Pre-programme Information

Mandatory Tasks

Before commencing your Full-time MBA programme in September 2019, you must do the following tasks. We recommend doing these once you have paid your deposit to ensure all are completed in time.

Harvard Online Maths Course

As part of your preparation you have been enrolled in the Harvard Mathematics for Management Online Course.  This is specifically designed for people about to embark on an MBA and you are expected to complete the Algebra, Probability and Statistics sections before Induction begins on September 3rd. You may of course complete other sections at your leisure.  Basic Finance would be very useful preparation for your Finance modules and Differential Calculus would be helpful for Economics.

The MBA admissions team will email you access details in early June.

The guideline time requirement for completion of the whole course is 15 hours or so and we recommend you also complete the test sections. However, this is purely for your preparation purposes and any results will not be used as part of the MBA. There is no minimum pass mark for any section of this online course.

Registering as a Cass student

In June 2019, City University will email you details of how to pay the first installment of your fees and formally register as a student. If you would like to pay fees in advance, further details are on the City University website.

Please remember to quote your student number when making any payments.


We want to hear from you about your recruitment and admissions experience. We are always looking to improve our processes to make future candidates experiences better. To do this, we need your input by completing our questionnaire. It takes 10 minutes to complete and you are able to be as honest as you like. If there are things we are doing well, let us know. Alternatively, if there is something we can improve we are open to your feedback. You can fill out the questionnaire here.

Full-time MBA Class Directory and Profile Book

The class directory is an opportunity to summarise your expertise and skills with not only your fellow class mates but also the Cass Community such as Course Office, Careers & Professional Development, Alumni as well as the wider MBA community.

The information you provide will be taken and used for two different purposes:

1) The Class Directory; used by our MBA Recruitment team when engaging with prospective MBA candidates (short summary of profiles). You can see our current Full-time MBA 2017 Class Directory.

2) The Profile Book; used by our Careers and Professional Development team when engaging with employers and internally at Cass.

Please view our guidelines for writing a strong profile and an example profile. You can also view our webinar which provides more detail and guidance.

Personal/Career details

Personal/Career details

  • Full name – Include your first name and your family name e.g. Juan De la Cruz Gómez, Yeo Wei Ming, Edwin Scott,
  • LinkedIn handle/URL – Most employers will review your LinkedIn profile if you have applied for a job and they will also use LinkedIn to identify relevant profiles that they are sourcing. If you do not have a LinkedIn profile, we highly recommend that you set one up. For guidance on how to create or improve your profile or amend your URL please click here
  • Nationality (Include all/joint nationalities)
  • Job title – From your current or most recent company
  • Company name – From your current or most recent company
  • Current city and country of work – Your current city and country of work
  • Previous cities and countries of work – If you have previously worked in any other cities and countries please include them here
  • Languages – Please include any languages you can speak (including your native language). For example if you only speak English as your native language just include English.
  • Technical Skills and Professional Qualifications - Please select from the list up to five technical skills or professional qualifications you would like to highlight to potential employers
  • Education – Please include your prior degrees (postgraduate or undergraduate e.g. MSc, BSc), name of the course (e.g. Business and Economics) the institution (e.g. University of Reading) and country (e.g. UK). If you do not have a degree please leave this section blank
  • Areas of Interest – Please select from the list up to three areas of interest you think you might like to pursue after your MBA

Career Summary

The purpose of this section is to demonstrate your key competencies and skills from your current and previous jobs and will comprise of 2 components: The Headline and Three Career Highlights.

  1. The Headline (Maximum 20 words)

    This is a short paragraph summarising your career to date, it should clearly shows areas such as years of experience, key sectors/industries or functions worked in and what your roles have entailed.

    This is your chance to tailor to your audience (e.g. a future employer) what you want to be known for and your value proposition (i.e. what you have to offer an employer)


    • Seven years’ experience in digital marketing and brand consulting across real estate and professional services sectors in EMEA.region
    • Experience in IT project management and lead enterprise architect roles focussing on large transformation programmes in Financial Services sector
    • Four years’ experience in change management and sustainability consulting working with SME’s and global multinational organisations
  2. Three career highlights (Approx. 20 words for each bullet point - a maximum of 60 words for all three)

This is an opportunity to highlight three examples (3 bullet points) from your career that you are particularly proud of and sell your key skills and experience. A recent GMAC survey of employers that recruit Business School graduates suggests that transferable skills such as communication, leadership and teamwork are the main skills they expect MBA candidates to be proficient in. We recommend you consider this when writing your bullet points.

The following are some areas that are useful to consider:

  • Achievement/improvement of something that had impact for your company or your team
  • Leadership; which led to a particular outcome
  • Collaboration; either across multiple teams, regions or other third parties
  • Building relationships/sales/customer engagements that have led to positive benefits for your company
  • Influencing or negotiating with a stakeholder which led to a desired outcome
  • Resolving a problem that was critical to the business

Example entry

Here are some examples of statements for your career highlights:

  • Managed induction for over 150 professional employees through effective project management achieving an increase in employee engagement scores by 80%
  • Founded a CSR initiative; leading over 100 professionals by designing and implementing a programme aimed at improving the welfare of women through basic computer literacy and vocational training
  • Established strong partnerships with key decision makers at a global strategy house to improve business penetration by 75% in over 40 countries
  • Successfully launched two new products through excellent stakeholder management which achieved a significant market position of approximately 80% market share

Please see our example entry here.

