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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Maydown Precision Engineering
  • Ulster Bank
  • Bank of Ireland
  • Seagate Technology

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • General Manager
  • Financial Controller
  • Production Manager
  • Sales and Marketing Manager

Overview

A fast-track route to an internationally recognised business degree and a rewarding career.

Summary

Are you a highly motivated student who is seeking the skills and business acumen necessary to become an innovative leader or entrepreneur? The BSc Hons Business Administration at Ulster University is an internationally recognised degree programme that will open doors for you in the business world.

You will undertake an in-depth look at organisations, business management and administration, as well as the changing external environment in which organisations operate. The broad-ranging nature of the degree will equip you with the essential skills employers want such as problem solving ability, communication and interpersonal skills.

The BSc Hons Business Administration is an excellent stepping-stone to a career in business, consultancy or general management, as well as a solid foundation for anyone wishing to undertake further study at postgraduate level.

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About this course

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About

The BSc Hons Business Administration is an internationally recognised degree, designed to meet the needs of those who wish to work in a fast-paced business environment. It will appeal to a broad range of individuals including those currently in employment seeking to further their career, graduates of HNC/HND/Foundation Degree programmes who want to complete an honours degree or graduates of other subjects who wish to retrain in business.

You will study the key topics at the heart of business management practice including entrepreneurship, innovation, marketing, finance, operational management, technology management, international business, human resources and personal development.

The course content is dynamic, evolving as business issues change to ensure that what you are studying is relevant to industry and provides you with the knowledge to succeed in the ever-changing business environment.

You will graduate well equipped for a management career in industry and will possess additional skills in business-related areas including accounting, human resource management and marketing.

As well as excellent preparation for employment in a wide range of business contexts and settings, the course is also the perfect foundation for postgraduate study in strategic management programmes such as the MBA.

Attendance

Normally three calendar years (less with exemptions eg HND etc).

Semesters 1 and 2 require attendance at evening classes for two three hour sessions per week. These classes are normally held from 5.30pm on Monday and Tuesday.

The summer semester (Semester 3) is normally taught in blocks with each block consisting of four evening sessions. Both blocks will be held in mid June with an additional two evening sessions in late August.

Students will study modules to the value of 40 credit points in each semester. Each 20 credit point module has a total notional value of 200 effort hours. This includes approximately 36 tutor contact hours and the remainder being independent study.

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Principles of Accounting

Year: 1

The module establishes a strong foundation for students as they undertake the study of accounting. As such, the module identifies, develops and assesses a range of skills that are important within the context of preparing financial statements, undertaking financial reporting and performing detailed analyses supporting aspects of the internal financial management of a business entity.

Academic and Career Enhancement skills

Year: 1

The module establishes a solid foundation for students as they make the transition to become effective learners at third level. As such, the module identifies, develops and assesses a range of skills that are important for academic achievement. In this module, student learning, progression and achievement is closely monitored and supported by the module coordinator.

Management in Practice

Year: 1

The module will provide students with an understanding of the issues and challenges facing managers in the workplace today. Students will become equipped to understand established and emerging management practices within the business environment. They will also be prepared to take a more proactive role in their own professional development and to understand key processes in their personal career development in preparation for the world of management. ?

Principles of Economics

Year: 1

This module introduces students to the fundamental concepts and principles of economics and provides an essential underpinning for more advanced study of economics and economic issues.

Principles of Marketing

Year: 1

The module specifically provides students with understanding of the key principles and concepts of marketing to allow further learning of the strategic importance of the area in the future.

Year two

Finance for Decision Making

Year: 2

Financial decisions and their implications are an important consideration for global business?. This module will examine a range of theoretical and practical issues surrounding financial decision making. The module will provide students with an understanding of the key issues and techniques used in financial decision making with particular emphasis placed on ethical corporate governance and business ethics within the context of financial decision making.

Business Functions in Context

Year: 2

The module will provide students with an understanding of the issues and challenges facing managers in the workplace today. Students will become equipped to understand established and emerging management practices within the business environment. They will also be prepared to take a more proactive role in their own professional development and to understand key processes in their personal career development in preparation for the world of management.

e-Commerce

Year: 2

This module considers the impact of the e-commerce activity on established business practices and marketing strategy. It evaluates technological developments and places them in the context of the marketplace. It considers the impact of technology on organisational structure and consumer behaviour in a comparative international context.

