Start date: September 2021
Duration: 12 months full-time only
Fees: UK/EU/Overseas - £30,400
Application deadline: Applications will open on 01 December 2020 and close on 01 April 2021 (this is subject to change if the programme is filled before this date).
Entry: Minimum of 2:1 or equivalent in a relevant discipline (International students - please note that UCL’s English language requirements must be met. A ‘Good Level’ IELTS test is currently required for this programme.)
Coronavirus Information: See more information below
Organisations need people who can motivate others and develop strategies in a dynamic and competitive environment.
UCL’s MSc Management is a highly competitive international programme which aims to deliver graduates who can meet those needs, providing students with a solid understanding of practical managerial issues, as well as a strong foundation in current theoretical debates, equipping ambitious students with the knowledge and skills to work for leading organisations around the world.
Throughout their journey at UCL, one of the Top 10 Global Universities (QS2020), students will be learning from academics who are at the forefront of their fields, as well as being a part of London’s Global University, working closely with a diverse and vibrant group of likeminded students who bring a vast range of business knowledge from across the globe.
The programme offers two pathways, each tailored towards the needs of our students to ensure they get the most out of their studies:
- The Corporate pathway is designed for students who may or may not have previously studied business and management, particularly those who have not studied Finance and Accounting in depth.
- The Finance pathway is for candidates who already have an undergraduate degree in business and management, having studied Finance and Accounting. Having a degree in business and management is not enough for this pathway if you have not studied Finance and Accounting in sufficient depth.
There may be exceptions to these guidelines. Students who have a strong educational background in Finance and Accounting, even if they have not studied other disciplines related to business and management, may be allocated to the Finance pathway. Other factors will be considered for the pathway allocation, such as evidence of quantitative skills.
At the discretion of the Programme Director, applicants may be invited to do an online test to measure previous knowledge of Finance and/or Accounting. The result of this test will be used to support the pathway allocation decision.
Pathways are allocated solely at the discretion of the Programme Director, with consideration of the entire educational background of each applicant. Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and the guidance above is just indicative of the whole process.
Programme Diet for the Academic Year 2021-22
The modules, consultancy projects, and research activities are held throughout the academic year.
A detailed timetable will be made available to students during Induction Week in September 2021.
Consultancy Projects, Dissertations, and Business Plans
As part of the Business Research module, students have the opportunity to develop a consultancy project with a company of their choice. This work is done in small groups, with the supervision of the company and of UCL School of Management professionals. This consultancy project aims to train students to solve actual business problems and to help students to better understand business in the United Kingdom. It also provides a good opportunity for broadening professional networks.
For the same BR module, students write either a dissertation based on a piece of business research, or a business plan for a new business or an existing business which wants to expand operations. Students choose their topics in accordance with their career plans. All students receive expert support for choosing topics and designing projects which will help them in their long-term career plans, improving their chances of success in corporations, banks, consultancies and in their own businesses.
Students are offered training on consultancy services, business research, and business planning, in accordance with their preference.
International Summer Schools
Students will have the opportunity to apply to spend two weeks attending workshops and seminars in a university abroad. Partner schools include HEC Paris, KU Leuven in Belgium, Tsinghua University in Beijing, Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, University of Chile in Santiago, and Externado University in Bogotá. This option depends upon approval from the Programme Director, taking into consideration the experience and career objectives of the student, as well as the number of available places.
Students selected by the Programme Director may undergo an additional, independent application and selection process by the partner school, which reserves the right to make the final decision on whether or not to accept a student’s application.
The UCL School of Management will support a summer school student’s visa application (if applicable) to enter the relevant country of the partner school. Nevertheless, the decision to grant a visa to a summer school student is solely that of the host country’s government.
All our students are allowed and encouraged to take language classes in the evening, either at the UCL Language Centre or at the UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies. UCL offers many different languages at all levels. These language classes are self-funded by students and not subsidised by the UCL School of Management.
In addition to academic subjects, students have the opportunity to attend a series of innovative and interactive workshops aimed at improving their management and leadership skills. The classes available vary from year to year. Some of the past classes have included:
- Appropriating Innovation: Managing Intellectual Property Rights
- Customer-Focused Innovation: Designing New Value Propositions
- Digital Marketing: Customer Acquisition
- Innovation Engine: Designing and Testing Business Models
- Crisis Leadership
- Developing Leadership Skills through Theatre Techniques
- Great Leaders: How You Can Become One
- Developing Dynamic Public Speaking Skills
- Effective Presentation Skills
- Essay Writing Skills for Non-Native Speakers of English
- Essentials of Executive Presence
- Social Media for Professionals
During their year at UCL, students have the opportunity to participate in various student activities on the Bloomsbury campus including clubs, societies, cultural events, sports, etc. Moreover, the MSc Management students have organised their own activities including a football team, a China network society, a Women in Management society, final-term parties and celebrations, etc.
