Core courses

The courses taught across both years of the MBA develop your functional knowledge of key business tools and skills. You will attend lectures in groups of approximately 75 students and work in a study group of six or seven.  Click on the course titles below for more information.


Global Leadership Assessment for Managers (GLAM)

Global Leadership Assessment for Managers (GLAM) is a core course at the start of your MBA that aims to make your time at London Business School a self-directed learning journey. It is the springboard for Leadership Launch, an opportunity for you to set your own personal development agenda for the duration of your MBA.

By the end of GLAM, not only will you have a more thorough awareness of your personal and social characteristics, but you will have a firm contract for moving forward with your year one MBA study group to conduct the various activities required by our curricular programme. Think of this course as an initial assessment of your position at the beginning of what is going to be an extremely stimulating personal, group and academic journey.

Leadership Launch

The Leadership Launch programme is designed to increase the competitive advantage of London Business School MBA graduates in the marketplace. The emphasis is on 'doing' rather than simply 'knowing', and the format of the sessions aims to help you to improve your performance and individual impact through practical exercises.

As part of the course you are able to choose which particular skill areas you need to focus on and choose relevant courses accordingly. Throughout core courses and interaction with your classmates and study group, you will be able to identify specific skill sets which you feel you could develop further.

In addition to Business communication, to achieve the full credit for Leadership Launch you must complete and pass one full day of one or more of the leadership skills elements listed below:

  • Accent and voice coaching
  • Accelerated thinking and learning
  • Advanced business writing
  • Advanced presenting
  • Coaching as a leader
  • Dealing with stress
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Receiving and giving feedback
  • Managing conflict
  • Personal impact
  • Spoken English online

Understanding General Management (UGM)

This course offers an introduction to the MBA programme and to the role of general management in business. Business has arguably replaced government, religion, and in many cases the family as the social institution with the greatest influence on people's lives. General management, therefore, plays a pivotal role in promoting economic and social progress. This six-session core course will highlight the professional challenges and responsibilities, which you will face, and create a road map by which you can navigate the twists and turns of the MBA programme content over the next two years.

Year one

Term one: Tools and Techniques

Corporate Finance

This course will enable you to develop a framework for corporate financial decision making and to provide a solid grounding in the principles and practice of financial management.

Data, Models and Decisions

This course will provide you with a set of tools and methodologies that are used to analyse data and make better business decisions.

Financial Accounting

Financial Accounting will provide you with a basic understanding of the financial reporting process.

Managerial Economics

This course teaches applied microeconomics, with a primary focus on the needs of managers. It is about markets, how they operate and how market mechanisms affect the choices of firms.


This course analyses how to develop a coherent business strategy in order to attain a sustainable competitive advantage.

Term two: Managing the Organisation

Operations Management

This course will enable you to develop a fundamental knowledge of the building blocks of operations management. You will learn the basic terminology, concepts and quantitative tools for describing, analysing and improving business processes. The course will generate insights on how data and managerial input can be effectively used by firms to match supply with demand.


This course will provide you with a solid foundation for strategic marketing thinking and to develop relevant analytical frameworks. By the end of the course you should feel comfortable applying key marketing concepts in practice, and be able to prepare and evaluate marketing plans with confidence.

Managing Organisational Behaviour

On this course you will develop the skills you need to be an effective leader and manager. You will improve your analytical abilities and your capacity to understand and predict the behaviour of individuals, groups, and organisations.

Management Accounting

The purpose of this course is to examine management accounting systems, and their use in decision-making, planning and control, and performance evaluation. The course will cover the vocabulary and mechanics of cost accounting, basic issues involved in the design of management accounting systems, and the role of management accounting in resource allocation and incentives.

Term three: Engaging with the World

Business, Government and Society

This course examines the challenges and complexities faced by businesses and their leaders as they endeavour to maximise returns while responsibly managing their duties to both stakeholders and society. The course also examines the rationale for government interventions in market systems and assesses how businesses might adapt to changes in the regulatory framework within which they operate.

Discovering Entrepreneurial Opportunities

This course will provide you with the skills, tools and mind-sets to enable you to discover opportunities upon which entrepreneurial ventures may be built. The course culminates in the DEO Tradeshow, where you will have the opportunity to exhibit and pitch your entrepreneurial discoveries and prototypes.

Global Business Environment

This course will give you a better understanding of the macro-economy. It explores how the corporate sector is affected by macroeconomic developments.  

London Business Experiences

This course will provide you with direct interaction with management and an understanding of the issues faced by the firm/organisation. Half day visits to London based organisations are supported by follow-up presentations and analysis.

A selection of the organisations that are participating in the MBA2015 London Business Experiences are:

  • Saatchi and Saatchi
  • Bank of England
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Chelsea FC
  • Design Council
  • Coca Cola
  • London Metals Exchange

Year two


Capstone is the finale of your MBA programme and is an opportunity to reflect on your development as an effective global leader. It is the culmination of the programme when you will be brought back together with your entire MBA class in order to share experiences and celebrate your significant achievement.

Global Business Experiences

Designed to be fast-paced, engaging and demanding, the Global Business Experiences (GBE) are a week long, immersion trip taken in your second year of study. For your GBE, you will visit one of five international locations.

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