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Global MBA

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Develop world-class business acumen and take your career to the next level with our Global MBA. Build your career momentum by studying as you work and bringing fresh insights to the workplace.

The Global MBA is accredited by CMI and CIMA. You'll have the chance to gain Chartered Manager status, and emerge with qualifications that are highly valued by employers.

Join the next generation of global business leaders.

Apply by 5 March 2018 to join the next intake of the Global MBA.

The Global MBA equips you with an expert understanding of the challenges facing today’s global business leaders. It offers flexibility and a broad range of options to suit your needs and your employer's.

Course details

What must you complete?

  • MBA: six core modules; four optional modules; strategic project.
  • Postgraduate Diploma: four core modules; any four other modules.
  • Postgraduate Certificate: two core modules; any two other modules.

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Modules are available as follows (subject to minimum student registrations):

  • All core modules and the Strategic Project are available for every session.
  • Modules in 'Accounting', 'Finance' and 'Law' will be available every January and July.
  • Modules in 'Leadership' and 'Entrepreneurship and Innovation' will be available each April and October.

You can study this online programme from anywhere in the world. You receive comprehensive learning materials and a choice of tuition options.

Study materials

We provide you with all of the resources and study materials you need to complete the course successfully, including the essential reading for each module. You can access these through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) on a range of devices.

Our online learning resources typically include multimedia content, activities and exercises (e.g. multiple choice quizzes, reflective exercises and self-assessment questions), as well as facilities for you to interact with your tutor and fellow students. You’ll also receive access to two short introductory modules that help you get the most from your studies.

Tutor support

All students receive tutor support and feedback while studying this programme. Tutors introduce the modules, respond to queries, monitor discussions and provide guidance on assessments.

Web-supported learning: if you register for a module as a web-supported learner, you join an online tutor group. If you register in this way you pay, the web supported learner fee.

Institution-supported learning: if you enrol for a module with a local teaching centre, you receive face-to-face tuition. We are currently recruiting institutions across the globe to support the programme.

If you enrol for tuition with a teaching institution, you pay the institution-supported fee to the University plus an additional tuition fee to the teaching institution.

Time commitment

Study at your own pace, either part-time or full-time. Each module presents about 150 hours of study – an average of 6-8 hours per week. Modules will run at least twice a year, depending on demand.

Each module is studied over 22 weeks. You choose how many to take in each session and which sessions to enter. You can study up to six (or four modules and the project) at any one time.


Each module includes a mix of assessments. Formative assessments help you to measure your progress but do not count towards your grade. Summative assessments do count towards the final grade. These include coursework and a project or written exam.

Examinations are held four times a year. You can defer sitting an exam once (subject to a fee) but not the submission of coursework. Once you begin a module it is generally expected that you will complete it in the six-month session.

More about exams.

For direct access (Entry Route 1), you will need the following:

  • A second-class honours bachelor degree or equivalent from an acceptable institution.
  • Three years’ work experience in a managerial role (within the past five years).

We accept qualifications from around the world. If you have an appropriate professional award rather than a degree, we will consider this on an individual basis.

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I meet one of these criteria. Can I still apply?

If you meet only one of these requirements, you can apply to join the programme via Entry Route 2.

Under this route, you complete our MBA Preparation Course (about 125 hours of study), complete your registration, and then take two set core modules before you continue to the main programme.

This helps you develop the necessary skills to complete the programme successfully.

Register for the Preparation Course

Can I transfer credits from other awards?

If you have a previous qualification which is comparable in level, content and standard, you can apply for an exemption from part of the degree. This process is called ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ (also known as ‘Credit Transfer’ or ‘Exemption’).

More about Recognition of Prior Learning

References and Evidence

You will need to submit at least one reference and some documentary evidence as part of your application. This will differ depending on your Entry Route and which criteria you meet. Your documents can be uploaded with your online application or you can email them at a later date.

More about references

English Language requirements

You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:

  • IELTS: at least 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in the written test.
  • TOEFL iBT: at least 92 overall, with 22+ in reading and writing and 20+ in speaking and listening.
  • Pearson Test (Academic): at least 59 overall, with 59+ in reading and writing and 54+ in speaking and listening.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (grade C or above).

