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This course is designed for those practising or aspiring managers wishing to update their skills and competencies and achieve a primary degree.


The degree is offered on a part-time basis to facilitate busy managers and ensure that there is appropriate transfer of theory into practice.

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About this course

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The degree is offered on a part-time basis to facilitate busy managers and ensure that there is appropriate transfer of theory into practice. This programme of study is about learning for business. It is intended that participants will use their learning to enhance not just their own personal and professional development but to stimulate business improvement in their own organisation.


Normally two full-day workshops per module. 80% attendance is required on all modules.

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. Please refer to the additional entry requirements for further information.

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

Applications must satisfy the University’s general entry requirements or demonstrate their ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). The initial offer standard may vary from year to year. In addition, all applicants must:

(a) be in employment and be working in, or aspiring to work in, a supervisory/ management role;


(b) if unemployed, have previously been employed in a supervisory/management role normally within the last three years.

Teaching and learning assessment

A primary degree is comprised of modules amounting to 360 credit points. It will be made up of modules from different levels, i.e. at levels 4, 5 and 6. The BSc Hons Management Practice comprises levels 4, 5 and 6 modules. Those who have completed the AdvDiploma in Management Practice will "cash in" their qualification for the higher award. Where no level 4 modules have been studied, a portfolio of evidence may be submitted and used. Students must undertake modules amounting to 120 credit points at level 6, ie, there are no exemptions in the final year.

The course is structured into modules and typically there are 6 x 20 credit point modules at each level.

Year 1 includes topics such as Managing Effectively, Managing Resources and Project Management.

Year 2 includes modules relating to leadership, marketing, change management, finance and business improvement.

Year 3 focuses on entrepreneurship in practice, management in practice, accounting for non-accountants and human resource management. The final year includes a research dissertation.

Accreditation of Prior Learning may be used to meet the learning outcomes of level 4 and level 5 modules.

All modules are assessed by coursework only.

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 the University for modules amounting to at least the final third of the credit value of the award at the highest level. There are no exemptions in the final year.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Graduates of the programme will be equipped to progress to more advanced programmes of study. In addition, they will be in a better position to progress within their organisation, or indeed, within another organisation/sector. Academic progression may largely depend on the individual’s previous experience as well as their accumulated studies. Future study may include programmes such as the MSc in Business Improvement or MSc in Executive Leadership.

Students who exit with the award of Associate Bachelor’s Degree will have a secure platform from which to further their careers by pursuing appropriate academic or professional qualifications and/or by developing their skills within the context of their current role, their organisation or another organisation/sector.


Please complete the University's online application form

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 degree may include completion of two separate portfolios of evidence, 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.


For further information on this programme, please contact:

Course Director: Dr Joy Taylor

T: +44 (0)28 9036 8317

M: +44 (0)77 0297 1441



Mrs Lee Hutchinson

T: +44 (0)28 9036 8077



"I am so glad I did this. I was absolutely terrified at the start and wasn't at all sure I could work at the level required, let alone fit it all in with work and home and family. With each module my confidence grew, I feel like a different person and am much more confident in my abilities and what I have to offer. I am developing new career plans and feel like I can achieve in a way I never did before. This has been a brilliant opportunity and worth every penny and every sleepless night."

"The course focussed my thoughts and allowed us (the business) to widen our perspective. We have developed two new product lines which I don't think would have happened without us looking at the bigger picture."