UCL School of Management

UCL-Peking University MBA


Start date: September 2019
Location: Peking University, Beijing, China​
Duration: 16 months full-time, 28 months part-time
Fees:  Fees for 2019 entry are TBA, fees for 2018 entry were RMB 310,000 (Fees must be paid in Chinese Yuan)
Application deadline: 30 June 2019
Entry: Minimum of a 2:2 or equivalent, plus a minimum of three years work experience.

The UCL-Peking University MBA brings together two world-leading universities together in Beijing, the heart of one of the largest and most dynamic economies in the world, where the MBA programme will be offered.

Students also have the opportunity to complete elective courses in London during the summer months.

The UCL-Peking University MBA combines the unique research and teaching strengths of the UCL School of Management and the Peking University National School of Development.

Management best practices are evolving to adjust to the ubiquity of technology, and forward-thinking academics at the UCL School of Management, which specialises in innovation, entrepreneurship, technology, and analytics, will help you develop the quantitative and qualitative analytical skills necessary to engage with our changing world.

The National School of Development at Peking University hosts some of China’s foremost academics, responsible for advising the Chinese Government on development policies that have driven decades of strong and consistent economic growth.  The experienced National School of Development academics will give you a high-level perspective of managing companies in shifting national and international government policy contexts.

The UCL-Peking University MBA programme is designed to mold managers and leaders who can operate in the complex, innovation-intensive, data-driven environments of the future.


The UCL-Peking University MBA 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 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 consideration of the future of organisations within the Chinese and global business environments.

Core 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 polices present unique challenges and opportunities in managing and leading companies in China.

There are also a range of elective modules in entrepreneurship, finance, and contemporary issues in Chinese business. One elective 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.

Students will complete a total of ten modules, seven core modules and three elective modules, covering over 20 different management areas.

Each module is based on a broad management ‘theme’ that is separated into two related or complementary ‘topics’. Each of the two topics is taught as a separate course. Assessment is at module-level, and is based on coursework and exams in the two courses.

Core modules (‘themes’)

Related/complementary courses (‘topics’)

Accounting and Finance

Financial and Managerial Accounting

Corporate Finance


Marketing Science

Marketing Research


Operations Analytics

Operations and Technology Management

Organisational Behaviour and Leadership

Managing Organisational Behaviour

Global Leadership


Strategic Management

Corporate Strategy

Decision-making and Analytics

Decision-making for Business

Business Strategy and Analytics

Economics and Business in China

Managerial Economics

China’s Economic Development

Business Research Project

Students also undertake a business research project 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.

Why choose us

  • UCL and Peking University are top-ranked global universities working together to deliver a top-ranked MBA programme
  • 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
  • The UCL School of Management is one of the UK’s leading and most forward-thinking business schools, focusing on preparing leaders for a technology and innovation-intensive future
  • Students will study in Beijing and can choose to study 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 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 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 UCL-Peking University MBA is a unique programme that brings two world-leading universities together in Beijing, the heart of one of the largest and most dynamic economies in the world.

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. The Peking University National School of Development enjoys an independence that has allowed it to provide impartial guidance and advice to the Chinese Government through China’s reform and modernisation. 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 solve issues that China faces today.

Together, the UCL School of Management and 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.

One of the unique aspects of the UCL-Peking University MBA curriculum is the concept of data-driven decision-making that runs through core modules in decision-making and analytics, marketing, and operations. Companies are generating and capturing trillions of bytes of information about their customers, suppliers, and operations, and these companies need managers who can take this data and use it as a powerful strategic asset.

The UCL-Peking University curriculum also includes a range of China-focused core 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 entrepreneurship in the UK at UCL in the heart of London. Students will be taught first-hand by UCL School of Management’s innovators and entrepreneurs, who have helped to make London one of the world’s leading cities and a dynamic 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 China’s development and change the world.

Applications, careers and faqs

To apply, to find out more application information, including information about careers, or to read our FAQs, please visit the PKU website.

For more information and answers to any questions about the programme, please email mgmt-mba@ucl.ac.uk

Last updated Thursday, 28 February 2019