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Programmes FAQs

Undergraduate programmes FAQs

  • Undergraduate education

    Does London Business School offer undergraduate / bachelor / first degree programmes?


    No. London Business School’s portfolio of courses does not include undergraduate education. The School is focussed on postgraduate business education, offering a range of courses across MBA, Masters and PhD degrees, plus a selection of short courses designed for executives. View our range of courses with our Programme Chooser.


    If you wish to study your first degree in London, you might wish to consider the undergraduate programmes that are on offer at our sister colleges and institutes within the University of London.

  • About the programmes

    What types of people attend Executive Education programmes?


    Our Executive Education programmes attract leaders from a wide range of countries, industries and organisations. Their shared aim is to develop their business capabilities and perform at a higher level.


    What are the benefits of attending an Executive Education programme?


    Each programme is different and each delivers different benefits. You can read the individual benefits page for each course, or see which is the right programme for you using our programme selector


    What can I do in my spare time in London?


    London offers unparalleled cultural and social events and is a wonderful backdrop for your studies, offering:



    • over 200 museums and galleries
    • 5 world-class symphony orchestras
    • 2 opera houses
    • 150 theatres
    • countless bars, clubs and restaurants.
  • Travelling to London Business School

    Which is the best airport to fly to?


    The most convenient airport is London Heathrow.


    How do I get from the Airport to London Business School?


    Heathrow: take the Heathrow Express to Paddington station, then take a taxi or use the Underground.
    Gatwick: take the Gatwick Express to Victoria station, then take a taxi or use the Underground.
    Stansted: take the Stansted Express to Liverpool Street station, then take a taxi or use the Underground.
    City Airport: take a taxi or use the DLR and the underground.


    Can I hire a car to take me to and from the airport?


    Yes, try RadioTaxis.
    For cash black taxis, call: +44 (0)20 7272 0272

    For cash executive cars or people carriers, call: +44 (0)20 7107 0700


    Will London Business School pay for my transport to and from the airport?


    Transfers to and from the airport are the responsibility of the individual.


    Where is the nearest London Underground Station?


    Baker Street Station, on the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith & City Lines, is a 5-minute walk from London Business School. For further instructions see our maps

  • Programme information

    When do I need to arrive at London Business School and where do I check in?


    You will receive this information in your joining instructions.


    How much free time will I have?


    See the sample timetable for an idea of how the programme will be structured. You will receive more detailed information in your joining instructions.


    Do I have to attend every session?


    To get the most from the programme, we recommend you attend every session. If you have any issues about this, speak to the Programme Director.


    If my programme starts on Sunday evening, do I need to attend?


    Yes, you must attend the opening session. It is an essential introduction to your programme themes and a foundation for the rest of the week.


    When is the Optional Financial Accounting session? (Senior Executive Programme only)


    The Optional Financial Accounting session takes place the Sunday before the programme starts. If you'd like to attend, schedule the extra time in your diary and confirm your travel plans with your Programme Manager.

  • Accommodation

    Where will I be staying?


    Participants on some residential programmes stay on the school campus (see programme pages). If you are not staying at the School, local hotels nearby offer preferential rates.


    What type of accommodation will I have?


    If you are staying at the School, you will stay in an individual study bedroom. All rooms are centrally heated, comfortably furnished and equipped with:


    • full en-suite bathroom facilities
    • a universal shaver point
    • radio alarm
    • satellite TV
    • direct dial telephone
    • free WIFI access 
    • tea/coffee-making facilities
    • a hair dryer.

    Find out more about our on-campus accommodation


    Can I book accommodation so I can arrive before the start of the programme?


    Yes, you can. We'll send you a reservation form in your joining instructions, which you will need to return as soon as possible. You'll receive your joining instructions 4-6 weeks before your programme starts.


    Will I get a reduction in cost if I don't stay on campus?


    Sorry, there's no reduction in the fee if you choose not to use the bedroom provided.

  • Cancellations

    To avoid a cancellation or transfer fee, we must receive your cancellation, in writing, no less than six weeks before the programme starts.

