemouth
  • ESCP Business School
  • European Commission
  • Harvard Business School
  • Henley Business School
  • IE University
  • Iranian Research Institute
  • Kings College London
  • University of Liverpool
  • Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
  • Regent’s University London
  • Rotterdam School of Business
  • University of Surrey
  • Xi’an Jiaotong University

Learn more about our current PhD students , on the Department of Management’s People page. 


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Become a research expert at king’s.

A PhD from King’s Business School aims to be more than just a qualification. It provides you with the opportunity to become an expert in your chosen field of research. By the end of the programme, you will have developed the skills necessary to analyse complex organisational problems in order to make a difference in business and society.

If that’s you, then King’s Business School provides an ideal home for you to pursue PhD research. It is one of the leading research-intensive business schools in the UK and features world-class research academics in all of our departments:

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Many of our graduates continue onto academic careers after completing their PhD. Some take on research, analysis or leadership roles in major corporations and public bodies. Others use their expertise to start up their own research consultancy. It’s entirely up to you to decide what King’s means for your future. However, we know that PhD research will be right for you if you are motivated to interrogate academic puzzles; committed to developing high-level analytical skills; and dedicated to advancing knowledge in your research area.

Upcoming deadlines October 2024 entry

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Round 2 - Application deadline for all applicants: 1 June 2024

Please note, any application received after 15 December 2023 will automatically be considered for the second round entry.

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Our application guide outlines everything you need to know about applying to the programme and for our King’s Business School studentships.

Find out how to apply for our PhD programme

Our full-time PhD programme usually takes three to four years, while the part-time programme will last six to sevent years. As a full-time student, you will spend most of your time in the iconic Bush House where we have dedicated spaces for our PhD researchers. And with central London on your doorstep, you’ll be surrounded by major business, government and cultural institutions. While completing a PhD is probably the toughest academic challenge you’ll ever take on, we’re here to support you throughout your time at King’s (and beyond).

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Chiamaka Nwosu is a current PhD student at King's Business School.

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Felix Kempf is a current PhD student at King's Business School.

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Duration 15 - 21 months

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You could consider both the 10-16 month Masters in Finance and the MBA if you intend to pursue a career in finance.  The Masters in Finance provides a curriculum of pure finance; the 15-21 month MBA covers all aspects of general management and the opportunity to specialise in finance.  London Business School's elective portfolio is open to all London Business School degree programmes, and so if you choose to specialise in finance on the MBA you will study alongside Masters in Finance students.

A key difference between the MBA and Masters in Finance programmes is the work experience requirement: in order to qualify for the Masters in Finance, applicants must have relevant work experience within the finance industry.  Those who do not have relevant finance experience will find that the MBA provides the right training and opportunities to move into a finance career.

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The MBA programme has 15, 18, and 21-month exit points. These time frames capture the amount of study you are expected to undertake. I.e. if you start in August 2024, you may be permitted to take your last class in December 2025. In order to graduate from the programme at one of our early exit points, you will need to have met all programme requirements: pass your Business Fundamentals, Tailored Core and a minimum of 10 elective courses, and complete experiential programme elements like Leadership Launch and the Global Experience. Please note that, by choosing an early exit, you may limit your choice of available electives. Those going on International Exchange will not be able to exit the programme at 15 months.

The programme begins in early August each year with an Orientation week. This includes vital pre-course activities, supporting your transition into the programme, as you learn to work successfully with your study group and begin identifying your goals.

This is following by three study periods: Autumn Term (August to December), Spring Term (January to March), and Summer Term (April to July). Exams take place throughout your first year, and these may be scheduled over weekends.

Core courses run Monday - Friday and you will also spend time throughout the week in a variety of classes, tutorials and personal and professional development sessions. In addition, a number of block weeks, covering various electives, run outside term time. Students are also required to complete a range of exams, assignments and project work over the break periods.

We recommend you see your study at London Business School as a continuous period of education from August through to June each year, with vacations involving consolidation, preparation and project work, as well as completing your summer internship in the main summer break.

Students with a relevant postgraduate or professional qualification, gained within the last 10 years, may be able to obtain a waiver from certain core courses. In addition, students with significant and demonstrable experience in certain professional areas may also be considered for a waiver from the relevant core course through passing a qualifying test or examination.

MBA2025 students were able to apply for waivers from the following subjects:  Data Analytics for Managers, Marketplaces, Macroeconomics for Managers. Please note: all waivers are reviewed annually.

Business Project is an elective course that you can take in your second year of the MBA. It enables you to test your skill set addressing a real-life business problem. This elective allows you to apply the business skills, frameworks, and tools acquired thus far in the programme.

