Global Management MBA

Distance learning programme

In the midst of today’s rapid-fire iteration, innovation and growth, entrepreneurs and business leaders in the 21st century need to do more than simply keep up.

The UCL MBA in Global Management gives high-achieving professionals the skills they need to lead organisations and manage a range of critical functions in a fast-paced, global business landscape.

Our classroom-focused teaching is delivered online, allowing our students to expand their knowledge and skills, whilst continuing to operate as global executives wherever they are in the world.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
An online programme. Total fees for students starting in the 2024-25 academic year are £42,500. Fees are charged based on module selection. For further details about the programme and fees, please visit UCL's Online MBA website.
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
An online programme. Total fees for students starting in the 2024-25 academic year are £42,500. Fees are charged based on module selection. For further details about the programme and fees, please visit UCL's Online MBA website.
Not applicable
2-5 Years
Programme starts
April 2024
September 2024
Applications accepted
April 2024 entry: 16 Oct 2023 – 01 Mar 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

September 2024 entry: 16 Oct 2023 – 28 Jun 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Applicants can select an April 2024 start date for this programme (applications close 1 March 2024) or September 2024 start date (applications close 28 June 2024). For more information go to UCL School of Management: MBA

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or senior executive leadership experience of over two years and more than 7 years total work experience. A minimum of five years full-time work experience after completion of an undergrauate degree and before starting the MBA programme at UCL.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 3

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.

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

The University College London MBA in Global Management is designed to give experienced business professionals the skills, insights and fresh perspectives they need to write their own leadership story.

The programme structure stresses the use of data, technology and information to forecast critical issues, guide business choices and navigate uncertain situations in a global context.

You will cultivate key business capabilities including:

  • Make data-driven decisions to lead diverse, interdisciplinary teams
  • Conduct thorough risk analysis and financial forecasts
  • Understand how to mitigate changes in the market which affect talent recruitment and retention
  • Anticipate future business opportunities and navigate changing conditions.

These skills, combined with the diverse business perspectives of your peers and academics, will help you become an agile, future-focused leader at the forefront of change.

Who this course is for

The UCL MBA in Global Management invites applications from ambitious and talented professionals who are keen to advance further in their careers.

Candidates will be high performing mid to senior career professionals who are looking to develop their skillset to lead change during uncertainty and take the next leadership step either within their organisation or elsewhere.

Applicants to the UCL MBA will be intellectually curious, driven and dedicated to problem-solving in a global business landscape.

The UCL MBA is for busy professionals who are looking for an interactive, data-centric and future-focused curriculum from one of the world's leading universities that can be studied wherever they are in the world.

What this course will give you

The MBA programme shapes data-driven leaders who harness diverse sources of information and analysis to reimagine business paradigms and solve complex challenges.

Collaboration and relationship-building are central features of the programme's online delivery model. Every week, you will attend live classes with fellow students and UCL academics from around the globe, much like you would on campus.

Small class sizes and interactive features ensure that you are able to engage in rich discussion and build lasting connections with other members of the University College London community.

Our in-person immersion experiences, which can be hosted in London or in major cities around the world, allow you to further enhance the relationships you've established through your online classes and workshops..

You will also have access to both the UCL main campus, and the UCL School of Management's home in Canary Wharf, right at the heart of London's world-leading business and finance district.

The foundation of your career

Graduates of the UCL MBA will receive a full foundation of business knowledge designed to enable them to work across business functions and lead organisations.

They will be competent in making data-driven decisions to lead diverse, interdisciplinary teams, conducting thorough risk analysis and financial forecasts, and be able to anticipate future business possibilities and navigate uncertain market conditions.

Throughout the programme, additional skills in topics including organisational behaviour and leadership, effective communications, negotiations, and cultural awareness, enable graduates to add more value through effectively leading and managing others.

These skills also suit individuals who have an idea to start a business of their own, giving them a comprehensive understanding of business practice that will enable them to create effective business structures and processes from day one.


The UCL MBA aims to provide a platform for business leaders to enhance and further their careers, whether that is growing in their existing role and organisation, or exploring opportunities to switch roles and industries.

To assist students with their career planning, the UCL MBA has a fully dedicated careers team ready to assist students with their career growth and success.

Built around an executive coaching model, students are encouraged to examine their short, medium and long-term goals and the means by which they may be achieved, resulting in a comprehensive plan of action to enable the student to develop and achieve their targets.

This dedicated approach, combined with the ability to study while you work, has enabled more than 60% of UCL MBA students to earn promotions in their existing organisations whilst studying the programme, as well as helping students transition to new roles in new industries.


"I've done other Master's programmes and other further education and they have been very impersonal experiences, and purely transactional. That's not the case with UCL - I really feel part of a community here." 
Iain Cooper, UCL MBA Alumnus.

Through our small, live and online classes of no more than 18 students, plus optional in-person immersion weekends, you can spend quality time with your classmates and your academics to build long-lasting connections both inside and outside of the classroom.

