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#187 Imperial MBA Program & Admissions Interview with Amy Duckworth

“Imperial College London is a world-renowned STEM institution… what Imperial Business School represents is that fusion of business and technology.”

Amy Duckworth, Director of Admissions at Imperial College Business School, shares what makes the Imperial MBA unique, the school’s admissions process, career opportunities and more.

Program Highlights (2:00) | Admissions (13:00) | Financing & Scholarships (26:10) | Careers (29:10)

About Our Guest

Amy Duckworth is Director of Admissions at Imperial College Business School. Previously, Amy served as Head of MBA Recruitment and Admissions at Cambridge Judge Business School, and worked in business development for BAE Systems.

What is unique about the Imperial MBA? What are its key advantages?

  • Imperial College is one of the world’s leading STEM institutions, ranked 12th globally by the Times Higher Education
  • 1-year MBA completed at two campuses (South Kensington and White City) in London
  • Imperial is launching a new MBA curriculum for Fall 2022 class, which includes a year-long LEAD (Leadership, Ethics, Awareness, Diversity, Society) module
  • Full-time students are encouraged to collaborate with the wider Imperial College student body and MBAs from Imperial’s 3 other MBA programs
  • Admissions is looking for intellectual ability, strong professional track record and leadership potential as well as a bent towards innovation and collaboration
  • Students can specialize in Analytics, Entrepreneurship or Finance
  • The Imperial College Union runs over 340 clubs, societies and projects, the largest range of student-led activities of any university in the UK

Touch MBA’s Imperial MBA Fast Facts

last updated November 2021

Program Highlights (2:00)

  • 1 intake/year in September
  • Length: 12 months
  • ~60 participants/intake
  • ~25 nationalities/intake; ~90% international; class is ~40% female
  • Program structure: LEADS (Leadership, Ethics, Awareness, Diversity, Society) module throughout entire year, 11 core classes during first 6 months, choose 2 of 4 flexcore modules and choose 5-7 elective modules out of 40 during second 6 months, complete entrepreneurial journey or strategic consulting project
  • Rankings: #44 Financial Times 2021
  • Accredited by AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS

Admissions (13:00)

  • 6 deadlines from September to June
  • Applicants get decision back within 2-4 weeks of interview
  • Avg GMAT: 660, GMAT or GRE required, 600 GMAT minimum encouraged, minimums encouraged for GRE 156 (verbal) and 158 (quantitative)
  • Avg age: 30, Avg work experience: 6, 3 years of work experience required
  • 2 recommendations required
  • Interview process includes video assessment (focused on career questions) and 30-minute interview with admissions committee or alumni. Prepare to talk about any aspect of your professional experience, your MBA motivation and career goals, and examples of leadership, collaboration and resilience
  • English proficiency requirements: TOEFL (100 iBT), IELTS (7), Duolingo (125)

Financing & Scholarships (26:10)

  • Full-time MBA Tuition: £57,200
  • ~10 categories of scholarships available up to full tuition available 

Careers (29:10)

  • Full-time placement report? Yes
  • 96% of graduates employed within 6 months
  • Average salary is £58,000, a 27% increase from pre-MBA salary
  • Top Industries: 30% Finance, 22% Technology, 20% Consulting, Energy 8%, CPG 5%; 60% of grads changed sector
  • Top Functions: not available
  • Top Geographies: 50% UK, 30% Asia, 12% Americas, 8% Europe
  • International MBA graduates can remain in UK for employment for 2 years under new post-study “graduate worker route” visa
  • Alumni statistics: 19,000+ Imperial business school alumni in 120 countries

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