An inspiring choice of more than 80 electives
Our elective portfolio demands your creativity, energy and enthusiasm:
complete between 10 and 12 electives - target areas of special interest, widen your business lens or prepare for your next career move
schedule your classes in a variety of different formats including weekdays, evenings, weekends and intensive block weeks.
Our elective options are updated annually. Faculty and programme material are subject to change.
Accounting risk, regulation of standards and corporate governance.Learn more Show less
Competition policy, industrial economics and economic integration.Learn more Show less
Financial regulation, corporate finance and capital markets.Learn more Show less
Decision modelling, service operations and e-business.Learn more Show less
Advertising, branding, competitive strategy, consumer behaviour, global marketing, marketing models and media.Learn more Show less
Leadership, groups, negotiations, creativity, culture and identity and business ethics.Learn more Show less
Creating value through superior competitive performance.Learn more Show less
Learn how to craft strategy when the future is uncertain, fast-changing and unknowable to meet the need for strategic agility to adapt quickly in the face of ever changing market conditions.
Discover how to structure companies to be more agile and engage and motivate employees across an organisation to help identify and act on opportunities.
National borders matter for how firms develop and conduct their strategy. The point of departure for Global Strategy is that differences exist between countries and that these differences have implications for how firms strategize when they operate across borders.
Learn to identify these differences, how to measure them, and what they mean for fundamental decisions such as entering new markets and designing the global footprint of a firm's operations. Gain familiarity with some major public databases (e.g. POLYCON, Economic Freedom of the World Index, CAGE).
This course is relevant for anyone who intends to pursue a managerial career in a multinational corporation as well as anyone who will have to assess the strategies of multinational corporations in consulting and finance.
Seven of the top ten companies in the world by market capitalisation, and the vast majority of unlisted ‘unicorn’ companies, are players in the digital economy: they sell primarily digital products (or hardware for accessing digital products), they operate with platform-based business models that give them increasing returns to scale, they have few tangible assets and they employ relatively small numbers of people.
These features make digital organisations fundamentally different to “industrial” organisations such as food manufacturers, oil & gas companies or automobile companies, who make physical products and operate in the world of decreasing returns to scale on which traditional economic theories were built.
The purpose of this course is to help students understand the differences between industrial and digital organisations, and to provide them with frameworks and practical advice for how to manage and work in digital organisations.
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 min. 10 electives.
Business Project is an elective course that you can take in your Second Year. 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.
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.
You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 10 electives during the programme, and may take up to a maximum of 12.
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, and the Programme Office can certify this toward your employer. Concentrations currently on offer include:
You may take up to 12 electives during the two years of the MBA programme. Elective credits and grades count toward your award of degree.