Master of Science
Ulster University Business School
Department of Management, Leadership and Marketing
Combining study with practical experience to produce managers that can make a difference.
Are you looking to progress your career in management? Do you want to be a key decision maker who leads with purpose? The MSc Management course combines study with practical experience meaning you will graduate ready to manage, lead and inspire with confidence.
Covering key management skills including marketing, finance, people, operations, innovation and strategy, you will also have the opportunity to work on real life business cases providing you with first hand practical experience, preparing you to make an impact in industry as soon as you graduate.
Taught at Ulster University Business School (UUBS) a forward thinking and well-connected institution (a member of the UK's Chartered Association of Business Schools, the Harvard Business School’s Microeconomics of Competitiveness Affiliate Network, and a collaborator with Babson College, Boston) we are ranked 7th in the UK for our research impact (REF 2014). With an 89% student satisfaction rate (National Student Survey, 2018), UUBS is an excellent place to study alongside an international student body providing you with a diverse network to share ideas and experience.
Open to those with or without a business background this extremely practical course goes beyond academic study allowing you to carry out meaningful and relevant tasks getting you ready for the dynamic business world.
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Our MSc Management programme has a strong practical focus on skills development providing an opportunity for you to develop and demonstrate managerial-level knowledge and skills within the course itself. This not only makes the course extremely relevant to current industry but will also give you the edge when it comes to employment opportunities and your future career.
A 12 week ‘Management Project’ in semester 3 will challenge you to apply your newly learnt knowledge and skills to an organisational issue or problem – an invaluable opportunity to network with and highlight your capabilities to potential future employers.
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. Visiting speakers and practitioners’ masterclasses will also be used to further develop a sound theoretical understanding of contemporary issues within business and management.
All modules are delivered 'executive style' in a flexible three-day block format and can be paced to individual needs.
The full-time MSc is completed in one year. Full-time participants can also exit with a PgCert after successful completion of one semester (three modules) or alternatively exit with a PgDip after successful completion of two semesters (six modules).
All modules are taught by subject specialists and lectures are interactive and involve active participation of students.
All modules are taught by subject specialists and lectures are interactive and involve active participation of students.
Assessment is coursework based with students completing innovative and practical assignments. For example students will think of a business idea, create a company and start trading for one particular module.
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 near the start date and may be subject to 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 of attendance will often 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 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 Masters 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 via one method or a combination e.g. examination and coursework . 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 four learning outcomes, and no more than two 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.
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 Masters 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 Masters degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.
Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.
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 (20%) or Lecturers (55%).
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) by Advanced HE - 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 2021-2022.
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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 examines the fundamental principles and concepts of marketing. It builds on these to develop an understanding and appreciation of marketing management including analysis, planning and control issues from both a strategic and operational perspective.
The aim of the module is to provide participants with an introduction to the financial issues and techniques involved in managerial decision-making and control. Financial decisions and their implications are required to be considered by all organisations. The accounting function cannot be viewed in isolation from the other key functional areas of management and it is important therefore, that managers understand the integrative nature of financial decision making both at an operational and strategic level.
Good managers are not only effective in their use of economic and technical resources, but also in their management of people. This module aims to enable students to acquire knowledge and an understanding of the core areas of Human Resource Management (HRM) and the factors which influence behaviour within organisations. This knowledge and understanding is essential for effective and efficient management practice, in particular, effectively managing, leading and developing people. Learning will be by teaching, discussion and independent study.
Managing Operations will determine whether organizations deliver the highest levels of service. This module aims to enable students to acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of key operations management concepts that enable excellent service to be provided by organizations. Students should acquire an understanding of the tasks, issues and decisions that are necessary to manage processes effectively and the tools to analyze operational performance.
This module will examine a range of theoretical and practical issues surrounding business model innovation. This will be important to understanding the concepts of innovation, creativity, value creation and value capture. The development of business model by student teams will immerse students in key methods of innovation and value propositions, that are relevant for contemporary managers as well as aspiring entrepreneurs. This module will combine real world research and applications in the form of several case studies from major EC projects carried out in the Ulster Business School, video and live guest speakers. This will be combined with key theoretical concepts and relevant empirical research studies, concrete business model and innovation methods.
Strategy and innovation consists of the analysis and decisions an organisation undertakes in order to create and sustain competitive advantage. Understanding these interrelated processes is crucial for creating and developing organisations. This module explores these decision areas from a range of contemporary perspectives and contexts.
All business activities occur within an organisational context, and all organisations require effective and efficient management. This module introduces students to the subject of management, organisational structures and strategy. Students will develop a framework of knowledge from which they can understand and critically analyse the strategic goals of management, appropriate organisational structures and management's role in delivering strategic goals, as well as identify suitable strategies to enable future organisational growth.
This module is designed to enhance the employability of the MSc Management student, whilst giving them experience of a workplace environment. In considering this they produce an internship project in which they apply the theoretical concepts encountered on the MSc Management to a "live" management issue.
This module is optional
This optional module is designed to further enhance the employability and professional development of postgraduate students who are undertaking identified MSc programmes, by giving them internship experience normally of 12 weeks duration. During this internship, students undertake an organisational project and complete a reflective professional development report, which allow them to apply the theoretical concepts encountered on their course to a "live" management issue.
This module is optional
This applied module enhances the practical and employability skills of students by requiring them to undertake consultancy projects for real-life case study clients. The module requires students to draw on relevant theories from previously studied MSc International Business, MBA , MSc Marketing or MSc Management modules, and to apply these in international business contexts, to deliver valuable project outcomes for client companies. The core elements of the module are company and industry specific, however, the international context of the projects will enhance students' development of a global citizenship perspective.
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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Applicants are usually required to have a second class honours degree in any discipline. We welcome applications from those who have not completed business and management related undergraduate courses and wish to develop their skills in this area to complement their previous studies.
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.
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The course places a strong focus on enhancing your employment prospects.
Previous alumni have secured positions with large multinational organisations such as Diageo, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Accenture, Deloitte and KPMG as well as small to medium sized enterprises.
Others have used the programme as a valuable springboard to gain a thorough understanding of business and management principles before starting up their own business.
Our postgraduate fees are subject to annual increase and are currently under review. See our tuition fees page for the current fees for 2022/23 entry.
There are a number of sponsored prizes and awards available for outstanding students on this course. Prizes are awarded each year at the annual Department Prize Evening.
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 above. 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 Wi-Fi are also available on each of the campuses.
There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as a part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs, as well as tuition fees.
See the tuition fees on our student guide for most up to date costs.
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"After completing my undergraduate degree in Business Studies, I decided to enhance my knowledge by completing the MSc Management degree. The course appealed to me as it focused on a number of business areas and offered relevant work experience with its internship module.
The course was a beneficial and challenging experience. The topics covered within the course were interesting and relevant to the business world today. The lecturers are very knowledgeable within their areas of study and are very accommodating to students throughout the process. Overall, I felt the course improved my knowledge in a range of subjects and helped me improve personally as an individual.
Throughout the course, I believe my communication skills, research skills and project management skills have improved significantly as I now have the experience of meeting academic deadlines in a real life working environment. Throughout the internship module, I was able to apply the theoretical concepts I learnt in class to real life situations and scenarios which has helped prepare me for full time employment." Ross O'Donnel, MSc Management Graduate