UCL Management Science and Innovation

BSc/MSci Management Science

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. Management Science provides a rigorous, practical foundation in these critical skills.

This September (2014) will see the launch of UCL’s new Management Science programme. Unlike any other degree in the UK, the programme will provide you with an opportunity 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 in global businesses.

The programmes are taught by UCL’s Department of Management Science & Innovation (MS&I), which offers innovative undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programmes to prepare people for leadership roles in the next generation of innovation-intensive organisations. The department works closely with global companies and innovative start-ups at the cutting edge of management science practice.

You will also benefit from being part of UCL Engineering, UCL’s Faculty of Engineering Sciences, and take an Engineering Sciences Minor in Years 2 and 3. This provides an opportunity to work with students from other departments and develop knowledge and skills in an interdisciplinary area (e.g. Data Science). You will also have the option to study a modern foreign language as your Minor.

On graduation, you will have strong leadership and communication skills and the ability to work flexibly, creatively and internationally in a range of areas, including high-growth companies, management consulting firms and the finance sector.

Degree Programmes

UCAS N990: Management Science MSci 4 years
UCAS N991: Management Science BSc 3 years

 
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Programme

The global economy is changing: 30 billion pieces of content are shared on Facebook every month; and companies capture trillions of bytes of information about customers, suppliers, and operations. This explosion of data is disrupting industries and creating new opportunities.

UCL’s Management Science programmes provide students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of management science and how it can be applied in practice. Students will develop a critical appreciation of the relevant principles of mathematics, engineering and science and how they can be applied in complex, innovation-intensive, data-driven environments.

Management Science BSc

In Year 1, you will take eight modules that will provide you with a rigorous foundation in key concepts and tools that underpin the practice of management. In The Art and Science of Management, you will learn how organisations create, deliver and capture value, and explore the range of interdisciplinary problems faced by managers operating in complex, innovation-intensive, data-driven environments. You will take two modules on the Mathematical Foundations of Management, covering single and multi-variate calculus and linear algebra, and two modules on Business Economics. You will take a module on Critical Analytical Thinking, designed to provide you with the concepts and tools required to analyse complex issues and develop powerful, well-grounded arguments, and your first module on Data Analytics. You will also take a module on Behavioural Science, which will introduce you to the key concepts and principles underlying the systematic investigation and analysis of human behaviour.  

Each term, you will also undertake two Scenario Weeks. During a Scenario Week you will be given a real interdisciplinary management problem that you will work on in teams. For example, it might be a problem related to one UCL’s Grand Challenges like Global Health and Wellness. Your objective is to solve the problem by 5pm on the Friday using whatever knowledge and tools you need. The Scenario Weeks will be challenging. But so is business.

In Year 2, you will take core modules on Strategy, Operations Management and Finance to broaden your understanding of how companies work. You will take additional modules on the Mathematical Foundations of ManagementData Analytics and Computational Thinking to continue to develop your quantitative skills, and a module on Design. You will also select and start your Engineering Sciences Minor.

In Year 3, you will take additional core modules on Marketing and Decision and Risk Analysis and a second Finance module. You will also take a module on Delivering Results Through People. You will also finish the Engineering Sciences Minor you started in Year 2 and complete your dissertation.

Management Science MSci

The four-year programme offers students an extra year over the Management Science BSc to extend their knowledge and skills in specialist areas. In Year 4, students take core courses in Global Business, Business Diagnostics and Design, and Leadership, Ethics and Communications. Students also complete a Management Science Concentration and a Group Consultancy Project.

