"During my MBA I completed internships at Blockchain and PayPal before landing at a London-based artificial intelligence (AI) start-up."
Job: Head of Operations and Scaling, Signal Media
Programme: MBA 2017
Immerse yourself in our customisable MBA, with all the advantages of a two-year programme plus the benefit of flexible exit points after 15, 18 or 21 months of study.
Tailor our MBA to suit your academic needs, your career requirements and your timeframe.
*GBEs are included in tuition fees
in the current MBA class
Applied, experiential learning in a real-world business situation.
A core curriculum highlight, Global Business Experiences (GBEs) allow you to apply the frameworks you've studied to organisations in emerging and developed markets around the world. Flourish outside your comfort zone and push yourself into unfamiliar territory working with classmates from different cultures and industries.
Theme: Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth: The Role of Micro-Businesses
Learning objective: Work with a micro-entrepreneur on a challenge facing their business in an important emerging market. Develop an understanding of the process of growth and transformation, as well as the constraints and opportunities that surround them.
“It was life changing. Whether it was helping our township entrepreneur with the little resources she had, or understanding the challenges of a developing economy with a heavy past, it was a unique time of personal growth and reflection.”
- Marie Milleron (French) MBA2015, Director of CEO Office and Group Holdings, Thales
Theme: Contextualising the Drivers of Innovation
Learning objective: In 2016, funding in Israeli start-ups grew to $4.2bn while the global market experienced a decline. Why? Explore environments that encourage innovation, look at how start-ups generate revenue, discuss how future innovations might disrupt current business models and much more.
“Understanding the underlying factors that trigger entrepreneurs to strive for their ventures, allow venture capital funding to flourish and bring huge corporations together to coach and nourish new ideas was without doubt among the best experiences in my entire MBA journey.”
- Oscar Zapata (Peruvian) MBA2016, Consultant, The Boston Consulting Group
Theme: Harnessing the Winds of Change
Learning objective: Gain insight into the realities and intricacies of doing business in dynamic India, and hear different perspectives about how society and organisations are approaching change.
“I have been to India before, but the GBE exposed me to many more facets, challenges and joys of the country. It was truly inspiring, from the kindness and fun in the rural villages to the thriving economy in the slums and the errorless operations of the DabbaWala food delivery. It was so impressive to me how more than one billion people from different religions and a huge wealth disparity live mostly peacefully with and next to each other. Thanks to my peers who made this an unforgettable experience.”
- Yves Bauer (German) MBA2016, Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company
Theme: Challenges to Hong Kong/Innovation and Institutions in China
Learning objective: Explore the impact of innovation and institutions across a diverse range of sectors and businesses. Examine how Hong Kong is developing, and changing the nature of its relationship with mainland China.
"The GBE is surely the highlight of the MBA programme. Spending a week in Hong Kong, immersed in social, political and economic issues gave me an instantly richer understanding of China than I could ever have developed from outside of the region.”
- Tristan Kaye (Australian) MBA2015, Trading Director, The Bread Factory
Theme: Reinvention in Turbulent Times
Learning objective: Gain a first-hand look into the changes, challenges and opportunities faced by and within Lima today. Explore the factors contributing to strong demand for new technologies, new business models and public– private partnerships, in addition to ongoing political and social challenges.
“The Lima GBE was a highlight of my MBA. We spent a week hearing from Peruvian business leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs and alumni about Peru’s fascinating journey through turbulent times. It forced me to think deeply and sparked many interesting conversations among my peers.”
- Mollie Amkraut (American) MBA2016, Business Design Lead, IDEO
Theme: Incubating businesses in frontier markets
Learning Objective: Engage with leading local companies and entrepreneurs to gain an understanding of the opportunities and risks that Myanmar faces at this stage of its development. Examine how these opportunities and risks can be managed to ensure sustainable growth and what role SMEs and early-stage companies are playing in this development.
“This was an incredible experience. It was an ideal balance of learning, discussion, and experiential learning. It is clear the GBE is set up to ensure students reap the maximum benefit, and it was apparent that the organizers thought about this from the perspective of students. It was a bonding experience with classmates to be in Yangon and be learning about entrepreneurship in a context none of us had ever seen (regardless of our career experience).”
- Sofia Leo (Argentinian) MBA2018
Theme: The Emerging Giant: Understanding the Opportunities and Challenges Facing Brazil Today
Learning objective: As the fifth largest country in the world by area and population, with advanced industries, a host of world-beating organisations, and a vast domestic market, Brazil should be the next continental player achieving global scale advantage. But internal fragmentation, a challenging political environment, and critical skill and infrastructure deficits have long delayed Brazil’s full emergence. Join us in exploring the question of how far Brazil can go – and when?
Experience first-hand the real benefit of our London location – home to major multinationals, tech start-ups, luxury and high fashion retail and NGOs, and a dynamic, real-life classroom in which to apply your skills. Our innovative LondonCAP (London Core Application Practicum) module capitalises on our connections with the London business community.
Previous students have worked on projects with leading London-based organisations such as the BBC, Football Association, AB InBev and the British Fashion Council.
Broaden your horizons and your network taking part in one of the world’s largest and most prestigious business school exchange programmes.
Your choice of school can be influenced by location, language, length of course, and elective availability or your desire to move your career to a particular country after graduation. Students completing the programme in 15 or 18 months will have limited exchange opportunities. Please note exchange school placements are competitive.
HEC Paris School of Management, France
IE Business School, Spain
IESE Business School, Spain
SDA Bocconi School of Management, Italy
Australian Graduate School of Management, Australia
China Europe International Business School, China
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China Hong Kong University, China
Hitotsubashi University, The Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Japan
Indian School of Business, India
Melbourne Business School, Australia
Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, China
Columbia Business School
Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business
Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Leonard Stern School of Business, New York University
MIT Sloan School of Management
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College
University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business (GSB)
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
McCombs School of Business, University of Texas
UCLA Anderson School of Management
Yale School of Management
Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil
IPADE Business School, Mexico
Universidad de los Andes, Columbia
Gordon Institute of Business Science
Assess your existing skill set then chart a personalised leadership development journey.
Leadership Launch develops hard and soft skills in line with your career objectives.
Increased digital and communication skills target the core competencies recruiters demand and optional language study widens your cultural understanding.
Choose from a portfolio of skills sessions to prepare for recruitment and post-MBA leadership roles. Sessions correspond to one of five leadership competencies: Know and Develop Yourself; Deliver Through Others; Communicate Powerfully; Solve Complex Problems; and Lead and Implement Change. Sessions may include:
Increase your cultural understanding and your value to future employers.
Languages are optional, but we recommend competency in at least one language other than English.
Practice without leaving campus - languages offered reflect the profile of our class. Choose based on your post-programme career destination, or study a third, fourth or fifth language.
How you spend the summer of your first year can enhance your career, so make it count.
*Income earned is dependent on your skills and your choice of industry.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Business Experiences and the optional Business Project.
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.