Global Business School for Health


UCL MBA Health Frequently Asked Questions

Explore our FAQ's, designed to aid your application process and provide key information about the UCL MBA Health.


What are the academic entry requirements for the MBA Health programme?

We expect applicants to demonstrate a UK minimum of an upper second-class degree (2:1) 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.

Learn more about our admissions requirements

What documents are required to submit my application?

There are several items to include with your application upon submission:
•    A personal statement 
•    Two references 
•    Your updated resume/CV
•    Full academic transcripts
•    Application fee (£160)
•    IELTS (or suitable equivalent) English proficiency score
•    GMAT/GRE exam score
Learn more about our admissions requirements.

How long should my personal statement be?

The personal statement has a limit of 3000 characters, including spaces. Alternatively, you can upload your personal statement as an additional document. In this case, it is advised for the personal statement to be no more than two pages.

Is there an English Language requirement for this programme?

Yes, applicants must have a IELTS score at level 6.5 or above, with no area less than 6.0 in the sub-tests. You can apply to this course without your IELTS, but you will only be able to receive a conditional offer until we receive proof of your IELTS score.

Find out more about the English language tests scores UCL accepts.

Can I apply without submitting IELTS results?

Yes, you can. Whilst there are English language test requirements for the MBA Health, you can submit your application without the test results. However, without IELTS (or equivalent) results, only a conditional offer will be made until you submit your IELTS results.

Do I need to interview as part of my application?

Yes, at the final stage of the selection process, candidates who meet all other entry requirements and are considered the most competitive will be interviewed to ensure they understand the demands of the programme and are a good fit for this MBA.

Learn more about our admissions requirements.

When do applications open?

The application period opens in autumn for those wishing to join a programme of study in the next academic year. 

Can you tell me more about the application processing fee?

There is currently an application processing fee for this programme of £160 for both online and paper applications.

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

What should I include in my personal statement?

We advise you to include the following in your personal statement:

  • Why you want to study our MBA Health and what your objectives are upon completion of the programme
  • What particularly attracts you to this programme of study (it’s content and the opportunities it offers)
  • How your personal, academic and professional background has prepared and qualified you for the demands of this challenging course
  • Where you would like to go professionally through and after this programme of study

Learn more about our admissions requirements.

Is a GMAT/GRE score required?

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.

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. 

The application deadline has passed, can I still apply? 

It is not possible to submit an application once the application deadline has passed. Applications can be submitted up to 5pm (BST) on the deadline date advertised. If you have missed the deadline you would only be able to submit an application for the next admissions cycle which opens in the Autumn. 

When should I submit my application?

Applications are considered on a rolling basis and, therefore, may close earlier than the advertised deadline. As we expect to receive a large number of high-quality applications, we advise that you apply as early as possible after the date applications open. A programme will be closed as soon as it is full or by the general deadline for applications.

Programme Basics

How much does the MBA Health cost?

The MBA Health costs £45,000 and this is the same for UK and overseas applicants.

Is there funding available to support my studies?

Yes, UCL GBSH has a variety of scholarships available to support your period of study with us and UCL has more general fees and funding support which you may be able to access depending on your circumstances and eligibility. We particularly welcome scholarship applications from members of the NHS.

Read our scholarships and funding page to find out more.

Programme Information

How many credits are in the programme?

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits for this programme. This is comprised of four compulsory modules which combine a number of business management and health themes and two projects, each with a value of 30 credits.

Find out more about the credit breakdown for the MBA Health.

How long does it take to complete the programme? 

The UCL MBA can either be full-time programme ran over 12 months or can part-time over 24 months.

From our research, we feel that the part-time option would work particularly well for those coming from the NHS.

How big are the classes?

Class sizes will vary from year to year but on average we expect around 35 students in your cohort.

How many modules are there for this programme?

There are four compulsory modules and 2 compulsory projects which combine a number of business management and health themes, the Global Health Challenge and the Health Consultants Project.

Find out more about the modules for the MBA Health.

Who are the faculty members? 

Our academic staff are world leading academics and industry experts and leaders in the healthcare management sector. Find out more about them and their fields of interest.

Find out more about our faculty members.