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Blogger Rebecca shares her experience on study groups in the MBA

Posted by Adcoms on 22 January 2009

The MBA admissions team is often asked about the teaching and learning methods used during the MBA. At London Business School we use a variety of methods to equip students with the skills they need to become a successful business leader. When MBA students arrive at London Business School, they’re assigned to a study group of six or seven people from a diverse range of cultural and professional backgrounds. The study group will work together throughout the first year and achieve around 50 per cent of their first year grade together.

To give you an inside perspective on how study groups operate, we asked Rebecca, a regular MBA2010 blogger to share her experiences.

Q. Does the study group only work together when completing projects and assignments?

A. Most of our work together is for projects and assignments, but we also get together to
study for exams. Also, often in class we do break-out exercises or simulations which are usually organized by study groups.

Q. How often does the study group meet?

A. It really depends on the group. Our group meets once a week all together (there are 6 of us) for 30 minutes to organize ourselves – sort out which assignments are due, check in on the status of various projects and discuss whether we need to meet again later in the week (either as a whole group or in parts). Typically I will meet with one or two other members again for a couple of hours to work on an assignment or project. 

Q. Does each study group vote for a leader?

A. Again, each group is different. We assign a different leader each month. That person is responsible for booking a meeting room, setting the agenda, managing the discussion and emailing out notes or decisions afterwards. We also assign a leader and a 2nd in command for each course. They are responsible for staying on top of assignments for that course and bringing in the other members of the team to help out as necessary. They also organize study sessions for that course leading up to the exam. 

Q. How well do you think the study group model works?

A. Overall our study group works really well. We couldn’t be more different, and I admit I was worried at the beginning of the year because I wasn’t sure how we would all get along given our styles and personalities are so different. But we have a lot of respect for each other and we each bring a different and complementary strength to the team. Each of us is reliable – I know that if one of them says they will look after something it will get done to a high standard. This relieves a lot of stress and makes the whole learning experience a lot more enjoyable.

Rebecca

To find out more about study groups you can watch Meet Study Group D5 on our website video store.

Second stage application deadline for Full-time MBA beginning in August 2009

Posted by Adcoms on 18 December 2008

If you are considering applying for the autumn 2009 intake, the Stage 2 application deadline is Tuesday 6 January 2009 at 17.00 (London time).  Please give yourself plenty of time to submit your application and try not to leave it to the last minute. In the hour or so before the deadline the server is extremely busy. Stage 2 candidates will receive notification of whether they have been selected for interview via email on 12 February, and Stage 2 interviewed candidates will receive their final admission decision on 31 March.

 

If you experience any difficulties in submitting your application please follow the Help links within the online application form, or contact our Information Office directly at apply.mba@london.edu or telephone +44 (0)20 7000 7500

 

Winter closure dates


Please note the MBA Information Office will be closed at 17.00 on Tuesday 23 December and reopen at 9.00 on Friday 2 January.

 

Common applications questions

 

Q. Do you require original copies of my transcripts?

 

Yes, but not yet. We only require copies of your academic transcripts at this application stage. If these documents are not in English then you should provide a translation (your own translation is acceptable at this stage). If you are extended an offer we will require an official paper transcript and a certified or notarised English translation if not in English. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to retract an offer of admission already made if there is any discrepancy between the transcript copy and the original.

We do not require transcripts for courses that did not contribute to a degree.

We prefer applicants to submit transcripts online. Full instructions can be found within the application form.

 

Q. Can you confirm receipt of my GMAT/English test score or other supplementary information?

 

Please do not contact the Admissions Office for confirmation that your references, university transcripts, GMAT or English test scores have arrived.  We receive hundreds if not thousands of items of post during the run up to the application deadline and to confirm the receipt of these would dramatically slow the admission and reviewing process for all candidates. Once all of the information has been opened and collated, should an application be missing any documents the candidate will be contacted by the Admissions team.

If you are curious as to the status of your references, this can be checked by logging into your online application account and viewing the Referee Status.

 

Q. My references / transcripts have been delayed and will not arrive until after the deadline. Will you still accept my application in this stage?

 

If you submit your application by the Stage 2 deadline, we will accept supplementary materials that arrive during the week following this deadline.  If an item is delayed by more than 1 week your application may be moved into the following Stage so that it can be reviewed with using the full information, but you will be contacted beforehand if this is the case. If you do not hear from the Admissions team you should assume that your application is proceeding in Stage 2.

