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Core courses

Demanding academic frameworks. Applied project work. Leadership skills training and the option to tailor your MBA studies. Our core courses provide a rigorous and analytical grounding in the tools and techniques necessary for future career success.


Kick-start your MBA before you even set foot on campus. Three online modules in finance, accounting and quantitative methods ensure you have a strong foundation in these key skills before the start of term. Designed by LBS faculty, the courses utilise rigorous online testing and integrate seamlessly with our Business Fundamentals core.

Students with prior knowledge and experience in these areas may take the tests without completing the coursework.

Business Fundamentals Core

Combine a solid business toolkit with the skills and cultural sensitivities to succeed anywhere in the world. Running across the first two terms, our Business Fundamentals core is a dynamic introduction to management and global leadership tools and techniques. It’s also an essential step in securing your summer internship. Courses include:

  • Understanding General Management

    This course highlights the professional challenges and responsibilities you will face as a general manager and creates a road map to navigate the twists and turns of the MBA programme over the next two years.

  • Global Leadership Assessment for Managers (GLAM)

    Develop into the best leader you can be on this self-discovery course. While management skills can be taught, leadership is about making a difference to the challenges we face with people and projects. Discover how to make a difference and be yourself, with skill.

  • Data Analytics for Managers

    Discover how to use data to make, and argue the case for, business decisions. Business decisions are often too complex to be made by intuition alone, so if you bring the analytical thought we will give you the tools to make informed decisions.

  • Leading Ethical Organisations

    World-leading faculty are at the helm of this completely redesigned and insightful course.Taught early on in the programme, the content will have a profound impact throughout the MBA.

  • Corporate Finance and Valuation

    Learn how to manage your company’s finances and develop a framework to help you make the right financial decisions.

  • Strategy

    Explore a new range of strategy tools and frameworks and apply them to a variety of competitive situations.

  • Microeconomics for Managers

    Learn about applied microeconomics, with a management focus. At the end of this course understand how markets operate and how market mechanisms affect the choices of firms.

  • Accounting

    Analyse financial information and judge a firm’s prospects based on performance, patterns in their financial statements, profit drivers, assets and obligations.

  • Marketing

    Your passport into the world of strategic marketing; this course gives a solid foundation to enable you to apply marketing concepts, and prepare and evaluate marketing plans with confidence.

  • Managing Organisational Behaviour

    Develop the skills to predict the behaviour of individuals, groups and organisations to lead a company or team towards success.

  • Operations Management

    Take control of business processes by learning the basic terminology, concepts and quantitative tools of operations management. Learn how your managerial input, and data, can match supply and demand.

Tailored Core

Shape our MBA your way, in line with your individual career requirements and interests. We’ve designed Year One to be as flexible as possible, allowing you to start customising the programme from the second term. Our Tailored Core offers a number of exciting options: deepen your existing expertise in areas such as economics and finance, investigate new subjects like digital strategy, or leverage our strong London network on the highly practical LondonCAP module.

Courses include:

  • Capital Markets and Financing
  • Financial Reporting for Today's Economy
  • Management Accounting and Performance Measurement
  • Business Analytics
  • Marketing Planning
  • Customer and Market Insights
  • Value Chain Management
  • Strategic Economic Analysis
  • Global Economic Analysis
  • Digital Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship

NB: The courses above are all brand new and still in development. More information will be provided when it becomes available.

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