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Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Graduate Management Programme
  • Trainee Accountant


Business@Magee: Providing extensive choice for business skills development.


Study Business Studies with Options at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The modular approach to studying business at the Magee campus provides students with extensive choice. Business Studies may be taken as a single honours or in conjunction with a specialist subject from the business area. Students may choose from Accounting, Human Resource Management or Marketing. The flexible structure of this programme affords students the opportunity of choosing a pathway to suit their own personal interests and career aspirations.

The programme equips graduates for a management career in industry, commerce or the public sector. It also provides the entrepreneurial and innovation skills necessary for the creation of new business ventures and to stimulate the competitive impetus for managing and developing existing businesses. The specialism subjects help develop supporting expertise of particular interest to the student.

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About this course

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The BSc Hons Business Studies programmes meet the needs of those wishing to pursue a career in business and allows those with an interest in accounting, human resource management or marketing to choose these subjects as specialist areas. The programme allows students to follow a general Business Studies path or take a specialism from one of the three pathways namely, Accounting, Human Resource Management or Marketing. This enables students to develop the skills and expertise necessary for an aspiring professional career in accounting, human resource management or marketing. In addition, it provides the basis for graduates wishing to take a postgraduate programme up to doctoral level.

The programme provides key business knowledge and skills essential for a graduate seeking a managerial career in general business or a specialist interest in accounting, human resource management or marketing.

The development of relevant employability skills is at the core of the BSc Hons Business Studies degree and a variety of opportunities exist within the programme and its modules, to develop such skills. These skills include, for example, Creative Thinking, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Business start-up, Problem Solving and Interpersonal skills as well as general management skills.


This is a part-time course where students can take up to nine years (without placement) to complete the programme. It is possible to fully complete the programme within five years. You will normally complete four modules per year, with class contact time approximately three hours per week per module. You will be expected to undertake independent study to supplement that contact of around 10 hours per week per module. You will have 9-10 class contact hours per week on the Magee campus.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

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

The A Level requirement for this course is 260 - 300 UCAS tariff points to include BC - BB.


Overall BTEC award profile DMM - DDM to include Unit profile of 7 - 9 distinctions.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile BBCCC - BBBBB.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is AABB - AABCC.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is BCC - BBB.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 24 - 26 points (12 - 13 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile 60 - 70%.


GCSE profile to include minimum Grade C or above in Mathematics and English Language.

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.

Teaching and learning assessment

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars, practical workshops, case studies, problem-solving techniques, team projects, individual research, oral presentations, non-book media, visiting lectures with industry practitioners and computer projects. These methods allow students to have a high degree of involvment and participation in learning, equipping particpants with concepts, skills and experiences necessary for career and personal development.

Modules are assessed using a variety of methods including individual essays/reports, class tests, case studies, group projects, oral presentations and end of term examinations.

Exemptions and transferability

Most students commence with modules at level 4. Applicants who can provide evidence of previous relevant study, awarded in accordance with the Credit Accumulation Transfer System, (CATS), may be considered for exemption from particular modules or entry to higher levels.

Careers & opportunities

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Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Graduate Management Programme
  • Trainee Accountant

Career options

Business Studies graduates are well placed for a management career in the business arena or to take advantage of opportunities in the public sector. Depending on the choice of business specialism, graduates will have generic skills in management functions including management accounting, finance and project management and specific specialist skills in accounting, human resource managment or marketing. Graduates may also proceed to postgraduate study or research in related areas. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to develop their personal skills and abilities in order to maximize their career potential.


Applications to full-time and part-time postgraduate courses are made through the University's online application system.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Scholarships, awards and prizes

  • McDaid, McCullagh and Moore Prize for Best Student in Accounting
  • Londonderry Junior Chamber of Commerce Prize for Best Placement Student
  • Maydown Precision Engineering Prize for Best Business Studies Student


Irene Karmiotis, Ulster Business School

T: +44 (0) 28 7012 4798


Course Director: Gráinne Tuohy

T: +44 (0) 28 7167 5541