UCL School of Management

Elective Module Portfolio



Students from departments across UCL may select one or more management modules to complement their primary field of study. These modules are useful for students intending to go into a career in management or who wish to learn about a specific management function—they are suitable for students from all disciplines and no previous knowledge of management studies is required.

Some departments may include a specific requirement for students to take management modules. Others encourage their students to take management electives. Intercollegiate students may also apply.

Students should be interested in:

  • Learning about basic management functions and their practical application
  • Developing interpersonal and communication skills
  • Improving critical and analytical thinking
  • Practising presentation skills
  • Engaging in teamwork
  • Contributing to case study work and class discussions

Sarah Warnes lecturing


When choosing elective modules students may wish to browse the following useful file on Elective Pathways. This is designed to help inform their choices further by considering some elective pathways available to them. Electives can often provide a good way of showing particular interest in a subject area(s) when building a selection of modules that compliment each other and the overall degree  programme. 

Elective Module Portfolio

Undergraduate Elective Modules

Postgraduate Elective Modules

MRes/PhD Elective Modules


All students are recommended to refer to the online timetable for details of module timings and locations. Note that this information is subject to change so students are advised to check regularly.

For modules which have weekly seminars, students will ordinarily be allocated by the automated system based on individual timetables or asked to sign up to a seminar group on Moodle. Module organisers will explain seminar allocations at the start of the course.


All elective students who failed one or more Management modules in the previous academic session and who intend to resit or repeat those modules should notify the Senior Teaching and Learning Administrator, Fiona Narraway (f.narraway@ucl.ac.uk) by the end of the first week of Term 1.


All students must obtain a copy of the UCL School of Management Elective Portfolio Guidelines at the start of the year. Students can download a copy from our website (usually from mid September).

Each module has a detailed fact sheet which can be downloaded from our website on the module pages.



Guidelines for correct registration on Management modules. 

Students are advised to register as early as possible on Portico for any management module they wish to take as an option or elective. For the most part we will accept students on our optional/elective modules on a first come first served basis according to the date of selection on Portico. Places may be limited on some modules depending on room constraints.

The UCL School of Management Student Administration team is always available to meet students to discuss their selections. The UCL School of Management Student Office is located on the 1st floor of the Engineering Front Building on Malet Place. Students are also advised to discuss any doubts regarding timetabling or permitted module combinations with their parent departments.

Detailed information for all modules can be found on the available courses section of our website. On these pages students can find a list of all available modules and details covering eligibility, term, assessment, learning outcomes and core texts.

Special note for the modules listed below: Once students are approved on Portico for the modules listed below they will be contacted by the module administrator Sadia Begum with instructions on how to log into Moodle to select the term/lecture group in which they will be taking the module. Students will be given an enrolment key in order to access the Moodle site and will normally be assigned on a first-come first-served basis unless a department has pre-selected the group.

MSIN3001/M001/G001 Project Management

MSIN3101/G101 Project, Programme and Portfolio Management

MSIN3017/M013 Corporate Financial Strategy

MSING002/M007 Mastering Entrepreneurship

When to apply

Module Registration

To register for individual modules students are advised to submit selections as early as possible once they have completed enrolment at UCL so as to guarantee a space on the module.

Module selections usually open to students in the middle of August and students must submit their choices by the end of the second week of the first term. 

Key Dates

22 August 2016 Module selection opens to returning students on Portico.
14th October 2016 Deadline for student module registrations.
30th October 2016 Deadline for staff approval of students’ module selections. 

Term Dates 2015/16

First Term Monday 26 September 2016 - Friday 16 December 2016
Second Term Monday 09 January 2017 - Wednesday 24 March 2017
Third Term Monday 24 April 2017 - Friday 09 June 2017

(i) Term 1 Teaching starts on Monday September 26th 2016.
(ii) Terms 1 and 2 consist of 10 teaching weeks with reading weeks halfway through the term. Reading Weeks in 2015/16 are weeks commencing Monday 7 November 2016, and Monday 13 February 2076.
(iii) Term 3 is usually dedicated to revision sessions and examinations.

