Taught course

Higher Education Management

UCL - University College London · Education, Practice and Society

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. 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 or a pass to the required standard in the Institute of Education's pre-sessional English (PASHE) course are accepted. If taking IELTS, 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 http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

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.

Part-time: 2 years; Flexible: up to 4 years;

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
60 months


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.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214