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This course is designed for those practising or aspiring managers wishing to update their skills and competencies and achieve a primary degree.


Study Management Practice at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The degree is offered on a part-time basis to facilitate busy managers and ensure that there is appropriate transfer of theory into practice.

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About this course

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The degree is offered on a part-time basis to facilitate busy managers and ensure that there is appropriate transfer of theory into practice. This programme of study is about learning for business. It is intended that participants will use their learning to enhance not just their own personal and professional development but to stimulate business improvement in their own organisation.


Normally two full-day workshops per module. 80% attendance is required on all modules.

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. Please refer to the additional entry requirements for further information.

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

Applications must satisfy the University’s general entry requirements or demonstrate their ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). The initial offer standard may vary from year to year. In addition, all applicants must:

(a) be in employment and be working in, or aspiring to work in, a supervisory/ management role;


(b) if unemployed, have previously been employed in a supervisory/management role normally within the last three years.

Teaching and learning assessment

A primary degree is comprised of modules amounting to 360 credit points. It will be made up of modules from different levels, i.e. at levels 4, 5 and 6. The BSc Hons Management Practice comprises levels 4, 5 and 6 modules. Those who have completed the AdvDiploma in Management Practice will "cash in" their qualification for the higher award. Where no level 4 modules have been studied, a portfolio of evidence may be submitted and used. Students must undertake modules amounting to 120 credit points at level 6, ie, there are no exemptions in the final year.

The course is structured into modules and typically there are 6 x 20 credit point modules at each level.

Year 1 includes topics such as How to Manage, Managing Resources and Project Management.

Year 2 includes modules relating to leadership, personal and professional development, change management, finance for the non-financial manager and business improvement.

Year 3 focuses on the future of work, entrepreneurship in practice and coaching and mentoring. The final year includes a research dissertation.

Accreditation of Prior Learning may be used to meet the learning outcomes of level 4 and level 5 modules.

All modules are assessed by coursework only.

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 the University for modules amounting to at least the final third of the credit value of the award at the highest level. There are no exemptions in the final year.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Graduates of the programme will be equipped to progress to more advanced programmes of study. In addition, they will be in a better position to progress within their organisation, or indeed, within another organisation/sector. Academic progression may largely depend on the individual’s previous experience as well as their accumulated studies. Future study may include programmes such as the MSc in Business Improvement or MSc in Executive Leadership.

Students who exit with the award of Associate Bachelor’s Degree will have a secure platform from which to further their careers by pursuing appropriate academic or professional qualifications and/or by developing their skills within the context of their current role, their organisation or 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 degree may include completion of two separate portfolios of evidence, please contact the Course Director for information on the cost of this programme.


For further information on this programme, please contact:

Dr Joy Taylor

Course Director

T: 028 9036 8317

M: 077 0297 1441



"I am so glad I did this. I was absolutely terrified at the start and wasn't at all sure I could work at the level required, let alone fit it all in with work and home and family. With each module my confidence grew, I feel like a different person and am much more confident in my abilities and what I have to offer. I am developing new career plans and feel like I can achieve in a way I never did before. This has been a brilliant opportunity and worth every penny and every sleepless night."

"The course focussed my thoughts and allowed us (the business) to widen our perspective. We have developed two new product lines which I don't think would have happened without us looking at the bigger picture."