Elective concentrations allow you to focus your studies in a specialism. Each year, faculty defines a small sub-set of courses that form the basis of a concentration. By successfully completing electives from this shortlist, you can achieve a concentration, which will be confirmed in writing on completion of your MBA. Concentrations currently on offer include:

  • Change Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Private Capital
  • Technology and Analytics
  • Sustainability

In the first year you will join a study group of five or six people who you work with throughout the Business Fundamentals core. The group is a microcosm of your class, combining a diversity of nationalities and different professional and undergraduate backgrounds.

In the Tailored Core and in Year Two you have the chance to work with other groups, from across all London Business School programmes. Successful group working is at the heart of the London Business School experience. Up to 30% of your marks on a given course can be for group performance. It is therefore very important to make your group work well. There is plenty of emphasis on techniques for successful group work in GLAM and through the various skills courses.

Yes. Faculty consulting and research activities are brought into the class in the form of case studies. Faculty frequently share their latest thinking in electives as well as through additional lectures. A small number of students may also have the opportunity to apply for an elective and work on a research project with guidance from a faculty member.

You will usually take four courses at any one time. Typically these will involve a weekly three-hour class. You should expect to spend about two and a half hours in private study, group meetings and group work for every hour in the classroom. You will also participate in Career Centre sessions, workshops and activities throughout the term. 

The programme is taught by members of London Business School faculty, with language teaching conducted by specialists from the Modern Language Centre at King's College, London. King's College, like LBS, is part of the University of London. For some skills teaching, LBS faculty are assisted by external specialists in management skills development. 

As well as pursuing research in their own fields of interest, members of faculty often act as consultants and advisers to industry and government. Many hold directorships in a range of organisations or in some cases run their own businesses.

These activities help to maintain the practical relevance of the School's teaching and research. Much of the School's research is supported in some form by donor organisations with whom the School maintains especially close relationships. For example, in the finance and accounting area these include BAA, Bank of England, Barclays, Citibank, Credit Suisse, Solomon Brothers International, Tokai Bank and SG Warburg Group.

We do recommend competency in at least one language other than English by graduation, particularly if you want to work in a specific region or country.

Language classes are offered based on demand; please note, some restrictions may apply.

Core courses are split into two distinct sections – Business Fundamentals and our flexible Tailored Core.

Core courses are usually taught in three-hour periods (including a short intermission) once a week for between five and ten weeks. Business Fundamentals run across the first two terms, starting with a leadership module which introduces you to issues and concerns in global general management.

Other courses cover business functions and disciplines, with care taken to help you make the link between the different perspectives covered. Our flexible Tailored Core begins in the second term, and allows you to deepen your existing expertise in areas such as economics and finance, investigate new subjects like digital business, or leverage our strong London network on the highly practical LondonCAP (London Core Application Practicum).

The courses are sequenced so that there is a logical progression between subjects. This prepares you for summer internship interviews, especially those in finance and consulting commencing in January, ahead of other internship interviews.

We have a duty to you, our alumni and future students to maintain the integrity and standard of the degrees we award through a rigorous assessment system. The purpose of the various assignments and examinations we ask you to complete is not simply for assessment: these are also intended to help you to structure your learning to help you gauge your progress through the programme.

The assessment system makes use of elements like course assignments, projects, group work, class participation, examinations and simulations.  You will be expected to prepare for and attend class and participate actively in discussion both in class and in your group. The precise assessment model for each course - for example, whether class participation and oral report presentations count towards your final grade - will be set out clearly from the outset.

You must successfully pass all core courses. Your grades will be adjusted to a grade curve from A+ to C, with a maximum of 10% of the class achieving A+. The decision to Pass or Fail is a matter of academic judgement, and there is no obligation to fail any students.

To earn your degree, you must complete all requirements of your programme. This includes both courses and programme elements. You must pass all Business Fundamentals and Tailored Core courses, and successfully pass a minimum of ten elective courses, but you may carry one elective fail. You must also successfully complete Leadership Launch and the Global Experience.

Electives are courses that help you fine-tune your skill set, following on from Business Fundamentals and Tailored Core courses. The School’s elective portfolio lists more than 80 electives, drawn from across a variety of subject areas. In order to graduate, you must have completed a minimum of ten electives.

Electives are usually taught in three-hour lessons once a week, over 10 weeks. There are also a number of intensive week-long block electives that are taught outside term time as well as evening and 5-week courses.

In your first year, you are not required to take any electives, but you may choose to take up to five electives from a smaller selection of courses. The majority of your elective courses will become available in your second year.

The elective portfolio is open to all London Business School degree students so you will be studying alongside students from the Masters in Finance, Masters in Management, Executive MBA, EMBA-Global and Sloan programmes, as well as students from more than 30 exchange schools and our partner institutions Columbia University and Hong Kong University.

Elective courses and the spaces on them are subject to availability. Initially, you will use the School’s elective bidding system to express your elective preferences. Then you will be able to amend these preferences continuously during your studies, and tailor it to your interests and career goals.

Most teaching takes the form of structured lectures and case studies. The style is participatory and classes frequently include case analysis and discussions. There are also many projects and group work, field investigations and visits, as well as individual research and simulations.

