Undergraduate prospectus 2022


Management Science MSci

The world's leading companies need people who can operate in complex, innovation-intensive, data-driven environments; people who can analyse problems using quantitative tools and qualitative methods, take decisions in the face of uncertainty and risk, and deliver results through people. Taught by the UCL School of Management, the Management Science MSci provides a rigorous, practical foundation in these critical skills.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2022
UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
26 January 2022
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Mathematics required. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

Contextual offer

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A in Mathematics
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

IB Diploma

a score of 18 points in three higher level subjects including grade 6 in Mathematics, with no score lower than 5. The programme will accept either 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' or 'Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.

Contextual offer

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A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects, including grade 6 in Mathematics, with no score lower than 5. The programme will accept either 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' or 'Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Mathematics.

A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher). Mathematics at Advanced Higher required.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAA, including Mathematics.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.

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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • UCL's Management Science MSci programme is unlike any other degree in the UK. It provides exceptional individuals with a high performance, high trust environment that develops both deep technological skills and advanced social and emotional skills.    

  • The UCL School of Management is a different kind of business school. It is focused on technology, innovation, entrepreneurship and analytics, and how they are changing management practice in the world’s best organisations.    

  • The Management Science MSci includes 12 intense Scenario Weeks during which you will work in teams to address complex interdisciplinary management problems.    

  • The Management Science MSci enables you to develop strong quantitative and analytical skills, an in-depth understanding of how companies work, and a rigorous foundation in the key skills needed to build successful careers with global businesses tackling world-scale problems.   

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Core modules in mathematics, critical analytical thinking, data analytics, design, economics, computational thinking and behavioural science provide a solid grounding in the concepts and tools underpinning the practice of management in complex, innovation-intensive, data-driven environments.

In addition, modules including strategy, marketing science, finance, operations management, and decision science provide an in-depth understanding of how companies work and build the insight and skills needed to deliver results through people.    

During the programme you will take part in twelve Scenario Weeks designed to develop your problem solving and consulting skills. During a Scenario Week you are given a real interdisciplinary management problem that you work on in teams. Your objective is to develop a practical solution using whatever knowledge and tools you need. The Scenario Weeks will be challenging. But so is business.

You will benefit from being part of UCL Engineering and take an Engineering Sciences minor in years two and three.

In your final year you will take additional advanced modules and have the opportunity extend your knowledge and skills in a specialist area such as strategy and entrepreneurship, organisations and innovation, operations and technology, marketing and analytics, business analytics or finance. You will also undertake a group consultancy project.   

Upon successful completion of 480 credits, you will be awarded a MSci (Hons) in Management Science.


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 module(s)

  • Behavioural Science
  • Business Economics I
  • Business Economics II
  • Critical Analytical Thinking
  • Data Analytics I (Statistics and Data Mining)
  • Mathematical Foundations of Management I (Calculus and Dynamic Modelling)
  • Mathematical Foundations of Management II (Linear Algebra)
  • The Art of Science and Management

Optional modules

All first year modules are compulsory.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Computational Thinking
  • Data Analytics II (Machine Learning and Forecasting)
  • Design
  • Finance I (Financial Analysis)
  • Mathematics III (Probability Theory)
  • Product, Technology and Operations Management
  • Strategy by Design

Optional modules

Engineering Sciences Minor I

Compulsory module(s)

  • Decision Science
  • Delivering Results Through People
  • Finance II (Investment Management)
  • Management Science Dissertation I
  • Management Science Dissertation II
  • Marketing Science

Optional modules

Engineering Sciences Minor II
Engineering Sciences Minor III

Compulsory module(s)

  • Group Consultancy Project I
  • Group Consultancy Project II
  • International Strategy
  • Leadership and Communication
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Technology and Digital Strategy

Optional modules

Management Science Concentration I
Management Science Concentration II

You will select a Management Science Concentration. This consists of two integrated modules and provides you with an opportunity to extend your knowledge and skills in a specialist area, such as:

  • Business Analytics
  • Finance 
  • Marketing and Analytics
  • Operations and Technology
  • Organisations and Innovation
  • Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Your learning

Teaching and learning is conducted through lectures, seminars, case studies and practicals. There is a substantial and ever-developing virtual learning environment in which you will be expected to participate fully. Extensive background reading and literature research are required throughout the programme. You will attend special sessions, guest lectures, and regular tutorials.


Modules are examined through assessed coursework and written examinations. Examinations take place at the end of each academic year.

Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: Management Science MSci.


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The Management Science MSci helps you develop the deep interdisciplinary skills needed to identify and solve complex management problems. It also helps you develop the practical problem solving and consulting skills that will enable you to create value and deliver results in whatever career you choose.

Graduates from the Management Science programme work at some of the world’s leading companies, including top management consulting firms, global investment banks, and cutting-edge technology companies.

UCL is committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/23 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2022/23 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK students
£9,250 (2022/23)
Overseas students
£32,100 (2022/23)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

This programme does not have any additional costs outside of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying.

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

We are looking for: strong mathematical/quantitative skills; interest in people, what motivates them and how they behave; able to think creatively and present your views coherently; excited by technology, innovation and entrepreneurship; interested in business and in wider societal, cultural and global issues; able to work with other people; prepared to undertake a rigorous and intellectually demanding academic programme.    

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 26 January 2022


Selection will be made based on the information provided in your UCAS application and personal statement. 

Candidates who meet the minimum entrance criteria will be asked to complete an Additional Personal Statement for this programme. This consists of a number of questions designed to help you showcase your skills and how you think. Candidates who are made an offer will be invited to a Management Science Offer Holder Open Day.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.

Page last modified on 13 January 2022