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5 Reasons To Study An MBA In London

“It’s a door to the rest of the world.” From multicultural networking to sand-biking in Dubai, discover the unique ways an MBA in London can teach you to be a better business leader


Wed Feb 28 2024

London has historically been regarded as one of the most bustling thoroughfares in Europe, drawing trade from virtually every corner of the globe. Today, with a population of over nine million, and home to one of the world’s largest tech hubs, the city’s possibilities remain endless.  2c3fee2f1429b4cb9429160a4df87266787aff06.jpg

This appealed to Sarah Walker (pictured right), a US-born government consultant who spent six years working for the state of Virginia. After making the decision to change career and pursue an MBA, the melting pot nature of the city proved to be exactly what she needed. 

“I think it is such a cool place to live, a center where things are happening. It’s like the door to the rest of the world,” Sarah says.

In her search for the right fit program, she quickly came across the Full-time MBA at Bayes Business School at City, University of London

Not only was the 12-month course situated in the center of Europe’s largest metropolis, the school’s quick response time and amiable atmosphere appealed to Sarah as an ideal place to develop her business skills.  2b3bde747bb2445cecb622adbdacb2159f651143.jpg

Now a transformation manager for IAG Loyalty—a dynamic UK-based airline company—it’s clear the MBA has empowered Sarah to (literally) elevate her career.  

But how can studying in London help other professionals do the same?

To find out, we asked both Sarah and the Bayes Full-Time MBA course director, Dr Dimitris Paraskevopoulos (pictured right), about why the UK’s most eclectic city is also an ideal place to learn business. 

1. Learn from an experienced faculty

One of the most important aspects of any business program is the quality of the teaching.

At Bayes, faculty are renowned members of their respective fields comprising academics, policy makers, entrepreneurs, and business practitioners.

“Our faculty are elite researchers,” Dimitris explains. “So, the students are not being taught dated theories from the 80s or the 90s, but are being exposed to up-to-date knowledge.”

The program’s core courses—which include modules such as Accounting and Financial Reporting and Organizational Behavior—are highly strategy focused, which prepares students for an ever-changing business landscape. 

2. Develop strong team-building skills

One of the stand-out features of the degree is the emphasis placed on teambuilding. 

In their first three weeks of term, the MBA cohort are sent to the countryside for a leadership development course, where they bond by participating in various group activities and games, such as ‘Capture The Flag’.

Emphasis placed on cultivating a community not only encourages networking, it also allows international students, such as Sarah, to form new friendships.

“You have this built in network of friends, which is great,” she says.

3. Make diverse connections in a global city

With over 300 spoken languages—more than any other city in the world—London truly takes the crown as one of Europe’s most multicultural urban centers. 

It’s an element that’s strongly reflected in the Bayes MBA, given that over 80% of students come from outside the UK.

“Everybody in the class comes from really unique backgrounds, which is really cool to explore,” Sarah says.

Plus, living in a city filled with a wide variety of cultures makes it even more imperative for business students to learn how to work and communicate with people from all backgrounds.

“Business is global nowadays, and London is multicultural. As soon as you're in London, you have acquired a diverse experience through it,” Dimitris says.

4. Gain international experiences 

Taking advantage of London’s position as a gateway to Europe and beyond, Bayes offers MBA students numerous opportunities to travel abroad to diversify their business knowledge.

One such opportunity occurs during International Consulting Week, which is hosted in different cities across the world each year and enables students to connect with top global companies. 

“You get to explore a new culture with your entire class,” Sarah says.

Equally, students also have the option to choose an international elective, where they the chance to spend several days abroad learning about international business practices. 

One of Sarah’s favorite memories from the course is the four-day adventure she spent in Dubai as part of her UAE elective: complete with educative trips, sightseeing, and sand-biking in the Arabian desert.  

“It was such a good mix of learning and seeing all the different things that are happening in UAE, like tourism, sustainability, and shipping,” she enthuses.

5. Access top job opportunities 

Given its status as a global hub, London attracts top corporate players in the world of finance, tech, and consulting. 

