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London Business School LBS MBA – Class Profile, Employment Reports, and Notable Alumni

London Business School LBS MBA program, established in 1964 is a business school of the University of London and awards postgraduate degrees in management and finance, MBA and Ph.D. LBS MBA program is cosmopolitan in nature just like the city it is situated in. The latest incoming class of LBS MBA is comprised of 90% international students from 63 countries. LBS boasts its MBA program as the world’s most flexible MBA. An LBS MBA student has the option to complete the MBA in 15, 18 or 21 months.

The London Business School is also a highly ranked business school. In 2018, Financial Times ranked it the number one business school in Europe and Forbes ranked LBS as the number one 2-year international MBA program.

In this article, we’ll share some important information on the MBA program of the London business school. Here is the outline of the article:


General Information on LBS MBA

Location – London Business School, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4SA, United Kingdom, Tel: +44 (0)20 7000 7000, Fax: +44 (0)20 7000 7001

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LBS MBA program – Class profile, cost of attendance, mean salary

Below are some important numbers of London Business School MBA program’s graduating class of 2020. The numbers include class size, average GMAT and GPA, cost of attendance, mean salary (graduating class of 2018) etc.

S. No. London Business School Numbers
1 Average GMAT 708
2 Average GPA 3.5
3 Class Size 485
4 GMAT Range 600-790
5 Work Experience (Average) 5.5 years
6 Tuition Cost (full program) £ 82,000
7 Average Age 29
8 % Employed after graduation 94%
9 Mean Salary £ 79,885

LBS MBA incoming class of 2018

London Business School MBA class of 2018 is as diverse as it comes not just with respect to nationalities but also with respect to the age and work experience.

LBS incoming class of 2018 Numbers
Enrolled 485
GMAT Scores (middle 80%) 600 – 790
Undergraduate GPA (middle 80%) 3.4 – 3.6
Work Experience (middle 80%) 2 – 15 years
Average age (middle 80%) 24 – 37
% of women in the class 40%
% International students 90%

Pre-MBA work experience of LBS MBA incoming class of 2018

The detailed numbers on the ‘pre-MBA work experience by industry and region’ of London Business School incoming class of 2018 are as follows:

LBS – MBA: Pre-MBA industry Percentage
Consulting 28
Finance/ Accounting 25
IT&T/Electronics 7
FMCG/Retail/Luxury Goods 7
Healthcare/Pharma/Biotech 6
Manufacturing 5
Energy 4
Public/Not for profit/Education 3
Marketing/Publishing/Media 3
Property/Real Estate 3
Automotive/ Aerospace 2
Law/Legal Services 2
Agriculture/Environment service 1
Construction/ Building materials 1
Defence/Military 1
Travel/Tourism 1
Transportation/Logistics 1

LBS MBA – Pre-MBA work experience by region

The incoming batch of 2018 has worked in the following regions before joining the MBA program at London Business School:

Region Percentage
North America 22
Europe (excl. UK) 16
Central/ South America 15
South East/ East Asia 15
South Asia 13
UK 10
Middle East 2
Australasia 4
Africa 3


LBS MBA – Application deadlines for the class entering August 2019

The application process for admission to LBS MBA program requires submission of the following:

  • Fulfilling the application criteria of having an undergraduate degree and a minimum of 2 years work experience.
  • Application essays
  • One-page CV
  • Names and details of two referees
  • GMAT score
  • Proof of English language ability
  • Application fee of £200
  • Copy of transcripts

The application process is divided into four rounds. You may apply in the round of your choosing. However, applying in Round 1 or 2 is always advantageous. Below are the deadlines of each round of the LBS MBA admissions 2018 – 2019:

LBS MBA admissions rounds Application Deadline Interview Invites Decisions
Round One 14-Sep-18 11-Oct-18 21-Nov-18
Round Two 3-Jan-19 5-Feb-19 28-Mar-19
Round Three 1-Mar-19 4-Apr-19 22-May-19
Round Four 17-Apr-19 14-May-19 19-Jun-19

LBS MBA employment and salaries

The maximum number of LBS MBA graduates find employment in the consulting industry, followed by Finance and Technology. The mean salary for the outgoing class of 2018 was £79,885 excluding other compensation (joining bonus and other) amount of £37,584.

Below are the detailed employment figures of LBS MBA graduating class of 2018:

Industry Percent accepts Mean Salary Other compensation
Consulting 37 £86,214 £37,870
Finance 23 £79,986 £53,326
Investment Banking 8 £85,880 £57,331
Private Equity 6 £78,963 £68,973
Investment Management 4 £72,000 £50,000
Venture Capital 4 £75,117 £22,478
Other 1 NA NA
Technology 23 £75,497 £32,332
Internet/e-commerce 13 £76,479 £36,349
IT Services 5 £67,869 £22,508
Other 5 £81,458 £27,766
Diversified 17 £72,699 £27,764
Consumer & Retail 6 £70,387 £35,673
Energy 3 £70,364 £24,924
Health/Pharma 3 £82,288 £19,556
Industrials 3 £67,938 £21,308
Other 2 NA NA

LBS MBA Employment

LBS MBA – Employment by region

Majority (69%) of the LBS MBA graduating class of 2018 found employment in the UK itself. However, when it comes to mean salary, USA/Canada offered the highest i.e. £99,401 followed by middle east and Oceania (Australia, New Zealand etc.). The table below consists detailed numbers on LBS MBA employment figures based on region:

Region Percentage Mean Salary Other Compensation
UK 69 £78,415 £38,557
Europe (excl. UK) 10 £77,630 £29,216
Asia 7 £75,526 £35,404
USA/ Canada 6 £99,401 £45,916
Latin America 3 £67,326 £39,311
Middle East 2 £94,239 £32,936
Oceania 2 £90,363 £40,600
Africa 1 NA NA

LBS MBA – Top Employers

As expected, the list of top employers is dominated by Consulting and Finance.

Consulting Finance Technology Diversified
McKinsey & Company Bank of America Merrill Lynch Amazon Kraft Heinz Company
Boston Consulting Group CDC Group Expedia ZX Ventures
Bain & Company Credit Suisse Uber AB InBev
Strategy& (PwC) Goldman Sachs Tesla GSK
A.T. Kearney Blackstone Thomson Reuters Novartis
Accenture Citi Wipro
Deloitte Morgan Stanley
OC&C Strategy Consultants
Alix Partners

Notable Alumni – London Business School


  • Tony Wheeler – Founder, Lonely Planet
  • Nisreen Shocair – President, Virgin Megastore Middle East & North Africa
  • Kumar Birla – Chairman, Aditya Birla Group
  • Simon Borrows – CEO, 3i Group
  • Ismail Ahmed – Founder and CEO, WorldRemit
  • Evelyn Bourke – CEO, Bupa
  • Wong Kan Seng – Former Deputy Prime Minister and former Member of Parliament Singapore Government
  • Cyrus Mistry – Former Chairman, Tata Group
  • Jim Ratcliffe – Chairman and CEO, Ineos Chemicals Group
  • Tim Kopra – Astronaut, NASA

Other MBA programs you should consider

Following are some other schools that are a close match to LBS in terms of GMAT and GPA, age and work experience. We have listed the programs by stretch, match, and safety. Note that these options are presented on the basis of the schools’ brand image and ranking status as a general yardstick.

Stretch Schools: INSEAD, HEC Paris, IMD

Match Schools: Cambridge (Judge), Oxford (Saïd)

Safety Schools: ESADE, SDA Bocconi, IE Business School

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