    Read our full terms and conditions (PDF document, 231kb)


  • PHD FAQs

    Is there an induction programme at the start of the academic year?


    Some students are expected to attend a four week maths refresher or pre-programme course in September (depending on the subject area). All students will be required to attend a 3-day orientation in October, giving you the chance to meet faculty, your first year supervisor and other PhD students. You'll also receive training and induction in London Business School's facilities and services.

     

    Are there fees for the PhD programme?


    As long as you complete in five years, no fees are payable. A continuation fee may be applied to students who are still registered in the programme in years six and seven.


    Do I need to make contact with faculty members before I submit an application?


    No, you do not need to contact faculty members before you make an application. Decisions on supervisors are only made after the first year in the programme, so you will have plenty of time to get to know faculty. We do encourage you to read the faculty profiles on our website to see if faculty at LBS have research interests relevant to what you wish to do.


    How long does it take to complete the PhD programme?


    Almost all students complete the Programme within five years.


    Is there an induction programme at the start of the academic year?


    You'll attend a 3-day orientation in September, giving you the chance to meet faculty, your first year supervisor and other PhD students. You'll also receive training and induction in London Business School's facilities and services.


    When does the academic year start?


    The academic year starts in October. The year is divided into three terms, lasting 10 weeks each. Some new students may also need to attend a presessional course in September.


    I understand I have to provide teaching assistance and/or research assistance. How much should I expect to do?


    All students must work as teaching or research assistants up to forty days a year. This is seen as a valuable part of your training.


    Can I do the programme on a part-time basis or through distance learning?


    The Programme is run on a full-time basis only and students are expected to live in London.


    Are there fees for the PhD programme?


    As long as you complete in four years, no fees are payable. After that period, there is a nominal continuation fee. In year five, students can apply for a remission of the continuation fee, but if you don't complete the continuation fee will be doubled in years six and seven.


    What is the deadline for applications?


    Your application needs to reach us by 8th January. Make sure you have allowed enough time for your GMAT and/or other scores to be processed. We suggest you take any tests (and request for the results to be sent to us) before 15th December.


    I have done the first two years of my PhD but now need to relocate. Is it possible to transfer to London Business School?


    We do not offer transfers. You may be admitted to the programme from year one and apply for exemption from courses already taken.


    I have a Masters from LSE. Do I still need to submit a GMAT or a GRE score?


    Yes, you must. We expect all applicants to submit a GRE or GMAT score before their application can be considered. Your score is valid for up to five years.
  • General queries

    Why should I hire from London Business School?


    A rigorous selection criteria across the programme portfolio means that, as a recruiter, you can be confident that much of the initial work has already been done for you. 

    Once on a programme our students profit from outstanding teaching and a capital city location renowned for its strong international links and corporate connections. The result is a campus of exceptional diversity and strength, with outstanding talent at all career levels.

    London Business School's alumni community consists of over 36,000 globally-focused professionals. Based in over 130 countries worldwide, our alumni represent an invaluable pool of experienced talent, ranging from recent graduates right through to very senior professionals.


    What LBS degree programmes are relevant to my company and alumni?


    London Business School has over 2,000 students representing more than 170 countries, from a range of professional backgrounds, with differing levels of experience. Given this diversity, it is likely that students from more than one programme will be suitable for your vacancy, and we would encourage you to be open-minded in your recruitment process in order to seek out the best individuals for the perfect organisational fit.

    Take a look at student profiles for each programme here:




    What can I do on campus to promote my company?


    There are a number of opportunities for employers to enhance their company brand on campus:


    • On-campus presentations during recruitment week
    • Attending Careers Fairs
    • Involvement in delivery of career and skills development workshops
    • Participation in club events and other more niche activity
    • Corporate Partnership and sponsorship opportunities.

    Please don't hesitate to contact the appropriate Sector Manager to discuss how we can help you meet your hiring needs through activities like these on campus.


    What are student clubs?


    Our student clubs are at the heart of our community, providing your organisation with a selection of unique networking and education opportunities.
    Professional clubs help to develop students with common career interests, and regional clubs are focused on opportunities for students in particular geographies.
    View a list of our student clubs.


