Start date: September 2024
Location: Peking University, Beijing, China
Duration: 16 months full-time, 28 months part-time
Fees: Paid in Chinese Yuan, TBC.
Application deadline: 16 June 2024
Entry: A good undergraduate degree from a recognised university – a minimum of UK Second Class Honours (2:2) or the international equivalent, as well as a minimum of three years’ full-time working experience after completion of an undergraduate degree and before starting the MBA programme. Students must meet UCL’s ‘Level 1’ English language requirement for this programme - further details regarding this can be found on the UCL English Language Requirements page.
The UCL MBA with Peking University, offered in Beijing, China and awarding a UCL qualification, brings two world-leading universities together at the heart of one of the largest and most dynamic economies in the world.
Students may have the opportunity to undertake the optional module, Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe, which is taught in London over three weeks during the summer months, and includes site visits, social activities and in-class refreshments.
Students also have the opportunity to complete an experiential programme, which is held in London and based on an academic theme that gives students the opportunity to engage with academic content in the local social and cultural content. The experiential programme is not for credit, but may include assessments that are evaluated and should be completed. Please see the Additional Costs section for more information on the fees associated with the optional module and experiential programme.
The UCL MBA with Peking University combines the unique research and teaching strengths of the UCL School of Management and the Peking University National School of Development.
Business and management practices are being disrupted by technology and innovation and academics at the UCL School of Management, which specialises in innovation, entrepreneurship, technology, and analytics, will help you develop the skills necessary to become a manager and leader who can operate in the complex environments of the future.
The Peking University National School of Development’s centre for business and management education, the Beijing International MBA (BiMBA) Business School, hosts some of China’s leading academics, responsible for advising the Chinese Government on development policies that have driven decades of strong economic growth. The Peking University academics will give you a high-level perspective of managing and leading companies in changing Chinese and international policy and economic contexts.
The UCL MBA with Peking University is the programme of choice for professionals who wish to engage with China’s innovation and technology industries and entrepreneurship communities.
The UCL MBA with Peking University provides a broad, analytical, and integrated study of business and management, and develops the key skills necessary to make decisions, manage, and lead people and organisations in a changing world. Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of organisations, how they are managed, and the external context in which they operate.
The combination of teaching from the UCL School of Management and from the BiMBA Business School at the Peking University National School of Development will focus on understanding, responding to, and shaping the dynamic and changing nature of business with respect to innovation and technology and within the Chinese and global business environments.
Core, optional and elective modules
The programme includes core modules in accounting and finance, strategy, and organisational behaviour and leadership. Other core modules, which include decision making and analytics, marketing, and operations, explore how technology, data, and analytics are transforming these key areas of business. Additionally, a core module in economics and business in China will give key insights into Chinese Government policies and how these policies present unique challenges and opportunities in managing and leading companies in China.
Students will complete a total seven core modules and five to six elective modules (depending on their credit value), covering over 20 different management areas.
Core modules for 2023/2024 academic year - 2024/2025 programme diet to be announced soon
Optional and elective modules for 2023/2024 academic year - 2024/2025 programme diet to be announced soon
There are also a range of optional and elective modules in entrepreneurship, finance, and contemporary issues in Chinese business. One optional module on entrepreneurship will be offered in London, which will allow students to be taught first-hand by entrepreneurs from the UCL community who have helped to make London a global centre for innovation and creativity.
MSIN0125 Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe
MSIN0216 Digital Marketing
MSIN0239 Behavioural Science
MSIN0219 Influence and Negotiations
MSIN0220 Managing across Cultures
MSIN0218 Global Entrepreneurial Systems
MSIN0173 Emerging Business Technologies
MSIN0174 International Business Finance
MSIN0177 Statistics and Analytics for Business
MSIN0223 Financing Technology Ventures
MSIN0241 Digital Transformation of Industries, Ecosystems, and Firm Strategies
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available. For questions about optional modules, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business Research Project
Students also undertake a Business Research Project (MSIN0172) which, subject to availability, could include developing a consultancy project with a company. Alternatively, students can choose to write a business plan for a new or existing business, or choose to write a dissertation based on a piece of management or business-related research. Students are offered training and guidance on consultancy services, business planning, and business research.
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, and project work. Assessment is through open-book and unseen written tests and examinations, individual and group coursework including presentations, reports, and essays, class participation, and a substantial business research project. Assessments may be online or in person.
Students typically study one module at a time, and each module is delivered intensively over a few weeks or weekends.
For full-time students undertaking the 16-month programme, compulsory modules are normally completed in the first 10 months of study and most optional and elective modules are completed in the final 6 months of study. All students complete a business research project that is mostly undertaken in the final 6 months of study.
For part-time students undertaking the 28-month programme, compulsory modules are normally completed in the first half of the programme and optional and elective modules are completed throughout the programme. The business research project is mostly undertaken in the final 12 months of study.
For full-time students, each core taught module is delivered intensively in two separate, non-consecutive, two-week parts for a total of four weeks, totalling 56 taught hours per module.
For part-time students, each core taught module is delivered intensively in two separate parts over two weekends each for a total of four weekends, totalling taught 56 hours per module.
For both, full-time and part-time students, each optional and elective taught module is delivered intensively over a total of two weekends with 28 hours of teaching per module.
