UCL School of Management

The UCL MBA with Peking University

Overview

Start date: September 2023
Location: Peking University, Beijing, China​
Duration: 16 months full-time, 28 months part-time
Fees: To be confirmed for 2022 entry (fees must be paid in Chinese Yuan)
Application deadline: 30 June 2023
Entry: A good undergraduate degree from a recognised university – a minimum of UK Second Class Honours (2:2) or the international equivalent, as well as a minimum of three years’ full-time working experience after completion of an undergraduate degree and before starting the MBA programme. Students must also have a ‘Level 1’ English language requirement for this programme - further details regarding this can be found on the UCL English Language Requirements page.

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The UCL MBA with Peking University, offered in Beijing, China and awarding a UCL qualification, brings two world-leading universities together at the heart of one of the largest and most dynamic economies in the world.

Students also have the opportunity to complete one optional module in London during the summer months.

The UCL MBA with Peking University combines the unique research and teaching strengths of the UCL School of Management and the Peking University National School of Development.

Management best practices are evolving to adjust to the ubiquity of technology, and academics at the UCL School of Management, which specialises in innovation, entrepreneurship, technology, and analytics, will help you develop the skills necessary to become a manager and leader who can operate in the complex and innovation-intensive environments of the future.

The Peking University National School of Development’s centre for business and management education, the Beijing International MBA (BiMBA) Business School, hosts some of China’s foremost academics, responsible for advising the Chinese Government on development policies that have driven decades of strong economic growth.  The Peking University National School of Development academics will give you a high-level perspective of managing and leading companies in changing national and international government policy contexts.

The UCL MBA with Peking University is the programme of choice for professionals who wish to engage with China’s innovation and technology industries and entrepreneurship communities.

Programme

The UCL MBA with Peking University provides a broad, analytical, and integrated study of business and management, and develops the key skills necessary to make decisions, manage, and lead people and organisations in a changing world. Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of organisations, how they are managed, and the external context in which they operate.

The combination of teaching from the UCL School of Management and from BiMBA at the Peking University National School of Development will focus on understanding, responding to, and shaping the dynamic and changing nature of business with respect to innovation and technology and within the Chinese and global business environments.

Core, optional and elective modules

The programme includes core modules in accounting and finance, strategy, and organisational behaviour and leadership. Other core modules, which include decision-making and analytics, marketing, and operations, explore how technology, data, and analytics are transforming these key areas of business. Additionally, a core module in economics and business in China will give key insights into Chinese Government policies and how these policies present unique challenges and opportunities in managing and leading companies in China.

Students will complete a total seven core modules and five to six elective modules (depending on their credit value), covering over 20 different management areas.

Core modules for 2023/2024 academic year

Optional and elective modules for 2023/2024 academic year

There are also a range of optional and elective modules in entrepreneurship, finance, and contemporary issues in Chinese business. One optional module on entrepreneurship will be offered in London, which will allow students to be taught first-hand by entrepreneurs from the UCL community who have helped to make London a global centre for innovation and creativity.

MSIN0125 Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe
MSIN0216 Digital Marketing
MSIN0239 Behavioural Science
MSIN0219 Influence and Negotiations
MSIN0220 Managing across Cultures
MSIN0217 Entrepreneurship
MSIN0218 Global Entrepreneurial Systems
MSIN0173 Emerging Business Technologies
MSIN0174 International Business Finance
MSIN0176 Management of Non-profit Organisations
MSIN0177 Statistics and Analytics for Business
MSIN0178 Strategic Human Resource Management
MSIN0215 Design Thinking for Strategy
MSIN0223 Financing Technology Ventures
MSIN0241 Digital Transformation of Industries, Ecosystems, and Firm Strategies

The optional and elective modules listed are subject to change each year and are indicative only. Optional and elective modules can change for a variety of reasons including but not limited to updated learning outcomes, lack of demand and resourcing. For questions about optional modules, please reach out to us at mgmt-mba@ucl.ac.uk.

Business Research Project

Students also undertake a Business Research Project (MSIN0172) which, subject to availability, could include developing a consultancy project with a company. Alternatively, students can choose to write a business plan for a new or existing business, or choose to write a dissertation based on a piece of management or business-related research. Students are offered training and guidance on consultancy services, business planning, and business research.

Programme structure

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, and project work. Assessment is through open-book and unseen written tests and examinations, individual and group coursework including presentations, reports, and essays, class participation, and a substantial business research project. 

Students typically study one module at a time, and each module is delivered intensively. 

For full-time students undertaking the 16-month programme, compulsory modules are normally completed in the first 10 months of study and most optional and elective modules are completed in the final 6 months of study. All students complete a business research project that is mostly undertaken in the final 6 months of study. 

For part-time students undertaking the 28-month programme, compulsory modules are normally completed in the first half of the programme and optional and elective modules are completed throughout the programme. The business research project is mostly undertaken in the final 12 months of study.    

