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The programme is aimed at middle/aspiring senior managers who wish to gain a management qualification and benefit from a practically oriented course.


Study Management Practice at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

This programme is relevant for those who do not have a specific academic background in management as well as for those who wish to develop their existing management skills. The programme was launched in 1995 in response to a demand from business for a management development initiative targeted specifically at middle/aspiring senior managers. Since then 40 programmes have taken place and the programme has evolved to reflect changing management needs.

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About this course

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In today’s changing business environment, leaders and managers face new challenges, requiring new approaches and capabilities. The programme is structured around six modules:

  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Improving Organisational Performance
  • Finance and
  • Management Project.

The emphasis is on improving managerial performance by exposing managers to leading edge theories, models and frameworks and critically demonstrating how these managerial tools and techniques inform practice. It is, therefore, competency based and has, as its main focus, behavioural change in the workplace that will result in enhanced business capability.

The programme does not have exams, but requires five work based assignments of approximately 1500 to 2000 words and a project of approximately 3000 words.

Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of the Advanced Diploma in Management Practice. The qualification carries 120 credit points at undergraduate level 5.


Modules are delivered on a block format basis. Classes (two days every 6 to 8 weeks) start at 09.30 and finish around 16.30.

The total time commitment is 13 days in Jordanstown, a 2 day induction and 3 half day action learning sets together with independent study time.

Start dates

  • October 2016
  • February 2017
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

There is no A Level requirement for this course.

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.

Additional Entry Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University's general entry requirements and specific course requirements as detailed below:

(a) have gained a Certificate of Higher Education or an equivalent standard in an approved alternative qualification;

(b) be working in, or aspiring to work in, supervisory/management roles in their work organisation;


(c) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent);

or as an alternative to (a) and/or (c):

(d) provide evidence of their ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning.

Teaching and learning assessment

Assessment is by a company-based assignment at the end of each module.

Exemptions and transferability

Studies pursued and examinations passed in respect of other qualifications awarded by the University or by another university or other educational institution, or evidence from the accreditation of prior experiential learning, may be accepted as exempting candidates from part of an approved programme provided that they shall register as students of Ulster University for modules amounting to at the final 50% of the credit value of the award at the highest level.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

The programme provides graduates with a secure platform from which they may further their careers by pursuing a relevant final year degree includng the BSc Hons Management Practice or, if they have a degree, an appropriate postgraduate qualification leading to the attainment of further academic or professional qualifications. Graduates of the programme may also develop their skills within the context of their current role or through progression within their organisation or indeed within another organisation/sector.


Please complete the University's online application form.

How to apply

Start dates

  • October 2016
  • February 2017

Fees and funding

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Additional mandatory costs

As this programme includes an induction at an external venue and additional Action Learning Sets, details on the cost of the programme can be obtained from the Course Director.


For further information on this course, please contact:

Course Director: Ms Janice Wright

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 8070


Programme Administrator: Sharon Barton

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6417



"The course content has proved to be very relevant to my own work circumstances. The setting of assignments, against the backdrop of each student's own work environment, produces "live time" benefits that are immediate for both myself and my employer."

Mark Price - Europa General Underwriters