Global Business School for Health


DBA Health Admissions

Find out more about the UCL DBA Health entry requirements, how to apply and the application materials you’ll need, plus fees, funding.

We are looking for applications from ambitious individuals who want to become the next leaders in healthcare. If you are a bold thinking innovator and want to further your research and academic credentials in the healthcare management sector whilst making a positive change to global healthcare outputs, we look forward to hearing from you.

You do not have to already be in the health sector to apply, so if your previous experience is from outside of health, you should use your application to demonstrate a strong desire to pivot into the health sector.

Entry requirements

Academic record:

Master’s or MBA degree (a minimum final grade equivalent to a UK 60%) or other overseas equivalent or graduates without the relevant degree but with extensive relevant work experience are welcome to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.

Language requirement:

There are five levels of English proficiency needed to meet UCL’s English language requirements for graduate study. For this programme, English proficiency must be at Level 2.

Level 2 is equivalent to IELTS at level 7.0 or above, with no area less than 6.5 in the sub-tests.

Please note that although we encourage you to have your English proficiency score ready when you apply, you can submit an application without having completed and acquired your English language exam. If you do this however we are unable to provide you with a firm offer until scores are submitted. UCL does accept scores from other tests instead.

Find out more about the English proficiency tests accepted by UCL Admissions.


Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. 

Find out more about our English language requirements.

Work Experience:

Your CV should demonatrate at least five years of professional experience in an area related to health or healthcare.


Final selection includes an interview. Candidates who meet all other entry requirements as listed and are the most competitive will be interviewed to ensure they understand the demands of the programme and are a good fit for this specialism in health

Personal Statement:

Your personal statement should address the following areas:

  • Why you want to study at graduate level and what your objectives are
  • What particularly attracts you to this programme of study (content and opportunities)
  • How your personal, academic and professional background has prepared and qualified you for the demands of this challenging academic environment
  • Where you would like to go professionally through and after this programme of study

Here is more information about writing your personal statement.


Students will also be required to provide two references.

Find out more about what's expected for your references.

Fees and funding

The full cost of the UCL DBA Health will be £64,500 across the full 5 year period of study for both UK and overseas students starting in the academic year 2023/24. The cost breakdown is as follows:

Fees for students for 23/24 entryUK Overseas
Year 1 (2023/24)£12,100£12,100
Year 2 (2024/25)£12,500£12,500
Year 3 (2025/26)£12,900£12,900
Year 4 (2026/27)£13,300£13,300
Year 5 (2027/28)£13,700£13,700

The tuition fees shown are for the academic year 2023/24 only. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students fees and funding pages.

Find out more about fees and funding at UCL.

There is a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available here at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality. We also have a range of scholarships provided by the GBSH.

Find out more about scholarships provided by the GBSH.

Find out more about more scholarships at UCL more generally.