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London Business School Essay Analysis 2020-2021

Last updated on September 13th, 2017

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Welcome to this article in which I am going to be talking about the London Business School MBA program. If you’re looking at applying to the program this, 2020-2021, you have come to the right place.


Let’s look at the program. What are the highlights of the London Business School program?


First, if you have been to their website you see a lot about the fact that it is in London, similar to what Columbia does because it’s in New York. London Business school – the name itself has the location of the B-School. You really are in the financial capital of the world, and location plays a huge role. The reason why geography plays a huge role is that when a recruiter comes to a particular college, he is going to come to the college to which he has easy access. Most of the top companies will have their headquarters in London. For that reason, London Business School is a top choice in terms of location.


Second, although London Business School is in the UK, it doesn’t necessarily mean that only UK folks come in. You have a lot of people coming in from Europe, a huge representation from Asia, and people coming in from the US and Canada. It has a nice international mix and there is a lot more international diversity here than you would find in US programs.


The third highlight is the flexible scheduling the London Business School offers. You have the 15-month option, 18-month option, and the 21-month option. You can even arrange your schedule so that you can pursue a second internship. This flexibility of scheduling and flexibility in the course is a huge draw for this B-School. You might want to look at their website for more details.


The next aspect is the experiential learning. This is something that a lot of schools are talking about these days. This school talks about organizational audit and global business experience, both of which are required of all students. Experiential learning gives the students a way in which they can apply classroom knowledge in real-world scenarios. Schools are now focusing on practical knowledge rather than just theoretical knowledge. If you are a person who believes that you like to apply what you learn, London Business School would be a great place for you. You would have a simulated real-life environment. You’re not actually taking the same risks, but you get to explore what you would do in real life.


Another important point is that because of its financial connection with the city of London, London Business School has a lot of people getting into the financial sector.


Having said all of this, one thing I would like to bring to your attention is that if you’re an international applicant, an Indian who is applying to London Business School, you also need to be aware of the economy right now, with the impact of Brexit. One of my students was placed in a tech company and the tech company was not able to get her a visa that year. They actually got her back to India, got her a visa for the office in Switzerland, and from Switzerland, she was moved to London. What I am trying to tell you is that if you’re smart, if you’re good, and if the company wants to hire you, they will. Large companies will figure out a way to work around the process.  



London Business School Deadlines 2020-2021


Round  1

Deadline: September 14, 2020

Interview Notification: October 11, 2020

Decision Notification: November 21, 2020


Round 2

Deadline: January 3, 2021

Interview Notification: February 5, 2021

Decision Notification: March 28, 2021


Round 3

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Interview Notification: April 4, 2021

Decision Notification: May 22, 2021


Round 4

Deadline: April 17, 2021

Interview Notification: May 14, 2021

Decision Notification: June 19, 2021





2020-2021 LBS Essays


Required Essay


What are your post-MBA goals and how will your prior experience and the London Business School program contribute towards these? (500 words)


You have your post-MBA program goals, your prior experience, and then you have the London Business School MBA Program. How will all three of these fit? You have 500 words, and here is what you would do. Break it down into three parts. In the first part, you need to talk about your prior experience, that’s how the flow would go. You need to talk about what you have done so far in your life. Bring it to a stage where you say, “this is what I have done, and this what I have come to realize. When I started my career, I didn’t know what I wanted but now after my career of 4 to 5 years, I have realized that I want to get to the next level.”This is where you need to talk about your post-MBA career goals. Be specific. Try to say what kind of industry, what kind of job role you’re looking at.


You have spoken about your background, you have spoken about what it is that you want to do after your MBA, and then you talk about what it is that you need in order to get there. You might want to talk about what roles that would entail, and what you need to equip yourself with. That becomes the second paragraph.


Then in your third paragraph, you need to say what you will gain from the London Business School that will help you meet these requirements. It’s very important that you tie London Business School back to the requirements:

  1. Who you are
  2. What you want to do, and what you need
  3. How London Business School will help you get there

Sounds simple? You have 150 words for each of the three parts. A strong start and a strong finish – maybe another 50 words. So all put together, 500 words.



Optional Essay


Is there any other information you believe the Admission Committee should know about you and your application to London Business School?


In this essay, you need to make sure you’re writing about either a gap in your academic life or your professional life, or it could be something that you plan to do but did not find any place to talk about it in the application. Don’t use this space to retrofit another story. One mistake that students make is, “ By the way, since you’ve given me this opportunity for an additional essay, let me tell you about the one time when I did this great project”. Don’t say something like that.


I hope this was useful. If you’re applying to London Business School this year, just go down, and click on the link below. We would love to help you and work with you in your application process.