Alternatively, you may satisfy the language requirements if you have at least 18 months of education or work experience conducted in English.

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly.

More about computer requirements

Our Global MBA represents a terrific investment for students and employers. The fee depends on two factors:

  • Whether you choose web-supported or institution-supported learning.
  • Whether you live in a developing (Band A) or developed (Band B) nation.
Full course fee2017-2018
Band A Countries£8,730
Band B Countries£13,230
Pay as you go2017-2018
Module fee for web-supported learning, Band A£768
Module fee for web-supported learning, Band B£1,163
Strategic Project fee for web-supported learning, Band A£1,500
Strategic Project fee for web-supported learning, Band B£2,290
Module fee for institution-supported learning, Band A£543
Module fee for institution-supported learning, Band B£836
Strategic Project fee for institution-supported learning, Band A£1,050
Strategic Project fee for institution-supported learning, Band B£1,603
Module continuation fee (per module)£450
Other fees 
Application fee for Recognition of Prior Learning£85

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See the list of Band A and B countries [PDF]

How fees work

Your fees include study materials and entry into assessments.

The full course fee includes all module and continuation fees for the duration of your study, as well as online tutor support. By paying in full at the beginning of your programme, you receive a discount on paying per module and avoid any annual fee increases.

With pay-as-you-go, you pay for each module as you register for it. The ‘web-supported learning’ fee includes support from a University of London online tutor. Alternatively, if you prefer face-to-face tuition, you can pay a smaller fee to us and a separate fee to a teaching centre which supports the programme.

The module continuation fee is the cost per module if you defer an examination or need to retake assessments. It includes all study materials, entry into assessments, and online tutor support.

Additional Costs

You will also need to budget for:

  • Exams: our approved examination centres around the world charge a fee when you sit an exam. Contact your chosen examination centre for details about costs.
  • Tuition: as described, teaching centres charge for face-to-face tuition if you choose to take modules with institution-supported learning.
  • Preparatory Costs: if you are entering the MBA via Route 2, you will need to complete the online course.
  • RPL applications: these are not included within the course fees.

How to pay your fees.

Our Global MBA provides you with the skills that employers are looking for. By combining professional qualifications with a world-class academic degree, this programme will prepare you for the next step in your career.

"When students graduate with a Level 7 Strategic Qualification in Management from CMI as well as a very prestigious University of London Global MBA, they are truly boosting their employability by presenting employers with exactly the skills they seek."

Ann Francke, CEO, Chartered Management Institute

What do employers think of our graduates?

Accreditation – what are the benefits?

The MBA is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). As a Global MBA student, you have CMI membership for the duration of your registration. If you study any optional modules in accountancy, you will also gain membership of CIMA.

Once you complete the MBA, you receive CMI’s Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership. If you have sufficient work experience, you can also gain Chartered Manager status. If you graduate with a specialist MBA in Accountancy, you become eligible to sit the CIMA Master’s Gateway exam. This is an accelerated route towards the CIMA Professional Qualification.

As an MBA student, you also benefit from extensive networking, job-hunting and continuing professional development opportunities delivered through these partnerships.

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is one of the University of London's largest colleges. A member of the Russell Group, it has over 20,000 students from more than 150 countries. In the most recent national assessment of the quality of research (REF 2014), QMUL was placed ninth in the UK.

Programme Director

Professor Ioannis Kokkoris holds a Chair in Law and Economics at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary. He is also Executive Director of the Institute for Global Law, Economics and Finance.

"Whether it is advancing your career, switching to another industry or starting your own business – the University of London Global MBA will give you the confidence, the skills and the connections to create your own success story."

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there may be additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

More on funding your study.

UK / EU Bursary

UK and EU residents receive 20 per cent off the course fees for new registrations until September 2018. This does not cover continuation fees or fees charged by examination centres or teaching institutions.

More on the MBA Bursary.

Can I get sponsored?

If you're employed, your employer may be willing to cover part/all of the programme fees if you can make a compelling case as to how this programme will boost your contribution to the workplace.

Download our template and complete your business case to present to your employer.

More on employer sponsorship.

Alec Maddison, Global MBA Student

Global MBA current student, Alec Maddison

"Many online programmes are an unknown quantity, but the University of London is a respected institution."