Please note, module information will not be published until 14th August 2014.
Year Subjects
Year 1 The Art and Science of Management
Critical Analytical Thinking
Mathematical Foundations of Management I
Mathematical Foundations of Management II
Business Economics I
Business Economics II
Data Analytics I
Behavioural Science
Year 2 Strategy
Operations Management
Finance I
Mathematical Foundations of Management III
Data Analytics II
Computational Thinking
Design
Engineering Sciences Minor I
Year 3 Marketing
Decision and Risk Analysis
Delivering Results Through People
Finance II
Engineering Sciences Minor II
Engineering Sciences Minor III
Dissertation I
Dissertation II

Year 4

(MSci only)

Global Business
Business Diagnostics and Design
Leadership
Management Science Concentration I
Management Science Concentration II
Management Science Concentration III
Group Consultancy Project I
Group Consultancy Project II

Minors and Concentrations

Students take an Engineering Sciences Minor in Years 2 and 3. This consists of three integrated courses – one taken in Year 2 and two taken in Year 3. The Minor provides an opportunity to work with students from other departments and develop knowledge and skills in an interdisciplinary area (e.g. Data Science). You also have the option to study a modern foreign language as your Minor.

Students on the MSci programme also select a Management Science Concentration. This consists of three integrated modules and provides you with an opportunity to extend your knowledge and skills in a specialist area such as:

  • Business Analytics
  • Financial Engineering
  • Marketing Science
  • Operations and Project Management
  • Innovation and Technology Management
  • Entrepreneurship

Dissertation and Group Consultancy Project

The dissertation (completed in Year 3) provides an opportunity to work in-depth on a business issue that interests you and showcase the knowledge and skills you have gained. It should demonstrate your ability to collect and synthesize information and show your ability to use that information critically to present original conclusions, insights and arguments. The dissertation should be about 12,000 words in length, excluding appendices.

The Group Consultancy Project (completed in Year 4 – MSci only) provides an opportunity to work as part of a small team tackling an important business issue facing a company.

Applications

Student profile

Our students are, and always have been, selected on the basis of their talent and potential, whatever their personal, social or national background.

UCL was the first English university to admit students regardless of race, class or religion. And the first to admit women students on equal terms with men.

UCL degree programmes require our students to think critically and creatively, to tackle ambitious projects and to develop the leadership and entrepreneurial skills that will stand them in excellent stead for their future lives and careers.

Our innovative new Management Science degree programmes embody this approach to undergraduate study.

We are looking for intellectually curious, self-motivated students who are passionate about business, technology and people. You will join an international cohort of students drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Your Application

Your application will be assessed on the basis of past and projected academic performance and your personal statement.

You should provide evidence that the majority of the following qualities are applicable to you:

  • Strong mathematical/quantitative skills
  • Interested in people, what motivates them and how they behave
  • Able to think critically and 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, including people from different backgrounds and cultures
  • Prepared to undertake a rigorous and intellectually demanding academic programme

Entry Requirements

A Levels

AAA. Mathematics required. A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.

GCSEs - English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet this requirement following enrolment at UCL.

IB Diploma

38 points. A score of 18 points in three higher level subjects including 6 in Higher Level Mathematics with no score lower than 5.

If you have any queries regarding your eligibility to the programme or queries about the programme, then please contact us via the email below. 

How to apply

UCL is London’s Global University – your studies will provide a global perspective which will help you understand the major issues facing the world and will equip you to contribute to solutions.

Around 41% of our students come from outside the UK, so UCL has a cosmopolitan, friendly and inclusive atmosphere.

You can apply for this course for entry in September 2015 through the UK Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) system from September 2014 onwards.

For further information regarding applying to UCL via UCAS please see application and entry.

Contact

For further information regarding the Management Science programmes, please contact Susan Moffat, Undergraduate Administrator, Department of Management Science & Innovation (MS&I).

Email: managementscience-ug@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 679 2385

When to apply

UCL is committed to becoming a global leader in enterprise and open innovation, supporting knowledge exchange, innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration with commercial and social enterprises.

You can apply for this course for entry in September 2015 through the UK Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) system from September 2014 onwards. The earlier you apply the better, as we expect that the programmes will be heavily over-subscribed.

During the summer (July-September) we organise Taster Courses which are designed to give you an introduction to the BSc / MSci in Management Science. During these half-day courses you will:

  • Learn more about Management Science, how the degree is structured and what makes it unique
  • Attend a practical workshop on how to write a powerful UCAS personal statement
  • Participate in a business game led by a leading graduate recruiter which will bring to life an example of the kinds of jobs you could do
  • Tour the UCL campus and meet the programme team

Why choose us

UCL is one of the world’s very-best universities, consistently placed in the global top 20 in a wide variety of world rankings.

