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The programme is aimed at middle/aspiring senior managers who wish to gain a management qualification and benefit from a practically oriented course.


This programme is relevant for those who do not have a specific academic background in management as well as for those who wish to develop their existing management skills. The programme was launched in 1995 in response to a demand from business for a management development initiative targeted specifically at middle/aspiring senior managers. Since then 41 programmes have taken place and the programme has evolved to reflect changing management needs.

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About this course

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In today’s changing business environment, leaders and managers face new challenges, requiring new approaches and capabilities. The programme comprises six modules, usually

  • Leadership Practice
  • Marketing
  • Improving Organisational Performance
  • Finance

Plus either

  • The Future of Work or Personal Effectiveness


  • The Management Project or The Management Practice Visit

The emphasis is on improving managerial performance by exposing managers to leading edge theories, models and frameworks and critically demonstrating how these managerial tools and techniques inform practice. It is, therefore, competency based and has, as its main focus, behavioural change in the workplace that will result in enhanced business capability.

The programme does not have exams but requires six work based assignments of approximately 1500 to 2000 words.

Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of the Advanced Diploma in Management Practice. The qualification carries 120 credit points at undergraduate level 5.


Modules are delivered on a block format basis. Classes (two days every 6 to 8 weeks) start at 09.30 and finish around 16.30.

The total time commitment is approximately 18 days including Induction and Management Practice Visits plus independent study time.

Start dates

  • October 2019
  • February 2020
How to apply

Teaching, Learning and Assessment


The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.

Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:

- the relevant generic national Qualification Descriptor

- the applicable Subject Benchmark Statement

- the requirements of any professional, regulatory, statutory and accrediting bodies.

Attendance and Independent Study

As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.

Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.

The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.

Postgraduate Master’s courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.

Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.


Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.

Calculation of the Final Award

The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6, (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).

Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Master’s degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.

All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Master’s degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.

Assessment is by a company-based assignment at the end of each module.

Academic profile

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

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The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.


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


Year: 1

This module is optional

Organisations need to obtain, manage and plan for the resources required to achieve their objectives. Accounting is a system which assists them in doing this and is seen in the context of a financial representation of the organisation; an economic model. This module enables participants to critically evaluate and appraise the performance of the organisation as it attempts to achieve its objectives. It also considers and reviews the accounting approaches to decision-making and planning and control.

Leadership Practice

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module provides an opportunity for managers and leaders to develop their understanding of, and practice in, effective leadership and teamm working through building up an in-depth knowledge of the needs of people they will encounter within their organisation. It provides a conceptual underpinning for individuals whose duties and roles involve supporting and guiding the leadership development of others.

Personal Effectiveness

Year: 1

This module is optional

In an ever changing business environment locally, natiionally and internationally, professionals at all levels and across all sectors need to be mindful of their skill-sets and continued employability.

With reference to the underpinning literature, and utilising a range of perspectives, academically valid self-assessment approaches and respected instruments, this module encourages students to identify, reflect on, and plan to address their current and future development needs to enhance their personal effectiveness.

Improving Organisational Performance

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module covers the range of planning and quality systems available to organisations to ensure that they maintain and sustain competitive advantage. Or in the case of not for profit organisations, it covers the need to demonstrate high levels of efficiency and fitness for purpose.

Management project

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module gives the students an opportunity to carry out a piece of investigative research of benefit to the organisation in which they work. Analytical skills are developed through concentrating on personal performance as well as the management issue investigated.


Year: 1

This module is optional

This module places particular emphasis on achieving a balanced understanding of strategic management theory and practice, introducing the concept of Business Strategy. It aims to develop students' awareness and understanding of the means by which viable business strategies can be developed and implemented in a complex and challenging competitive climate that is today's complex and fast changing environment.

Organisational Development Project

Year: 1

This module is optional

The Organisational Development Project will be work focused - a problem to be investigated; a model to be tested; an issue to be addressed; an improvement to be championed; or questions that need to be answered. Individuals/Groups have the opportunity to produce a unique piece of work and to develop their investigative skills, create new networks, increase their visibility, enhance their professional reputations and work collaboratively with peers.

Managing in the 21st Century

Year: 1

This module is optional

Companies are more global and employee groups more diverse than ever before. Organisational structures are less hierarchical and more collaborative. As companies become less hierarchical, the effective use of online networks will be crucial to success. Web 2.0 technologies present a vast array of opportunities for companies which can make use of the Web 2.0 technology as a smart way to manage client and employee relations, marketing and finances in cost effective ways, improve productivity and project management and foster their creativity and innovation.


Year: 1

This module is optional

Effective managers regularly revise personal, interpersonal and organisational communications strategies. The 21st century manager needs to be aware of and use appropriate web-based communications tools and techniques. Evaluating and selecting communication mechanisms with best fit enhances organisational performance. Managing virtual teams is increasing. This module provides the underpinning academic frameworks and paradigms to support improvement by means of effective communications.

Change Management

Year: 1

This module is optional

Change is always with us. People, not organisations, bring about change. The people element of change management is core. Managing people effectively through change is critical to success. This module examines some tools and techniques, models, frameworks and concepts related to change management. Resistance to change is common. Sources of resistance and ways to address resistance are examined. The ultimate goal of the module is to enhance personal, professional and organisational change management.

The Future of Work

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module examines the nature of change in the workplace and enables students to explore key factors to which they will need to respond as they plan and manage their career development

Management Practice Visit

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module enables students to gain an increased and practical understanding of best practice in a range of organisations that are acknowledged as leaders in their field. It is designed to supplement the knowledge and understanding provided in complementary programme modules.

Business Coaching and Mentoring in Practice

Year: 1

This module is optional

This introductory module in business coaching and mentoring in practice affords participants the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of coaching and mentoring principles as well as practical tools and techniques for managers in a coaching/ mentoring role. Participants will also be guided in a process of exploring themselves and their motivations and in creating a personal development agenda to assist them to become reflective coach/mentor practitioners.


Year: 1

This module is optional

This module introduces the principal concepts, theories and techniques of marketing, and examines their practical application to organisations.

Customer Service Management

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module enables students to understand principles for analysing customer needs for the services provided by their organisation and to make recommendations for improvement

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

There is no A Level requirement for this course.

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.

Additional Entry Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University's general entry requirements and specific course requirements as detailed below:

(a) have gained a Certificate of Higher Education or an equivalent standard in an approved alternative qualification;

(b) be working in, or aspiring to work in, supervisory/management roles in their work organisation;


(c) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent);

or as an alternative to (a) and/or (c):

(d) provide evidence of their ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning.

Exemptions and transferability

Studies pursued and examinations passed in respect of other qualifications awarded by the University or by another university or other educational institution, or evidence from the accreditation of prior experiential learning, may be accepted as exempting candidates from part of an approved programme provided that they shall register as students of Ulster University for modules amounting to at the final 50% of the credit value of the award at the highest level.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

The programme provides graduates with a secure platform from which they may further their careers by pursuing a relevant final year degree including the BSc Hons Management Practice or, if they have a degree, an appropriate postgraduate qualification leading to the attainment of further academic or professional qualifications. Graduates of the programme may also develop their skills within the context of their current role or through progression within their organisation or indeed within another organisation/sector.


How to apply Request a prospectus

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

Start dates

  • October 2019
  • February 2020

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 19/20 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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Additional mandatory costs

As this programme includes additional Management Practice Visits, details on the cost of the programme can be obtained from the Course Director.

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.


For further information on this course, please contact:

Course Director: Ms Janette Sheerman

T: +44 (0)28 9036 8437


Programme Administrator: Sharon Barton

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6417


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Ulster University Business School

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