UCL School of Management

The UCL MBA

Overview

Start dates: The UCL MBA is a classroom-based MBA, delivered online with multiple start dates. Terms begin in September, January, April and July.
Duration: Depending on your schedule, you may complete your MBA online in as few as 24 months or as many as 60 months.
Tuition fees: £55,000. Scholarships are available. Application deadline: Deadlines vary by desired start date. View upcoming deadlines.
Entry requirements: 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. Applicants must also have a minimum of five years of work experience – the programme’s first-year students carried an average of more than 14.

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Programme

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 goes beyond traditional online MBAs by stressing the use of data, technology and information to forecast critical issues, guide business choices and navigate uncertain situations in a global context. It includes:

  • 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.

Sample programme structure

Year 1: Core

Term

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3 (optional)

1

The Data Analytics Advantage

Leading Organisations

Optional orientation

2

Critical Leadership Decisions

Business Economics

3

Business Strategy

Operations Management

4

Marketing Science and Strategy

Accounting and Finance for Managers

Optional immersion

Year 2: Advanced electives

Term

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3 (optional)

5

Advanced elective

Advanced elective

Optional immersion

6

Advanced elective

Advanced elective

7

Capstone project 1

8

Capstone project 2

View module descriptions and complete programme structure.

The UCL MBA online learning experience

The UCL MBA was designed to be delivered online from the start, rather than retrofitted from an on-campus programme. You will find seamless technological integration, helpful tools and easy access to academics – all within a digital campus that fosters relationship-building and live collaboration.

Explore our digital campus.

Orientations and immersions

The UCL MBA programme includes optional opportunities to connect with peers, academics and industry leaders. The orientation is three days, while immersions span four days. Upcoming in-person gatherings will depend on the state of the global pandemic and making sure it is safe for everyone to travel and attend.

Learn more about orientations and immersions

Applications

This is a competitive programme. When reviewing online MBA applications, we take a holistic look at academic history, professional experience, your personal statement, references and admissions interview. Our entry requirements provide the UCL Admissions Committee with information that is pivotal for choosing the best candidates for the programme.

Application materials

  • Personal statement (3–4 essays)
  • Two references, one from a mentor or supervisor and one from a peer or coworker
  • Resume/CV
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions attended
  • Video interview
  • English language qualification or test result (if English is not the first language)
  • Application fee

View Admissions FAQs.

Funding your MBA

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.

Students who are made an offer to study with us will be required to submit a £1,000 tuition fee deposit to reserve their place in the programme. The fees quoted here do not include costs related to books, immersion expenses or other materials. Additional costs should not exceed £500 over the entire programme.

Flexible payments

While many MBA programmes require a single, large payment up front, the UCL MBA offers pay-as-you-go tuition, as well as a number of other flexible payment options that allow you to fund your degree in a way that works best for you.

Fill out this form to download a programme prospectus and learn more about funding your MBA.

Why choose us?

UCL

Founded in 1826, UCL has always challenged preconception. We were the first university in England to admit women on equal terms with men and the first to admit students regardless of religious affiliation.

Since then, UCL has upheld these progressive ideals and has evolved as an incubator for innovative research, interdisciplinary programmes and inclusivity. UCL is ranked the 10th best university in the world by QS World University Rankings.[1]

The UCL School of Management

The UCL School of Management was founded for 21st-century business leaders already looking to the centuries ahead. We were driven by a need to understand, analyse and address contemporary business challenges as globalisation and technology move us into uncharted territory.

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. You will have one-on-one access to these world-renowned academics, the same who teach on campus at UCL.

Learn more about UCL MBA academics.

Career support

The UCL MBA is designed to prepare you for leadership success, and we are committed to helping you achieve that. We offer executive coaching, career support and access to our global network of more than 300,000 graduates.

Fill out this form and download a programme prospectus to learn more about the UCL MBA difference.

[1] QS World University Rankings 2021. Accessed September 2020.

Frequently asked questions

How does online learning work?

Our programme is designed to deliver the UCL classroom to you, with the same stimulating conversations and outstanding academics that you’ll find in our on-campus modules – the only difference is the flexible mode of delivery.

  • Real-time discussions: You will be required to participate in weekly live classroom sessions hosted on the Zoom HD video conferencing platform. You will engage in dynamic discussions with other students and academics, share what you learned from required asynchronous work and learn from one another’s diverse business experiences and perspectives.
  • Collaborative classroom features: In addition to lively discussions, students may use chat, breakout rooms and presentation-sharing options to communicate with others while mastering important concepts.
  • Recorded content: Most live sessions are recorded, which means you can review concepts and discussion points at length after class has ended.
Will I attend classes or will everything just be available online?

Yes, you will be expected to attend compulsory weekly live sessions for each of your modules. Live sessions are the best way to contextualise module information into actionable knowledge. By interacting with your peers and academics in a dynamic classroom, you are learning how the concepts taught in the programme apply across a broad range of industries and cultures. Attending classes also helps you broaden your personal and professional network-building relationships with your cohort.

These live classes are delivered via the Zoom video conferencing platform. The sessions are 90 minutes in length and are offered Monday through Thursday evenings (UK time).

How big are the classes?
Class sizes are limited to 20 students but typically range between 12 and 18 students. This allows for a variety of perspectives to be represented in the live seminar while maintaining an environment small enough for individual attention from academics.
Where can I see details for each of the modules?

You can view a complete breakdown of modules on our programme structure page

Will I have access to the UCL facilities?
Yes, as a student taking our MBA, you will be entitled to the same services offered to all on-campus students, which includes 18 libraries and learning spaces located across London, as well as a series of museums and collections. You are eligible for a student ID card, which can be obtained during your first campus visit. You will also have access to a wealth of remote tools, such as IT support and our e-library that provides additional access to journals, newspapers, databases and more.
What if I miss a live class session?
Live sessions are compulsory, but we also understand that life happens. There may be a time when you are unable to attend your live session due to unforeseen circumstances or work commitments. With a small number of students in each live session, we would expect you to communicate directly with academics, as well as your student success advisor, to help you catch up on materials. If you know you will be missing a live seminar, it is helpful to let the faculty member know in advance if possible. The sessions are recorded so you will have the opportunity to view the valuable insights shared in the live session. 
What types of learning materials will I use?

The programme consists of asynchronous and synchronous learning materials.

Synchronous materials include required weekly live sessions for each of your modules. This is a great way to interact face-to-face with academics and peers in real time, building a solid foundation for networking with your peers.

These live classes are delivered via Zoom, a video conferencing platform. The sessions are 90 minutes in length and are offered Monday through Thursday evenings (UK time).

Asynchronous materials include content and classwork that is available via our digital learning platform for you to study when it’s convenient for you. This content includes prerecorded/guided video lectures, interactive videos, presentations, module notes, discussion forums and written assignments.
I don’t live in the UK. Will I be required to visit as part of the programme?

No, the programme is offered entirely online and you are not required to come to London. That said, all enrolled students are actively encouraged to join our optional on-campus orientation and immersions.

Note: Due to the flexible nature of the programme, UCL is not able to sponsor UCL MBA students for entry to the UK on a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa.

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Last updated Wednesday, 7 October 2020