 

MBA TV, Episode four

Posted by Adcoms on 15 December 2008

The fourth episode of MBA TV is now available to view online. In this episode we show you the highlights of the 2008 Media Summit hosted by the London Business School Media Club. The club has over 300 student and 650 alumni members, and is one of the most active professional clubs on campus. Students are responsible for developing the content of the summit and securing funding, this year they attracted a number of high profile speakers from the media industry including:

·         Jon Snow, Channel 4 Newsreader

·         Mark Thompson, Director General of the BBC

·         Bill Roedy, Chairman and CEO, MTV Networks International

·         Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-chief of the Guardian News & Media

·         Stewart Till, Chairman of the UK Film Council

Click here to watch the full uncut version.

Join us for an online chat with current students and members of the admissions team

Posted by Adcoms on 01 December 2008

On Monday 08 December we’re giving you the opportunity to put your questions to current students and members of the admissions team direct from the comfort of your desk during our online chat.

Event details:
•    Date: Monday 08 December
•    Time: 18:00 GMT – 19.30 GMT
•    Where: This event is hosted by Accepted.com

In addition to several members of the MBA Admissions team, our panel of guests includes two current MBA students.

If you are unable to log on for this particular online chat, you will be able to view the transcript online 5 – 7 days after the event.

About our student participants:

Vlad Gudov, MBA2010 student. Vlad is coming to the end of his first term at London Business School and is also an MBA student ambassador. He is originally from Romania where he studied Economics and International Business. Prior to starting the MBA, Vlad worked as a Marketing Research Manager with Ringier Romania. 

Daniela Gruebel, MBA2010 student. Daniela is also an MBA student ambassador who is about to complete the first term of her MBA. Daniela is from Germany where she studied International Business Administration in Wiesbaden. Prior to starting the MBA Daniela worked in the finance sector as Head of Marketing and Communications at LHI Leasing GmbH in Munich. 

MBA TV, Episode three

Posted by Adcoms on 18 November 2008


The latest episode of MBA TV is now available to view. In this episode filmed on Volunteer Day we catch up with three groups of students who took part in three very different voluntary projects. Life as an MBA student is certainly never dull, from getting their hands dirty with some hard work at Kensington Gardens to getting creative to come up with a unique ‘one-off’ gift idea for Oxfam.


• A group of our students took part in an ‘apprentice type task’ to develop unique experiences to be sold by Oxfam. If you’re interested in finding out more visit https://www.oxfam.org.uk/donate/experiences/index.html
• You can also find out more about the project in Kensington Gardens and the work some of our students did at Gable Hall School by clicking on the following links 
http://www.creative-partnerships.com/
http://www.gablehall.com/main.aspx

2008 London Media Summit

Posted by Adcoms on 13 November 2008

On Monday 24th November the London Business School Media Club will be hosting the 2008 London Media Summit. The summit titled ‘The Great Debate: How can ‘old’ media survive?’ will focus on the future of four traditional media platforms; music, print, film and television.

Now in its sixth year, the summit has attracted a high profile panel and key note speakers including:

  • Jon Snow, Channel 4 Newsreader

  • Mark Thompson, Director General of the BBC

  • Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-chief of the Guardian News & Medi

  • Stewart Till, Chairman of the UK Film Council

  • Bill Roedy, Chairman and CEO, MTV Networks International

Keynote speakers and panellists will address the significance of ‘old’ media in politics, society and democracy and explore the impact of change on an industry that educates, informs and entertains people around the world. Speakers will also offer a business roadmap outlining how traditional media companies can best react to change.

To find out more visit the Summit website. There are limited tickets still available.

MBA TV will be at the London Media Summit capturing the highlights, so watch this space for the coverage at the end of this year.

Admissions Director David Simpson talks about the full-time MBA application process on clearadmit.com

Posted by Adcoms on 30 October 2008

Admissions Director David Simpson talks about the full-time MBA application process on clearadmit.com
 
Have you have submitted your application for the stage one deadline? Or are you in the process of applying for one of our other deadlines? Either way, if you want to know the insiders view on London Business School’s application process, read on to find out:

• What happens to your application when we get it?
• Advice on completing successful applications and essays
• What to expect at an interview
• Who is a ‘typical’ London Business School student?

Click here to read the full interview.

