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.

Key information

Programme starts

October 2021, January 2022

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

October 2021 entry
Close: 6 August 2021
January 2022 entry
Close: 5 November 2021
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

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 students starting in the 2020/21 academic year are £42,500 for the entirety of the programme, or £3,035 per 15-credit module and £6,070 for the final 30-credit 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

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.

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.

Please note that you are viewing information approved for 2020/21 academic year.

  • 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.

  • 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 Leadership

The elective modules listed are subject to change each year and are indicative only. Elective modules can change for a variety of reasons including but not limited to updated learning outcomes, lack of demand and resourcing. For questions about elective modules, please contact us at: admissions@onlinelearning.ucl.ac.uk

Capstone Project

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).

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 your 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 accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £160.

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

October 2021 entry
6 August 2021
January 2022 entry
5 November 2021

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

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

  • why you want to study Global at graduate level
  • why you want to study Global 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 statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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