Submit your profile

The deadline to complete your entry is Friday 3rd August.

Submit your entry here

Once submitted, we will work with our marketing team to ensure there is consistency across the profiles and you will be asked to sign off for your final entry. A PDF will be shared with you for final comments before the class directory is printed.

Recommended Tasks

These are tasks that are not mandatory, but are recommended to ensure you are prepared for the year ahead.


There is no compulsory reading you need to do ahead of the programme. However, we do recommend that you stay up to date with journals such as the Financial Times, Business Week and The Economist.

If you would like to read something more academic, we can recommend the following text books:

  • Taking the Fear out of Data Analysis.  A. Diamantopoulos and B B Schlegelmilch
  • Statistics for People Who Think They Hate Statistics.  Neil J Salkind
  • Statistical Analysis with Excel for Dummies Joseph Schmuller
  • Management: An Introduction by David Boddy

Discussion forum

Once you have paid a deposit and confirmed your place on the Cass FTMBA, we will provide you with access to a LinkedIn group where you can talk to your future classmates.

Arriving in London

For international students, arriving in London for the first time can be daunting with so many things you need to do before starting your MBA. There are some really useful guides and check-lists on the City University website and we strongly recommend that you read these before arriving.

The MBA office will provide you with any letters you need to open a UK bank account or confirm your status as a student on the Cass MBA programme. All of the major UK high street banks will have branches located near the Cass campus in Moorgate.

While studying in the UK, all international students will be eligible for healthcare from the National Health Service (NHS). Students on a Tier 4 visa will need to pay a £150 NHS Surcharge as part of their visa application. You should register with a local doctor for all non-emergency treatment once you arrive in the UK.

Dependants (spouse and children) of an international student are also eligible for medical care from the National Health Service under the same conditions as a student.

You can also locate Dental surgeries which offer subsidised treatment to NHS patients on the following website.

Students of certain nationalities will also need to register their arrival in the UK with the police. Please see the City University website for more details.



Postgraduate University Residences

We currently have rooms reserved for MBA students in Willen House (5 minutes from Cass), Pure City (15 minutes from Cass), Liberty House (15 minutes from Cass) and Alliance House (30 minutes from Cass via a direct bus). These residences are owned by private companies but they offer discounted rates to Cass students. Please note that the owners of Pure City and Liberty House require students to pay the full hall fees up front. Alternatively, you can pay Pure City hall fees in 3 instalments if you have a UK-based guarantor.

The typical tenancy periods begin on 9 September which is the week after the MBA starts. However, the  management teams at Pure City and Alliance House will attempt to find an available room so you can move in at the start on September. This is done on an ad-hoc basis and unfortunately there are no guarantees (as this is period they undertake standard building maintenance). Cass MBA students will be given priority for any early rooms. Unfortunately tennants at Willen House and Liberty House will have to make alternative arrangements until 9th September.
Further information is available on our website.

Rooms are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and we expect Pure City to be the most in-demand of the residences. The deadline to reserve a room from our MBA allocation is 16 July 2019. After this date you will have to go onto an accommodation waiting list with other postgraduate students at City University.

You will be sent an email by the accommodation service when we confirm your place, and if you would like to reserve a room, please follow the instructions in the email.

Please also inform the MBA Team of your accommodation application so we can reserve you a room from our own allocation. It is much less likely that your application will be successful if you apply directly to City University without telling us.

Private Accommodation

If you are looking for private rental accommodation, the most commonly used websites are Rightmove and ZooplaThere is some useful information on the City University website.

The main Cass campus is located on the edge of the City of London financial district and close to residential areas such as Old Street, Shoreditch, Angel and Bethnal Green. Rental prices can be quite expensive so students may be able to save money by living outside of the most central neighbourhoods. Transport links to Cass are excellent and we are near Old Street, Moorgate, Barbican and Liverpool Street train stations. If you are unfamiliar with London, you may want to orientate yourself by using a postcode map (we are in the EC1 postcode).

Temporary Accommodation

Some students may want to book temporary accommodation in London before the MBA starts and while they search for somewhere permanent to live. There are several hotels near our Bunhill Row campus including "reasonably priced" options such as Travelodge City Road and Easy Hotel on Old Street.

We would also recommend websites such as and Airbnb.

Moving to the UK with a family

As a full-time international student, you can bring your husband, wife, unmarried partner, and children (under 18) to the UK when doing the MBA (or any postgraduate course of 12 months or more). Partners or spouses will be entitled to study or work under the terms of their Tier 4 Dependant Visa.

If you have children of school age (between 5 and 16), they will need to be in full-time education.  Schools run by the government are free but will typically only accept students from the local geographical area. Therefore, it may not be possible to apply for a school place until you have a permanent UK address.

Dependants (spouse and children) of an international student are also eligible for medical care from the National Health Service under the same conditions as a student.

We recommend you think very carefully about the benefits and difficulties of bringing your family to the UK while you undertake an MBA. It will involve a great deal of forward planning and you will have an intensive study workload while you are here. Unfortunately, City University only offers accommodation on a single occupancy basis. Unless you already have family in London, you will need to rent privately and can find further information here.

Student Centre at City University

You can find additional resources and information available for both current and incoming students at the City University Student Centre.