Bachelor of Science with Honours
Ulster University Business School
Department of Management, Leadership and Marketing
The UCAS code for Ulster University is U20
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An industry-relevant course that produces work-ready graduates with key business, management and leadership skills.
Important notice – campus change Students will complete the next two years on the Jordanstown campus (academic year 2019/20 and 2020/21). Thereafter, from 2021, they may transition campuses. Precise timings will be communicated as we progress through the final stages of the build of the enhanced Belfast campus. Find out more
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The BSc (Hons) Management and Leadership Development course at Ulster is an innovative and exciting degree programme that will provide you with a rewarding learning experience. This course puts a major emphasis on personal and skills development in relation to management and leadership. Extensive use of work-based learning is made via live projects with partner organisations.If you want to understand the key aspects of management and leadership in business and intend to pursue a career in this dynamic field, this is the course for you.
You will enhance your knowledge in a range of leadership, management and business areas, including strategy, marketing, finance, human resource management, operations management, entrepreneurship and personal development.
The course has a strong focus on employability, ensuring you graduate with the skills necessary to be successful in the fast paced business environment.
The University regularly ‘refreshes’ courses to make sure they are as up-to-date as possible. The University calls this process 'academic revalidation’.
For the most up-to-date course/ module information, please contact the Course Director.
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The BSc Hons Management and Leadership Development course has been designed in collaboration with leading businesses, employers and other stakeholders, giving you the relevant knowledge and professional skills valued by employers and required in today’s workplace.
A key aim of the course is to provide an academically challenging, intellectually stimulating and broad-based programme of study, which will prepare you for a management career in a range of business areas.
The course covers the important aspects of leadership, management and business, including strategy, marketing, finance, human resource management, operations management, entrepreneurship and personal development.
You will enhance your skills in a range of areas including presentation, critical analysis, problem solving, team building, communication and decision-making.
The broad-ranging nature of the BSc Hons Management and Leadership Development course provides excellent preparation for a wide range of careers across various sectors and industries. Our graduates secure positions within the public, private and voluntary sectors.
This is a full-time course completed over three years.
You will normally complete three modules per semester, with class contact time approximately three hours per week per module. You will be expected to undertake independent study of around 10 hours per week per module adn you will have on average 9-10 class contact hours per week.
At the beginning of year 1 you are also expected to attend a two day introductory induction residential involving outdoor team building and leadership activities. At this residential, you will begin to appreciate the nature of the leadership skills and knowledge required for a career in business.
Additionally, you will be expected to devote some of your study time to working with local employers on a specific issue as part of your 'live' project modules in Year 2 and Year 3.
You will attend lectures, seminars, tutorials as well as listening to talks from guest speakers from business and industry and our visiting professors, all of whom have a wealth of experience in business, management and leadership roles.
You will also be assessed using a range of techniques including written exams, presentations, debates, essays and reports.
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:
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 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.
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 aims to provide an introduction to the study of leadership and management. Students will be provided with knowledge and understanding of the internal dynamics of an organisation, and the roles and functions which managers play in ensuring that it fulfills its mission or purpose. Students will also be encouraged to self-evaluate and reflect on their own management and leadership skills and competences, this will be introduced at the residential in week 2.
For organisations to perform effectively within their business environment, it is essential that managers are equipped to make effective decisions, particularly when problems arise. This module investigates the key stages in managerial decision making and the creative problem solving process and examines a range of tools and techniques that lead to workplace improvements.
This module provides students with the skills to analyse and organise quantitative data and an understanding of the core skills to communicate effectively with an emphasis on management and leadership / HRM issues.
The overall aim of this module is to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the concepts related to the financial aspects of businesses and to the economic environments in which they operate.
This module helps students to develop an understanding of the relationships between business and society, exploring the ethical dimensions of global trade. Throughout the module students engage with critical inquiry, using questions as a tool to explore the concepts and issues that emerge from within the module. Students are actively encouraged to bring your own experiences as a citizen in to their discussion and inquiry. Assessment in this module comes in the form of a group debate and individual essay
The purpose of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the array of issues, which must be considered in relation to marketing activities in the wider business and management context. It represents a key underpinning to subsequent management related modules within their degree programme.
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of e-business and its applications in different organisations. On successful completion of this module students will have an in-depth knowledge of the e-business; understand and apply concepts and models underlying e-business; analyse how organisations apply e-business technologies to improve their operations and to create competitive advantage; and critically evaluate current practice on creating and managing e-business applications.
In the dynamic environment in which businesses operate the importance of operations improvement cannot be ignored. Customer focus through streamlining of value chains is imperative. It presents challenges in terms of how we classify, relate to and manage the internal and external chain of customers. The ability to remove costs, optimise value creation, understand the competencies, and effectively reconfigure the organisation in the context of a continuous improvement philosophy is crucial.
This module will examine a range of theoretical and practical issues surrounding managing innovation and entrepreneurship. This will be important to understanding the concepts of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship and their linkages. The development of a business model by student teams will immerse students in key concepts of entrepreneurship and innovation. A series of video guest speakers from a variety of entrepreneurial backgrounds, creativity tools and case studies will be deployed to reinforce key concepts.
