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Equips students with the knowledge and skills needed for effective management, adding value through an applied understanding of business.
The MSc Management course offers an advanced qualification combined with practical managerial experience, which will be extremely useful for graduates wishing to pursue managerial and entrepreneurial careers in industry and commerce.
The course builds on graduates’ existing knowledge and skills by equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively manage and lead within a range of industries, and to be able to add significant value through an integrated and critical understanding of business and management.
The course has a strong practical focus on skills development. We believe that students who can demonstrate the ability to add value within a ‘live’ organisational context will always be a more attractive employment proposition than students who cannot. We provide ample opportunity for students to develop and demonstrate managerial level knowledge and skills within the course itself. For example, students will engage in ‘live’ in-company projects with organisations throughout and within semester 1, they will be provided with the opportunity to create, and actively trade with, their own business start-up (and keep any profits!).
A 12 week ‘Internship and Management Project’ in semester 3 of year 2 enables students to apply knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course to an organisational issue or problem. For those who are already in employment the project can be carried out within their organisation, adding value to their existing role.
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About this course
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Lectures follow the standard semester pattern, usually running over a 2 year period of part-time study. Some modules in semester 3 may also be delivered in a “block” format (consecutive days rather than consecutive weeks).
In addition to lectures, seminars, directed reading and IT based resources, knowledge and understanding of the subject are acquired and further developed through case studies, extra-curricular project activity and student work/internship and employability experiences. Visiting speakers and practitioners’ master classes will be used to further develop a sound theoretical understanding of contemporary issues within business and management.
Students study the course over two academic years starting in September. The management project/internship takes place in semester 3 during the final year. Students who are already in work need not undertake an internship, but rather can base their internship project within their current organisation, adding value in this way.
Students are usually in class 1 day per week, however some modules are taught on a "block" basis over 3 days in semester 3.
- September 2017
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. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.
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Enterprise and New Venture Creation
This module enables students to develop an understanding of business from an entrepreneur's perspective. Students will develop an awareness of the role of the entrepreneur in the new venture creation process and the capabilities to recognise, plan, set up and run new venture opportunities. Students will understand, and experience, the consequences of decision making in all aspects of a small business (such as sales and marketing, finance and operations) by creating, and actively trading with, their own business start-up.
The aim of the module is to provide participants with an introduction to the financial issues and techniques involved in managerial decision-making and control. Financial decisions and their implications are required to be considered by all organisations. The accounting function cannot be viewed in isolation from the other key functional areas of management and it is important therefore, that managers understand the integrative nature of financial decision making both at an operational and strategic level.
Managing and Leading People
Good managers are not only effective in their use of economic and technical resources, but also in their management of people. This module aims to enable students to acquire knowledge and an understanding of the core areas of Human Resource Management (HRM) and the factors which influence behaviour within organisations. This knowledge and understanding is essential for effective and efficient management practice, in particular, effectively managing, leading and developing people. Learning will be by teaching, discussion and independent study.
Operations and Supply Chain Management
Organisations must carefully manage their operations and supply chains in order to survive and prosper. This module seeks to develop a number of frameworks/techniques for assessing and improving operations and supply chain processes.
Business Model Innovation
This module will examine a range of theoretical and practical issues surrounding business model innovation. This will be important to understanding the concepts of innovation, creativity, value creation and value capture. The development of business model by student teams will immerse students in key methods of innovation and value propositions, that are relevant for contemporary managers as well as aspiring entrepreneurs. This module will combine real world research and applications in the form of several case studies from major EC projects carried out in the Ulster Business School, video and live guest speakers. This will be combined with key theoretical concepts and relevant empirical research studies, concrete business model and innovation methods.
This module is designed to refresh the fundamental concepts of marketing, building on this to develop an understanding and appreciation of marketing management including analysis, planning and control issues.
This module is designed to introduce students to the key concepts in business strategy. On successful completion of this module students will have an in-depth knowledge of strategy; be able to conduct a strategic analysis of an organisation, its environment, and its future strategic options; understand the fundamentals of formulating an international strategy; appreciate some of the key issues associated with strategy implementation; and critically evaluate current theory and practice on strategy.
Internship and Management Project
This module is designed to enhance the employability of the student, whilst giving them experience of a workplace environment. In considering this they produce both reflective reports which help aid skills development, and also an internship project in which they apply the theoretical concepts encountered on the course to a ?live? management issue.
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 are usually required to have a second class honours degree in any discipline. We welcome applications from those who have not completed business and management related undergraduate courses and wish to develop their skills in this area to complement their previous study.
We also welcome applications from those who have not completed an undergraduate course but have other professional qualifications or significant work experience.
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
All modules are taught by subject specialists. Lectures are interactive and involve active participation of students.
Assessment is coursework based with students completing innovative and practical assignments. For example students will think of a business idea, create a company and start trading for one particular module.
Careers & opportunities
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The course places a strong focus on enhancing the employment prospects of its graduates. Previous alumni have secured positions within large multinational organisations such as Diageo, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Deloitte and KPMG as well as small to medium sized enterprises.
Others have used the course as a valuable springboard to gain a thorough understanding of business and management principles before starting up their own business or gaining promotion in their current employment.
Work placement / study abroad
A unique feature of this course is tthe inclusion of a 12 week internship built into semester 3 during which students undertake a Management Project. This gives them the opportunity to put theory into practice through an applied project.
Students have completed internships with a range of organisations from large multinationals to SMEs, some have even used the opportunity to develop their own business. If you are already in work you can base your Management Project on your existing organisation, providing an opportunity to create value within your own workplace.
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
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Scholarships, awards and prizes
A number of prizes are awarded to students who have performed well on particular aspects of the course.
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.
"After completing my undergraduate degree in Business Studies, I decided to enhance my knowledge by completing the MSc Management degree. The course appealed to me due to the fact that it focused on a number of business areas and the course also offered relevant work experience with its internship module.
The course was a beneficial and challenging experience. The topics covered within the course were interesting and relevant to the business world today. The lecturers are very knowledgeable within their areas of study and are very accommodating to students throughout the process. Overall, I felt the course improved my knowledge in a range of subjects and helped me improve personally as an individual.
Throughout the course, I believe my communication skills, research skills and project management skills have improved significantly as I now have the experience of meeting academic deadlines in a real life working environment. Throughout the internship module, I was able to apply the theoretical concepts I learnt in class to real life situations and scenarios which has helped prepare me for full time employment." Ross O'Donnel, MSc Management Graduate 2014