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The programme is aimed at middle/aspiring senior managers who wish to gain a management qualification and benefit from a practically oriented course.


This programme is relevant for those who do not have a specific academic background in management as well as for those who wish to develop their existing management skills. The programme was launched in 1995 in response to a demand from business for a management development initiative targeted specifically at middle/aspiring senior managers. Since then 41 programmes have taken place and the programme has evolved to reflect changing management needs.

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About this course

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In today’s changing business environment, leaders and managers face new challenges, requiring new approaches and capabilities. The programme comprises six modules, usually

  • Leadership Practice
  • Marketing
  • Improving Organisational Performance
  • Finance

Plus either

  • The Future of Work or Personal Effectiveness


  • The Management Project.or The Management Practice Visit

The emphasis is on improving managerial performance by exposing managers to leading edge theories, models and frameworks and critically demonstrating how these managerial tools and techniques inform practice. It is, therefore, competency based and has, as its main focus, behavioural change in the workplace that will result in enhanced business capability.

The programme does not have exams but requires six work based assignments of approximately 1500 to 2000 words.

Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of the Advanced Diploma in Management Practice. The qualification carries 120 credit points at undergraduate level 5.


Modules are delivered on a block format basis. Classes (two days every 6 to 8 weeks) start at 09.30 and finish around 16.30.

The total time commitment is approximately 18 days including Induction and Management Practice Visits plus independent study time.

Start dates

  • October 2017
  • February 2018
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.

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

Applicants must satisfy the University's general entry requirements and specific course requirements as detailed below:

(a) have gained a Certificate of Higher Education or an equivalent standard in an approved alternative qualification;

(b) be working in, or aspiring to work in, supervisory/management roles in their work organisation;


(c) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent);

or as an alternative to (a) and/or (c):

(d) provide evidence of their ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning.

Teaching and learning assessment

Assessment is by a company-based assignment at the end of each module.

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 Ulster University for modules amounting to at the final 50% of the credit value of the award at the highest level.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

The programme provides graduates with a secure platform from which they may further their careers by pursuing a relevant final year degree includng the BSc Hons Management Practice or, if they have a degree, an appropriate postgraduate qualification leading to the attainment of further academic or professional qualifications. Graduates of the programme may also develop their skills within the context of their current role or through progression within their organisation or indeed within another organisation/sector.


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

How to apply

Start dates

  • October 2017
  • February 2018

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

As this programme includes additional Management Practice Visits details on the cost of the programme can be obtained from the Course Director.

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.


For further information on this course, please contact:

Course Director: Ms Janette Sheerman

T: +44 (0)28 9036 8437


Programme Administrator: Sharon Barton

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6417



"The course content has proved to be very relevant to my own work circumstances. The setting of assignments, against the backdrop of each student's own work environment, produces "live time" benefits that are immediate for both myself and my employer."

Mark Price - Europa General Underwriters