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Central Saint Martins Birkbeck, M.B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
What happens when you mix an arts school with a business school? The Central Saint Martins Birkbeck offered at University of the Arts London (UAL) is a different kind of MBA that places creative approaches and social engagement at the heart of future management and leadership.


The Central Saint Martins Birkbeck offered at University of the Arts London (UAL) challenges the orthodox business school approach to education, and instead focuses on cross-disciplinary collaboration. You will become a new type of business graduate: one who can combine genuinely creative thinking and innovation with core financial and strategic management skills.

The Central Saint Martins Birkbeck MBA takes a unique and radical approach, placing ethics, creative thinking and social engagement at the heart of modern business education.

This course develops future leaders with compassion, resilience and the ability to adapt to an increasingly complex world.

Students benefit from the combined strengths of two specialist institutions in central London, as well as their expansive and supportive international networks.

Combining rigorous academic standards and the core elements of a traditional MBA with applied projects for innovative organisations, our students advance their critical thinking, emotional intelligence, decision making and creative cognitive flexibility.


The course aims to prepare graduates for the next step in their careers, whether it be a transformational senior management role within their current industry, or a new role in a completely new field of work. Entrepreneurial students are encouraged to set up their own businesses.

The emphasis on positive transformation, and a socially-motivated desire to change the world, coupled with a solid understanding of business and management will create graduates who are keen to bring about fundamental innovation and systemic change.

With this MBA, students will be able to transfer their skills within their current industry, or across industries. With developed managerial competences and innovation practice, graduates will be able to seek employment or further their career opportunities in positions that apply design thinking to complex problems, and take a holistic view of business issues. With developed leadership capacities, they will be able to combine ‘thinking’ and ‘doing’ with robust knowledge and application in organisations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Provocation and enquiry
  • Entrepreneurship in action 
  •  Effecting change: Collaboration in practice
  • Extended live project or dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: The University reserves the right to close applications earlier than the deadline above subject to spaces available.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • An honours degree OR
  • An equivalent EU / international qualification.
  • Personal Statement
  • You should provide a full and detailed CV or résumé which demonstrates career progression.
  • This course requires two professional references, one of which must be from a current employer.

Work Experience

At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.

Normally at least three years of relevant professional experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27000 GBP per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    27000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27000 GBP per year and a duration of 18 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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