To give them a competitive edge, the Bayes careers team works closely with students throughout their MBA by providing them with one-on-one advice, mock interview practice, and access to networking events. 

“Bayes does a phenomenal job of providing you with touch points with actual companies so that you have the opportunity to really sharpen your consulting skills by interacting with clients,” says Sarah. 

Plus, the ability to tap into a strong and varied alumni network means that students are exposed to roles that they may not have been otherwise. 

Sarah landed her current job with IAG Loyalty in part because she was able to ask for interview tips from a Bayes alum. She still maintains contact with many alumni to this day.  

Reflecting on her entire experience on the London MBA, Sarah feels one of the biggest lessons the program has taught her is to be open to new experiences, as it can expand your career horizons.

“A year goes by really quickly, so just dive into it,” Sarah says. 

Student Reviews

Bayes Business School




On Campus

Best Journalism school in Europe

When I first stepped onto the campus of City, University of London, I knew I was in for a ride - and not just on the Tube! With its vibrant energy and an impressive repertoire of programs, City U became my home away from home. The Journalism program was kind of a big deal. Rumour was that we were the best in Europe! The lecturers were not just experts in their field; they’re practically journalistic royalty. They were invested, passionate, and had a knack for turning the most flat press release into a riveting news story. With their guidance, I’ve learned to navigate the chaotic world of media like a pro. The campus was a melting pot of every culture, being that we had such a diverse international crowd. Being in the heart of London, I had the world at my fingertips - there was always a new corner to explore, a hidden gem of a cafe to discover, or a street performer! City, University of London wasn't just a university; it was a chapter in my life story that I’ll never forget.




On Campus

Learning environment

The teacher-learner ration is manageable, giving each learner a chance to gain personal attention. It is also easier following up on the progress of a student, as the numbers per class is not large. the conducive environment for learning includes clean classes, standard desks, world class instructional facilities and the opportunity to engage lecturers even after their sessions. The team spirit at City is above board, with learners getting chance to learn both from instructors and colleagues. This is the university of choice; the place to be.




On Campus


I liked that each class had a manageable number of learners, making the professor-learner ratio favor knowledge acquisition. I also liked that study schedules were manageable, and not overwhelming. The focus on talents and gifts even within the learning environment makes it possible for learners to achieve the best of their potential, and this has worked to the advantage of those that have schooled at City, University of London




On Campus


The diversity at City University facilitates interactions and is a direction toward the unity of the world. The classes are well built to match the number and needs of all students regardless of the elements of diversity that set people apart. The use of technology in delivery makes learning even more interesting and achievable. At City University there is no distinction pegged on the issues that make people unique.




On Campus


The team of lecturers at the Uiversity are well experienced. Their level of insight and the methodologies of delivery works for the interes of the leaeners. My learning experience was largely boosted by the level of knowledge of the professors at the institution, and their passion to transfer the same to learners. I appreciate every class I attended because of the level of insight I was able to gather




On Campus

The best university I’ve been to

The campus and the people I've met have made it a wonderful experience. I was reared in a small town with a graduating class of only 88 individuals, so moving to City University was a huge adjustment for me. My dorm has more residents than my whole high school combined! I enjoy the atmosphere here, and everyone is so friendly. Outstanding academic options and a stunning campus. Really great from beginning to end. The educators genuinely love what they do, and the students are ready to learn. On or around college, there is always something to do with friends, and the social scene is particularly warm.




On Campus

Bayes Business School

As a student at City university attending Bayes Business School I would totally recommend choosing this university as the experience is exceptional with great social networking opportunities . Professors are significantly helpful, delivering with excellence and professionalism. Everyone is happy to help and make you feel welcomed in such an esteem university as City, offering exceptional development and guidance through out the course.




On Campus

Economics and Politics

Incredibly amazing university, the way they polish students and help them boost their morale and think intellectually is worthwhile. Many universities have international partnerships to allow exchanges between their students. The most obvious subjects for these opportunities would be those that involve languages, and the study of people and places.




On Campus

Clinical biology

I really like it it’s perfect for me with not too many people and not too few either. All the modules are amazing. I love the toy bar. I love all the societies that I’ma part of. Especially the colour Bollywood society