Business Improvement

Year: 2

The module is designed to address the critical environment in which Managers operate, the challenges they face and the roles they play in the processes of planning, organising, leading, controlling, coordinating and improving organisational performance. Practical exercises will reinforce the work done in the previous sessions to ensure understanding and ability to articulate and communicate the content.

Project Management

Year: 2

This module is designed to develop an understanding of project management issues, roles and activities within organisations by exploring the balance between theory, practical skills and knowledge.

Year three

Business strategy

Year: 3

Business Strategy involves bringing together the theory from a number of management disciplines and incorporating this theory into an overall plan for companies. Issues that are discussed in lectures as well as assignments are with the intention of incorporating individual disciplines into a cohesive management plan for the direction of companies.

Entrepreneurship and innovation

Year: 3

This module aims to equip students with a knowledge and understanding of entrepreneurial and innovation processes, and their relationship with business and economic development. It will enable students to develop the skills necessary to participate in business venturing projects. Assessment is by coursework and examination

International Business Simulation

Year: 3

International Business Simulation involves bringing together the theory from a number of management disciplines and incorporating this theory into practice for a dynamic multi-national company competing for market share and to create shareholder wealth in the fast moving global mobile phone industry. Issues that are discussed in lectures, seminars, workshops as well as assignments are with the intention of incorporating individual business disciplines into a cohesive management plan and practice. Facilitated by a web based, interactive, simulation package the emphasis is on competing against each other in a ?real life? experience.

Business Research

Year: 3

In the course of this module, students will develop an understanding of, and the ability to use, the core theories and techniques underpinning business research ? both academic research and applied research. This will be supported by providing students with the knowledge required to utilise appropriate software for the analysis and presentation of research

Global Business Environment

Year: 3

This module explores the complexity of forces that make up the global economy. In particular, it aims to understand the impact of these forces on the activities of the firm, and the decisions they must take if they are to survive and prosper. The module will focus on the national, regional, and international contexts, and will aim to give students an understanding of an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous global business environment.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

Normally Two A levels are required for entry

Whilst two ‘A’ levels are traditionally a prerequisite for entry to primary degree programmes, applicants with experience, who lack formal academic qualifications, may be admitted to the course if they can satisfy the Course Committee of their ability to complete the course satisfactorily. Exemptions may be granted from parts of the course where applicants already hold a higher academic or professional qualification providing evidence of relevant previous studies.

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.

Teaching and learning assessment

Lectures, seminars, practical exercises and workshops, group discussion, simulations, case studies, directed reading, independent learning, presentations, visiting speakers, use of information technology and web-based learning.

The teaching and learning approach allows students to have a high level of involvement and participation in the learning process whilst equipping them with the concepts, skills and experiences necessary for employability, and further career and personal development.

Many modules have a combination of continuous assessment and written examination at the end of the semester. Various assessment methods are used. Demonstration of knowledge and understanding is through a combination of coursework, presentations, written unseen examinations, practical business planning and research projects. Ability to use IT tools for business is developed through the preparation of coursework.

Each of the summer semester modules consist of continuous assessment and have a common theme of developing management in practice at increasing levels of strategic application.

Exemptions and transferability

Applicants who can provide evidence of previous relevant study, awarded in accordance with the Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme, (CATS), may be considered for exemption from particular modules or to entry to later years of the course.

Students offering HNC, HND and FdSc qualifications will find this a particularly attractive route to topping up to Honours degree level.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Maydown Precision Engineering
  • Ulster Bank
  • Bank of Ireland
  • Seagate Technology

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • General Manager
  • Financial Controller
  • Production Manager
  • Sales and Marketing Manager

Career options

Business Administration graduates are well-placed for a management career in the business arena or to take advantage of the increased opportunities in the public sector. Graduates will have additional skills in a range of management fuctions particularly accounting, human resource management and marketing. They will also have attractive opportunities for professional development within the business related professions, for example The Chartered Institute of Accountants in Ireland or The Chartered Institute of Marketing. Graduates may also proceed to postgraduate study or research in business-related areas. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to develop their personal skills and abilities in order to maximise their career potential.

Apply

How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to our part-time undergraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
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Northern Ireland & EU:
£5,292.00

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Business School

T: +44 (0)28 7167 5321

E: business@ulster.ac.uk

Course Director: Dr David McAree

T: +44 (0)28 7167 5436

E: d.mcaree@ulster.ac.uk