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Global MBA

MBA, PGDip and PGCert

Available to study anywhere in the world

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 a number of professional bodies, including CMI and CIMA. You'll have the chance to gain Chartered Manager status through CMI, and emerge with qualifications that are highly valued by employers.

If you already hold professional qualifications and/or any other postgraduate qualification, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning, meaning you can complete your degree faster.

Join the next generation of global business leaders.

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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.

Programme 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.

To gain a specialist MBA, at least three of your optional modules and the Strategic Project must be from one specialist area:

  • Accountancy
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Finance
  • Health
  • Law
  • Leadership

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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.
  • It is strongly advised that students taking Health optional modules have prior experience of working in the health or healthcare sector.

Individual modules may also be studied on a stand-alone basis. A student may register for any number of core optional modules* on a stand-alone basis with the exception of the Strategic Project. Only four modules may be counted as credit towards a related award.

*Subject to module availability in each session.

January 2020 intake
Application deadline  2 December 2019
Registration deadline  9 December 2019
April 2020 intake
Application deadline9 March 2020
Registration deadline16 March 2020
July 2020 intake
Application deadline15 June 2020
Registration deadline22 June 2020

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.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:

  • On the VLE you can access electronic copies of all printed study materials, resources including audio-visual, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
  • The Online Library provides access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings, etc. In addition, students can request items which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library.
  • Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.

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 work with several teaching centres in seven countries and will recruit more to support the programme.

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

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.

Assessment

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

MSc, PGDip, PGCert and Individual Modules

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.

For your application to be considered, you must have one of the following:

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

Your application will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Under this route, you are strongly advised to complete our MBA Preparation Course (about 125 hours of study), and then take only one module (preferably core) in your first study session and one module in your second session. This will help you develop the necessary skills to complete the programme successfully.

Register for the Preparation Course

Can I transfer credits from other awards?

If you already hold qualifications with similar learning outcomes to Global MBA modules, you can apply for your prior learning to be recognised and accredited. If this is successful, you will not need to study those modules to complete your award. This process is called ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’.

More about Recognition of Prior Learning and exemptions

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

For the Strategic Project, you will need to download the Icarus App. The App runs on:

  • Windows 10 Phones, PCs and Laptops. Downloaded from the Windows App Store;
  • Android Phones and Tablets through the Google Play Store;
  • iOS Phones and Tablets through the iOS App Store.

Please note the App is not currently available on MacOS.
 

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

  • Whether you choose web-supported or Recognised Teaching Centre supported learning. (Recognised Teaching Centre supported learning is currently not available for the Health Specialism).
  • Whether you live in a developing (Band A) or developed (Band B) nation. See the list of Band A and B countries [PDF]

The programme fees below refer to October 2019 and January, April, and July 2020 sessions only and are effective from 29 June 2019.

Master of Business Administration, Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration, Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration:

Global MBA full programme fee (indicative totals*)2019-20
Band A countries£9620
Band B countries£14585

Pay per module

2019-20
Independent web-supported learners:
Module fee (Band A)845
Module fee (Band B)1280
Strategic Project fee (Band A)1650
Strategic Project fee (Band B)2525
Recognised Teaching Centre supported learners:
Module fee (Band A)595
Module fee (Band B)915
Strategic Project fee (Band A)1155
Strategic Project fee (Band B)1760
Module continuation fee - per continued module (Bands A and B)490
Other fees
Application fee for Recognition of Prior Learning (per module) (non-refundable)103
See details below for costs you may incur with parties which are external to the University of London, for example, examination centre charges and locally imposed taxes. You should budget for these accordingly.

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*The indicative full programme fee includes all module and continuation fees payable to the University of London for the duration of your study, as well as online tutor support. This fee does not include applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, local exam centre fees and fees payable to University of London Recognised Teaching Centres.

How fees work

Your fees include study materials and entry into assessments.

The indicative full programme 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 per module, 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 may wish to complete the MBA Preparation Course.
  • RPL applications: these are not included within the course fees.

How to pay your fees.

Some fees are non-refundable. Please see the refund and compensation policy for further details. 

Please note: All student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.

The University of London Global MBA provides you with the opportunity to hone the skills necessary to build and develop an executive career in the future.  As a future leader, your Global MBA can provide you with specific managerial insights into the worlds of Accountancy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, Health, Law and Leadership.

Beyond these specialisations you will also gain a deeper understanding into a broader core skillset, including project management and strategic thinking as you apply your enhanced understanding of management theory to your own professional experience.  From understanding how organisations grow and develop, to how to inspire and lead colleagues and teams, you will gain a range of skills which will enhance your future employability.

Many employers, from multinationals to boutique start-ups, from government departments to intergovernmental bodies, value the breadth and depth of skills that a qualification such as the University of London Global MBA offers. 

"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

See the career support available to our students on our Global Employability page.

You can also read more employer testimonials and find out more about Graduate Destinations for this programme.

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.

Please note: in some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching centre. View further details for accreditation Global MBA and how to apply.

Academic leadership for the general Global MBA and specialist pathways in Accountancy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, Law and Leadership is provided by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). 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.

Academic leadership for the specialist pathway in Health is provided by UCL Medical School. UCL has educated doctors since 1834. The Medical School is currently ranked 9th in the world in the QS World University Rankings (2019).

Programme Director

Dr Dimitrios N. Koufopoulos is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants, Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments, Member of the Chartered Management Institute and Academic Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute.

He is also the Founder and Scientific Director of the Hellenic Observatory of Corporate Governance, which produces regular reports on issues relating to Corporate Governance in Greece.

"This Global MBA provides you with the necessary knowledge, skills and capabilities to reach your goals and meet your aspirations. Your study will empower you and reshape your career."

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

MBA UK/EU Bursary

From January 2018, UK and EU residents will receive a 20 per cent fee bursary for the Global MBA.

More on the MBA UK/EU Bursary

Entrepreneurs from emerging markets scholarship

150 scholarship with 30% off the Global MBA fee are available for students in emerging markets that have the potential to become, entrepreneurs.

More on the entrepreneur scholarship.

Can I get sponsored?

If you're employed, your employer may be willing to cover some or all of the fees.

Download our template to produce a compelling business case for your employer, explaining how the MBA will boost your contribution to the workplace.

More on employer sponsorship

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Bursary

From January 2018, UK and EU residents will receive a 20 per cent fee bursary for the Global MBA.