2021/22 Full-time Postgraduate course
Master of Business Administration
Ulster University Business School
Department of Management, Leadership and Marketing
Combining teaching and real-world experience so you can make an impact in business
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Create opportunity and realise your potential with an MBA. Our programme will take you on a journey to become a forward thinking, strategic business leader.
The major benefit of completing a Masters with Advanced Practice is that it combines teaching with real-world experience. As part of the course you will get the opportunity to complete either an Internship or an Applied Consulting Project, working on real life current issues faced by industry.
Applying your learning in a working environment will ensure you leave the course industry ready equipped with the knowledge, skills and experience to make an impact in the business world.
Designed to introduce you to the essential areas of business and management you will study practical and relevant skills in leadership, operations, marketing, economics, strategy development and finance. Applying business theory to the world of work, the course will deepen your understanding of organisations and the constantly changing environments in which they operate. An excellent opportunity to study alongside an international student body providing you with a diverse network to share ideas and experience.
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Become a business leader of tomorrow.
The MBA course will educate and develop you as a manager and business specialist, improving your future career prospects through providing an integrated, applied and critical understanding of management and organisations. You will develop transferable and intellectual skills that are essential for successful general and strategic management in both private and public sector organisations. The course considers the current local, regional and international market trends so you can apply your skills to real life environments.
Aimed at developing management and leadership skills for graduates of any discipline, the objectives of the MBA are to:
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:
At the Advanced Practice stage, you’ll chose between two options:
ACF734 Accounting and Finance
Using case study examples to illustrate accounting concepts within a real-world context this module will introduce you to the key areas of financial and management accounting. Covering basic but essential numerical calculations there will be an emphasis on understanding the issues around the numbers and the context within which they are set.
Whilst this module is not intended to equip you with detailed accounting knowledge by the end of the module you will be able to engage in intelligent discussion with financial experts, grasping the big picture rather than getting lost in the detail.
The assessment for the module will strike a balance between calculation, interpretation and discussion.
BMG735 Managing People in the Organisation
This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of individual and group behaviour within organisations. Studying the core areas of Human Resource Management you will be able to apply this knowledge and understanding in a range of organisational settings.
To make the module as engaging and relevant as possible, you will undertake a personality profile alongside a number of awareness raising exercises which will inform a 12 week team project. This case based teaching will let you practically apply concepts learned to real world scenarios.
This module focuses on the challenges management faces in developing and implementing both marketing philosophy and successful marketing programmes. You will gain an understanding of practical marketing principles with case study learning and an opportunity to analyse and make marketing recommendations for a company of your choice.
Marketing plays a critical role as the boundary function between an organisation and the marketplace. Changes in the market require changes from the company; changes made by the company create changes in the market. Marketing is concerned with managing this ever-changing relationship and this module will teach you how.
BMG855 Operations Management
In the dynamic environment in which businesses operate the importance of business improvement cannot be ignored, operations management is about creating the highest level of efficiency possible within an organisation.
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 teach you the skills to address these issues and how to manage the internal and external chain of customers.
BMG835 Management Studies and Research Methods
During this module you will be exposed to a range of research methods, consultancy skills, and project management techniques. You will then use your new-found knowledge of various research and project management methodologies to develop an applied project proposal and project plan in preparation for undertaking your business project. Gain confidence in your presentation skills as well as how to apply research methods to effectively get results.
BMG738 Digital Transformation
Digital transformation is having an ever changing impact on business and society, this module will explore how using a range of organisational contexts. Supported by practical case studies you will learn how digital technologies can disrupt industries by transforming industry value chains, as well as explore patterns of demand and competitive pressures. You will gain an understanding of how digital technologies and frameworks can be applied in a digital transformation strategy and the organisational and people capabilities required to support and implement such strategies. Critically evaluating current practice and theory on digital transformation, an industry guest speaker will help you relate your learnings to the workplace.
BMG743 Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The identification, evaluation and exploitation of opportunities; innovation and entrepreneurship are drivers for value creation in modern economies.
In an ever changing and dynamic environment it is important to be progressive and forward thinking, finding solutions and challenging the norm. Applying theory to practice you will undertake a live project analysing and making recommendations on the innovation strategy and business model of a client organisation. Featuring an industry guest speaker and a visit to local accelerators and incubators currently mentoring start ups in the local area this module presents a contemporary exploration of the nature of innovation and entrepreneurship.
BMG744 Leadership and Change
Get the knowledge and skills to be an effective leader. During this module you will consider the key theories of leadership and their effective application in leading organisational change. You will analyse and critically discuss the leadership approach and change management style of the main leaders in a case study organisation allowing you to apply theory to a real-life working environment.
An introduction to the key concepts in business strategy, on completion of this module you will be able to conduct a strategic analysis of an organisation, its environment, and its future strategic options. Provided with the tools to equip you to answer real life strategy decisions, you will also gain an understanding of the fundamentals of international strategy; appreciate some of the key issues associated with strategy implementation and critically evaluate current theory and practice.