In order to become effective managers and leaders it is essential that students are able to work with others and provide direction to achieve results. On completion of the module students will have demonstrated their ability to work effectively in a team environment and engage with organisations to apply theoretical learning by successfully delivering added value via agreed projects.
This module provides students with an essential introduction to and understanding of the key issues and concepts within the field of Human Resource Management. The module explores HR theory, good practice and the challenges of managing, leading and developing people within the ever-changing context.
Whilst many theorists would claim that people are the most important strategic resource of any organisation, employees may not always be motivated and handled in the best possible way, due to a number of competing tensions between the objectives of organisations and the aspirations of the employee. This module takes the student on a journey through increasingly deeper approaches to conflict resolution. First, there is a detailed role-play on a representational negotiation situation, which introduces the student to distributive and integrative behaviour models. Secondly, students embark upon a detailed mediation role-play exercise, focussed on facilitative mediation that encourages the protagonists to discuss and agree their own solutions to a conflict situation. Finally, a mindfulness exercise introduces the student to the importance of self-control and mindful/emotionally intelligent responses in approaching conflict situations.
The module informs and equips students to effectively respond to the corporate governance, risk management and ethical challenges organisations face today in the business environment.
This module equips students with an understanding of how leadership and management is evolving in organisations, the leadership challenges associated with a turbulent and unpredictable environment, and of the strategies and techniques to ensure effective leadership and management. The module will examine a range of theoretical approaches that will be used to help analyse and evaluate leadership situations.
This module will equip students with the generic perspectives and skills necessary to carry out an effective strategic analysis of any organisation and to better understand the role and importance of Business Strategy in enabling organisations to identify, evaluate and respond to the forces and influences that impact upon their ability to achieve and sustain a competitive position.
This module equips students with an understanding of the pressures for change acting on organisations, the challenges associated with changing organisations, and of the strategies and techniques used to achieve organisational change. The module will examine a range of theoretical approaches that will be used to help analyse and evaluate change situations.
This module is part one of the management project in which students will be provided with the opportunity for work based learning that aims to further develop employability and research skills. In previous modules and placement, students will have undertaken structured project work in local organisations, designed to develop key management and leadership competencies.
This module is part two of the management project in which students will be provided with the opportunity for work based learning that aims to further develop employability and research skills
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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The A Level requirement for this course is BBC.
*** To note that only qualifications defined as “Applied General” will be accepted for entry onto any undergraduate course at Ulster University.***
QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma(2012 Suite)
Award profile of DDD
RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma(2016 Suite)
Award profile of DDM
QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (2012 Suite)
Award profile of DD plus A Level Grade B
RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (inc. course if appropriate)/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma(inc. course if appropriate) (2016 Suite)
Award profile of DM plus A Level Grade B
QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Introductory Diploma (2012 Suite)
Award profile of D plus A Level Grades BB
RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Certificate(2016 Suite)
Award profile of D plus A Level Grades BB
Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile H3, H3, H3, H3, H3.
The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBCC.
The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC.
Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 26 points (13 at higher level).
Overall Access profile 70%.
GCSE Profile to include Mathematiics with a minimum Grade C.
GCSE Profile to include English Language with a minimum Grade C.
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.
There are currently no routes to join the course later than year one.
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Graduates from this course are now working for:
With this degree you could become:
Graduates from this course will have attractive opportunities to practice their skills in management and leadership in a variety of roles. On completion of the degree programme, graduates will be an in an excellent position to draw from their experiential learning and to apply for a range of jobs across a number of sectors. For example, past graduates have gained employment in various positions, such as in Operations Mangement, Consultancy and Business Development. Past graduates have also expressed how they have significantly benefited from the skills and knowledge obtained throughout the course. As one recent graduate said: “Thanks to the department .... for all the help over the last 3 years. I've managed to gain a promotion and am now an operations manager with team managers reporting into me. I had to do a presentation as part of my interview and really believe the skills I have learned in the last 3 years really helped.”
Graduates may also proceed to postgraduate study or research in business-related areas.
Whlist this course does not have a placement year we ensure you still receive contact with real organisations through group and individual project work. In second year, you will undertake a group project in which you will work directly with a local employer on addressing an organisational issue.
In Final Year, as part of the Management and Leadership Project module, you will also undertake an individual project in which you will work with a local employer on resolving an organisational issue. Students have worked with organisations such as the Grand Opera House, Coca Cola, Oxfam and Huhtamaki. You will be fully supported throughout this module as you will have a lecturer as a mentor and supervisor throughout the whole of final year.
Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.
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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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Northern Ireland & EU: £4,275.00
England, Scotland, Wales and the Islands: £9,250.00 Discounts available
International: £14,060.00 Scholarships available
Peak Discovery Leader of Tomorrow Prize (presented to the best first year student in semester 1).
Grafton Recruitment Best Final Year Project Prize (presented to the student with the highest score in the final year project).
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.
Admissions Office (for entry level queries):
International Admissions Office
Judith McKnight, Course Director (for course content queries):
"Thanks to the department .... for all the help over the last 3 years. I've managed to gain a promotion and am now an operations manager with team managers reporting into me. I had to do a presentation as part of my interview and really believe the skills I have learned in the last 3 years really helped".
"Everything in that course is relevant to today's business world and my job. I'm really seeing the benefit of the applied nature of the course as I have those skills that my employer was looking for".