Admissions FAQ

Deciding to take your MBA at UCL is an important decision that could transform your career. Our admissions team is here to support you throughout your application journey. Here are some of our most frequent inquiries.

When should I submit my application?

The UCL Admissions Committee reviews applications on a rolling basis, so the earlier you submit your application, the sooner you will receive an admissions decision. 

Learn more about deadlines.

How can I check the progress of my application?

To find out the status of your application, please contact the admissions team at +44 (0)80 8196 1040 or admissions@onlinelearning.ucl.ac.uk. If you have been liaising with your dedicated admissions advisor, they will be able to give you an update as well. 

Do I need two professional references? 

Yes, two references are required for this programme. It is strongly recommended that one of your referees be from your current supervisor or manager. The other referee may be a peer or coworker. Referees should not be family members or friends. References will not be accepted directly from applicants; they must come from an institutional (professional) email address and will not be accepted from personal email addresses.

Learn more about admissions requirements.  

What are the admissions requirements for entry into the programme?

You must have achieved a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree (2:1) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a recognised institution. In addition to this, we require at least five years of work experience, though many students bring 10+ years of work experience to their cohorts. Students with extenuating circumstances may be accepted without an undergraduate degree, though extensive leadership and total years of work experience is paramount to being considered.

Learn more about admissions requirements.  

What documents are required to submit my application?

There are several items to include with your application upon submission:

  • A personal statement that includes three micro essays and an optional essay
  • Two references 
  • Your updated resume/CV
  • Full academic transcripts
  • A recorded video interview (booked post-submission)
  • Application fee (£150)
  • Test scores where required
    • English proficiency
    • GMAT/GRE are not required, but may be requested in order to strengthen your application

Learn more about admissions requirements.  

Do I need to interview as part of my application?

Yes, the UCL MBA requires you to partake in a recorded interview with the admissions director. The interview consists of three questions, two of which will be shared with you upon booking the interview to allow for preparation. The third question is an unseen question. The entire interview will require a maximum of 30 minutes, where the recording will take approximately 15 minutes.  

How do I complete the application? 

The application process for the UCL MBA consists of eight steps and is completed online via the application portal. These steps are:

  1. Programme information: Select the corresponding start date from the drop-down list.
  2. Academic background: Include a detailed history of your academic performance.
  3. Language information: Select your native language. 
  4. Professional experience: Include your cumulative work experience and indicate your work history by adding the organisations in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
  5. Uploads: Your complete and detailed resume/curriculum vitae (CV) will need to be uploaded under this section.
  6. Personal statement: Your personal statement allows you to express your motivations and suitability for the programme.
  7. Letters of reference: Two references are required for this programme. It is strongly recommended that one of your referees be your current supervisor. The other referee may be a peer, coworker or mentor. We will contact your referees by email when you submit your application and ask them to complete an online reference form. Once this is uploaded, it will be automatically associated with your application. Please note that referees should not be family members or friends.

How much does the programme cost?

Tuition fees for the programme are charged based on the number of modules taken each quarter. The UCL MBA students will complete 12 taught 15-credit modules and a final 30-credit capstone project as part of the programme. 

Total fees for students starting in the 2020/21 academic year are £55,000 for the entirety of the programme, or £3,928 per 15-credit module and £7,856 for the final 30-credit capstone project. 

Admitted students will be required to submit a £1,000 tuition fee deposit to reserve their place in the programme. Please note that the fees quoted here do not include costs related to books or immersion expenses.

Learn more about tuition fees.

Are the fees different for international students?

There is no cost difference for international students. 

Are there any additional fees beyond tuition?

The programme tuition fees do not include costs related to books, immersion or orientation expenses. 

Students who elect to attend immersions and orientations are responsible for all travel and accommodation fees. Depending on the content covered, some immersions may require additional fees of up to £500 on average (fees may vary depending on country of origin).

Is a deposit required? 

Admitted students will be required to submit a £1,000 tuition fee deposit to reserve their place in the programme. This payment is due when you accept your offer towards the UCL MBA. 

Do I have to pay the full amount for the year up front? 

You will not be expected to pay the full amount for the year or programme up front. Our flexible, pay-as-you-go structure is different from the norm, allowing you to pay your fees when you register for a specific module.

Learn more about tuition fees.

How does it work if my employer is paying? 

This depends on your organisation and how they would like to go about funding your tuition. If your organisation will be making a full payment towards the programme up front, you will need to accept your offer, provide us with correspondence from your organisation that they wish to fund the programme in full, and from there, we will be able to invoice the full fees. 

