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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Concern Worldwide
  • Craigavon Industrial Development Organisation
  • Full Circle Management Solutions
  • Grand Opera House
  • Hendersons
  • Kane Group Building Services
  • Openwork

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Box Office Manager
  • Business Development and Sales
  • Graduate Scheme
  • Junior Consultant
  • Business Development Manager
  • Trainee financial advisor
  • Buyer

Overview

Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus in September 2019.  Students will change campus part way through this course. Find out more

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Preparing the managers and leaders of tomorrow.

Summary

Study Management and Leadership Development at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The BSc (Hons) Management and Leadership Development course is an innovative and exciting degree programme that has been developed to provide you with a richly rewarding 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.

The overall aim is to provide an academically challenging, intellectually stimulating and broad-based programme of study, which will prepare you for a career in management in a range of business areas. A core aim is to produce highly employable graduates who have a sound knowledge and understanding of effective management and leadership, and who can demonstrate well developed critical skills associated with successful performance in a variety of organisations.

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About this course

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About

This course has been designed in collaboration with local employers and employer organisations to ensure that you will graduate with the business relevant knowledge and personaland professional skills required in today’s workplace.

Attendance

This is a full-time course completed over three years.

You will normally complete three modules per semester, with class contact time of approximately three hours per week per module. You will be expected to undertake independent study of around 10 hours per week per module. You will have 9-10 class contact hours per week on the Jordanstown campus.

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.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Modules

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.

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Year one

Introduction to Management and Leadership

Year: 1

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.

Effective Communication

Year: 1

This module introduces students to the fundamentals of business communication from verbal and written communication to interpersonal communication skills such as questioning, listening and non-verbal communication. It is designed to encourage students to understand and reflect upon how to be more effective communicators in the workplace and at university. It also encourages students to understand others, their perceptions and how this effects a successful outcome.

Business and Economic Awareness

Year: 1

This module aims to introduce students to a wider organisational and business perspective. It is designed to familiarise students with concepts such as the economic cycle, so that they can consider how an organisations various functions can be impacted upon by internal and external forces.

Management Decision Making

Year: 1

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 problem solving process and examines a range of tools and techniques that lead to workplace improvements.

Using Information for Business

Year: 1

This module provides students with the skills to analyse and organise quantitative and qualitative data with an emphasis placed on applications within business.

Understanding Money and Finance

Year: 1

This module aims to provide students with grounding in financial management that will benefit their personal growth as well as equipping them for a career in business. The content will concentrate firstly on personal financial management and build on the knowledge acquired to appreciate the financial issues affecting private and public organisations. The module is structured so that students will perform financial planning and management and review their experience. The module enables students to interpret key financial statements and to assess the financial status of an operation. The module also introduces students to different financial products.

Year two

HRM for Business Leaders

Year: 2

The purpose of this module is to develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the strategic impact of human resource management on individual performance and development and organisational sustainability. A range of teaching and assessment methods will be used to enhance the learning experience.

Operations Improvement

Year: 2

In the dynamic environment in which businesses operate the importance of effective business operations and business 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.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Year: 2

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.

Understanding People in Organisations

Year: 2

This module is designed to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the behaviour of individuals and groups in organisations. It focuses on how managers and leaders can cultivate effective working relationships, thereby contributing to the achievement of organisational objectives. Students are given an opportunity to reflect upon and develop key transferable skills in the areas of self-awareness, communication, teamwork, the use of power and influence, negotiation and the management of conflict. A range of teaching and assessment methods are used to enhance the learning experience.

Business in Practice

Year: 2

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. This module aims to enable students to further develop their skills in relation to the key management and leadership competencies of working with others to include the skills of project management, assessment and management of approaches, teamwork, motivation, negotiation, conflict management, creativity and innovation. 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.

Marketing and Sales Management

Year: 2

Marketing and sales management play a key role in facilitating the exchange relationship between supplier and buyers. This module examines their role within an organisation's efforts to successfully market its products/services to its customers.

Year three

Governance, Risk and Ethics

Year: 3

The module informs and equips students to effectively respond to the governance challenges organisations face today. The module aims, through a variety of teaching and learning mechanisms, to investigate the key components for securing the highest standards of effective corporate governance, encompassing topics such as: the values that underpin corporate governance; the role of the board in corporate governance and decision-making, and decision support functions; business ethics; the governance of corporate risk; corporate governance best practice - rules or principles?; corporate social responsibility (CSR); corporate citizenship; ethical trade; responsible entrepreneurship; social and environmental audit; and stakeholder engagement and needs assessment.

New Directions in Management and Leadership

Year: 3

This module will give students the knowledge and the skills to be an effective leader. Students will consider the key theories of leadership and consider their application through the skills provided by Neurolinguistic Programmes.

Business Strategy

Year: 3

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.

Management & Leadership Project I

Year: 3

This module is part one of the Management and Leadership Project in which students will be prepared to undertake their project. In doing so, students will be provided with a substantive work-based learning opportunity to acquire an understanding of the formation of business strategy and to actively participate in and indeed, drive, a project designed to assist a business organisation in meeting strategic objectives. This module allows students to negotiate entry into an organisation and equips them with the necessary knowledge and understanding of methodological concepts before implementing their desired project.

Change Management

Year: 3

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.

Management & Leadership Project II

Year: 3

The Management and Leadership Project (ii) provides a substantive opportunity for work-based learning and for students to develop essential employability skills. Students will acquire an understanding of the formation of business strategy and participate in a project designed to assist a business organisation in meeting strategic objectives. In addition it allows the student to engage with practitioners in industry, taking responsibility for building and maintaining a professional relationship through networking skills.

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 BBB.

BTEC

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

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile BBBBB.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is AABCC.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is BBB.

International Baccalaureate

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

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile 70%.

GCSE

GCSE Profile to include Mathematiics with a minimum Grade C.

GCSE Profile to include English Language with a minimum Grade C.

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

The course has a range of teaching, learning and assessment methods. You will attend lectures, seminars and 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.

Exemptions and transferability

There are currently no routes to join the course later than year one.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Concern Worldwide
  • Craigavon Industrial Development Organisation
  • Full Circle Management Solutions
  • Grand Opera House
  • Hendersons
  • Kane Group Building Services
  • Openwork

Job roles

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

  • Box Office Manager
  • Business Development and Sales
  • Graduate Scheme
  • Junior Consultant
  • Business Development Manager
  • Trainee financial advisor
  • Buyer

Career options

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.

Work placement / study abroad

Whlist this course does not have a placement year we ensure you still receive contact with real life organisations through group and individual project work. In second year, you will undertake a group project within 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 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 through the whole of final year.

Apply

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Northern Ireland & EU:
£3,925.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£6,000.00
International:
£12,890.00

Scholarships, awards and prizes

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).

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. 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.

Contact

Course Director: Steve McPeake

Department of Management and Leadership
T: 028 9036 8806

E: management@ulster.ac.uk

Testimonials

"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 thoe skills that my employer was looking for."