Our themed immersion weekends also offer you the opportunity to participate in site visits to engage with leading organisations. Past themes have included topics such as AI, tech, the future of work and sustainable transformation.

You also have access to UCL's global alumni population of more than 350,000 students, with events regularly taking place in all corners of the world.


This programme at the UCL School of Management is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), one of the world’s leading authorities on postgraduate business education. The accreditation demonstrates the high standard of teaching, curriculum design, career development and innovation on the programme. AMBA limits the number of accredited schools to 300 institutions globally and currently accredits 2% of business schools in over 75 countries highlighting the School's continuing commitment to excellence in management education.

Teaching and learning

The UCL MBA is a distance-learning programme delivered through an online campus and live, online classroom.

Live class sessions take place online at a set time each week during the term, allowing students to come together with seminar leaders and their peers for interactive live class sessions, from wherever they are in the world.


Assessment methods will include case analysis, quantitative problem sets, reflective self-analysis, essays, reflection papers, quizzes, classroom exercises, business plans, presentations, simulation results and critical analysis reports.

During each 10-week term, students can take up to two modules. They can expect to complete 90 minutes of synchronous work, and up to 12 hours of self-paced classwork per module, per week.

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


Students studying the UCL MBA in Global Management will undertake modules to the value of 210 credits.

The programme is comprised of eight compulsory modules, four elective modules and a Capstone project. At least two voluntary residential sessions will be offered each year.

Upon successful completion of 210 credits, you will be awarded a Master's of Business Administration in Global Management from UCL.

The eight core modules have been created to give you a comprehensive understanding of the functions that businesses require to operate effectively, and how they all link together to work cohesively. Through this understanding, you will strategically use data to forecast opportunities and drive change within your organisation.

The elective modules are designed to build on concepts covered in the core modules and develop targeted expertise. Some modules extend off the core business modules whereas others extend the curriculum in areas of Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management, Business Analytics, or Technology. You are free to choose any of the offered electives and personalise your MBA.

The Capstone project (worth 30 credits) can be completed either as an individual or in a group. This project will ask you to utilise lessons from your MBA programme to develop an actionable forecast for a focal Market, Industry, Technology, or Company to enable you to take thought leadership in your focal area of choice.

Compulsory modules

The Data Analytics Advantage

Critical Leadership Decisions

Leading Organisations

Business Economics

Business Strategy

Operations Management

Marketing Science & Strategy

Accounting and Finance for Managers

Capstone Project Version A (Organisation Forecast: Individual)

Capstone Project Version B (Industry/Market Forecast: Group)

Optional modules

New Product Development

Entrepreneurial Strategy

New Venture Creation

Decision and Risk Analysis

Corporate Sustainability and Competitive Advantage

Managerial Finance

Issues in Corporate Reporting

Corporate Strategy and M&A

Negotiations and Leadership Decision Making

Leading Global Teams

Engaging Digital Customers: Advanced Marketing

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 are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

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


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £42,500
Tuition fees (2024/25) £42,500

An online programme. Total fees for students starting in the 2024-25 academic year are £42,500. Fees are charged based on module selection. For further details about the programme and fees, please visit UCL's Online MBA website.

Additional costs

All students are required to pay a fee deposit of £1,000 for this programme.

Students will be expected to purchase their own textbooks for some modules.

Students who wish to attend orientations and immersions are responsible for all travel and accommodation fees associated. These costs will vary depending on personal travel and incidental preferences.

Depending on the content covered and activities scheduled, some immersions may require additional fees of up to £500 on average (fees may vary depending on country of origin).

Note: The £1000 tuition fee deposit paid upon acceptance of UCL's offer will be put towards the cost of your first module.

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

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

UCL East London Scholarship

Deadline: 20 June 2024
Value: Tuition fees plus £15,700 stipend ()
Criteria Based on financial need
Eligibility: UK

Next steps

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £150.

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

  • how you envision an MBA will help you in your career journey
  • why you want to study your MBA at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with the essential academic requirements, the personal statements are your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

In addition to your personal statement, you are required to include three essays as part of your application. These should be uploaded as a single document under the ‘additional document’ field entitled ‘Application Essays’ at the end of the online application process. These essays will be considered as part of your application package and provide evidence of your thought processes, motivation and written communication skills. There are 3 required essays and one optional on the following pages. Please upload as a Word or PDF document.

Additionally, you should upload your professional CV or Resume as a separate document to this same location.

  • Essay 1: Tell us what characteristics of the UCL MBA programme are attractive to you and why UCL should admit you.
  • Essay 2: What are your immediate and long-term post-MBA career goals, and how will the UCL MBA help you to achieve your goals?
  • Essay 3: Describe your experiences dealing with uncertainty and data in the workplace. Tell us how you believe uncertainty or data could impact your industry/business sector and your personal role (current or intended post-MBA industry/business sector and role).
  • Optional essay: Do you have unique experiences, skills or goals that are not captured in the rest of the application?

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

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