An MBA programme for data-driven leaders

Final submission deadline: 31 July 2020
Scholarships available for eligible students.

In the midst of today’s rapid-fire iteration, innovation and growth, entrepreneurs and business leaders in the 21st century need to do more than simply keep up.

The UCL MBA gives high-achieving professionals the skills they need to lead organisations and manage a range of critical functions in a fast-paced, global business landscape.


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.


In planning their application and desired start date, prospective students should refer to the deadlines shown below.

Application Deadlines
Classes begin Final submission deadline
5 October 2020 31 July 2020
4 January 2021 6 November 2020
5 April 2021 15 February 2021

Tuition fees

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 2019/20 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.

Please note that the fees quoted here do not include costs related to books or immersion expenses.

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Scholarships and funding

The UCL MBA offers a range of awards, scholarships and funding options to help prospective and current students finance their studies:

  • Scholarships in the amount of £5,000 are available for applicant(s) who demonstrate exceptional academic and professional experience.
  • Scholarships in the amount of £10,000 are available for self-funded students who are accepted to and enrol in the programme. Written statements are required for this award. Contact your admissions advisor for more information.
  • Scholarships in the amount of £10,000 available to members of our UCL global alumni community.

If you’re interested in learning more about scholarships and funding, our admissions advisors can help you navigate the process.

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Entry requirements

To be eligible for admission to the programme, applicants should meet at least one of the following requirements:

Undergraduate preparation

Applicants should have a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree (2:1) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

In addition, UCL strongly recommends that applicants have at least five years of work experience following their undergraduate programme.


Work experience

UCL will also consider applicants without an undergraduate degree if they have at least seven years of total work experience and two years of executive leadership experience.

The required application materials are:

  • two references
  • resume/CV
  • video interview
  • personal statement
  • application
  • application fee of £150
  • official transcripts.

Non-native English speakers must submit: IELTS with an overall mark of 7.5 with 6.5 in each subtest or TOEFL with an overall score of 109 with at least 24 in Reading and Writing and 20 in Listening and Speaking.

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About UCL, a community of innovative thinkers

Since its founding in 1826, UCL has championed a progressive, inclusive approach to education, earning a reputation as London’s global university.

As the first university in England to admit women on equal terms with men and the first to admit students regardless of religious affiliation, UCL has evolved as an incubator for disruptive, innovative research; interdisciplinary programmes; and inclusivity.

This diverse community shapes independent thinkers who embrace — rather than shy away from — the power of varied perspectives and complex challenges.

Through this values-based approach to teaching and research, UCL’s world-leading academics, curious students and outstanding staff continually pursue excellence, break boundaries and make an impact on real-world problems.

UCL and all of its programmes are regulated by The Office for Students.

Visit our video library to hear from programme academics and learn how we're taking a new approach to business education.

UCL School of Management

UCL School of Management was founded in 2007 to meet the ever-changing demands of the 21st century business world.

The School of Management drives both students and academics to pursue relevant, high-profile research in four groups:

Marketing and Analytics

Organisations and Innovation

Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Analytics and Operations

Located in Canary Wharf, the School of Management offers students direct access to London’s Financial District, one of the most active business centres in the world.

In 2014, the UK government’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) deemed 55 per cent of the School of Management’s research to be “world-leading” and rated UCL as a top university in the UK for research strength1.

Engaged, industry-leading academics

From conducting notable research to leading global institutions, UCL academics are pioneering innovation in their respective fields — and they are deeply familiar with the realities and challenges of today’s business landscape.

Students in the programme will work one-on-one with these world-renowned academics, the same who teach on campus at UCL.

Through engaging live, online classes, virtual office hours held over the UCL MBA platform and on-campus immersions in London, academics are deeply invested in helping students become agile, entrepreneurial business leaders.

Upon completion of the UCL MBA programme, graduates will receive a degree award titled MBA Global.

The programme is seeking AACSB accreditation.

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The UCL MBA programme structure

The programme structure stresses the application use of data, technology and information to address critical issues, guide business choices and navigate uncertain situations in a global context.

Students cultivate key business capabilities:

Make data-driven decisions to lead diverse, interdisciplinary teams.

Conduct thorough risk analysis and financial forecasts.

Anticipate future business possibilities and navigate uncertain market conditions.

Throughout the programme, students develop a strong foundational understanding of business functions, processes and practices, as well as specialised knowledge in three focal areas. Graduates will be prepared to succeed in multifaceted, technology-intensive ecosystems by developing:

subject-specific knowledge based on a fundamental understanding of core business concepts, functions and processes

intellectual, academic and research capabilities that prepare students to critically evaluate information and participate in current UCL research projects

practical and transferrable skills, such as long-distance communication and management, international network-building and cultural awareness.

Programme requirements and modules

The UCL MBA, a 210-credit programme, is flexible in nature and can be completed in as little as 24 months or as long as 60 months depending on your timeframe.

During each 10-week term, students take 1-2 modules. During each module, students can expect to complete 90 minutes of synchronous work, and up to 12 hours of self-paced coursework per week.


Eight core modules (120 credits) provide a strong foundational knowledge of business processes, practices and functions.

