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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

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: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

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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: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. 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

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.

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 broad understanding of management and business through modules in accounting and finance, strategy, organisational behaviour and leadership, decision-making and analytics, marketing, and operations. Students will also develop an understanding of the challenges and opportunities for companies in China. Students can further their understanding of entrepreneurship, technology, design thinking, finance, marketing, and human resources through specialised modules.

Students undertake modules to the value of 210 credits.

The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), 45 credits worth of optional modules, 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:

  • MSIN0115 Accounting and Finance
  • MSIN0116 Decision-Making and Analytics
  • MSIN0117 Economics and Business in China
  • MSIN0152 Marketing
  • MSIN0119 Organisational Behaviour and Leadership
  • MSIN0120 Operations
  • MSIN0121 Strategy

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

Optional modules

Students choose 45 credits of optional modules drawn from the following:

  • MSIN0125 Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe
  • MSIN0216 Digital Marketing
  • MSIN0214 Consumer Behaviour
  • MSIN0219 Influence and Negotiations
  • MSIN0220 Managing across Cultures
  • MSIN0217 Entrepreneurship
  • MSIN0218 Global Entrepreneurial Systems
  • MSIN0173 Emerging Business Technologies
  • MSIN0174 International Business Finance
  • MSIN0176 Management of Non-Profit Organisations
  • MSIN0177 Statistics and Analytics for Business
  • MSIN0178 Strategic Human Resource Management
  • MSIN0215 Design Thinking for Strategy

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

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 contact us at: mgmt-mba@ucl.ac.uk. 

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.

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 accessable.co.uk. 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.

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 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.

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. If places are not filled we will consider applications for the later submission window of 30 June 2021, however places are limited therefore we advise you to apply as early as possible.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: 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
31 May 2021

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 the Ministry of Education.

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