    Can my company participate in educational events via the student clubs?


    Yes, we really encourage companies from across all sectors to get involved in further professional development of our students.

    Please note however that involvement with clubs should be limited to career or technical interview skills development. Direct recruitment (e.g. informing students of specific jobs, interviewing of candidates etc.) should be managed through Career Centre.


    Can my company come onto campus to meet students one-to-one?


    Yes, Career Centre offers firms opportunities to hold informal events to meet students for discussions.

    To arrange these events then please don't hesitate to contact the appropriate Sector Manager.

    Please refer to our full recruitment calendar for scheduled events for this year.


    When can I begin to recruit for full-time roles?


    Permanent recruitment presentations start in September - for specific dates please refer to our full recruitment calendar.


    When can I begin to recruit for internships?


    Internship recruitment presentations start in January - for specific dates please refer to our full recruitment calendar.


    How long does an offer need to be open?


    Permanent offers need to be kept open until a fixed date or 4 weeks after the offer is made - whichever is later.

    Internship offers need to be kept open until a fixed date or 3 weeks after the offer is made - whichever is later. 

    These offer dates vary each year so please refer to our full recruitment calendar.


    Are there any charges associated with recruiting from London Business School?


    Hiring talent from London Business School is free of charge, including the majority of our recruiting services. We do however charge for some additional services tailored to your specific needs if you require.

    It is often possible to package additional charged services together to maximise your hiring potential.

    Please don't hesitate to contact the appropriate Sector Manager to discuss how we can help you build your brand on campus.


    What is Career Central?


    Career Central is our online recruitment system giving you access to 1,700+ London Business School students around the world. Career Central provides much more than just basic job posting and CV search functions - register today for:



    • Greater flexibility - generate and save your own CV books in PDF or EXCEL format, organise interviews and presentations according to your team's schedule.
    • Higher visibility - review your job postings, track applications and monitor presentation sign-up information.
    • More exposure - market your brand to students by building a company profile including your logo, website address and company description that students will see on each of your job postings.
  • Online services (Career Central and the Alumni Job Board)

    How do I get or reset my login details to online services?


    You can acquire login details at Career Central.

    Fill in and submit the relevant details - you will receive your log in details within two business days.

    To reset your login details or for additional support, please contact our recruitment support team.


    Where do I get additional support when using online services?


    For additional support please contact our recruitment support team who will be more than happy to assist you in using our online recruitment tools.


    To discuss how we can meet your hiring needs in more general terms, please don't hesitate to contact the appropriate Sector Manager.

  • Searching CVs

    Can I search both student and alumni CVs?


    Employers are able to search both students and alumni CVs on separate systems which need to be logged into separately:



    How do you search students CVs?


    Once you have registered as a recruiter and received your log in details you can then search for CVs:


    • Log into Career Central
    • To search students' CVs, use the 'CV Search' tab at the top of the screen.
    • Search by name or keywords (e.g. 'health', 'engineering') to display a list of all students whose CVs contain those terms.

    For more information and step-by-step visuals, you may like to view our helpful screencast.


    How does alumni CV search work?


    Fill in and submit the relevant details - you will receive your log in details within two business days.

    To reset your login details or for additional support, please contact our recruitment support team.
    Once you have registered as a recruiter and received your log in details you can then search for CVs:


    • Log into the Alumni Job Board and CV Database   
    • To search students' CVs, use the 'CV Search' tab at the top of the screen.
    • Search by either name or keywords (e.g. 'health', 'engineering') to display a list of all alumni whose CVs contain those terms.

    For more information and step-by-step visuals, you may like to view our helpful screencast.

  • Posting a job

    How do I post a job online on Career Central (for current students)?


    Once you have registered as a recruiter and received your login details, you can then post suitable roles to our student community.

    Firstly, you need to decide whether you will be interviewing for this role on campus or not.

    If the answer is no - select the 'post jobs and interview off campus' tab. Then,



    • Click 'Post jobs + Interview off campus' on the top menu
    • Click  'Add New'
    • Fill in the form and press Submit
    • The Career Centre team will be notified of your request and if appropriate approve your job posting (which will make it viewable to candidates).