Why choose us

The UCL UCL School of Management offers students the benefit of broadening their knowledge with a variety of subject areas from general management and strategy, accounting and finance, human resource management, marketing, law, project management, entrepreneurship, innovation and more. Courses provided by award-winning lecturers and an exposure to an international educational environment provide the knowledge and tools you need to excel in and lead the industries of the future.

Benefits of studying management modules:

  • Students gain basic management training to complement their primary studies
  • Students gain transferable skills such as problem-solving, logical thinking, creative and analytical thinking and practical analysis and application
  • Opportunity to study alongside students from many different degree programmes
  • Courses offered by UCL School of Management are delivered by a faculty with external experience from the private, public and charitable sectors
  • Experience of different teaching styles and delivery
  • Access to weekly guest entrepreneurship lectures
  • Training in skills valued by employers including teamwork and presentation skills
  • Many graduates can build their management knowledge and experience by following a further management qualification, such as an MBA (Masters in Business Administration)
  • Graduates with management studies have obtained jobs in companies such as Ernst and Young, JP Morgan, Deloitte, KPMG; the financial sector, consulting, IT, journalism, advertising, education


How many management modules can I take?
This depends on your programme of study. Students should seek advice from their parent departments on the maximum numbers of outside modules they are permitted to take as electives. UCL School of Management will approve students on as many modules as they are permitted to take, subject to available places.
Do I need approval from my parent department to take a management module?
Usually, yes. Some departments provide their students with guidelines on which modules are acceptable but if in doubt we always recommend that students check with their parent department before confirming a selection.
How does UCL School of Management decide who will take a module?
We approve all selections on a first-come first-served basis according to date of selection on Portico. Some modules are limited to specific programmes – see module summaries for details. 
When will I know if I have a place on a course?
We begin our module approval process on Portico in September. However, it is not always possible to complete this process before the start of teaching. Students are advised to start attending classes from the start of term. Any student who is rejected from a module will be notified by email.
Why might I be rejected from a module?
The two main reasons for being rejected from a UCL School of Management module are (1) the module is over-subscribed and (2) the module is not an approved selection by either parent or teaching department.
Can I “shop around” and sit in on a variety of modules before making my selections?
No, we do not permit students to test-run modules. This is due to the popularity of our modules and the need to establish class size as early as possible.
Can I sit in on lectures without being formally registered for a module?
No, this is not permitted. Space is limited and reserved only for those students who have formally selected the module on Portico.
How many hours of teaching does each module have each week?
Most modules consist of weekly 2-hour lectures plus 1-hour seminars in which students are encouraged to participate in class discussions and other activities.
How are students assessed?
Assessment typically involves written and presentation work and/or a group assignment and a written end-of-year examination; all students must be available to take examinations in April/May.
When and where will lectures take place?
Lectures take place all over the UCL campus. Students are advised to check the UCL online timetable regularly for timetabling and location details: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/timetable.
How do I find out about UCL School of Management policies and procedures?
Each year the School updates the UCL School of Management Elective Portfolio Guidelines which are available on the UCL School of Management Student Information Moodle site (UCL username and password required). All policies and procedures related to coursework submission, extension requests and results are available on the intranet.
Who should I contact if I need a coursework extension?
All elective module students should contact their parent department to request an extension if they are unable to submit any management coursework by the deadline. Module leaders are not able to grant extensions.
To whom should I notify extenuating circumstances affecting a management module?
Students should always report ongoing extenuating circumstances to their parent department using the official UCL form and with supporting documentation. It is helpful if such cases are also notified to Nicola Cockerton or Michelle Tinsley in UCL School of Management.
Who are the contacts for students on Elective Portfolio Modules in the School?
Senior Teaching and Learning Administrator: Fiona Narraway at f.narraway@ucl.ac.uk
School Tutor: Michelle Tinsley at m.tinsley@ucl.ac.uk
Deputy Director (Education): Alan Parkinson at a.t.parkinson@ucl.ac.uk
Last updated Friday, 17 March 2017