Course information

Registration Closes:
22 September 2020
Course Starts:
30 September 2020
10 weeks (excl. orientation)
8–12 hours per week, self-paced learning online
GBP £3,200
Payment Options
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


Whilst an MBA trains you to see the business world differently, financial expertise and business acumen, although vital, are not enough to influence your organisation’s leadership. These core skills must be paired with strong leadership techniques and an understanding of your strategic environment to be truly effective.

The MBA Essentials online certificate course from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is designed to help you understand your strategic environment, master financial details and drive business success by influencing colleagues and consumers. You’ll be equipped with an essential MBA toolkit as you navigate the contemporary business environment, guided by esteemed LSE faculty.

This online MBA-based certificate course from LSE arms you with hard and soft business skills to maximise your competitive advantage and lead with influence.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

    • A stronger understanding of the three core pillars of business – the strategic environment, financial toolkit, and the human element – that you can use to enhance your organisation’s competitive advantage
    • Technical business and finance skills for understanding, analysing and optimising business operations
    • Insights into human behaviour and influence that can be used to expand your influence internally and externally
    • Enhanced managerial competency and confidence in your move to strategic, influential leadership

Is this course for you?

This online certificate course is ideal for any professional interested in improving their hard and soft skills in order to be successful in business. Managers, entrepreneurs, and specialists, including consultants and analysts, will benefit from the interactive, guided approach to learning and the opportunity to grow their global network online. The focus on the mechanics of leadership, influence and strategy, combined with technical business and finance skills, provides a comprehensive learning experience for professionals in a range of roles and industries. The ability to apply MBA-derived skills to current and future roles will benefit those pursuing career growth, as well as those interested in undertaking a full MBA in the future.

Note: this MBA Essentials online certificate course is not a credit-bearing course. If you wish to apply for an MBA, you should be aware of the specific entry requirements and prerequisites. 

The CPD Certification Service logo This course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 95 hours of learning.

Note: should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points

Course curriculum

Gain MBA-based skills for your contemporary business environment as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online course.

Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
Module 1 Leading with influence

Section I: The Strategic Environment Section II: The Financial Toolkit Section III: The Human Element
Module 2 Economics for managers Module 5 Financial accounting Module 8 In the mind of the manager
Module 3 Competitive strategy Module 6 Management accounting Module 9 Nudging behaviour
Module 4 Corporate strategy Module 7 Analysing financial statements Module 10 Organisational culture as a leadership tool


Accelerate your career with essential MBA skills

This LSE online certificate course is delivered in collaboration with online education provider, GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you gain the key management skills essential for the running of any organisation, in this online certificate course from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Your Faculty Directors

The design of this online course is guided by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Course Convenor

The design of this online course is led by LSE faculty who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Dr Connson Locke
Senior Lecturer in Practice, LSE Department of Management

Connson Locke is an expert on leadership and teaches LSE’s most successful executive course - Achieving Leadership Excellence. She is a member of the leadership team for the LSE Executive Global Masters in Management and lectures in organisational behaviour, leadership, and negotiation and decision-making. She holds a PhD and MSc in organisation behaviour from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in sociology from Harvard University.


Course Co-designers

Dr Jordi Blanes Vidal


Associate Professor of Managerial Economics and Strategy

Dr Barbara Fasolo


Associate Professor of Behavioural Science

Khamid Irgashev


Accounting Department Lecturer and Chartered Accountant

Earn a certificate from LSE

Develop critical-thinking skills and enhanced managerial competencies and earn an official certificate of competence from the London School of Economics and Political Science – a world-leading social science university.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 30 September 2020.

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with an Enrolment Advisor here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.