MBA TV, Episode two

Posted by Adcoms on 23 October 2008

The second episode in our new series of videos is available to view now. With the admissions process for 2009 entrance in full swing we bring you an inside view of the application process. This episode includes an interview with a member of the Admissions Committee on writing stand-out applications and views and advice from our current MBA students.

View the full interview with David Simpson from the MBA Admissions Committee.

We want MBA TV to give you a window into life at London Business School. Features will cover the School community, curriculum highlights, major campus events and club activities. We hope you enjoy our second instalment. If you have any comments or suggestions on content for future episodes, please post them here.

Online chat with current students and members of the admissions team – now available to view

Posted by Adcoms on 08 October 2008

If you missed the opportunity to take part in our online chat on 29 September, you can now take a look at the transcript here and see the questions that prospective candidates asked our panel of experts.

About our current MBA students who took part in the chat:

Vikram Dadlani

Before coming to London Business School, Vikram worked as a private banker with Morgan Stanley in India for five years. He is looking to move to sales and trading and has made successful steps towards this during his internship.

Matthew Shenkman

Matthew spent eight years in the US Military before embarking on his full-time MBA. This summer he completed an internship at an Investment Bank in New York and plans to continue his career finance.

About our staff who took part in the chat:

Graeme Harper, Senior Marketing Manager, MBA Programme

Graeme works on all aspects of the MBA marketing at London Business School and liaises with the MBA students who contribute to the “Inside the MBA”, London Business School blog.

Amy Hugo, MBA Marketing and Admissions Officer

Amy oversees marketing and admissions for candidates based in continental Europe and Latin America. 

Lisa Mortini, MBA Marketing and Admissions Officer

Lisa oversees marketing and admissions for candidates based in Canada and the US.

Louise Weir, Marketing Coordinator, Career Services

Claire Hewitson, Career Services 

First stage application deadline for Full-time MBA beginning in August 2009

Posted by Adcoms on 08 October 2008

If you are considering applying for the autumn 2009 intake, the Stage 1 application deadline is Tuesday 14 October at 17.00 (London time).  Please give yourself plenty of time to submit your application and try not to leave it to the last minute. In the hour or so before the deadline the server is extremely busy.

Stage 1 candidates will receive notification of whether they have been selected for interview via email on 12 November 2008, and Stage 1 interviewed candidates will receive their final admission decision on 18 December.

If you experience any difficulties in submitting your application please follow the Help links within the online application form, or contact our Information Office directly at apply.mba@london.edu or telephone +44 (0)20 7000 7500

Common applications questions

Q. Do you require original copies of my transcripts?

Yes, but not yet. We only require copies of your academic transcripts at this application stage. If these documents are not in English then you should provide a translation (your own translation is acceptable at this stage).

If you are extended an offer we will require an official paper transcript and a certified or notarised English translation if not in English.

The Admissions Committee reserves the right to retract an offer of admission already made if there is any discrepancy between the transcript copy and the original.

We do not require transcripts for courses that did not contribute to a degree.

We prefer applicants to submit transcripts online. Full instructions can be found within the application form.

Q. Can you confirm receipt of my GMAT/English test score or other supplementary information?

Please do not contact the Admissions Office for confirmation that your references, university transcripts, GMAT or English test scores have arrived.  We receive hundreds if not thousands of items of post during the run up to the application deadline and to confirm the receipt of these would dramatically slow the admission and reviewing process for all candidates.

Once all of the information has been opened and collated, should an application be missing any documents the candidate will be contacted by the Admissions team.

If you are curious as to the status of your references, this can be checked by logging into your online application account and viewing the Referee Status.

Q. My references / transcripts have been delayed and will not arrive until after the deadline. Will you still accept my application in this stage?

If you submit your application by the Stage 1 deadline, we will accept supplementary materials that arrive during the week following this deadline.  If an item is delayed by more than 1 week your application may be moved into the following Stage so that it can be reviewed with using the full information, but you will be contacted beforehand if this is the case. If you do not hear from the Admissions team you should assume that your application is proceeding in Stage 1.

London Business School launches MBA TV

Posted by Adcoms on 16 September 2008

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our brand new series of videos. MBA TV provides viewers with a window into life at London Business School.

Experience our MBA first hand as you are guided through the academic year and learn what it means to study a world-class MBA in such a vibrant city.

Features will cover the School community, curriculum highlights, major campus events and club activities. From fly on the wall reporting to up front interviews you will gain access to staff, faculty, alumni and students.

