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Higher Education Management (MBA)

Course Description

The Higher Education Management MBA will develop students' understanding of the key concepts in the academic literature and in the field of professional practice relevant to higher education management. It will increase their capacity for critical reflection on their own professional practice, drawing on a range of theoretical and practice-based perspectives.

See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/higher-education-management-mba

Key Information

- Application dates
All applicants:
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 5 September 2016

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: Special. Only the IELTS is accepted. Applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements .

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 http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international .

Degree Information

This programme will give students insights into new areas of management, enabling them 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 either 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)

- Options
An Independent Study in Higher Education Management
Institutional Governance in Higher Education
Internationalisation in Higher Education
The Management of Physical Resources in Higher Education
Managing People in Higher Education Institutions
Managing Third Stream Activities in Higher Education
Managing the Student Experience
Marketing in Higher Education

- Dissertation/report
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 (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships .


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:
- Research Manager, University of Bologna (2011)
- Director of Strategic Planing and Management Information, GMS London (2014)
- Research Impact Manager, Brunel University (2011)
- Director of Marketing and Communications, Queen Mary, University of London (2012)
- Assistant Registrar, University of Oxford (2012)
- Admissions Manager, Royal Holloway, University of London (2013)
- Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick (2014)

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES) plays a leading role in research into higher education. Its aim is to advance and disseminate knowledge of higher education systems, internationalisation and globalisation, institutions and their governance and management, HE staff and students, knowledge production, and learning, teaching and assessment. Founded in 1985, CHES aims to make a significant contribution to the development of research and scholarship on higher education.

The centre undertakes a wide range of consultancy projects, from one day to several months' duration. Major themes CHES has recently worked on include: theoretical and conceptual issues in higher education, national and international policy, higher education operational management, HE in further education institutions, professional identities, the academic profession, and part-time HE.

Application and next steps

- Applications
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 draws participants from a broad spread of interests - administrative/managerial, academic support and academic - in UK and international higher education institutions.

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.

For more information see our Applications page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply .

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

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Entry Requirements

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.

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