MBA (Master of Business Administration) with Advanced Practice - MBA - Video
This MBA is an internationally recognised general management course, while the Advanced Practice element allows you to gain real-world experience.Take a look
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This MBA is an internationally recognised general management course, while the Advanced Practice element allows you to gain real-world experience.
An MBA is an internationally recognised passport to a successful management career. It helps its students to consider and apply business theory to the world of work, deepening and widening their understanding of the organisation and the environment in which it operates.
A Master’s with Advanced Practice allows you to gain real-world experience as part of your course by offering you the opportunity to complete either an Internship or an Applied Consulting Project, working on real-world issues faced by industry.
Our MBA is designed to introduce you to the essential areas of business and management which will help you develop your career. Students will learn the essential components which will help them to appreciate the organisation and the environment in which it operates. Thus, the full-time MBA offered by Ulster University Business School is a broad, general management qualification covering areas such as finance, marketing, economics, strategy, leadership, organisational behaviour and operations management.
By joining the Ulster University MBA you will be joining a diverse student body who come from all over the world to study with us, and as such you will experience different cultures and ideas, and develop an international network of like-minded individuals.
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About this course
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The MBA is a general management programme aimed at developing management and leadership skills for graduates of any discipline.
The overall aim of the MBA course is to educate and develop individuals as managers and business specialists, adding value through an integrated, applied and critical understanding of management and organisations. This takes place in parallel with a development of transferable and intellectual skills that are essential for successful general and strategic management in both private and public sector organisations. The objectives of the MBA programme are to:
- Develop multidisciplinary and international perspectives, concepts and issues in the major management disciplines;
- Provide toolkits and techniques for analysing business and management issues;
- Stimulate the ability to analyse, synthesise and apply knowledge and understanding to solve management problems critically, rationally and rigorously;
- Appreciate and apply contemporary management and information systems to aid strategic decision making in business and management;
- Develop an appreciation of, appetite and responsibility for lifelong learning and personal development;
- Prepare students for leadership and transformational roles in business in the changing external context in which they operate;
- Develop strategic thinking, innovation and entrepreneurial skills;
- Develop interpersonal and group-working skills.
The Ulster University MBA has been revised to account for current (local, regional and international) market trends and has been designed to offer students additional flexibility and opportunity to apply taught management skills
Applied management skills:
Our MBA will help to develop you to become a successful manager and equip you with the knowledge and transferable skills that are required to succeed.
You will develop your skills in the areas of:
- Team working
- Negotiation; and
- Conflict resolution
- Accounting and Finance
- Managing People in the Organisation
- Operations Management
- Management Studies and Research Methods
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Leadership and Change
- Economics and the Business Environment
- Digital Transformation
- Business Project
At the Advanced Practice stage, you’ll chose between two options:
- Option one is an Internship & Professional Development Project, which is a 15-week internship at an external company.
- Option two is an Applied Consulting Project, which involves working on a live business project in industry.
Academics employed by the Ulster University Business School teach on the MBA programme, our teaching staff have well established track records in research and teaching excellence and many have experience of working in managerial roles within organisations outside the University. This means that we are able to ensure that the learning in the classroom is relevant to practising leaders and managers.
In addition to our academic teaching staff we also invite industry experts to guest lecture on the course, bringing expert and practical knowledge to the classroom in order to enhance the student experience.
Students can commence the full time MBA with Advanced Practice in September or January.
- September 2019
- January 2020
Teaching and learning 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.
The MBA is taught in a lecture format which is highly interactive, this allows students to discuss management theory and practice leading to an in-depth understanding of the subject area. This form of teaching also allows students to explore ideas and learn from each other as well as from the lecturing staff.
The course is mainly assessed via coursework (individual and group).
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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This MBA course is designed for those who aspire to work in management positions.
Applicants should normally have a second class honours degree or equivalent and should normally have two years' relevant work experience. Applications are invited from graduates of any academic background..
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.
Careers & opportunities
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Given the generalist nature of the MBA course there are a wide variety of careers available to its graduates. Research carried out by the Association of MBAs and by the Ulster University Business School demonstrates that MBA graduates reap the benefit of investing in their studies both financially and in terms of their career.
Students have used the MBA to change direction, building on their primary degree or to further enhance their skillset before embarking on their chosen profession.
The quality of our MBA is such that many professional bodies and Chartered Institutes may provide exemptions from their own qualifications for students who hold an MBA.
Work placement / study abroad
The full-time MBA with Advanced Practice allows you to gain real-world experience as part of the course by offering you the opportunity to complete either:
An Internship & Professional Development Project, which is a 15-week internship at an external company.
An Applied Consulting Project, which involves working on a live business project in industry.
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.
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.
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.
Visit our Fees pages for full details of fees
- Northern Ireland & EU:
- £18,747.00 Scholarships available
Scholarships, awards and prizes
There is a sponsored prize available on the MBA awarded to the student who has produced outstanding work during their studies.
Additional mandatory costs
There are no other mandatory costs associated with the course.
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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Li Xin came to study at the University of Ulster from Liaoning Province, China. He currently works for the Development and Reform Committee of Liaoning Province and is in charge of infrastructure, such as road and railway.
“In my opinion the Ulster MBA is essential for those who want to be excellent managers, in public sectors or private sectors. I decided to do my MBA abroad and selected the University Of Ulster as it is a well-equipped education facility and the warm-hearted service provided an environment beneficial to my study.
“The dynamic teaching ensured participant interaction and real examples of theory being applied significantly enhanced my study and understanding.
“As an overseas student, I found my study to be a wonderful experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and life at UU. I believe what I learned and the experience I had will benefit my future.”
Mohammed came to study at the Ulster Business School from Saudi Arabia.
“I found the MBA to be an excellent course. The modules gave me an excellent insight into fundamental areas of business such as accounting and finance, operations management, marketing and economics through to the challenges of leadership and strategic management.
I had to adjust to studying in the UK, there is more of an emphasis on groupwork and taking responsibility for your own study however I found this to be a rewarding experience and learned invaluable skills along the way.
The knowledge and skills I have gained from the MBA course I will be able to put straight into practice on my return home, I am confident that the knowledge and theory I have acquired will benefit both me in my career and my organisation”.
Note: Testimonials relate to the MBA rather than the MBA with Advanced Practice.