Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2017

Management Science MSci

The world’s leading companies need people who can operate in complex, innovation-intensive, data-driven environments – people who can analyse problems using quantitative tools and qualitative methods, take decisions in the face of uncertainty and risk, and deliver results through people. The Management Science MSci provides a rigorous, practical foundation in these critical skills.

Key information

UCAS code
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2017
Applications per place
8 (2015 entry)*
Total intake
210 (2017 entry)*
* Figures relate to Management subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

Mathematics 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 Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAA, 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

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

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

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 Engineering.
  • The programme places an emphasis on 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.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: UCL School of Management.

  • 70% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.


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Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules 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 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 the Faculty of Engineering Sciences and will bring an interdisciplinary edge to your studies, helping you to look at problems from multiple viewpoints and to tackle challenges using 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.

In your final year you will continue with more advanced courses and specialist courses in your particular area of interest. You will also undertake a group consultancy project.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Compulsory modules

Students will take modules 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 modules

All first year modules are compulsory.

Compulsory modules

Students will take modules covering the following topics:

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

Optional modules

Engineering Sciences Minor I

Compulsory modules

Students will take modules covering the following topics:

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

Optional modules

Engineering Sciences Minor II
Engineering Sciences Minor III

Compulsory modules

Students will take modules covering the following topics:

Global Business
Business Diagnostics and Design
Management Science Concentration I
Management Science Concentration II
Management Science Concentration III
Group Consultancy Project I
Group Consultancy Project II

Optional modules

Students also select a Management Science Concentration. This consists of three integrated modules and provides you with an opportunity to extend your knowledge and skills in a specialist area such as:

Business Analysis
Financial Engineering
Marketing Science
Operations and Project Management
Innovation and Technology Management

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.


Modules 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 MSci.


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 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme only.

UK/EU students
£TBC (2017/18 - see below)
Overseas students
£23,710 (2017/18)

UK/EU undergraduate fees are currently (August 2016) capped at 9,000 and UCL charges fees at the level of that cap. This cap on UK/EU undergraduate fees is currently under review by the UK Government and may be subject to increase for the year commencing 2017 and for each year of study thereafter. Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.

Please see the full details of UCL's fees and possible changes on the UCL Current Students website


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

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 2017


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

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