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Executive MBA

An Executive MBA is an internationally recognised passport to a successful business career. This is a broad based Master's degree designed to meet the needs of experienced or aspiring managers and business owners. The course will enable you to relate your work experience to business theory, deepening and widening your understanding of the organisation and the environment in which you operate, as you learn alongside experienced managers and business professionals.

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Course overview

  • Course overview

    The overall aim of the MBA course is to educate and develop individuals as managers and business leaders, adding value through an applied and critical understanding of management and business. This is achieved alongside the development of transferable skills that are essential for successful general and strategic management. The objectives for the Executive MBA programme are to:

    • Enable an advanced study of organisations, their leadership and management and the changing external context in which they operate;
    • Enhance your ability to analyse management problems critically, rationally and rigorously;
    • Creatively and systematically apply knowledge and understanding of business and management concepts to complex issues and respond to a rapidly changing business environment;
    • Develop international and local perspectives on business issues and opportunities; and
    • Enhance lifelong learning skills and personal development.

    The Ulster Executive MBA allows you to make an impact in the workplace via practical based assessment and assignments which have led to demonstrable improvements within your organisation.

  • Course structure

    The Executive MBA is taught at the Jordanstown and Magee campuses. Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. The current structure is that students undertake nine core modules, one elective module (including the option of an international study trip) and a Management Project. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on campus at which you study, course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. The core modules are listed below.

    • Accounting and Finance
    • Marketing
    • Managing People in the Organisation
    • Operations Management
    • E Business
    • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    • Economics and the Business Environment
    • Leadership and Change
    • Strategy
    • Management Project

    Executive MBA

    Key Facts 

    Jordanstown Campus

    Magee Campus


    12 months full-time

    24 months part-time


    24 months part-time

    Designed for:

    Experienced managers, professionals and executives

    Requires at least 3 years’ experience in management/supervisory role

    Flexible Delivery:

    Weekly delivery

    (Tuesdays - Semester 1&2)

    Block delivery 3 days per module

    (Semester 3)

    Block delivery 3 days per module

    (Semester 1,2 & 3)

    Closing Date:

    01 September 2017

    01 September 2017

    05 January 2018

    Fees 2017/2018:

    £11,650.00 NI & EU / £16,410.00 International

  • Career options

    An MBA will help you develop your career whether it is progressing within your current organisation, changing career into a different profession/sector or working internationally.  As a qualification the MBA is valued and sought after by employers.

    Graduates from the MBA course have found that they have been able to deliver value to their organisations through the work that they carry out on the course and thus progress their careers with their respective employers.

    Other students use the MBA as a springboard to seek new opportunities both domestically and internationally.

    Many students wish to either set up their own business or become business consultants. The course is specifically tailored (especially in terms of assessment and practical teaching) to allow students to develop the necessary skills and expertise to allow this fulfilment.

    How does the Ulster Executive MBA help its participants with career progression?

    We have a career development centre which we work in partnership with to ensure students are prepared in the main elements of job hunting (psychometric testing, team interviews, assessment centres, cv building, presentations, etc).

    Work placement / study abroad

    Through the Ulster University Business School's connections with other Universities worldwide, students may be able to take advantage of an international study trip in the completion of their elective module (an additional cost will be incurred).

  • Entry requirements

    Applicants should normally have a good honours degree or an equivalent professional qualification, together with a minimum of three years' relevant postgraduate work experience.

    However, applications will be considered from experienced, practicing managers and technical or other specialists who do not have an honours degree but who have more significant work experience and can demonstrate the ability and commitment to complete the programme.

    English language requirements

    English language requirements for international applicants
    The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

    Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

    Exemptions and transferability


    Consideration will be given to applicants who transfer from other accredited MBA courses.


    Students who have studied an equivalent qualification to level 7 covering the subject matter on the MBA may, by application to the Course Committee, be granted exemption from specific modules.

  • How to apply

    You can apply for this course via the university's Online Application System,with more information available through the online prospectus details for the Jordanstown and Magee campus.

    We also offer a full-time MBA for recent graduates or those early in their careers.

    For further information about the programme, please contact either:

    • Nick Read (Jordanstown):
      • Telephone 028 90368880
      • Email
    • Edel Griffin (Magee):
      • Telephone 028 71675196
      • Email