In addition, for each core taught module, students spend approximately 90-100 hours, over the total four-week period, on assessments and independent study to further develop the skills and knowledge covered in lectures and seminars.
For each optional and elective taught module, students spend approximately 40-50 hours, over a two-week period, on assessments and independent study to further develop the skills and knowledge covered in lectures and seminars.
The total number of weekly hours will vary according to the activities being undertaken, the teaching schedule and assessment deadlines.
Part-time study offers a student the opportunity to carry on working in a career or to simply study at a slower pace.
Part-time students undertake the programme on weekends over 28 months and must complete the same number of compulsory and optional modules as the Full-time students, as well as the business research project.
Students will need to have a level of work flexibility (if employed) in order to cope with the programme’s timetable.
Why choose us
- UCL and Peking University are top-ranked global universities working together to deliver a top-ranked MBA programme
- The UCL School of Management is one of the UK’s leading and most forward-thinking business schools, focusing on preparing leaders for an innovation-intensive future
- The National School of Development at Peking University is one of China’s most influential economics and public policy think tanks and focuses on creating leaders with a broad world view
- Students will study in Beijing and have the opportunity to choose an optional module or an experiential programme taught over several weeks in the summer in London, experiencing living in two of the world’s great cities
- Graduates will be welcomed into both the UCL and Peking University alumni community, with a combined membership of more than 500,000
UCL is one of the world’s top universities and is consistently ranked in the global top 20 (QS 2023) in a number of international league tables.
Peking University (Beida) is China’s leading university and ranks among the best universities in Asia and the world.
The diverse and complementary research and teaching strengths of the UCL School of Management and the Peking University National School of Development build the foundations of the programme.
The UCL School of Management focuses on innovation, entrepreneurship, technology, and analytics, and offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programmes to prepare people for leadership roles in the next generation of innovation-intensive organisations. The proportion of research undertaken at UCL School of Management recognised by the UK Government Research Excellent Framework (REF) as ‘world-leading’ is the highest in the UK, together with London Business School, and is ahead of Imperial College, LSE, Oxford, and Cambridge.
The Peking University National School of Development was founded as an academic centre devoted to teaching and researching modern economics, management, and public policy and includes many of China’s leading economists among its faculty. Today, the Peking University National School of Development is one of China’s leading think tanks whose academics contribute to and influence Chinese Government policies to advance China’s development. The Peking University National School of Development hosts the BiMBA Business School, which focuses on business and management education.
Together, the UCL School of Management and the BiMBA Business School at the Peking University National School of Development will nurture, develop, and inspire passionate business and entrepreneurial leaders that are prepared for the complex, interconnected world of the future.
Students will be taught by educators and practitioners from UCL School of Management and the Peking University National School of Development, and will experience a combination of Western and Chinese teaching that will equip students with an integrated, critically-aware, and advanced understanding of management and organisations in a global and Chinese context.
The UCL MBA with Peking University curriculum encourages an entrepreneurial and agile mindset that is able to engage with innovation and technology. Through core, optional, and elective modules in entrepreneurship and innovation, entrepreneurial systems, emerging technologies, technology ventures, and design thinking, students will learn how to adapt to and thrive in fast-changing business environments. The curriculum also includes a range of China-focused core, optional, and elective modules, where students learn how Chinese Government policy affects business, which is essential for success in corporate China.
There is also an opportunity for students to study innovation and entrepreneurship in the UK at UCL in the heart of London. Students will be taught by UCL School of Management’s innovators and entrepreneurs, who have helped to make London a global centre for innovation and creativity. Students will also be able to take advantage of UCL’s networks and reputation as a starting point to access London’s thriving entrepreneurship scene.
This programme will empower students with a global perspective combined with a local mindset and create the next generation of leaders who will drive development and change the world.
This programme at the UCL School of Management is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), one of the world’s leading authorities on postgraduate business education. The accreditation demonstrates the high standard of teaching, curriculum design, career development and innovation on the programme. AMBA limits the number of accredited schools to 300 institutions globally and currently accredits 2% of business schools in over 75 countries highlighting the School’s continuing commitment to excellence in management education.
The fees for this programme are set in Chinese Yuan and payable to the BiMBA Business School at the Peking University National School of Development.
Students may have the opportunity to undertake one optional module or an experiential programme in London over several weeks during the summer months. The module and experiential programme include site visits, social activities, and in-class refreshments that will be partially funded by the UCL School of Management on teaching days. Please note that participation in these modules is optional and may cost up to £500 in programme fees each. Students will be required to fund their own travel to and from London, any applicable visas and other travel expenses, accommodation, and their personal maintenance during the trip.
It is estimated that students requiring accommodation in London would need to pay between £1,000 and £1,500 for the three-week duration of the optional module for standard student accommodation with some shared facilities (washroom, kitchen), and between £200 and £500 on other expenses. The experiential programme is one to two weeks in duration, and accommodation costs and other expenses can be reduced accordingly. These estimates are based on the costs incurred by the students on previous summer programmes and are subject to change depending on prevailing exchange rates.
Applications, careers and faqs
To apply, to find out more application information, including information about careers, or to read our FAQs, please visit the BiMBA Business School website hosted by Peking University.
For more information and answers to any questions about the programme, please email The UCL MBA with Peking University team.