UCL Graduate degrees


Global MBA

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.

Key information

Programme starts

April 2021

Modes and duration

Flexible: up to 5 years
Distance learning: available

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.

Application dates

April 2021 entry
Close: 12 February 2021
July 2021 entry
Close: 12 May 2021
October 2021 entry
Close: 30 July 2021
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

See Fees Note (FT)
See Fees Note (FT)

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.

Accreditation: This programme is currently seeking AACSB accreditation.
Location: Distance learning programme

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.

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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

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.

Compulsory modules

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

Elective modules

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
Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.

Capstone Project

You will also complete either an individual or group Capstone project (worth 30 credits).

Covid-19 field trip updates
Due to COVID-19 updates, there may need to be changes to planned field trips for this programme. This will depend on travel restrictions, social distancing measures, and the availability of the relevant venues. Your department will keep you updated if field trips are able to occur and/or any alternative options available.

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).

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

Additional costs

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.

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. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Brown Family Bursary

This scheme is now closed for 2020/21
£15,000 (1 year)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

Fulbright – UCL Entrepreneurship Award

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.

Application deadlines

April 2021 entry
12 February 2021
July 2021 entry
12 May 2021
October 2021 entry
30 July 2021

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

For more information see our Applications page.

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