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Course content

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.

Degree information

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).

Core modules
-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)

Optional modules
-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.


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
-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.

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.

Visit the Higher Education Management - MBA page on the University College London website for more details!






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