In this first episode we feature the new Class of MBA2010 as they meet each other during Orientation.

We hope you enjoy this first installment. If you have any comments or suggestions on content for future episodes, please post them here.

Essay questions for entry to MBA Programme starting August 2009

Posted by Adcoms on 22 August 2008

The application essay questions for admission to the next Full-time MBA class (MBA2011) beginning in August 2009 have now been confirmed.They are:

Question 1 (600 words)
In what role do you see yourself working immediately after graduation?  Why?  How will your past and present experiences help you achieve this?  How will the London Business School MBA Programme contribute to this goal? Why is this the right time for you to pursue an MBA? 

Question 2 (200 words)
Where do you see your career progressing five years after graduation and what is your longer term career vision?

Question 3 (500 words)
Please describe your experience of working in and leading teams, either in your professional or personal life.  Include any specific challenges you have faced. Given this experience, what role do you think you will play in your first year study group?

Question 4 (400 words)
Student involvement is an extremely important part of the London MBA experience and this is reflected in the character of students on campus. What type of student club or campus community event s will you be involved with and why? How will you contribute?

Question 5 (150 words)
Describe any significant experiences outside of your home country. What did you gain from these?

Question 6 (300 words) (This question is optional)
Is there any other information that you believe would help the MBA Admissions Committee when considering your application?

Question 7 (300 words) (This question is for re-applicants only)
How has your candidacy for the London Business School MBA improved since your last application?

The online application form will be made live during September, but for those of you that wish to make a start on the essays, the official template can be downloaded here. Download essay_template_mba2011.doc (Word doc 260Kb).

Summer Ball rocks to No Donuts for Hilda

Posted by Adcoms on 08 July 2008

The line-up might change every year, as may the playlist, but one thing that doesn't change is the presence of the London Business School Band - No Donuts for Hilda - at all the major social events in the calendar. Whether it's the MBA Tournament in Paris, MBA Admits Weekend, a Thursday night in Sundowners or the Summer and Winter Ball, you'll always find them playing to a packed house of students, staff and faculty.

So, we thought it was time they got a mention on this blog. Here they are playing at last Saturday night's Summer Ball, the traditional end of year party. And if you watch this and want to hear more, you can find extra clips on their You Tube site at http://www.youtube.com/user/LBSBAND

Meet the London Business School Everest team

Posted by Adcoms on 28 May 2008

For those of you that have been reading our blog for a while, you may remember how we told you about the London Business School team who succesfully climbed Mount Everest in May 2007. In doing so, Tori James became the youngest British female to reach the summit as well as the first ever Welsh woman, and Omar Samra (MBA 2007) became the first ever Egyptian to climb Everest. To mark the one year anniversary of this achievement, team leader Ben Stephens (MBA 2007) and his girlfriend Tori James will be sharing their experiences of the world’s highest mountain.

Find out what life in the ‘death zone’ is really like and view some spectacular photography and video footage of the expedition, at

"Everest: our climb to the roof of the world"
Thursday, May 29, 2008
6:30 pm – Pay Bar
7.30pm - Talk
Unicorn Theatre, London, SE1 2HZ (near London Bridge)

Tickets £12.50 when you buy online
Tickets available on the door subject to availability (£15)
More details and tickets available at http://everest2007expedition.eventbrite.com

Final application deadline for Full-time MBA beginning in August 2008

Posted by Adcoms on 29 April 2008

A quick note to remind those people still considering applying for the autumn 2008 intake, that the final application deadline (Stage 4) is Friday 02 May at 17.00 (London time). If you are planning to submit in Stage 4, our advice is not to leave it right up until the last minute to submit your application.  In the hour or so before the deadline the server is EXTREMELY busy!

Although this has been another extremely competitive year in terms of the number of applications received, there are still places available in Stage 4. In order to maintain our unique international and professional diversity, a number of places are reserved for our final stage. 

Stage 4 candidates will receive notification of whether they have been selected for interview via email on 04 June 2008, and Stage 4 interviewed candidates will receive their final admission decision on 04 July.

Confirmation of receipt of documents

Upon submission of your online application you will receive official confirmation via email. Please don’t contact the Programme Office asking for confirmation of receipt of GMAT, references or transcripts. Due to the large volumes of mail that we receive during this period we cannot offer this confirmation. We advise candidates to check with their courier company as to whether the documents have been delivered.