27th September 2021 to 26th September 2022
The vast majority of lectures take place at our location, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, in London’s global business district. All facilities at the Bloomsbury campus, located in the heart of central London, will also be open to students.
Who is this course designed for?
Are you ambitious? Do you have a ‘can-do’ attitude? Employers tell us that they look for people who aim high and are encouraged by challenges, not daunted by them.
Are you keen to know more about business and management?
The MSc Management programme is designed to produce graduates with the knowledge and contacts to pursue a career in management.
Do you want support in developing your career?
Regular career workshops and one-to-one advice ensures that every graduating student is able to advance their career plans.
Why choose an MSc in Management?
- Organisations need people who can motivate others and develop strategies in a dynamic and competitive environment.
- The MSc Management programme is designed to equip ambitious students with the knowledge and skills to work for leading organisations around the world.
- Because of its managerial focus, the course is not suitable for those wishing to continue their studies at doctoral level.
- Our students come from different academic backgrounds including business, international studies, engineering, sciences, economics, social sciences and the arts.
Applying for Masters in Management
Applications for September 2021 entry open on 01 December 2020 until 01 April 2021. Students are advised to apply early due to competition for places. Applications are made using an online application form.
We look for students with drive, talent, intelligence, and vigour.
- Academic profile. A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in any subject. Applicants who have not received their final undergraduate degree must be able to prove their current grade average is a 2:1 or equivalent. We cannot consider applicants with a degree result lower than an upper second-class degree.
- Career Aspirations. A personal statement outlining (1) their motivation for studying management and (2) future career aspirations. Applicants should also show that they have actively taken steps to meet their career goals through activities such as work experience, internships, and/or volunteering. Details should be included on the application form and a CV should also be attached.
- International profile. Applicants should highlight any international experience they have had, including international exchanges, trips, internships, fluency in other languages and/or interest in other cultures.
- English Language skills. Applicants whose first language is not English must be able to provide evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate. UCL’s preferred English language qualification is the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A ‘Good Level’ is required for MSc in Management: i.e. an overall grade of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests. More information about the English language criteria can be found here.
- Equivalency Requirements for Chinese Applicants. International students are required to have the equivalent of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree to apply for the MSc in Management. For applicants from China, this is usually a minimum of a Bachelors degree with a final overall grade of B+, 85%, or a CGPA or 3.45/4.0.
The latest fee information is available online.
For funding information, please take a look at the UCL fees and funding pages.
Qualifications are assessed only once an application has been submitted. The equivalency of overseas qualifications cannot be assessed unless a full application with all supporting documentation such as degree transcripts, references, etc. has already been submitted to UCL. We do not require GMAT/GRE scores, but students are encouraged to include them if they feel their score will strengthen their application.
Applications for MSc Management are assessed in 4 stages:
|Stage 1 - Initial assessment||
Once we have received your application and references from both of your nominated referees we will check to ensure that you meet the minimum academic requirements for the programme. Unfortunately, due to the competition for places, we are unable to progress applicants to stage 2 unless they have met the minimum requirement for the programme.A list of the standard entry requirements and their international equivalents can be found in the Key Information section of the MSc Management Graduate Prospectus page. Please note, that UCL uses weighted averages to measure applicants’ current academic level.
|Stage 2 - Completion of an interview||If you meet the minimum requirement for this programme your application will move to stage 2. During stage 2 your application will be considered further and you may be emailed an interview invitation. You will have 7 working days to complete the online interview. Failure to do so will lead to your application being unsuccessful.|
|Stage 3 - Post interview selection||
After completion of the interview, your interview and application will be considered further. During this stage, we will rate applications on their interview responses, academic profile, career aspirations and international profile. We are looking for students with drive, talent, intelligence, and vigour.
If your application is at the lower end of the ranked applications, your application will be deemed unsuccessful and you will be informed of this on the application portal. If your application is at the high end an offer recommendation will be forwarded to the Graduate Admissions Office for processing.Alternatively, if your application is ranked in the middle range, your application will be moved to stage 4.
|Stage 4 - Holding||
During this stage applications are held and regularly reviewed. When they are reviewed the Programme Director will consider all applications currently at stage 4 and recommend offers to the strongest candidates until all places are filled.Please note that those who enter stage 4 may not receive a decision before August 2021.
UCL aims to complete stages 1-2 within 8 weeks. Stage 3 will begin from January 2021 onwards. Applicants who enter stage 4 may not receive a decision before August 2021.
Please note: The UCL School of Management will not provide any further information on its system of ranking or the rank that your application was given during assessment.
If you have any other questions regarding the programme that are not addressed on our web pages please check the Frequently Asked Questions or email us.
