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 (2022/23)
The MBA Global is an online programme. Total fees for students starting in the 2022-23 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 (2022/23)
The MBA Global is an online programme. Total fees for students starting in the 2022-23 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
October 2022
April 2023
Applications accepted
October 2022 entry: 18 Oct 2021 – 05 Aug 2022

Applications closed

April 2023 entry: 18 Oct 2021 – 03 Feb 2023

Applications open


Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

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.

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

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 Management and Business Analytics.

UCL School of Management is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), one of the world’s leading authorities on postgraduate business education, demonstrating its continuing commitment to excellence in management education and placing it in the top 2% of Business Schools globally.

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 is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

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 of 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.

This programme has been designed to give students flexibility. Students have the flexibility to take the programme in as few as two years and as many as five years.

For a full overview of the programme structure please visit the UCL MBA 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

Leading Organisations

Critical Leadership Decisions

Business Economics

Business Strategy

Operations Management

Marketing Science & Strategy

Accounting and Finance for Managers

Optional modules

Leading Global Teams

Managerial Finance

Issues in Corporate Reporting

New Venture Creation

Engaging Digital Customers: Advanced Marketing

Capstone Project Version A (Organisation Forecast: Individual)

Corporate Strategy and M&A

Negotiations and Leadership Decision Making

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

Corporate Sustainability and Competitive Advantage

Entrepreneurial Strategy

Risk Analytics

New Product Development

Entrepreneurial Finance

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.

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


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Graduate Open Events: Applying for Graduate Study at UCL

The Applying to UCL for graduate study session took place in December 2021. The session, covered by our Graduate Admissions and Student Recruitment teams, provides helpful information about the process of applying for graduate study, as well as offering an insight into what we consider to be a competitive application.

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Graduate Open Events: Funding your studies

The Funding your studies session took place in December 2021. The session, covered by our Funding and Student Recruitment teams, provides information and guidance about the various scholarships and funding opportunities for graduate study at UCL.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £42,500
Tuition fees (2022/23) £42,500

The MBA Global is an online programme. Total fees for students starting in the 2022-23 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.

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 your own textbooks for some modules.

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 in any application cycle.

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