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

  • Maydown Precision Engineering
  • Ulster Bank
  • Bank of Ireland
  • Seagate Technology

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • General Manager
  • Financial Controller
  • Production Manager
  • Sales and Marketing Manager


Would you like a fast-track three-year part-time route to an internationally recognised business degree? BSc Hons Business Administration


This unique course provides a three-year fast-track route by part-time study to an internationally recognised honours degree in business with a strategic focus. It will appeal to highly motivated aspiring managers who are seeking the skills and qualifications necessary to meet their achievable career objectives. It also provides a very desirable tailored pathway for HNC, HND and FdSc students to top up their qualifications to Honours degree level. The innovative structure and delivery of this programme facilitates a manageable approach to work and study in a dynamic and academically challenging University environment.

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About this course

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The course will appeal to students seeking an internationally recognized primary degree progamme in business which will not only enhance their career opportunities but also provide a foundation for postgraduate study in strategic management programmes such as an MBA.

Applicants are likely to include:

-individuals in employment seeking a formal internationally recognized business degree to further their managerial career objectives;

-graduates of HNC/HND/FdSc programmes wishing to move to a more strategic level of study by completing an Honours Bachelors degree;

-students seeking a business degree in a traditional university setting but with a more innovative approach to delivery, duration, attendance and financial affordability than typical full-time programmes;

-potential students seeking employment opportunity and enhanced employability through higher education and retraining in business.

Structure & content

The progamme structure consists of 120 credit points at each of levels four, five and six, which equate with the National Credit Accumulation Framework.

Successful completion of year one (120 credit points at level 4) means studends have attained sufficient credit for the exit award of Certificate of Higher Education in Business Administration.

Students who successfully complete year two (level 5) with 240 credit points (including 120 points at level 4) are eligible for the exit award of Associate Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.

The final award of BSc Hons Business Administration may be attained at the end of year three for successful completion of 360 credit points (level 6).

The University regularly ‘refreshes’ courses to make sure they are as up-to-date as possible. The University calls this process 'academic revalidation’. This course will be ‘refreshed’ during the 2017/18 academic year, with changes put in place for students entering in September 2018.

For the most up-to-date course/ module information, please contact the Course Director.


Normally three calendar years (less with exemptions eg HND etc).

Semesters 1 and 2 require attendance at evening classes for two three hour sessions per week. These classes are normally held from 5.30pm on Monday and Tuesday.

The summer semester (Semester 3) is normally taught in blocks with each block consisting of four evening sessions. Both blocks will be held in mid June with an additional two evening sessions in late August.

Students will study modules to the value of 40 credit points in each semester. Each 20 credit point module has a total notional value of 200 effort hours. This includes approximately 36 tutor contact hours and the remainder being independent study.

Start dates

  • September 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

Normally Two A levels are required for entry

Whilst two ‘A’ levels are traditionally a prerequisite for entry to primary degree programmes, applicants with experience, who lack formal academic qualifications, may be admitted to the course if they can satisfy the Course Committee of their ability to complete the course satisfactorily. Exemptions may be granted from parts of the course where applicants already hold a higher academic or professional qualification providing evidence of relevant previous studies.

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

Lectures, seminars, practical exercises and workshops, group discussion, simulations, case studies, directed reading, independent learning, presentations, visiting speakers, use of information technology and web-based learning.

The teaching and learning approach allows students to have a high level of involvement and participation in the learning process whilst equipping them with the concepts, skills and experiences necessary for employability, and further career and personal development.

Many modules have a combination of continuous assessment and written examination at the end of the semester. Various assessment methods are used. Demonstration of knowledge and understanding is through a combination of coursework, presentations, written unseen examinations, practical business planning and research projects. Ability to use IT tools for business is developed through the preparation of coursework.

Each of the summer semester modules consist of continuous assessment and have a common theme of developing management in practice at increasing levels of strategic application.

Exemptions and transferability

Applicants who can provide evidence of previous relevant study, awarded in accordance with the Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme, (CATS), may be considered for exemption from particular modules or to entry to later years of the course.

Students offering HNC, HND and FdSc qualifications will find this a particularly attractive route to topping up to Honours degree level.

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:

  • Maydown Precision Engineering
  • Ulster Bank
  • Bank of Ireland
  • Seagate Technology

Job roles

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

  • General Manager
  • Financial Controller
  • Production Manager
  • Sales and Marketing Manager

Career options

Business Administration graduates are well-placed for a management career in the business arena or to take advantage of the increased opportunities in the public sector. Graduates will have additional skills in a range of management fuctions particularly accounting, human resource management and marketing. They will also have attractive opportunities for professional development within the business related professions, for example The Chartered Institute of Accountants in Ireland or The Chartered Institute of Marketing. Graduates may also proceed to postgraduate study or research in business-related areas. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to develop their personal skills and abilities in order to maximise their career potential.


Applications to our part-time undergraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy

Northern Ireland & EU:

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. 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.


Business School

T: +44 (0)28 7167 5321


Course Director: Dr David McAree

T: +44 (0)28 7167 5436