The Higher Education Management MBA will develop your understanding of the key concepts in the academic literature and in the field of professional practice relevant to higher education management. It will increase your capacity for critical reflection on your own professional practice, drawing on a range of theoretical and practice-based perspectives.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £15,460 (FT) £15,460 (PT)
- £17,710 (FT) £17,710 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. This programme is expected to be completed over two years of part-time study. Fees are charged pro-rata to the full-time Master's fee shown. The fees shown are for 2017/2018, for the full duration of the programme. Fees for entry in subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Please note: this does not include accommodation costs of approximately £800 per person per week-long residential and travel expenses.
A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, together with at least four years of relevant professional experience of management in an HEI setting. It is also possible for applicants with appropriate experience but without a degree to be accepted on the basis of an interview, a qualifying essay and/or a portfolio and reflective statement, depending on their prior qualifications. European or international applicants are expected to have qualifications at an equivalent level.
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: Good
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
This programme will give you insights into new areas of management, enabling you to effect a change of career orientation and to become part of a senior higher education management network.
All students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (90 credits) and either two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits), or four optional modules (60 credits) and a report (30 credits).
- Higher Education Institutions as Organisations: Their Strategic Management
- The Management of Teaching and Research in Higher Education
- The Management of Financial Resources in Higher Education (Part 1)
- The Management of Financial Resources in Higher Education (Part 2)
- An Independent Study in Higher Education Management
- Institutional Governance in Higher Education
- Internationalisation in Higher Education
- Managing the Physical University: Space and Place in Higher Education
- Managing People in Higher Education Institutions
- Managing Knowledge Exchange and Engagement in Higher Education
- Managing the Student Experience
- Marketing in Higher Education
All students submit either a 20,000-word dissertation on a topic relevant to the programme, or a 10,000-word report on successful completion of a consultancy project in an HEI.
Teaching and learning
Teaching methods include lectures, tutor and student-led seminars and discussions, critical engagement and discussion of relevant literature and syndicate group work. Assessment is by presentations, essays, the successful completion of a consultancy project in an HEI, or a dissertation on a topic relevant to the programme.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
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 this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as university pro vice-chancellors, while others have jobs as heads of university administration. Graduates can also be found working as directors of policy in national higher education organisations.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Head of Administration and Support Services, Oxford Brookes University
- Head of University Research Office, Newcastle University
- Senior Lecturer, Sotheby's Institute of Art
- Vice-President for Strategy and Development, TEB Akademia
- Deputy Director of Student and Academic Services, The University of Northampton
The MBA will give you a holistic and strategic understanding of how universities are managed, linking together the key aspects and enabling you to fill in any gaps in your knowledge and experience.
Just being on the programme offers a signal that you are set for a senior management and leadership role in higher education.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
You can gain a professional Master's while working full-time in higher education.
The intensive, one week per term format allows you to manage your programme to suit your job and other commitments.
This is a specialist MBA that will give you an advantage in your career.
Many participants have gained promotion or been offered new roles whilst still on the programme.
You learn from leading professionals and experts in key aspects of higher education management and leadership.
The contributors to our MBA are among the best in their field, leaders of universities and the top academics on the topics we cover.
Department: Education, Practice & Society
Student / staff numbers
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Education, Practice & Society
78% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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.
Who can apply?
This programme attracts participants from a wide range of roles - academic, management and professional services - working in all types of HEI in the UK and internationally.
- All applicants
- 4 September 2017
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Higher Education Management at graduate level
- why you want to study Higher Education Management at UCL Institute of Education
- 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 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.
- Mr William Locke, Programme Leader