ECO701 Economics and the Business Environment
This module aims to enhance your understanding of, and ability to adapt to, changes in the environments in which you will be operating. Helping you develop systematic analytical techniques based on rigorous economic principles you will first study the problem of scarcity of resources before analysing the demand - supply – equilibrium model of economic analysis. This will be followed by an examination of the internal and external environments within which firms must operate, focusing on production, cost, profits, market conditions and the objectives of the firm. You will learn to make informed strategic decisions in a managerial context.
BMG843 Business Project
With the freedom to choose your own topic, the business project gives you an opportunity to investigate an important organisational issue of interest to you. Applying writing and research skills to a real life business topic you will pursue the practical, ethical and strategic issues within your chosen area for this written assessed piece.
Perhaps there is a current newsworthy topic you want to explore, you have a particular interest in a specific business or industry or want to cover something relevant to a previous business you have worked for – there are lots of options to ensure you get as much as possible from this module.
Using work based research the aim of the project is to develop and test your conceptual and analytical skills helping to enhance your work related abilities and prepare you for future research.
Examples of previous Business Projects which students have worked on include:
Advanced Practice Modules (You will choose one of the two options):
Option One: Internship & Professional Development Project
Designed to further enhance your employability and professional development you will undertake an internship normally lasting 12 weeks. During the internship you will undertake an organisational project and complete a reflective professional development report, allowing you to apply the theoretical concepts encountered on your course to a "live" management issue.
Option Two: Applied Consulting Project
Designed to enhance your practical and employability skills you will undertake a consultancy project for a real-life case study client. This module will require you to draw on relevant theories from previously studied MBA modules, and apply them in business contexts to deliver valuable project outcomes for client companies.
Why Study at Ulster University Business School?
A Well Established and Innovative Business School
As a member of the UK's Chartered Association of Business Schools, the Harvard Business School’s Microeconomics of Competitiveness Affiliate Network, and as a collaborator with Babson College, Boston, Ulster University Business School has established itself as a forward thinking and well-connected business school. One of the largest business schools in the UK we are ranked 7th for the impact of our research (REF 2014).
We have an 89% student satisfaction rate (National Student Survey, 2018). With our lecturers actively engaged in research and industry collaborations you can be assured that you will experience up to date and expert knowledge from business insiders.
Supportive, Dynamic Learning
We are committed to offering excellent support, both in academic study and in helping you develop as managers and leaders. The course content is dynamic utilising real life case studies to ensure learning is forward thinking and relevant.
Our industry connections mean you will be invited to exclusive business events (such as the Management and Leadership Network conference) expanding your knowledge and offering excellent networking opportunities.
Access to Top Business Leaders
Our Business Leader Mentoring Programme matches postgraduate students with local business leaders to give you a real-life insight into the business world. Sharing their experiential knowledge, networks and giving honest and constructive feedback and advice the mentors will help with your personal and career development. An invaluable opportunity to add value to your study, make connections and become industry ready for the constantly evolving world of business.
Value for Money
Our MBA courses are offered at a competitive price so you can get the skills and knowledge to further your career at an affordable price.
Mr Mark McCrory (Course Director)
A Chartered Psychologist and HR professional, Mark is a Lecturer in Management and the Course Director. Previously a Senior Consultant for ITS Ltd his research interests are in leadership development and learning.
Mr Keith Millar
Keith has 20 years of industry experience holding roles in quality and business improvement, supply chain management, and corporate governance and risk management.
Mr Paul Dickson
Paul has worked in the financial, health and media sectors. Previously Research Head in the BBC NI he set up his own Management Consultancy before joining the team at UU.
Dr Kristal Miller
Senior lecturer in Strategy, Kristal’s research focuses on university-industry knowledge transfer, entrepreneurial universities, technology commercialisation, business model innovation and the development of SME innovation.
Dr Trevor Cadden
Senior Lecturer in Operations Management, Trevor has 12 years of experience in the manufacturing industry. He has worked as an operations manager and a consultant with SME’s in the UK and Ireland.
Course team are subject to change.
Students can commence the full time MBA with Advanced Practice in September or January.
Students who commence in September complete:
Students who commence in January complete:
Modules are normally taught through weekly sessions across 12 weeks although some modules are completed on a 'block' basis (9.30am to 5pm usually over 3 consecutive days). Advanced Practice modules are taught through supervision and some face to face sessions but are more organisationally based in nature.
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).
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.
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At our Jordanstown Campus we have world class facilities that are open all year round to our students and members of the public.
At Student Support we provide many services to help students through their time at Ulster University.
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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Designed for those who aspire to work in business and management positions, you do not need a business degree to apply.
Applicants should have a second-class honours degree or equivalent and two years' relevant work experience (we are open to considering multiple types of experience ie part-time, volunteering, placement etc.).
Applications are invited from graduates of any academic background.
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.
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.
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Given the generalist nature of the MBA course there are a wide variety of careers available to 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.
No matter what industry you inspire to manage, the MBA can help you on your way to becoming:
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.
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 12-week internship at an external company.
An Applied Consulting Project, which involves working on a live business project in industry.
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There is a sponsored prize available on the MBA awarded to the student who has produced outstanding work during their studies.
It is important to remember that costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges) and normal living will need to be covered in addition to tuition fees.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses (in addition to tuition fees) we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) vaccinations 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 or for an informal chat about the course please contact one of the following:
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.