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, global and online, 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.
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.
Modes and duration
The MBA will be delivered over four terms (approx. 10 weeks long) each year. You will be able to register for 1-3 modules in a given term.
Tuition fees (2020/21)
Note on fees: Tuition fees for the programme are charged based on the number of modules taken each term. Students will complete 12 modules (15 credits each) and a Capstone project (30 credits). Total fees for 2019/20 are £55,000 for the entirety of the programme, or £3,928 (per module) and £7,856 (for the Capstone project). Please note that the fees quoted here do not include costs related to books or immersion expenses.
Fee deposit: All students are required to pay a fee deposit of £1,000 for this programme.
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.
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: Advanced
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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
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.
Throughout the programme, students develop a strong foundational understanding of business functions, processes and practices, as well as specialised knowledge in three focal areas, preparing graduates to succeed in multifaceted, technology-intensive ecosystems.
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 MBA in Global.
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.
You are required to take the following eight compulsory modules.
- The Data Analytics Advantage
- Leading Organisations
- Critical Leadership Decisions
- Business Strategy
- Marketing Science and Strategy
- Operations Management
- Business Economics
- Accounting and Finance for Managers
To build on concepts covered in the core modules and develop targeted expertise, you will complete four elective modules.
You may satisfy this requirement by completing four of the following advanced core modules, or by completing one of the advanced core modules and one of our three focal tracks.
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
- Managerial Finance
- Negotiations and Leadership Decision Making
- Issues in Corporate Reporting
- Leading Global Teams
- Corporate Strategy and M&A
- Engaging Digital Customers: Advanced Marketing
- Focal Track 1: Business Analytics
- Focal Track 2: Entrepreneurship
- Focal Track 3: Innovation Management
- Further information about these modules is available on the department website.
You will also complete either an individual or group Capstone project (worth 30 credits).
Teaching and learning
The MBA will be delivered through distance learning via an online campus and classroom technology facilitated by our delivery partner – 2U. Assessment methods will include case analysis, quantitative problem sets, reflective self-analysis, essays, reflection papers, quizzes, classroom exercises, business plans, presentations, simulation results, critical analysis reports, and tests (timed and untimed).
If you wish to participate in the residential sessions, you will be responsible for your own travel and local accommodation costs. You will also be expected to purchase their own textbooks for modules.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- This scheme is now closed for 2020/21
- £15,000 (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- 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 UCL MBA, global and online, will receive quantitative and analytical training to make a substantial individual contribution to their employers.
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.
Why study this degree at UCL?
Inspired by UCL’s long history of progressive values, disruptive research and an inclusive approach to education, the MBA programme shapes data-driven leaders who harness diverse sources of information and analytics 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. Small class sizes and interactive features, including breakout rooms, 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.
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 £150. This fee will be waived for all applications submitted on or before Friday, 21 June 2019.
Who can apply?
The UCL MBA, global and online, invites applications from ambitious and talented professionals from a variety of backgrounds who are keen to advance further in their careers. Typically, candidates will be high performing mid-career professionals who are looking to develop their skillset to lead change during uncertainty and take the next leadership step within their organisation.
- October 2020 entry
- 31 July 2020
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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