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UCL MBA Health admissions

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

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The UCL MBA Health is our flagship programme and is highly competitive. When reviewing UCL MBA Health applications, we will assess your eligibility for the programme based on a combination of your academic credentials, work experience, personal statement, admissions interview and references.

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 leadership credentials in the healthcare management sector whilst making a positive change to global healthcare outputs, we look forward to hearing from you.

We welcome applications from members of the NHS, however, you do not have to already be in the health sector to apply. 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:

A UK minimum of an upper second-class (2.1) degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Graduates without the relevant degree classification 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 1.

Level 1 is equivalent to IELTS at level 6.5 or above, with no area less than 6.0 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:

We would prefer you to have at least three years’ postgraduate professional experience but candidates who submit a strong application but have fewer years of work experience are still eligible to apply. We encourage those working in the NHS to apply.

Testing:

We require a well-balanced GMAT score or a valid GRE Score which we consider to be 550 and above.

Find out more about the GMAT scores and assessment process.

GMAT waiver

We will consider a waiver of the GMAT score. To be considered for a waiver, you need to demonstrate exceptional academic performance and evidence of strong quantitative skills.

To request a waiver, provide both:

  • A copy of your academic transcripts detailing modules taken and grades achieved
  • CV

Requests should be sent to mbaadmissionsgbsh@ucl.ac.uk before you submit your MBA application and we will review on a case by case basis.
If you do not qualify for a waiver, you are required to submit a valid GMAT or GRE score as part of your application. 

Interview:

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 an UCL MBA Health 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.

References:

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 MBA Health will be £45,000 for both UK and overseas students for the academic year 2022/23. Please note that there will be an additional cost of flight, hotel/student accommodations and visa for the Global Health Challenge field trip which is a required component of this programme involving a two-week stay in an overseas location. The programme will cover ground transportation, meals and other programme related costs.

The tuition fees shown are for the academic year 2022/23 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.


Application process

Once we have received all the requested application material including your GMAT or GRE scores and references from both of your nominated referees we will check to ensure that you meet the minimum academic requirements for the programme. We are unable to progress applicants to stage 2 (final stage) which is the interview unless you have submitted all the required documents for review.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications.

Further information about the application processing fee can be found here.

Read our Applications page for more information.


GMAT or GRE requirement

Students are required to submit a GMAT or GRE score. The code for UCL is 3344.  It is recommended that students take this exam as soon as possible as it forms part of the first decision stage for applicants prior to getting an interview. There is no specific score required.

Find out more about the GMAT here.

Useful information to help you take the GMAT exam.

Register to take the GMAT exam


Interviews

Students who progress to the final stage of the admissions process will have a 30-minute interview as part of the application process. The interview is designed to ensure that the student understands the programme and motivation for pursuing a UCL MBA Health. The interview forms the final stage of the application process so students must have all other material submitted.


Frequently asked questions

If you have any questions about the admissions process please access our admissions FAQs below.

Admissions FAQs

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