Four advanced electives (60 credits) enhance knowledge accrued in the core modules and/or help students refine their expertise in three focal tracks Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management and Business Analytics.

One capstone project (30 credits) enables students to utilise the skills, methods and techniques from their coursework to analyse and forecast growth potential for a focal organization, industry or technology.

Core modules

The Data Analytics Advantage
Managers and leaders need to make business decisions grounded in data, but few know which kinds of data should be collected, utilized and analysed or how that data can be used to best support sound, qualified decision making. In this module, students will develop their understanding of data analytics and their application use in practical decision making.

Leading Organisations
Helps students improve their leadership and management skills, particularly those that are being faced in fast moving business environments. Students will not only be introduced to critical aspects of the people side of leading an organisation but will gain self-knowledge through examining their own personal style, strengths and weaknesses in a range of leadership domains.

Critical Leadership Decisions
What are the duties or responsibilities of a leader operating today for future generations? This module provides MBA students with the tools to consider the social and ethical considerations relevant to business decisions in a fast-changing environment. Students will be challenged to examine the underlying assumptions that drive most business decisions and address controversial ethical quandaries, like the role of automation and the implications of emerging technologies.

Business Strategy
This module details the basics of strategy, allowing students to analyse the implications of business actions within a broader market context. The module will explore questions of: How in times of turbulent change does leadership and strategy from the top influence results? How can businesses balance efficiency with market agility?

Marketing is crucial in translating an organisation’s mission and vision — but in an increasingly crowded global landscape, connecting with customers is harder than ever. How can business leaders develop authentic, effective messaging that resonates with target audiences? This module will help students analyse the task of marketing within organisations and help students apply marketing concepts to a range of real world situations.

Operations Management
Students will explore the resources and functions that allow an organisation to meet the needs of its customers. Several key questions shape module content: What are the critical trade-off in balancing agility and standardisation in developing delivery systems? How do we synergize across an international organisation and how do performance measures balance risk in a dynamic global market?

Business Economics
Students develop an understanding of the economic principles that govern business operations. This module will explore several important questions: How do our current theories fare if we challenge the fundamental end goal of maximising shareholder value? What might the economic imperatives be now and for the future if we challenge this assumption?

Introductory Finance and Accounting
This module provides students with a foundation in accounting and finance principles, enabling them to utilise current accounting information that organisations need to operate, develop and grow. Students will be asked to consider questions such as: How do financial models deal with highly volatile markets or rapid rates of innovation in a market? How might accounting be disrupted by intelligent business systems?

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Advanced electives and focal tracks

To build on concepts covered in the core modules and develop targeted expertise, students complete four elective modules.

Students may satisfy this requirement by completing four of the following advanced core modules:

  • Managerial Finance
  • Corporate Accounting
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Negotiations and Leadership Decision Making
  • Leading Global Teams
  • Advanced Digital Marketing

Please note that advanced elective titles are currently proposed and not all available at this time. Electives will be developed in accordance with student preference.

Alternatively, students may complete one advanced core module and take modules in three focal tracks:

Business Analytics
Learn how to assess risk, deliver strategies and develop solutions tailored to fast-paced markets.

Develop the analytical skills and the strategic decision-making prowess necessary to launch and grow new ventures.

Innovation Leadership
Learn how to leverage and develop new technology and products through data collection and analysis.

On-campus immersions

To help students nurture their connections with professors and students, the UCL MBA offers optional on-campus immersions.

Students who elect to attend immersions are responsible for all travel and accommodation fees. Depending on the content covered, some immersions may require additional fees of up to (but never more than) £500.

Programme schedule

Students benefit from a customisable schedule that may be completed in 24 to 60 months.

Sample schedule

Year 1 Core

Year 1 Core
Term Module 1 Module 2 Module 3
1 Leading Organisations The Data Analytics Advantage Optional orientation
2 Critical Leadership Decisions Business Strategy  
2 Marketing Operations Management  
4 Business Economics Introductory Finance and Accounting Optional immersion

Year 2 Advanced Core and Focal Tracks

Year 2 Advanced Core and Focal Tracks
5 Advanced elective Advanced elective or focal track module 1  
6 Advanced elective or focal track module 2 Advanced elective or focal track module 3  
7 Capstone project 1 Capstone project 2 Optional immersion

Online learning experience

The UCL MBA learning experience is designed to help students develop a diverse, international network comprising peers, professors and alumni.

Interactive, self-paced coursework
Your assignments are available on desktop, tablets and mobile devices, enabling you to complete them in a way that complements your personal and professional commitments.

Weekly live classes
Led by the same staff who teach on campus, the classroom allows you to participate in lively discussions, collaborate with other students and strengthen your network.

On-demand support
From application to graduation, students have access to a range of expert admissions and student resources — including 24/7 technical support.

Global UCL alumni connections
Join more than 200,000 former UCL students and grow your professional network long after graduation.

A Global Access subscription to WeWork
All students enrolled in the UCL MBA programme receive a complimentary Global Access Subscription to WeWork, a community of workspaces around the world.

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Navigate a complex business landscape

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