Management MSc

London, Canary Wharf

The Management MSc at UCL is a highly competitive international programme. It provides students with a solid understanding of practical managerial issues coupled with a strong foundation in current theoretical debates. It consists of two pathways: Finance (for students with relevant background in finance and accounting) and Corporate.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
1 calendar year
Programme starts
September 2024
Applications accepted
Applicants who require a visa: 01 Nov 2023 – 28 Jun 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Applicants who do not require a visa: 01 Nov 2023 – 30 Aug 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in any subject.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2
Please note that when applicable, students must meet Level 2 English in one single test.

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.

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

As a student on this programme, you will develop knowledge and understanding of diverse organisations and their management in the context of complexity and change. You will be able to demonstrate a critical appreciation of relevant theory and how it can be applied in practice to manage people, organisations and their external environments. You will learn about the use of analytical methods and techniques for scanning, selecting and analysing business and management information in a systematic way. 

The programme aims to encourage personal and professional development for lifelong learning through a learn-how-to-learn approach to the taught modules and research training.

The programme is taught at our Canary Wharf campus, on Level 50 and Level 38 of One Canada Square, placing students in the heart of Canary Wharf, London’s global business and financial hub. Students will also have full access to the Bloomsbury campus, a district famous for its cultural and educational institutions.

Who this course is for

The Management MSc programme looks for ambitious and talented students from a wide variety of educational backgrounds, with a 'can-do' attitude who aim high, think critically and are encouraged by challenges. Students must be prepared to grow their analytical capabilities, lead and work in teams, and contribute to building a strong community of knowledge-holders.

What this course will give you

The Management MSc programme is designed to equip ambitious students with the knowledge and capabilities to work for leading organisations around the world. The programme develops management and leadership skills with a strong international focus, building professional excellence and confidence.

The faculty delivering the Management MSc programme provide an outstanding learning experience in which students are exposed to cutting-edge research and industry knowledge. Students are prepared to assume strategic and decision-making positions, having the analytical tools to understand complex problems in dynamic and uncertain environments.

Management MSc students learn how to build a strong global professional network, benefiting from a dedicated careers service and networking opportunities with alumni and industry professionals. The programme leverages the advantages of being delivered in one of the most cosmopolitan, diverse and well-connected cities at the heart of London’s Global University.

The foundation of your career

Students benefit from career training as soon as they arrive at UCL and throughout the duration of their studies - from job application and CV preparation to techniques for interview and presentations. This, together with rigorous academic training, better prepares students to find jobs in top international companies, consultancies and banks around the world.

Graduates have secured jobs in a variety of leading companies, including PwC, Deloitte, HSBC, UBS, Bloomberg, Unilever and Google (UCL Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-2021).


The programme is designed to enhance career prospects through the advanced study of business and management topics in organisations. It aims to educate graduates to make an early and substantial contribution to their future employer in broad areas, from management of operations and finance, to marketing and strategy.

Students will be prepared to assume key managerial and leadership roles in their fields, enabling them to apply independent and critical analysis to a variety of management disciplines and develop their own research in the domains of business and management studies. 


The programme offers a variety of networking opportunities, including careers training with employers and alumni events. In addition, students will both study and attend events alongside students from other postgraduate programmes at the UCL School of Management's Canary Wharf location, enabling connections within peer groups.

Optional study trips and masterclasses will further develop students' networks outside of the programme, and there are also opportunities to attend summer schools for selected students.


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. For more information, please visit the AMBA website:

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, and class discussions based on case studies and other activities.

Students typically study 5 compulsory modules in Term 1 and up to 5 modules in Term 2, of which 1 is selected from the optional module list. Students on the Finance pathway may study their optional module in Term 2 or Term 3. Students on the Corporate pathway study their optional module in Term 2. In Term 3 all students undertake a Business Research module.

Student performance is assessed through simulations, presentations, coursework, group projects, class participation, and examinations.