For full-time students, each core taught module is delivered intensively in two separate, non-consecutive, two-week parts for a total of four weeks, totalling 56 taught hours per module.  

For part-time students, each core taught module is delivered intensively in two separate parts over two weekends each for a total of four weekends, totalling taught 56 hours per module. 

For both, full-time and part-time students, each optional and elective taught module is delivered intensively over a total of two weekends with 28 hours of teaching per module. 

In addition, for each core taught module, students spend approximately 90-100 hours, over the total four-week period, on assessment and independent study to further develop the skills and knowledge covered in lectures and seminars. 

For each optional and elective taught module, students spend approximately 40-50 hours, over a two-week period, 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 activities being undertaken, the teaching schedule and assessment deadlines. 

Part-time study

Part-time study offers a student the opportunity to carry on working in a career. or to simply study at a slower pace.

Part-time students undertake the programme on weekends over 28 months and must complete the same number of compulsory and optional modules as the Full-time students, as well as the business research project. 

Students will need to have a level of work flexibility (if employed) in order to cope with the programme’s timetable.

Why choose us

  • UCL and Peking University are top-ranked global universities working together to deliver a top-ranked MBA programme
  • The UCL School of Management is one of the UK’s leading and most forward-thinking business schools, focusing on preparing leaders for an innovation-intensive future
  • The National School of Development at Peking University is one of China’s most influential economics and public policy think tanks and focuses on creating leaders with a broad world view
  • Students will study in Beijing and can choose to study in London, experiencing living in two of the world’s great cities
  • Graduates will be welcomed into both the UCL and Peking University alumni community, with a combined membership of more than 500,000

UCL is one of the world’s top universities and is consistently ranked in the global top 20 (QS 2023) in a number of international league tables.

Peking University (Beida) is China’s leading university and ranks among the best universities in Asia and the World.

Diverse and complementary research and teaching strengths of the UCL School of Management and the Peking University National School of Development build the foundations of the programme.

The UCL School of Management focuses on innovation, entrepreneurship, technology, and analytics, and offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programmes to prepare people for leadership roles in the next generation of innovation-intensive organisations. The proportion of research undertaken at UCL School of Management recognised by the UK Government Research Excellent Framework (REF) as ‘world-leading’ is the highest in the UK, together with London Business School, and is ahead of Imperial College, LSE, Oxford, and Cambridge.

The Peking University National School of Development was founded as an academic centre devoted to teaching and researching modern economics, management, and public policy and includes many of China’s leading economists among its faculty. Today, the Peking University National School of Development is one of China’s leading think tanks whose academics contribute to and influence Chinese Government policies to advance China’s development. The Peking University National School of Development hosts the BiMBA Business School, which focuses on business and management education.

Together, the UCL School of Management and BiMBA at the Peking University National School of Development will nurture, develop, and inspire passionate business and entrepreneurial leaders that are prepared for the complex, interconnected world of the future.

Students will be taught by educators and practitioners from UCL School of Management and the Peking University National School of Development, and will experience a combination of Western and Chinese teaching that will equip students with an integrated, critically-aware, and advanced understanding of management and organisations in a global and Chinese context.

The UCL MBA with Peking University curriculum encourages an entrepreneurial and agile mindset that is able to engage with innovation and technology.  Companies are using data and technology to drive decision-making and create and capture value in new ways.  Through core, optional, and elective modules in entrepreneurship and innovation, entrepreneurial systems, emerging technologies, technology ventures, and design thinking, students will learn how to adapt to and thrive in fast-changing business environments. The curriculum also includes a range of China-focused core, optional, and elective modules, where students learn how Chinese Government policy affects business, which is essential for success in corporate China.

There is also an opportunity for students to study entrepreneurship in the UK at UCL in the heart of London. Students will be taught by UCL School of Management’s innovators and entrepreneurs, who have helped to make London a global centre for innovation and creativity. Students will also be able to take advantage of UCL’s networks and reputation as a starting point to access London’s thriving entrepreneurship scene.

This programme will empower students with a global perspective combined with a local mindset and create the next generation of leaders who will drive China’s development and change the world.

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.

Fees

The fees for this programme are set in Chinese Yuan and payable to the Beijing International MBA at the Peking University National School of Development

Students may have the opportunity to undertake one optional module taught in London over three weeks during the summer months. This will be partially funded by UCL School of Management, who will partially subsidise site visits and social activities, transport between activities and lunch costs on teaching days however students will have to fund their own travel, accommodation and expenses during the trip. 

It is estimated that students requiring accommodation in London would need to contribute between £1000 and £1500 for the three-week module to stay in standard student accommodation with some shared facilities, and between £200 and £500 on other expenses. This estimate is based on the costs incurred by the students on previous summer programmes and is subject to change depending on prevailing exchange rates. 

Applications, careers and faqs

To apply, to find out more application information, including information about careers, or to read our FAQs, please visit the PKU website.

For more information and answers to any questions about the programme, please email The UCL MBA with Peking University team

Last updated Tuesday, 8 November 2022