Programme structure

An MBA for the future of business

The UCL MBA programme is designed to give experienced business professionals the skills, insights and fresh perspectives they need to write their own leadership story.

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

You’ll cultivate key business capabilities, including how to:

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

Conduct thorough risk analysis and financial forecasts.

Anticipate future business possibilities and navigate changing market conditions.

These skills, combined with the diverse business perspectives of your peers and academics, will help you become the agile, future-focused leader your organisation needs.

“We are looking to attract people who are willing to challenge thinking and to be challenged by the thinking of others.”

James Berry, Director, the UCL MBA

Programme requirements


The UCL MBA programme is 210 credits – more than the average MBA. Why? Because this isn’t an average MBA; it’s an MBA that will help prepare you to become a proactive leader in the modern business world.

It can be completed in as little as 24 months or up to 60 months depending on your personal and professional schedule.

During each 10-week term, you’ll take one to two modules. You can expect to complete 90 minutes of synchronous work, and up to 12 hours of self-paced classwork per module, per week. The programme structure comprises:

8 core modules

(120 credits)

that equip you with a strong foundational knowledge of business processes, practices and functions.

4 advanced electives

(60 credits)

that enhance knowledge accrued in the core modules and help you refine your expertise.

1 capstone project

(30 credits)

that utilises techniques learned in the programme to analyse and forecast growth potential for a focal organisation or industry.

Core modules


The programme’s core modules prepare you to succeed in multifaceted, technology-intensive ecosystems by developing subject-specific knowledge; intellectual, academic and research capabilities; and practical and transferrable skills.

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, utilised and analysed, or how that data can be used to best support sound, qualified decision making. In this module, you will develop your understanding of data analytics and application use in practical decision making.

Critical Leadership Decisions

What are the duties or responsibilities of a leader operating today for future generations? This module provides you with the tools to consider the social and ethical considerations relevant to business decisions in a fast-changing environment. You 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.

Marketing Science and Strategy

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 you analyse the task of marketing within organisations and help you apply marketing concepts to a range of real-world situations.

Business Economics

You will 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?

Leading Organisations

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

Business Strategy

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

Operations Management

You 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-offs in balancing agility and standardisation in developing delivery systems? How do we synergise across an international organisation, and how do performance measures balance risk in a dynamic global market?

Accounting and Finance for Managers

This module will provide you with a foundation in accounting and finance principles, enabling you to utilise current accounting information that organisations need to operate, develop and grow. You 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?

Advanced electives


In order to build on concepts covered in the core modules and develop targeted expertise and specialised knowledge, you will choose four of the following advanced elective modules1:

  • Managerial Finance
  • Issues in Corporate Reporting
  • Corporate Strategy and M&A
  • Negotiations and Leadership Decision Making
  • Leading Global Teams
  • Engaging Digital Customers: Advanced Marketing

Optional focal tracks

Have a particular interest in Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship or Innovation Leadership? We’ve bundled electives together in these three topics to make the selection process easier.

If you choose an optional focal track, to satisfy the 60-credit advanced elective requirement, you must select one additional elective module. You can pursue a single focal track or complete modules across all three, depending on your professional aspirations and interests.

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1 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. Return to footnote reference