Each taught module is delivered over 10 weeks, with 3 contact hours per week comprising lecture content and interactive components. Some optional modules in Term 3 are delivered intensively with 10 x 3-hour sessions over a period of 1 to 5 weeks. The Business Research module requires students to watch videos, in addition to lectures, exercises and workshops in classes.

In addition, students spend approximately 10 hours a week for each module on assessment and independent study to further develop the skills and knowledge covered in lectures and seminars.

The total number of weekly hours will vary according to the weekly activities being undertaken.

For a full overview of the programme structure please visit the UCL School of Management website.


We offer two pathways: Corporate or Finance. We expect all applicants to state their preferred pathway in their personal statement. The final decision on pathway allocation, made by the Programme Director, will take into consideration the student's preference and educational background. Please also note that the available optional modules will depend on the allocated pathway, with students having the option to freely choose only one module. 

Finance Pathway
For graduates of business and management or other disciplines (with a strong background in accounting and finance) who want to pursue a career in finance.

Corporate Pathway
For graduates who may or may not have not previously studied business and management, particularly those who have not studied Finance and Accounting in-depth, who want to pursue a career in general management in any sector.

For each pathway, students study 135 credits of compulsory taught modules, 15 credits of optional modules, a 30-credit Business Research module and a Careers module.

Business Research project
All students have an opportunity to investigate a business issue through original research or design of a business plan. The Business Research module has lectures and in-class activities on research design and methodology and on business plans. Students are then expected to develop an independent project (either business research or a business plan). Students also have an introduction to consultancy projects and can write their original research based on a consultancy project.

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 180 credits which includes ten 15-credit taught modules (9 core and one optional), one careers module, and a substantive 30-credit Business Research project. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Management.


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Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: Management MSc

Join UCL School of Management's virtual open day to learn more about the MSc Management programme. You will hear from the Programme Director, Dr Magda Hercheui, the programme team and current/former students about what it is like to study with us. You will also have the opportunity to ask the questions that are important to you.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £38,300
Tuition fees (2024/25) £38,300

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website:

Additional costs

All full-time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £2,000 for this programme.

This programme may include opportunities for students to undertake optional international study trips and summer school programmes. The costs of such trips are usually covered by students although some elements may be subsidised depending on the destination, organisational and support responsibilities. On average, costs would be around £1,500 to £2,250 depending on the trip location, personal flight preferences and spending habits as well as the prevailing exchange rates.

Further details will be provided to those selected to participate in international study trips and summer school programmes.

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

UCL East Scholarship

The scholarship works to support the ambitions of east Londoners by funding the fees and living costs of eligible Master's programmes including this MSc at UCL. Further details at:

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

UCL East London Scholarship

Deadline: 20 June 2024
Value: Tuition fees plus £15,700 stipend ()
Criteria Based on financial need
Eligibility: UK

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. Please note that applications for MSc Management are assessed in four stages, with many applications being held for regular review against other applicants. Further information may be found on the departments programme page at MSc Management Applications

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £160 for both online and paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

We are looking for applicants who have clear career plans and give evidence of having taken steps to pursue them. You should also be able to demonstrate an understanding of how the programme will contribute to your career goals including the industry or function you are interested in. Additionally, we look for evidence of excellent written and oral communication skills, and high analytical skills.

If an applicant would like any directly relevant work experience or short academic courses (outside of any formal degree qualification) to be taken into consideration as part of their application, they must provide verifiable evidence for each in the form of a confirmation letter from the provider as part of their initial application. This confirmation must be provided on business/institution letterhead, listing the name and email address of a supervisor who oversaw the placement.

A maximum of five confirmation letters per application will be considered and any placements/courses must have been undertaken no more than two years before the programme start date. If such letters are not provided or we are unable to verify the placements/courses, these will not be taken into consideration as part of the application or for the purpose of pathway allocation.

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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Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2024-2025

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