Top Universities to Study an EMBA in London

Study an EMBA in London

Studying in London has many advantages for EMBA students. London is one of the world's international financial capitals – a ‘command center’ for the global economy, and business schools in London continue to consistently rank highly in many major business school rankings.

The metropolis has a booming private business sector and is a leading center of scientific and technological activities.

In addition to the financial hub that is the City of London; Canary Wharf is also situated in London, home to the global and European headquarters of some of the world’s organizations, including Chevron, Shell International Limited, and J.P. Morgan EMEA HQ – making it a hub of opportunity and commerce for EMBA students studying in London.

Here is a selection of some of the best schools at which to study an EMBA in London.

London Business School

Europe’s number one institution in QS’ Executive MBA Rankings by Region 2019: Europe and third in the Global Executive MBA Rankings 2019London Business School, offers a 20-month executive MBA in London, or the same program in Dubai.

One of the more diverse business schools in London, the school actively encourages international students to apply to the program. For the graduating class of 2021 there are 77 students, of which 27 percent are female, 30 nationalities are represented, and students have an average of 12 years work experience.

Leadership is at the core of the LBS skillset on which there is a focus from day one. Students are given a 360° assessment that examines their leadership behavior and establishes a framework to improve on that behavior through continuous personal development throughout the program.

The annual Global Business Assignment gives the LBS EMBA its global element. Students engage in week-long residential trips to locations like Buenos Aires, Beijing, San Francisco to learn how to conduct business in different cultural and economic environments. Students in international business-centric concentrations can also opt to take the assignment a second time for an additional cost.

At the central London campus, core causes are taught on consecutive Fridays/Saturdays of alternate weeks, though students are also expected to commit up to 20 hours to private study a week during individual study time. Students are also required to pass six electives to complete the programs – each take 25 to 30 hours to complete.

Most class-based work is conducted in study groups of six that are determined at the start of the program. The small groups are designed to assist students with the demands of their study and family life while also building on teamwork and leadership skills.

Tuition for the 20-month program is £90,800 (US$116,540) which includes the cost of all course materials and some accommodation expenditure during international assignments and two residential modules in London.

Imperial College London

Imperial College London ranked 19th in the world in the QS World University Rankings: Global MBA 2020, also ranking 26th globally the QS Global Executive MBA Rankings 2019, and 13th in QS’ Executive MBA Rankings by Region 2019: Europe (and 4th in the UK).

It is, therefore, one of the most prestigious schools at which one could study an EMBA in London.

The school offers a 23-month executive MBA program that collaborates theory learning and hands-on practice. Lectures are conducted in South Kensington, a royal borough of London, awash with quality restaurants, designer boutiques and cultural attractions. Students have three sessions on campus every four weeks, taking place on Friday and Saturday in their first year to engage with core modules. In the second year, attention is focused on electives and a Global Immersion Week.

The Global Immersion Week is an international study abroad program that allows students to explore a country’s business culture and practices, paid for through course tuition fees.

The school also offers a unique option for students to take part in an Entrepreneurial Journey instead of an elective in their second year of study. This is a live experience that challenges students to investigate the commercial potential of their own individual ideas or work on a project being developed by one of the university’s partners. Emphasis is very much placed on students forming strong client-consultant relationships.

The school requires applicants to have at least 10 years’ work experience. On the executive MBA program 2019-20, the average student age is 38 - with 25 percent of those being female. Total fees for February 2020 entry are £58,700 (US$75,325) – however this doesn’t cover accommodation for the time spent studying in London.

Cass Business School

Cass Business School offers another highly regarded EMBA in London (ranking 38th in Europe in the QS Executive MBA Rankings by Region 2019: Europe).

Cass’ Executive MBA program is delivered twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday) over 24 months, where the Modular Executive MBA program is delivered over one long weekend (Friday to Monday) a month over 24 months. Programs are delivered on evenings and weekends so that students have the flexibility to work full-time while acquiring new business skills and expertise.

The school seeks to prepare students for global management roles and offers International Consultancy Weeks with small and medium sized enterprises across the globe. The international study abroad consultancy week was first offered in 2003 and has since become a core element to EMBA study at Cass.

Teams aim to investigate and solve challenges facing their case companies throughout the travel week and have a further four weeks after departure to provide a concise list of recommendations to the company for analysis and assessment.

The Cass EMBA is also assessed through the Business Mastery Project in second year. This is a self-managed business consultancy exercise that involves designing, conducting and managing every aspect of a project, addressing real business problems at chosen companies or industry areas. Many of these projects are conducted on summer internships in conjunction with the Cass careers service. Past projects have included problem-solving in diverse areas such as travel and tourism, advertising and marketing, law, and stock exchanges.

The weekend EMBA program costs £50,000 (US$64,195). Fees cover all textbooks, flights and accommodation for international consultancy project, and professional development coaching sessions.

London School of Economics and Political Science

LSE offers the TRIUM Global Executive MBA program jointly with the NYU Stern School of Business and HEC Paris. This course provides a global curriculum for senior level executives across six international business locations (London, California, Paris, New York, Shanghai, Paris) over 18 months.

Modules are designed and delivered by all three schools, allowing them to complement their strengths, on learning retreats of one or two weeks over the 18 months, drastically reducing the amount of time students are required to take away from their professional work – no student will be away from work for longer than 10 weeks in total.

Students on the TRIUM EMBA enjoy the unique advantage of being offered a degree in by all three schools, also benefitting from accessing each school’s extensive network of alumni students.

The curriculum covers traditional areas such as finance, accounting, marketing and executive leadership but also offers a variety of contemporary topics such as social media, negotiation, global political economy and the TRIUM Capstone Project.

The Capstone Project allows students to bring their coursework to life by transforming business ideas into potential life changing startups. Students work in teams to develop a business idea from beginning to launch by taking advantage the various skills acquired over the EMBA course and the alumni connections available at HSE Paris, NYU Stern and LSE.

The program requires students to have possess a minimum of 10 years’ work experience and costs a total of US$185,150 – which includes tuition, lodging for the Silicon Valley and Shanghai modules, lunch and group dinners and required materials.

Helen Vaudrey
Written by Helen Vaudrey

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