Please involve your admissions advisor in this conversation as soon as possible to ensure we can support you at each step in the process.

Are scholarships available?

The UCL MBA offers a range of awards, scholarships and funding options to help you finance your studies. 

  • Performance-based scholarships of £5,000 are awarded to applicants who demonstrate exceptional academic and professional experience.
  • Self-funding applicant scholarships of £10,000 are offered with the submission of a written statement describing the long-term impact of the degree programme on the applicant’s future career and the impact of the scholarship on their ability to work towards this goal. In the statement, the applicant will include how they plan to pay for the remainder of the programme.
  • UCL alumni scholarships of £10,000 are awarded to members of the UCL global alumni community. 

Can we make use of the apprenticeship levy? 

Unfortunately, the apprenticeship levy cannot be used for the UCL MBA.

Why should I contact my admissions advisor and what do they do?

Your admissions advisor is an invaluable partner. In addition to providing information about the UCL MBA programme, your advisor serves as your dedicated resource throughout the application process. They can help you:

  • determine how an MBA may support your career goals
  • navigate entry requirements
  • prepare for interviews
  • explore your funding options.

What if I’m applying with only my experience? 

If you are applying with your work experience, and no undergraduate degree, please reach out to the admissions team or your dedicated admissions advisor to discuss your application in more detail. 

The minimum eligibility for those applying without an undergraduate qualification is to have at least seven years of total work experience and two years of executive leadership experience.

What needs to be included in the personal statement? 

Your personal statement helps the Admissions Committee better understand your personal and professional goals.

To create your personal statement, please respond to the following essay topics:

  1. Tell us what characteristics of the UCL MBA programme are attractive to you and why the University should admit you. 
  2. What are your immediate and long-term post-MBA career goals? How will the UCL MBA help you to achieve your goals? 
  3. Describe your experiences dealing with uncertainty and data in the workplace. Tell us how you believe uncertainty or data could impact your industry/business sector and your personal role.

If you wish to communicate additional information about your background, you may also complete an optional essay on the below question: 

Do you have unique experiences, skills or goals that are not captured in the rest of the application?

Applicants should upload their personal statement to the online application.

Do I need a GMAT or GRE score?

Standardised test scores are not required, but may be requested in order to strengthen your application.

Learn more about entry requirements.

How can I prove my language eligibility? 

Students whose first language is not English and who are not from a majority English-speaking country must be able to provide recent evidence of their English language skills. Evidence of meeting UCL English language requirements includes:

  1. Being a national of one of the following countries, which the UK Home Office lists as majority English speaking:
    Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom or United States of America.
  2. Completed a minimum of 12 months academic education leading to an awarded qualification, no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment (or the summer two years prior to enrolment if starting in September), in one of the following countries:
    Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon (only if the qualification is taught in English), Canada, Caribbean / West Indies (English-speaking Caribbean Commonwealth territories), Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kazakhstan (only if studying at Nazarbayev University), Kenya, Macau (only if the qualification is taught in English), Malawi, Malta (only if the qualification is taught in English), Mauritius, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, The Netherlands (where the degree is taught entirely in English), Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia or Zimbabwe. English language courses and study preparation courses such as pre-Masters are not acceptable. All qualifications must have been studied in the country of the awarding institution.
  3. Completed a minimum of 18 months of work experience no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment, evidenced by a letter from the employer including start and end dates and language of business, in one of the following countries:
    Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Caribbean / West Indies (English-speaking Caribbean Commonwealth territories), Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

If you are not a national of a country deemed by the UK Home Office to be majority English speaking, you must submit an approved language examination:

  • IELTS with an overall mark of 7.5 with 6.5 in each subtest.
  • TOEFL with an overall score of 109 with at least 24 in Reading and Writing and 20 in Listening and Speaking.
  • Duolingo with an overall score of 135 on the Duolingo English Test will also be accepted. 

I completed my degree 20 years ago, and I don’t have my transcripts any longer. What now? 

We understand that transcripts are not always something that is kept on personal record, however these should be available at the institution(s) through which you studied. Should they no longer have the transcripts on record, we will require the degree conferral in the format of your degree certificate. Also, where possible, please provide us with any correspondence from the institution indicating that they are unable to provide the transcripts. 

Do you have any other start dates? 

The UCL MBA programme offers four distinct application rounds that correspond with four start dates in January, April, July and October. The Admissions Committee reviews applications and issues admissions decisions on a rolling basis. 

Learn more about start dates and deadlines.

Are the programme tuition fees VAT inclusive? 

Yes, the total tuition for the programme is inclusive of VAT.

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