Global 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 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. The teaching is classroom focused delivered online, allowing our students to continue to operate as global executives while expanding their skills.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
The MBA Global is an online programme. Total fees for students starting in the 2023-24 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 (2023/24)
The MBA Global is an online programme. Total fees for students starting in the 2023-24 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 2023
October 2023
Applications accepted
April 2023 entry: 17 Oct 2022 – 03 Feb 2023

Applications open

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. 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

The programme structure stresses the application use of data, technology and information to address critical issues, guide business choices and navigate uncertain situations in a global context. We have two through lines that are woven into the entirety of the coursework, the ability to make effective use of data and the ability to extend information using forecasting approaches to enable our students to be proactive business leaders.

Throughout the programme, students develop a strong foundational understanding of business functions, processes and practices, as well as the ability to extend that base with specialised knowledge in areas such as Entrepreneurship, Innovation Leadership and Business Analytics.

Who this course is for

The UCL MBA invites applications from ambitious and talented professionals from a variety of backgrounds 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 within their organisation.

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 that can be delivered 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 analytics to reimagine business paradigms and solve complex challenges.

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 UCL community.

Immersion experiences allow you to further enhance the relationships you've established via the online degree. Located in Canary Wharf, the UCL School of Management campus also offers you direct access to London's bustling financial district.

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.

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.


As a means to augment students’ own career efforts, the UCL MBA staff is fully invested in assisting students with their career growth and success. Our career services team is built around an executive coaching model. This is being led by our Immersion Coordinator and can be scheduled through the Student Success Advisor. Students are encouraged to engage with our career coaches to examine their goals and the means by which they may be achieved.


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 MBA will be delivered through distance learning via an online campus and classroom. Class sessions are scheduled at a set day/time each week during the term to allow students to come together with seminar leaders for interactive live class sessions, from wherever they are in the world with an internet connection. 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.

The 210-credit UCL MBA programme has been designed to give students flexibility and can be completed in as little as 24 months or as many as 60 months, depending on students' personal and professional schedules.

The programme consists of eight core modules which are compulsory, as well as four elective modules. Students will then complete their two-term Capstone project.

During each 10-week term, working students are suggested to 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 undertake modules to the value of 210 credits.

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

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

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 as a way to personalise your specialisation with 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

Managerial Finance

Issues in Corporate Reporting

Corporate Strategy and M&A

Negotiations and Leadership Decision Making

Leading Global Teams

Engaging Digital Customers: Advanced Marketing

New Product Development

Entrepreneurial Strategy

New Venture Creation

Decision and Risk Analysis

Corporate Sustainability and Competitive Advantage

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.


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.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £42,500
Tuition fees (2023/24) £42,500

The MBA Global is an online programme. Total fees for students starting in the 2023-24 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.

You will also be expected to purchase your own textbooks for some modules.

Students may have the opportunity to travel to attend non-credit bearing activities with the UCL MBA programme, including Orientations and Immersion events. As these are student optional events, students choosing to participate will be asked to cover their travel to the event site and personal expenses during the event. UCL School of Management will assist or cover some of the costs of these events which may include subsidising accommodation costs fees, some group meals, group transportation and social events. Depending on the content covered, some Immersions may require additional fees of up to £500 on average (fees may vary depending on country of origin and prevailing exchange rates). 

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.

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.

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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