UCL Graduate degrees


Business Administration MBA

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 qualitative and quantitative understanding of organisations, their management, and the changing global context in which they operate.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 16 months
Part time: 28 months

Part-time students will usually attend during weekends on both Saturdays and Sundays.

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 11 August 2020
Due to the large number of applications received, this programme is no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open later in the year.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

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Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. 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 website. The fees for this programme are set in Chinese Yuan and payable to the Beijing International MBA at the Peking University National School of Development.

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

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.

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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

International students

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.

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About this degree

Students will develop a knowledge and understanding of management and business through modules in accounting and finance, strategy, organisational behaviour and leadership, decision-making and analytics, marketing, and operations. Several modules also explore how business is impacted by technology and another module explores specific challenges and opportunities for companies in China. Optional modules focus on finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, and human resources.

Students undertake modules to the value of 210 credits.

The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), three optional modules (45 credits), and a business research project (60 credits).

Upon successful completion of 210 credits, you will be awarded a MBA in Business Administration.

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.

Compulsory modules

The following seven core modules are required:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Decision-making and Analytics
  • Economics and Business in China
  • Marketing
  • Organisational Behaviour and Leadership
  • Operations
  • Strategy

Each core module is taught in two complementary parts that both relate to the overarching module theme.

Optional modules

The optional modules listed are subject to change each year and are indicative only. Optional modules can change for a variety of reasons including but not limited to updated learning outcomes, lack of demand and resourcing. For questions about optional modules, please reach out to us at: mgmt-mba@ucl.ac.uk.

Students choose 60 credits of optional modules drawn from the following:

  • Contemporary Issues in International Finance
  • Consumer Behaviour and Digital Marketing
  • Cross-cultural Management and Negotiation
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe
  • Chinese Entrepreneurship and the Global Context

Each optional module is taught in two complementary parts, both relating to the overarching module theme.

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

Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.

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.

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 the business research project.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

Additional costs

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


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


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.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Brown Family Bursary

This scheme is now closed for 2020/21
£15,000 (1 year)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

Fulbright – UCL Entrepreneurship Award

Now closed for 2020/21
Tuition fees plus stipend (1 year)
Based on academic merit

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


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


Graduates of the MBA will receive quantitative and analytical training to make an early and substantial individual contribution to their employers.  Additional training in organisational behaviour and leadership and 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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The MBA combines the strengths of the UCL School of Management and the Peking University National School of Development.

Management practices are adapting to the ubiquity of technology and the UCL School of Management will help you develop the analytical skills necessary for an innovation-intensive 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.

The MBA also includes one optional module on entrepreneurship taught at the UCL Canary Wharf campus in London over three weeks in the summer.  You will be taught first-hand by entrepreneurs from the UCL community who have helped make London a global centre for innovation and creativity.

Department: UCL School of Management

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

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. MBA applicants with a specific interest in working in China or creating links between China and the UK are especially sought.

Application deadlines

All applicants
11 August 2020

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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

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.

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

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