Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2016

Management Science BSc

UCL's Management Science programmes are unlike any other degree in the UK. They provide you with an opportunity to develop strong quantitative and analytical skills, an in-depth understanding of how companies work, and a rigorous foundation in the key skills needed to build successful careers in global businesses.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Management Science BSc
UCAS code
3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Total intake (by subject area)
190 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
8 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
70% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Mathematics required.
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

A score of 18 points in three higher level subjects, including grade 6 in Mathematics, with no score lower than 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Mathematics.

A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher). Mathematics at Advanced Higher required.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma Core with grade A, plus 2 GCE A-levels at grades AA, including Mathematics.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • This new degree programme provides a rigorous training in management science, with a strong focus on quantitative skills and the mathematics underpinning the practice of management.
  • Students will benefit from world-class facilities and expertise from across UCL?s Faculty of Engineering Sciences.
  • The programme places an emphasis the solving of cross-functional problems and will train students to understand the challenges ? risk, uncertainty, growth ? of complex business.
  • Graduates are expected to find positions in high-growth, technology-driven, innovation-intensive organisations such as technology firms, consulting firms and the banking and finance sector.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Years one and two will consist of core courses relating to the day-to-day operation of business – strategy, marketing, accounting and finance – but this will be underpinned by fundamental courses in foundational mathematics, quantitative methods, systems design and analysis and behavioural science. These fundamental courses will be taken alongside students from across UCL Engineering and will bring an interdisciplinary edge to your studies, helping you to look at problems from multiple viewpoints and to tackle challenges from a wider engineering perspective.

In your third year you will continue with advanced courses and may also choose a particular area (for example business analysis, entrepreneurship, financial engineering) in which to specialise, according to your interests and the potential career direction you wish to take. You will also undertake a dissertation.

Year One

Compulsory courses

Students will take courses covering the following topics:

The Art of Science and Management
Critical Analytical Thinking
Mathematical Foundations of Management I
Mathematical Foundations of Management II
Business Economics I
Business Economics II
Data Analytics I
Behavioural Science

Optional courses

All first year courses are compulsory.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Students will take courses covering the following topics:

Operations Management
Finance I
Mathematical Foundations of Management III
Data Analytics II
Computational Thinking

Optional courses

Engineering Sciences Minor I

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Students will take courses covering the following topics:

Decision and Risk Analysis
Delivering Results Through People
Finance II
Dissertation I
Dissertation II

Optional courses

Engineering Sciences Minor II
Engineering Sciences Minor III

Your learning

Teaching and learning is conducted through lectures, seminars, case studies and practicals; and there is a substantial and ever-developing virtual learning environment in which you will be expected to participate fully. Extensive background reading and literature research are required throughout the programme. You will attend special sessions, guest lectures, and regular tutorials.


Courses are examined through a combination of assessed coursework and written examinations. Examinations take place at the end of each academic year.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Management Science BSc.


The Management Science degree programmes aim to provide students with a robust set of deep quantitative and problem-solving skills which will be applicable throughout their life and careers.

Graduates are expected to find positions in high-growth, technology-driven, innovation-intensive organisations such as technology firms, consulting firms and the banking and finance sector.


As the first cohort of students on the Management Science programmes are not due to graduate until 2017, no information is currently available about their career destinations.

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Fees and funding


UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas fee
£22,380 (2016/17)


Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance


The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

Application and next steps

Your application

Your application will be interesting to us if you can demonstrate critical thinking skills and an ability to reason and argue, as well as the strong quantitative skills that are required for this programme. We are also looking for a genuine interest in and motivation for studying topics such as business, innovation, entrepreneurship and technology.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2016


Selection is made based on the information provided on your UCAS application and personal statement. There were 16 applications per place for this programme for entry in 2014 and 2015. The total intake for the Management Science BSc and MSci programmes for 2016 entry is 70.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students