The MSc Management is an exciting master's programme to help you build and progress your career.
The MSc Management places a strong focus on building business knowledge and management skills with a view to enhancing the employment prospects of its graduates. It is designed for individuals who may have a non-business background. Previous alumni have secured positions with large multinational organisations such as PriceWaterhouse Cooper and EY, as well as small to medium sized enterprises.
Others have used the programme as a stimulus to gain promotion, and for others as a springboard to start up their own business.
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About this course
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The MSc Management programme 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 programme 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 programme 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 programme itself.
A 12-week ‘Internship and Management Project’ enables students to apply knowledge and skills acquired throughout the programme to an organisational issue or problem, and, additionally, provides students with experience of selling themselves to employers, gaining employment and acquiring and developing workplace skills which will enhance their future career prospects.
The course is delivered by block teaching, which means that lectures are taught in an intensive block. In the MSc Management, student learning is compressed into 4 intensive teaching days for each module.
Full-time students can expect to complete in one calendar year.
Part-time students can complete the course in 18 months.
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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 shall normally have gained:
An upper second class honours degree or better from a university of the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland, or from another institution which has been recognised by the Senate for this purpose;
An equivalent standard in a professional or other qualification recognised by the Senate for this purpose.
Exceptionally, candidates who do not satisfy the above requirements may be admitted at the discretion of the Senate. ‘Exceptionally’ is no more than 10% of the student intake.
International students will be expected to meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.
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
The course is delivered through intensive block teaching.
In addition to block delivery, 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.
Careers & opportunities
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Graduates of the MSc Management come to the course from a wide range of non-business backgrounds. Graduate careers have been developed and advanced in an array of professions including Finance, IT, Healthcare, Engineering and Retail.
A key focus of the MSc Management is enhancing each individual's career prospects whether that is securing employment in your chosen field, advancing your existing career or changing career direction.
Work placement / study abroad
A unique feature of the MSc Management is its 12 week ‘Internship and Management Project’. The Internship and Management Project enables you to apply knowledge and skills acquired throughout the programme to an organisational issue or problem. This can be undertaken with your current employer if you are in full-time employment.
Alternatively it provides those seeking full-time employment with valuable experience of selling yourself to employers, gaining employment and acquiring and developing workplace skills which will enhance your future career prospects.
Teaching staff on the MSc Management have significant expertise in their chosen subject areas. Many of the staff hold doctorates and are Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. Teaching is informed by the academic's own and/or existing contemporary research.
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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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.
Dr Shirley Barrett (Programme Director)
T: +44 (0)28 7167 5338
The MSc Management is definitely what made me stand out among hundreds of other applicants. I am currently working for one of the Big 4 consultancy and accountancy firms, pursuing a finance as well as junior project management route and I can say that I use a lot of the skills on a daily basis that I acquired from this master's degree. (Ryan Johnston, MSc Management Graduate)
Built into the MSc Management was excellent career guidance including CV workshops, psychometric assessment classes and interview support. With this additional support I was able to gain multiple interviews with global companies and household names, which resulted in my acceptance of a graduate scheme in management with a national bank. (Sarah Friedlander, MSc Management Graduate)
The fact that I was able to learn new information again after 17 years was an amazing experience. Staff were always available for any queries, no matter how small. In this final semester, there has been a focus on creating good links with industries and employment opportunities through careers fairs. (Julie Finlay, Current MSc Management student)
The quality of teaching was outstanding because of the lecturers’ insights into business from their own industrial experiences. On top of this the support received from lecturers and support staff is unparalleled. But the best thing about the course and the University is its unrelenting focus on experience and employability. (Joe Bray, Current MSc Management student)