Pre-programme Information


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.

Harvard Online Maths Course

As part of your preparation, you are expected to complete the following online Maths course.

Full-time MBA Class Directory

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. Please view our current FTMBA 2016 Class Directory for example entries.

Required information

Personal/Career details

Full name

Nationality (include joint nationalities)

Job title

Company name

City and country of work

Career Summary/highlights

Your career summary should be approximately 60 words in length and feature key achievements that demonstrate competencies and skills in your current and previous roles. Key information to include in your career summary:

Outcomes including figures -  (i.e. Manage a global budget of €25m)

Leadership impact – (i.e. Leading a multi-cultural team spread across two continents and delivered a multi-million pound IT programme across six countries

International exposure -  (i.e. Designed and implemented pan–European strategic marketing plan)

Team skills - (i.e. Experience working in multi-national companies within cross-functional teams)

Tips to write a strong profile

Try to start your sentence with action oriented verbs such as:

Analysed, Co-founded, Designed, Managed, Led, Launched, Expanded, Negotiated, Reviewed, Trained etc.….  Where possible try to avoid duplicating information that is already contained in your job title or company information.

Please try to avoid American spelling of words such as organise, analyse, etc, unless it is your job title or company name.

Try to keep to the word count and consolidate your highlights.

Avoid any companies names as we will be unable to print them. We also suggest avoiding your own companies name as it is repeating information the reader will know from your title.

Example entry

Natalie Hunter
International Marketing Manager
Milan, Italy

Experienced marketing professional working for a major global luxury group. Strong background in marketing, communications, sales and business development. Led multiple projects including the launch of several global products across different consumer categories in Europe and Middle East.

Submit your profile

The deadline to complete your entry is Friday 23 February.

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.

Feedback Opportunity

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.

Registering as a Cass student

In June 2018, City University will email you details of how to pay the first instalment 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.



Postgraduate University Residences

We currently have rooms reserved for MBA students in Willen House (5 minutes from Cass), Pure City (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 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 10 September which is the week after the MBA starts. However, the respective management teams 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. 
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 2017. 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.

A company called Hostmaker manage over 200 short-term rental homes across central London and offer a 10% discount to Cass MBA students for stays exceeding one week. These are quite high-end apartments but the prices include linen and housekeeping services. You can check out the availability and location of their properties here and contact them directly to claim your discount (10% off the average nightly rate) at

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.

Arriving in London: opening a bank account, registering with a doctor and registering with the police

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 free healthcare from the National Health Service (NHS). However, you should register with a local doctor for all non-emergency treatment once you arrive.

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.

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.