Telephone: 020 3108 6055
Our top priority is the wellbeing and safety of our students and staff. The campus itself has been reconfigured in line with Government guidelines to ensure it is as safe as possible, with a wide range of safety measures in place. Whether you study online or on-campus, we are committed to providing a world-class education and outstanding student experience. For advice and information concerning UCL’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, please visit UCL’s prospective students’ Coronavirus (Covid-19) information pages.
For central additional funding opportunities, please see scholarships and funding.
As London’s Global University, we at UCL are better qualified than most to realise that any organisation is only as strong as the individuals who work for it. This, allied to the innovation and flexibility needed in today’s organisations, means that recruiting the right person has never been more important.
The MSc Management course enables you to make an early and substantial contribution to your future employer. Each of our students are prepared for their future through career workshops, one-to-one advice, exclusive employer events and access to our alumni community. Whatever your nationality, experience or background, you will leave UCL equipped with the tools to become a high achiever in your chosen field.
As an MSc Management student, you will benefit from a bespoke Careers and Employer Engagement programme and a dedicated careers team who will help you present yourself to leading graduate employers with confidence.
Our portfolio of careers support for MSc Management students includes:
- Individual career coaching sessions with Careers Consultants dedicated to the School of Management
- Weekly careers and professional development workshops on topics including marketing yourself as a candidate, interviews, assessment centres and planning your next steps
- Exclusive industry insight sessions and employer-led events accessible only by School of Management students to inform your career choices
- Access to UCL School of Management alumni keen to support you with your career
For further information on the Careers provision for UCL School of Management, please see our Careers page.
In addition to the bespoke activities within the School of Management, you also have access to the central UCL Careers provision. Every year over 1000 employers/organisations attend events arranged by UCL Careers, including careers fairs, employer presentations and sector ‘themed weeks’, which may include employer forums, networking events, talks on how to get into the sector and one-to-one advice sessions.
Our students go on to careers in a range of sectors; the most common destinations for our students are consulting, banking and finance, management trainee programmes, marketing, and technology. Graduates from the MSc Management programme have secured jobs in a variety of high-profile companies including:
- Deutsche Bank
- Goldman Sachs
- JP Morgan
- Kantar World Panel
- Oliver Wyman
- PA Consulting
- TK Maxx
- United Nations
- … as well as a range of small-medium sized companies and start-ups
Why choose UCL
World-class reputation: UCL consistently ranks among the top universities in the world.
International focus: Our MSc Management has been carefully designed to develop your international management and leadership skills.
High quality teaching: We invest in the selection and developing of our faculty to provide you with the best possible education during your studies at UCL.
Tailored careers support: A series of workshops and employer-led activities are offered throughout the year to develop your global career management skills.
Global professional network: Our international cohorts and close relations with alumni allow you to develop your global professional network.
What Our Students Say…
About studying and living in London
“London is so multicultural, and that’s even reflected in what you can have for lunch – we’re spoilt for choice!”
“There’s not only the activities laid on by UCL, but by a whole city of 11 million people – so you can always find something to do and someone to do it with.”
“Transport in the UK and London is so good. You can be in Scotland in four hours and Paris in three. It’s like a gateway for European travel.”
“London has so much history – you won’t be able to see it all.”
“It’s one of the world’s best universities and its based in the world’s best city – a winning combination.”
“There are so many clubs and societies, the list is endless. If you are really into a certain type of activity, no matter how specialist – I guarantee there is a society for you!”
About the teaching staff
“The teaching staff are really approachable, knowledgeable and the lectures are always well planned and thought out.”
“Down to earth and friendly – and very good at their job!”
“21st Century teaching.”
About the cost of living
“Don’t let preconceived ideas fool you, yes London can be expensive but there are plenty of ways to see all that the city has to offer at student prices. I went to the V&A with the UCL Arts Society for £2 last month.”
“Now the credit crunch is upon us, all Londoners are looking for cheap treats – not just students – so a lot of cinemas, clubs, pubs, and theatres all have amazing discounts. You just need to know where to look.”
“Don’t be put off by rumours, you don’t need to be rich to live like a king or queen in London.”
Chat to our students
Don’t just take our word for it.
We’ve teamed up with Unibuddy to enable to you chat to our current MSc Management students so that you can ask those studying the programme the questions that are most important to you.
Whether you want to know about studying in Canary Wharf, which topics are the best, or how to adjust to life living in London, they are on hand to help.
Frequently Asked Questions about the MSc in Management
GRE: A score of around 310
We do not require GMAT/GRE scores, but students are encouraged to include them if they feel their score will strengthen their application.
If you have any other questions regarding the programme that are not addressed on our web pages please email us.
Telephone: (+44) 020 3108 6055