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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


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.

Teaching and learning assessment

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

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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