The course equips students with the applied knowledge and skills needed for effective management, adding further value through an internship.
The MSc Management course offers an advanced qualification combined with practical managerial experience, which will be extremely useful for graduates wishing to pursue managerial and entrepreneurial careers in industry and commerce.
The course builds on graduates’ existing experience by equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively manage and lead within a range of industries, the modules on the course are practical in nature and require students to carry out tasks which deliver real value and are not just academic exercises.
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About this course
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There is a strong practical focus on skills development. We believe that students who can demonstrate the ability to add value within a ‘live’ organisational context will always be a more attractive employment proposition than those who cannot. We provide ample opportunity for students to develop and demonstrate managerial-level knowledge and skills within the course itself.
A 12 week ‘Internship and Management Project’ in semester 3 enables students to apply knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course to an organisational issue or problem, and, additionally, provides students with valuable experience of selling themselves to employers, gaining employment and acquiring and developing important workplace skills which will enhance their future career prospects.
In addition to lectures, seminars, directed reading and IT based resources, knowledge and understanding of the subject are acquired and further developed through case studies, extra-curricular project activity and student work/internship and employability experiences. Visiting speakers and practitioners’ masterclasses will be used to further develop a sound theoretical understanding of contemporary issues within business and management.
All modules are delivered 'executive style' in a flexible three-day block format and can be paced to individual needs.
The full-time MSc is completed in one year. Full-time participants can also exit with a PgCert after successful completion of one semester (three modules) or alternatively exit with a PgDip after successful completion of two semesters (six modules).
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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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This module examines the fundamental principles and concepts of marketing. It builds on these to develop an understanding and appreciation of marketing management including analysis, planning and control issues from both a strategic and operational perspective.
Finance for Managers
The aim of the module is to provide participants with an introduction to the financial issues and techniques involved in managerial decision-making and control. Financial decisions and their implications are required to be considered by all organisations. The accounting function cannot be viewed in isolation from the other key functional areas of management and it is important therefore, that managers understand the integrative nature of financial decision making both at an operational and strategic level.
Managing and Leading People
Good managers are not only effective in their use of economic and technical resources, but also in their management of people. This module aims to enable students to acquire knowledge and an understanding of the core areas of Human Resource Management (HRM) and the factors which influence behaviour within organisations. This knowledge and understanding is essential for effective and efficient management practice, in particular, effectively managing, leading and developing people. Learning will be by teaching, discussion and independent study.
Managing Operations will determine whether organizations deliver the highest levels of service. This module aims to enable students to acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of key operations management concepts that enable excellent service to be provided by organizations. Students should acquire an understanding of the tasks, issues and decisions that are necessary to manage processes effectively and the tools to analyze operational performance.
Business Model Innovation
This module will examine a range of theoretical and practical issues surrounding business model innovation. This will be important to understanding the concepts of innovation, creativity, value creation and value capture. The development of business model by student teams will immerse students in key methods of innovation and value propositions, that are relevant for contemporary managers as well as aspiring entrepreneurs. This module will combine real world research and applications in the form of several case studies from major EC projects carried out in the Ulster Business School, video and live guest speakers. This will be combined with key theoretical concepts and relevant empirical research studies, concrete business model and innovation methods.
Strategy and Innovation
Strategy consists of the analysis and decisions an organisation undertakes in order to create and sustain competitive advantage. Understanding these interrelated processes is crucial for creating and developing organisations. This module explores these decision areas from a range of contemporary perspectives and contexts.
Foundations in Management
All business activities occur within an organisational context, and all organisations require effective and efficient management. This module introduces students to the subject of management, organisational structures and strategy. Students will develop a framework of knowledge from which they can understand and critically analyse the strategic goals of management, appropriate organisational structures and management's role in delivering strategic goals, as well as identify suitable strategies to enable future organisational growth.
Internship and Management Project
This module is designed to enhance the employability of the MSc Management student, whilst giving them experience of a workplace environment. In considering this they produce an internship project in which they apply the theoretical concepts encountered on the MSc Management to a "live" management issue.
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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Applicants are usually required to have a second class honours degree in any discipline. We welcome applications from those who have not completed business and management related undergraduate courses and wish to develop their skills in this area to complement their 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
All modules are taught by subject specialists and lectures are interactive and involve active participation of students.
Assessment is coursework based with students completing innovative and practical assignments. For example students will think of a business idea, create a company and start trading for one particular module.
Careers & opportunities
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The course places a strong focus on enhancing the employment prospects of its graduates. Previous alumni have secured positions within large multinational organisations such as Diageo, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Accenture, Deloitte and KPMG as well as small to medium sized enterprises. Others have used the programme as a valuable springboard to gain a thorough understanding of business and management principles before starting up their own business.
Work placement / study abroad
A unique feature of this course is the inclusion of a 12 week internship built into semester 3. This gives students the opportunity to put theory into practice and gain some valuable work experience.
Students have completed internships with a range of organisations from large multinationals to SMEs, some have even used the opportunity to develop their own business.
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Applications to our postgraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.
We welcome applications from graduates of all disciplines, or from those who may not have a first degree but have significant work experience and/or professional qualifications.
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Fees and funding
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Fees (total cost)
Important notice - fees information
Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. 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:
- £13,680.00 Scholarships available
Scholarships, awards and prizes
There are a number of sponsored prizes and awards available for outstanding students on this course. Prizes are awarded each year at the annual Department Prize Evening.
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.
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"After completing my undergraduate degree in Business Studies, I decided to enhance my knowledge by completing the MSc Management degree. The course appealed to me as it focused on a number of business areas and offered relevant work experience with its internship module.
The course was a beneficial and challenging experience. The topics covered within the course were interesting and relevant to the business world today. The lecturers are very knowledgeable within their areas of study and are very accommodating to students throughout the process. Overall, I felt the course improved my knowledge in a range of subjects and helped me improve personally as an individual.
Throughout the course, I believe my communication skills, research skills and project management skills have improved significantly as I now have the experience of meeting academic deadlines in a real life working environment. Throughout the internship module, I was able to apply the theoretical concepts I learnt in class to real life situations and scenarios which has helped prepare me for full time employment." Ross O'Donnel, MSc Management Graduate