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Global MBA University of London

Global MBA University of London

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.

Intake dates January, April, July, October Academic direction from Queen Mary University of London, University College London.

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.

If you have previously studied and received a degree from Queen Mary, University of London you are eligible for a 20% bursary on module fees or full programme fee towards the Global MBA programmes and related awards.

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.

What must you complete?


  • 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. 

Postgraduate Certificate with specialism: 

  • three optional modules from within the same specialism; 
  • any one other module.

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

Accountancy Entrepreneurship and Innovation Finance Health Law Leadership.

View Modules.

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. 

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.

Key dates

This programme has four intake dates per year: January, April, July and October.

January 2023 intake 

  • Applications open 03 October 2022 
  • Application deadline 28 November 2022 
  • Registration deadline 12 December 2022 
  • Programme starts 09 January 2023 

April 2023 intake 

  • Applications open 19 December 2022 
  • Application deadline 13 March 2023 
  • Registration deadline 27 March 2023 
  • Programme starts 17 April 2023 

July 2023 intake 

  • Applications open 03 April 2023 
  • Application deadline 12 June 2023 
  • Registration deadline 26 June 2023 
  • Programme starts 10 July 2023 

October 2023 intake 

  • Applications open 26 June 2023 
  • Application deadline 11 September 2023 
  • Registration deadline 25 September 2023 
  • Programme starts 09 October 2023.

How you study

You can study this online programme from anywhere in the world. The flexible approach to learning enables you to fit your studies around your commitments whilst providing the academic rigour and structure of an on-campus programme.

Modules are offered over four 22-week sessions each academic year. You choose which sessions to enter and how many modules to take in each session.

Assessment deadlines are outlined clearly in advance of the session. You can study up to six modules (or four modules and the Strategic Project) at any one time. You will also receive comprehensive learning materials and a choice of tuition options.

Study materials

University of London 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.

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, you give 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.

Global MBA – Virtual Learning Environment

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.

Teaching centre 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.

Student Support

University of London are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all of our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying and whether you are studying independently or with a Recognised Teaching Centre.

You will have access to support through:

The Student Advice Centre – provides support for application and Student Portal queries. TalkCampus – a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night.

Time commitment

Study at your own pace, either part-time or full-time. Once you begin a module it is generally expected that you will complete it in the six-month session.

Each module presents about 150 hours of study. Over a 22 week session, a 15 credit module will typically require five to seven hours of work/effort per week, and a 30 credit module will typically require ten to 15 hours of work/effort per week. Modules will run at least twice a year, depending on demand.


Each module includes a mix of assessments. During your study period you will undertake formative assessments, which help you to measure your progress but do not count towards your grade, and summative assessments do count towards the final grade. These include a mid-session coursework submission and an unseen written examination (or final project) at the end of the session.

Written examinations are held four times a year. You can defer sitting an exam once (subject to a fee) but you cannot defer the submission of coursework.

Entry requirements

MBA, 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).

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

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.

Age requirement:

  • MBA: you must normally be Age 24+ by the registration deadline of your enrolment session. 
  • PGDip: you must normally be Age 23+ by the registration deadline of your enrolment session. 
  • PGCert: you must normally be Age 22+ by the registration deadline of your enrolment session. 
  • Individual module: you must normally be Age 21+ by the registration deadline of your enrolment session.

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.

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). 
  • Duolingo: must achieve an overall score of at least 120.

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

Computer requirements

University of London 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.

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:

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

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