Teaching faculty are there to support you through your MBA journey and are available outside class times to discuss academic issues. Students will also have an opportunity to interact more closely with faculty through their involvement in LondonCAP, Global Experiences and the optional Business Project.

Class profile and career impact

The LBS MBA is aimed at people who have gained some high-quality work experience, but who are at a relatively early stage in their career. It is suitable for people who want to increase their knowledge of business and management to:

enhance their existing career and accelerate their promotion prospects

change career by changing function, or industry

start their own business.

The highly international nature of our programme will appeal if you are looking for a career with international mobility. Above all, the MBA prepares you for general management with a global outlook rather than US-centric or Euro-centric one.

A key feature of the MBA is the stimulating and varied international participant mix. Each year approximately 10% of the class come from the UK, with the remaining 90% made up of participants from 60-70 different countries. Many of our participants come to London Business School with their partners and family.

There is no particular preference. We welcome applications from arts, languages and philosophy graduates as well as those from the pure sciences, engineering, maths and the social sciences, including business and economics.

Yes. We are happy to consider non-graduates who have an excellent career record.

The average amount of work experience is 5.5 years (participants from some countries usually have less work experience than the average since their undergraduate study may be longer than others and/or national service has meant they started work later than others). Admission may be granted to candidates with less than three years work experience if they can demonstrate superior academic credentials and truly outstanding evidence of leadership through professional and personal experiences.

We will consider you, but the strength of your case will depend on the quality as well as the length of your work experience.

No, your work experience does not necessarily need to include experience as a manager.  The programme is suitable for people who come from technical backgrounds (for example, engineering or IT), as well as for people who have worked in finance or consultancy or run their own business. We also welcome applications from people who have worked in the public sector/government. Some of our students have less typical backgrounds - we have had doctors, vets, an opera singer, a theatre director and even an NFL football player.

  • What kind of career does the MBA prepare you for? As a general management programme, the MBA is good preparation for any job that requires general management competence. The MBA caters to people working across an increasingly wide range of industries – everything from finance, consultancy, manufacturing, to healthcare, tech and the luxury goods industry. Increasingly, some students use our MBA to help establish their own venture or return to help run a family business.

Admissions and application process

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You must ensure that your GMAT / GMAT Focus / GRE score is valid upon submitting your application. Our average GMAT score for the MBA class is around 700, with a typical class range of 600 to 800.

We will look at all elements of your score and although a good score is preferable, the GMAT is just one of several admissions criteria. Just as a high score does not guarantee admission, a below average score does not always eliminate a candidate. You should however note that the minimum score we will accept is usually around 600.

For GRE, we prefer scores around of over 160 for both verbal and quantitative sections.

We will be accepting the GMAT Focus from this year. Our score expectations will be in line with the equivalent scores in the previous GMAT.

If you feel that you could improve your score, you are advised to retake the test to help make you a more competitive candidate. If you plan to retake your GMAT after the application deadline you should liaise directly with the MBA admissions team at  [email protected]  for further advice.

We are happy to accept the GRE; however, you should be aware that some employers may ask for a GMAT score.

Please note, you may be asked by the Admissions Committee to retake the GMAT or GRE before receiving an offer if they feel that your current score is too low. Practice the GMAT test with London Business School's GMAT simulator and prepare yourself for the test.

No. You’ll need to select which programme you’re applying to at the beginning of your application. If you are unsure which is best for you, please contact our recruitment team on [email protected] .

The School does not have any arrangements for students to transfer between its programmes or to/from a programme at another institution.

Yes, we believe that military experience is very valuable. We strongly encourage former military personnel onto our programmes, as they have proven leadership, interpersonal and team-building skills.

Application to the MBA is free to London Business School alumni and current active military candidates.

Please view the deadline information on the how to apply page.

Fees, financing and scholarships

Tuition fees for the 2024 MBA intake are £115,000.

The tuition fee covers the full length of the 15-21 month programme and is not affected by your chosen exit point.    Fees are exclusive of any programme related travel expenses. This gives you flexibility to tailor your student experience and associated costs. For example, the different Global Experiences incur varying travel and accommodation costs depending on which location you choose.   In addition to the School fees, there is a Student Association Fee of £360 that covers the Student Association (SA) subscription, enabling students to participate in our vibrant community.

If you are made an offer of a place on the programme, you pay an initial commitment fee to reserve your place in the class. This is normally due three to four weeks after you receive your offer, and is deducted from your total fees.

The second payment is the reservation fee, which is made at the end of May before the class begins and is the final confirmation of acceptance of your place. This payment is also deducted from your total fees. These payments are non-refundable. All deadlines are subject to change on an annual basis.

Yes. You will have the option to pay your tuition fees in instalments, one at the beginning of each term.

We have a range of loans and scholarships on offer to support your studies. Please take a look at our Fees, financing and scholarships page to find out more.

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