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Imperial College London

PreMBA Essentials for Professionals

Imperial College London via edX Professional Certificate


Gain a solid foundation in essential quantitative and analytical skills to succeed as a business professional and prepare yourself to pursue an MBA.

In this Professional Certificate program, you will learn key quantitative and analytical skills needed to succeed as a business professional. In the era of big data, it is vital for business professionals to understand what the numbers say, whether it be analyzing financial reports or presenting data in an effective way.

The subjects covered in this program not only provide foundational business skills but also prepare you to further your business studies and pursue an MBA, where you can build upon these skills and gain theoretical and practical training at a graduate-level to better understand general business management functions.

Each course offers a personalised learning plan that highlights the areas you need to focus on to give you a competitive edge within your company or in an MBA program.

Guided by experts in the field, you will use real world examples, interactive exercises and the support of your peers to learn the fundamentals of:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Maths
  • Data Analysis

This Professional Certificate program is targeted at:

  • Professionals preparing to or already working in a business environment who want to enhance their quantitative business skills.
  • Learners who are ready to embark on or considering an MBA program and want to identify and remove any gaps in their quantitative and analytical skills to ensure they are prepared to succeed in the program.

The “PreMBA Essentials for Professionals” Professional Certificate program will prepare you for success in an MBA at an institution such as Imperial Business School by helping you gain the fundamental skills you need to advance your studies. Imperial College Business School offers a world-class Global Online MBA program and we invite you to visit their website to learn more.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Accounting Essentials

An introduction to the financial and management accounting skills needed to succeed in both MBA study and in business.

Course 2: Finance Essentials

Discover how to use fundamental finance tools in both management and MBA learning contexts and understand common financial situations faced in everyday life.

Course 3: Maths Essentials

Discover and acquire the fundamental maths skills that you will need to use while studying an MBA program, from algebra to differentiation and geometric series.

Course 4: Data Analysis Essentials

Discover and acquire the quantitative data analysis skills that you will typically need to succeed on an MBA program. This course will cover the fundamentals of collecting, presenting, describing and making inferences from sets of data.


Taught by

Nigel Meade, Stanislav Kucherenko, Jeremy Fernando, Rakel Foti, Robert Kosowski, Oleg Komarov, Edward Fram, David Lefevre, Krishnakumar Gopalakrishnan, Phil Power and Catarina Sismeiro

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This is the only Professional Certificate in edX on PreMBA or leading to MBA. Other programs are already Master's and MicroMasters programs. This program is composed of 4 subjects: Accounting, Finance, Maths, Data Analysis Prerequisite: Secondary school...
  • Anonymous
    I would not recommend this course for those with very little knowledge in Finance and Data Analysis (Statistics). At least audit the contents first before you take this course.

    I find Accounting and Finance courses from University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign in Coursera are quite better as well as from University of Virginia, Rice University and University of Pennsylvania. You might want to try Business Analytics also from University of Colorado Boulder.

    At this point, I haven't found better courses about Maths yet...

    Forget about Imperial in edX! (at least this course :P )
  • Anonymous
    Data Analysis Essentials is a deal breaker... I would not recommend this course to beginners. Or at least sharpen your knowledge in finance and statistics before enrolling. Or else, your precious time might just get wasted.
  • Anonymous
    Not worth the buck. Audit the course, get what you need. I felt like I just wasted my time for not be able to finish all the courses because some are too advance.

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