Flexibility & fast-tracking
The elective portfolio provides the backbone to the flexibility of the London Business School MBA. There is a huge amount of flexibility in the elective portfolio, and not just in the subjects you can study. This gives you massive scope to tailor the timing of your electives to fit with the other activities and commitments you will have in year two.
There is no minimum termly requirement for electives in year two, but there is a normal maximum of six electives per term excluding block weeks. This means you are at liberty to tailor the amount of time it takes you to complete the taught part of the MBA Programme, taking the full 21 months or finishing in as little as 15 months. Even if you choose to take the full 21 months, the absence of a minimum termly requirement means you can take a term off from electives to concentrate on other things, perhaps even undertake a second internship.
What are the benefits of a flexible programme?
Getting back to work – From MBA2011, we had 28 students formally complete the MBA in less than 21 months. This allows you to get back to work earlier or possibly to allow yourself some time off before being thrown back in to the world of work.
Early graduation - The only “formal” reason to finish the entire degree programme earlier i.e. electives, second year project and language requirement, is if you need to apply for a visa by a particular point. If so you will need to finish all the requirements of the degree to be presented to one of the exam boards that meets in February or May. (像我就打算18個月畢業，第二年只有四個月在倫敦，節省生活開銷)
Job offers – Even if you intend to take the full 21 months to complete the MBA, unexpected job offers to start work earlier than this may change your plans. If this happens, you will be free to drop the final credits without any worry about meeting the requirements for graduation, providing you do so within the Add and Drop deadline and are on the minimum required 9 credits.
Part-time work – Many students take on some kind of work in 2nd year, be it ad hoc consultancy, extended internships, or a part-time job to pay the bills! (真的很多人根本就跟全職上班沒兩樣)
Second year project – As a core requirement, the 2nd year project will be an important part of 2nd year. Structuring your electives around when you intend to focus on your project allows you to manage your time effectively.
Club/SA/conference activities – It’s not all work! Many 2nd year students use the flexibility of electives to take on some non-academic responsibilities.
Family / personal life – We are aware that there are occasionally aspects outside the MBA which need your attention!