    If the answer is yes - select the 'post jobs and interview on campus' tab. Then:



    • Click 'Post jobs + Interview on campus' on the top menu
    • Scroll down and click 'Request a Schedule'
    • Fill in the form with as much information as is known at the time of posting the job (approx. date of interview, approx. length of interview etc…)
    • The  Career Centre team will then be notified of your request and assign your interviews with a schedule date
    • You will be notified when your request has been approved
    • One notified, click on  'Attach Position'  (aka 'post your job') under 'Options'
    • Please select 'Copy/Create A New Position'
    • After filling in the form press 'Save & Finish'                        
    • Your whole schedule (date + job) will then be approved by a member of the Career Centre team.

    For more information and step-by-step visuals, you may like to view our helpful screencast.


    How do you search alumni CVs?


    Once you have registered as a recruiter and received your login details, you can then post jobs:



    • Log in the Alumni Job Board and CV Database
    • Create a job posting by clicking on the 'Create a new job' link
    • Import position descriptions and screening criteria from previously posted jobs by using the 'Copy Existing' dropdown menu.
    • Submit position using the 'Submit' button, or select 'Save and finish later'.

    For more information and step-by-step visuals, you may like to view our helpful screencast.

  • Interviews

    How can I use Career Central to schedule interviews?


    Our helpful screencast includes instructions on how to use Career Central to schedule interviews.


    Can I use my own system to schedule interviews?


    Career Central is a valuable tool our students are familiar with; however, it is possible for you to use your own system for scheduling students.


    Can my company host interviews off campus?


    It is possible to host interviews off-campus. Please discuss proposed dates for interview with the appropriate Sector Manager in order to avoid conflicts with other scheduled interviews.


    What is included in on campus interviews?


    Companies interviewing on campus will have a room assigned by Career Centre staff (including a hospitality room). Refreshments are provided and lunches available upon request.


    How much does it cost to interview on campus?


    Please contact our recruitment events team for a breakdown of interview pricing. recruitmentevents@london.edu or 020 7000 7409.

  • Presenting to students

    How can I organise a company presentation on campus?


    Campus presentations involve one or several speakers from a company presenting to a room of students for up to 45 minutes, followed by a catered networking event. It is important to bring enough staff to present to and talk with students.

    If you wish to present or interview our students, please don't hesitate to contact the appropriate Sector Manager.

    If you wish to recruit from the Masters in Management (MiM) programme (pre-experienced level with 0-1 years' experience), contact Daniel Lay dlay@london.edu or call +44 (0)20 7000 7439.

    What is the standard presentation format?


    Campus presentations involve one or several speakers from a company presenting to a room of students for up to 45 minutes, followed by a catered networking event. It is important to bring enough staff to present to and talk with students.


    What times can I present to students?


    Permanent recruitment presentations start in September and internship recruitment presentations start in January. For specific dates please refer to our full recruitment calendar.

    Presentations are typically held:

    Monday - Friday: 11:15 - 12:45
    Thursday: 18:45
    Friday: 15:45


    How many students will attend my presentation?


    Attendees vary dependent on the firm. In the past we have hosted presentations for 25 to 150 students.


    Can we do presentations off campus?


    Of course, it is possible, however holding your presentation off-campus may impact on the number of students able to attend.

    Please discuss your proposed dates with the appropriate Sector Manager in order to avoid conflicts with other presentations.

  • Regular recruiting from London Business School

    How can I become a corporate partner?


    London Business School's Corporate Partnership Programme is designed to connect organisations like yours with our world-class business graduates.

    Corporate Partners enjoy a variety of exclusive benefits including:


    • high-level networking at prestigious events 
    • privileged access to our students 
    • access to the rigorous, influential research from our world-class faculty 
    • a raised profile among London Business School's global community

    Find out more about becoming a Corporate Partner.

  • Recruiting global talent - immigration and visa requirements

    What do I need to think about when recruiting non-EU students and alumni from London Business School?


    Recruiting our international talent is much more straight forward than you might expect. More information on visas and immigration.

    If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact our Employer Engagement team.