Business Administration MBA

Peking University, Beijing, China; London (Canary Wharf) for optional module

The UCL-Peking University MBA, offered in Beijing, China and awarding a UCL qualification, brings together two world-leading universities at the heart of one of the world's largest and most dynamic economies. The MBA will build on students' professional experience and provide an advanced understanding of organisations, their management, and the changing global context in which they operate.

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16 months
28 months
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 30 Jun 2022

Applications closed

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required followed by at least three year's full-time work experience. A GMAT or GRE, or equivalent standardised test set by UCL and the NSD is also required; a minimum GMAT score of 600 is recommended.

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

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. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

Students will develop a broad understanding of management and business through modules in accounting and finance, economics, strategy, organisational behaviour and leadership, decision-making and analytics, marketing, and operations.

Students will also develop an understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities for companies doing business in China. Students can further their understanding of entrepreneurship, technology, analytics, design thinking, finance, marketing, and human resources through specialised modules.

UCL School of Management is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), one of the world’s leading authorities on postgraduate business education, demonstrating its continuing commitment to excellence in management education and placing it in the top 2% of Business Schools globally.

Who this course is for

The MBA invites applications from ambitious and talented professionals from a variety of backgrounds who are keen to advance further in their careers or start new careers.

The MBA also invites applications from professionals of all backgrounds with wish to engage with China’s innovation and technology industries.

The MBA seeks those who want to find new ways to create and capture value, whether as managers within a company or leaders within their own businesses.

What this course will give you

Management practices are evolving, and the UCL School of Management will help you develop the skills necessary to become an entrepreneurial leader in an increasingly complex and interconnected world.

The Peking University National School of Development, which hosts China's foremost public policy experts, will give you a high-level view of managing companies in changing national and international policy contexts.

The MBA is taught at the Beijing International MBA (BiMBA) Business School of the National School of Development on the Peking University campus in Beijing, China and offers one optional module taught at the UCL Canary Wharf campus in London over three weeks in the summer.

The foundation of your career

Graduates of the MBA will have the business and management training to create impact by making an early and substantial individual contribution to their companies. Additional training in leadership, organisational behaviour, cross-cultural management and negotiation will enable graduates to add more value through effectively leading and managing others.

BiMBA Business School at the Peking University National School of Development offers you extensive career and professional development services to enhance your interpersonal skills and your employability in the Chinese job market.


Graduates of the MBA are likely to find employment as managers and leaders in global companies across all industries in China and around the world.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, and project work. Assessment is through open-book and unseen written tests and examinations, individual and group coursework including presentations, reports, and essays, class participation, and a substantial business research project.

For a full overview of the programme structure please visit the UCL School of Management website.


The MBA programme is 210 credits, including seven core modules (105 credits), 45 credits of optional modules, and a business research project (60 credits).

Core modules
The MBA programme includes core modules in accounting and finance, strategy, and organisational behaviour and leadership. Other core modules, which include decision-making and analytics, marketing, and operations, explore how technology, data, and analytics are transforming these key areas of business. Additionally, a core module in economics and business in China will give key insights into managing and leading companies in China.

Optional modules
The MBA programme also includes 45 credits of optional modules. The optional modules allow you to extend your knowledge and skills in specialist areas introduced in the compulsory modules. Unless otherwise noted, all optional modules are 7.5 credits.

*The 15-credit, optional module Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe is taught at the UCL Canary Wharf campus in London over three weeks in the summer.

Business Research Project
All students undertake a business research project that culminates in a business report or a business plan of a maximum of 12,000 words (60 credits). The research project should investigate a management or business issue and can be undertaken with a company.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Students undertake modules to the value of 210 credits. Upon successful completion of 210 credits, you will be awarded an MBA in Business Administration.


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

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Fee description Full-time Part-time
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The fees for this programme are set in Chinese Yuan (RMB 368,000) and payable to the Beijing International MBA at the Peking University National School of Development.

Additional costs

Students wishing to complete the optional module on entrepreneurship and innovation, which is offered over three weeks in London, will be required to incur additional travel and maintenance costs, including airfare, visas, accommodation, etc. Some travel costs will be reimbursed.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

Information on additional funding and scholarships can be found in the UCL-Peking University MBA section of the BiMBA Business School website, which is hosted by the Peking University National School of Development.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Brown Family Bursary

Now Closed for 2022/23
Value: £15,000 (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: UK

Next steps

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. For further information regarding the application process please visit the BiMBA website.

When we assess your application, we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study for an MBA in China
  • why you want to study for an MBA with UCL and Peking University 
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
  • how you will contribute to the academic and student life of the MBA

Together with the essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to demonstrate whether your reasons for applying to the MBA match what the MBA will deliver.

We seek students with an international perspective, a specific interest in China, and a desire to engage the technology and innovation that are transforming management and business.

Please refer to the UCL-Peking University MBA section of the BiMBA Business School website, which is hosted by the Peking University National School of Development, for more information on the application process. Applications should only be made through BiMBA Business School.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students. Peking University is regulated by the Ministry of Education.