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London Business School


Location: Regent's Park London, United Kingdom NW1 4SA

Admissions Office: (0)20 7000 7500



London Business School

If you’re someone who is looking for a truly global MBA experience, London Business School has to be high up on the short list. First off, London is one of the world’s greatest cities, a European capital of both culture and business. Secondly, it’s a great jumping off point for all points Europe. And third, the school attracts an annual incoming class of about 400 MBA students from 59 nationalities who are globally minded by nature.

No matter where they hail from, most of them have either taken their undergraduate degrees from outside their native lands, accumulated significant work experience away from home, or traveled extensively around the world. From day one what they share in common is a profound interest in the true global economy and how one gets ahead in it.

The full-time program can be completed in as short as 15 months, by taking fewer electives, or as long as 21. Most opt for the full 21-month length of the program largely because they like it so much. The program begins in late August each year with orientation and a leadership module running throughout September. This is followed by three study periods: Autumn Term (October to December), Spring Term (January to March), and Summer Term (April to July).

Students learn chiefly through structured lectures and case discussions, sometimes alongside tutorials or workshops. Group work is also an essential part of all courses.

In the first year, students develop core knowledge and skills and gain a thorough grounding in business frameworks and general management concepts. They attend lectures in groups of approximately 75 and work in a study group of six or seven. At the end of the first year, students can put learning into practice through a range of options for summer break including summer internships.

During the second year in the program students choose between nine and 12 electives which include science, technology, and real estate electives at University College London. As part of the MBA curriculum, students also have the option of studying on international exchange for a term at one of more than 30 partner schools worldwide.

Every London Business School MBA must achieve competency in one language other than English by graduation.

Rankings Analysis: London Business School recaptured its number one standing in Poets&Quants’ 2012 ranking of the top 50 non-U.S. MBA programs, slipping ahead of last year’s best school INSEAD which fell into second place.

The most important ranking news for LBS this year occurred with the release of the 2012 Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranking of international schools. LBS moved into first place on the list, up from fifth place in 2010. The school leaped ahead of four higher-ranked rivals to steal the No. 1 spot from INSEAD, the French business school that had claimed the top spot for six of the 12 years that the magazine has been ranking international programs. LBS’s victory represents only the third changing-of-the-guard at the top of BusinessWeek’s international ranking and the first time ever that a U.K. school has topped the list. It’s the major reason why LBS moved into first place on the P&Q list.

The most surprising news on the rankings front came in 2012 when The Financial Times’ new global MBA ranking placed London Business School fourth best in the world behind Stanford, Harvard, and Wharton. London had been on top of the FT list for three consecutive years. The three-place decline, however, could largely be attributed to Europe’s economic troubles. “Average alumni salaries three years after graduation were lower in 2012 when compared with the previous year for 16 out of the 23 European schools listed. This compares with increases for 26 out of the 48 alumni groups from U.S.-based schools,” the Financial Times reported.

Forbes, which ranks schools on the basis of return-on-investment, says that London is the best two-year international MBA program outside the U.S. LBS also retained its number three ranking in The Economist’s 2012 list among non-U.S. schools.

B-School Smack Down Reports:

Wharton vs. London Business School

Student Perspectives:

My Story: From Romania to London Business School

Annual Tuition: $33,875 (pound sterling)

Median GMAT: 700

GMAT Range (mid-80%): 660-750

Full-Time Enrollment: 417

International: 92%

Female: 37%

Male: 63%

Mean Age: 29

From London Business School

London Business School’s vision is to have a profound impact on the way the world does business. The School is consistently ranked among the best in the world for its programmes.

Studying at the School provides access to an unmatched diversity of thought. With a presence in four international cities – London, New York, Hong Kong and Dubai – the School is well positioned to equip students with the capabilities needed to operate in today’s business environment. You’ll further benefit from our 34,000 alumni from more than 130 countries, who provide a wealth of knowledge, business experience and worldwide networking opportunities.

The School awards over 1,000 degrees every year, across its Masters degree and Executive Education programmes.

Full-time MBA programme

London Business School’s MBA is a full-time programme commencing each August.  Our intensely practical curriculum provides a unique structure for learning and leadership development.

We’re flexible

With exit points at 15, 18 and 21 months, we encourage you to customise the MBA to suit your requirements. Our students make the programme their own through a unique selection of electives, languages, internships and international exchange options.

We’re global

New for 2012, our Global Business Experiences assignment has been introduced to the curriculum to ensure students gain insight into international business practices and can operate across the globe upon graduation.  Locations offered to the current MBA class include New York, Boston, New Delhi, Johannesburg, Hong Kong and Istanbul.

We’re in London

You’ll be based at our campus in Regent’s Park in the heart of London, the world’s leading commercial and financial centre. International banks, top consulting firms and leading executives from industry are regular visitors to campus, and London is at the heart of entrepreneurial activity.

Unparalleled networking opportunities

London Business School’s community offers a truly global network which will provide real benefit in today’s competitive marketplace. Our 1,800+ degree students hail from 100 countries, 34,000+ alumni from 130 countries, and 160+ faculty from more than 30 countries.  89% of our 2012 MBA class are international.  A third of students on the full-time programme decide to go on international exchange at one of our 30+ partner schools.

Meet some of our current MBA students on our Student Profiles webpage

Life-long career benefits

Our unrivalled London location puts one of the largest recruiter bases in the world at your doorstep.  We provide a team of dedicated and experienced sector recruitment advisors to source high-quality job opportunities, and our career coaches and sector advisors help you prepare for making applications and attending interviews. We offer close links with MBA recruiters in finance, consulting and industry.

Testament to the career support you will receive, 93% of our 2011 MBA class received an offer of employment within three months of graduation. Read our 2011 Employment Report

Beyond the classroom

Your classroom experience is just the beginning at London Business School. For a start, there are over 100 clubs to choose from. These range from professional clubs such as Consulting, Entrepreneurship and Energy Clubs, to regional clubs including the Latin American and China Club. There are also general interest and sporting clubs such as Rugby, Wine and Cheese and the Salsa Club. In addition, conferences, overseas trips, professional treks, summer balls and our regular Thursday evening Sundowners drinks ensure that your opportunities to engage with the wider school community are endless.

Upcoming information events

Each year our admissions representatives travel to over 60 cities worldwide to meet with prospective students. Visit our events webpage for more information.

Contact us

If you have a question about the MBA Programme, please visit our website, email our Information Office at or call us on (0)20 7000 7500.

World-class programmes for every career stage
In addition to our full-time MBA, London Business School offers a range of programmes tailored to accelerate your career at any level.

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