Developing resilient, agile leaders that can enhance the competitiveness of their organisation today and in the future.
As a director or senior executive, leadership is the most important part of your role. However, in a turbulent business climate, leaders cannot model themselves on leadership approaches from the past and expect to meet the demands of today. To support leaders to respond to these demands, we have designed a development programme that uses 21st century approaches to meet future challenges we all face.
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About this course
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The MSc Executive Leadership enables participants to explore how to develop individual and organisational leadership competence through becoming part of a global learning community. To be a strong role model is important too, so up to date approaches to ethics and governance feature throughout. However, the key to sustainable success is the capacity to lead through innovation, to outthink the competition and then to outperform it.
The programme is structured around seven taught modules each lasting three days and one five day module delivered at the Global Leadership Institute, Boston College, USA. In addition, participants complete a Research Study (Dissertation project).
- October 2017
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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Applicants must normally:
(a) have gained:
(i) a second class honours degree or better from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or
(ii) an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification, and
(iii) at least 5 years experience in a senior managerial/leadership role.
(b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent);
or as an alternative to (a) (i), (a) (ii), (a)(iii) and/or (b):
(c) in exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for an exemption against modules within the programme.
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
Assessment is by completion of work-based assignments.
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 the programme. However, participants must register for modules amounting to at least the final third of the credit value of the award.
No exemption shall be permitted from the dissertation.
Careers & opportunities
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Current students occupy relevant and worthwhile careers but this programme supports continued career development whereby some students have progressed to senior executive and boardroom positions following completion of the programme. For those who wish to maintain their links with academia, there is an option to pursue further studies at PhD.
Graduates of the programme have written written research papers and have presented at a number of International and Leadership Conferences.
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
Additional mandatory costs
The fees for a typical masters programme do not apply as the MSc Executive Leadership includes a five day overseas residential programme to the Global Leadership Institute, Boston College, USA. Please contact the Course Director for information on the cost of this programme.
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.
"The MSc is ideal because as business leaders we know that there is no set definition of leadership and in order to become truly great leaders ourselves, we must strive for greater knowledge and have a thirst for continual growth." Denise Kennedy, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and MSc Executive Leadership graduate
"The MSc in Executive Leadership is a challenging but highly rewarding programme delivered by a professional team. The key benefit for me was the ability to transfer academic concepts into practical business initiatives to enhance both personal and business performance. I firmly believe that this course is a critical tool for anyone with aspirations for any senior leadership role." Graham Lapsley, Head of Finance Centre, Danske Bank and MSc Executive Leadership Graduate