UCL’s new Management Science programmes are unlike any other degree in the UK. They provide you with an opportunity 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 in global businesses.

The programmes are taught by UCL’s Department of Management Science & Innovation (MS&I), which offers innovative undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programmes to prepare people for leadership roles in the next generation of innovation-intensive organisations. The department works closely with global companies and innovative start-ups at the cutting edge of management science practice.

You will also benefit from being part of UCL Engineering, UCL’s Faculty of Engineering Sciences, and take an Engineering Sciences Minor in Years 2 and 3. This provides an opportunity to work with students from other Departments and develop knowledge and skills in an interdisciplinary area (e.g. Data Science). You also have the option to study a modern foreign language as your Minor.

On graduation, you will have strong leadership and communication skills and the ability to work flexibly, creatively and internationally in a range of areas, including high-growth companies, management consulting firms and the finance sector.

The Management Science programmes:

  • Provide you with in-depth knowledge and understanding of management science and how it can be applied in practice
  • Prepare you for working in a diverse range of complex, innovation-intensive, data-driven environments
  • Prepare you for jobs in industries and organisations characterised by rapid changes in tools, problems and opportunities
  • Enable you to develop the awareness, background, and skills necessary to become a responsible citizen, employee, and leader who can make a contribution to tackling some of the world’s most difficult social and economic problems

In particular, the Management Science programmes help you develop:

  • A critical appreciation of the relevant principles of mathematics, science, and engineering and how they can be applied in practice to managing complex, innovation-intensive, data-driven environments
  • A knowledge and understanding of management in a global context and the opportunities and problems faced by different types of organisation
  • An understanding of key interdisciplinary management challenges, e.g. complexity, scale, growth, uncertainty, risk
  • An ability to use quantitative and qualitative methods in a creative and systematic way to make well-informed, evidence-based decisions
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve management problems, based on critical analytical thinking
  • An ability to design and implement management systems and processes to meet desired needs
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues necessary to understand the impact of business in a global and societal context

Careers

Experience the world of business while you study and benefit from access to over 4000 graduate recruiters, serious start-up support, and innovative placement schemes.

UCL is consistently ranked as one of the world’s very best universities and employers are keen to meet our students to discuss the opportunities they offer. Every year over 1000 employers/organisations attend events arranged by the UCL Careers Service, including careers fairs, employer presentations and sector ‘themed weeks’, which may include employer forums, networking events, talks on how to get into the sector and one-to-one advice sessions.

In addition you will have access to a bespoke Careers and Employer Engagement programme as part of the Department of Management Science & Innovation (MS&I) and our dedicated careers team will help you present yourself to leading graduate employers with confidence.

Our portfolio of careers support includes:

  • Individual career coaching sessions
  • Skill development sessions including writing CV’s, applications, interview tips and planning your job search
  • Industry Insight sessions to help you make informed career choices
  • Access to MS&I alumni keen to support you with your career

For further information, please see our careers support page.

We believe that practical experience alongside theoretical study will give you a unique perspective and a competitive edge in the global labour market. Our Management Science programme offers all our students the opportunity to undertake a Summer Placement. You can gain experience working in major sectors such as Banking, Finance, Management Consulting, IT and Start-Ups.

By undertaking a summer placement your academic studies will be enriched with new perspectives, experiences and enhanced skills.

UCL Advances, our centre for entrepreneurship, is unique in the UK Higher Education Sector and offers you:

  • Training that covers all aspects of how to start your own business or help prepare you to enter the job market
  • A two-week summer programme of workshops teaching business skills
  • The opportunity to gain direct experience of small business consultancy by joining a student-led short-term consulting project
  • The chance to spend eight weeks with a small to medium sized enterprise gaining a first-hand look into how to start and run a business in London
  • The London Entrepreneurs Challenge, one of the largest business plan competitions in the country, with over 400 students participating each year

Three-day Enterprise Boot Camps, run each summer to introduce participants to the fundamentals of the modern

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