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Ulster Course Shortlisted for Irish Award

The University of Ulster’s MSc Management and Corporate Governance course has been shortlisted for a prestigious all-Ireland Award.

The Ulster Business School programme, which runs at the Jordanstown campus and in Dublin, is a finalist in the ‘Postgraduate Course of the Year 2012’, which is part of the ‘gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards’.

The winners, voted for by students and judged by an independent panel of industry experts, will be announced at the Mansion House in Dublin tonight.

Course Director, John Thompson, said: “We are delighted to be nominated for this Award. Our success recognises the partnership between the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and the Ulster Business School.

“The true test of the success of an applied Masters is the success of its students in gaining employment. Over 80% of the students in the last three cohorts have obtained graduate level roles in relevant professional areas despite the continued downturn in the economy.

“We would claim almost 100% job placement as the remaining graduates choose to seek employment in other areas or pursue further qualifications/interests.

“Our links to Irish and international employers are excellent and employers return each year to recruit. The Irish employers include all the major accounting and law firms and approximately 40% of the firms in the Irish funds Industry. International companies include Eversheds (Manchester), Baille Clifford (Edinburgh) and a range of Trust companies including Barclays Wealth in Offshore islands: Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.”

Since the MSc was first launched in 2004, student intake has increased from 16 to 63 per year. The course adds value through combining an academic qualification - the Masters in Management and Corporate Governance - alongside graduate membership of a professional body, the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (GradICSA). The MSc is the only course of its kind in Ireland that leads to GradICSA.

Tonight’s gala dinner and awards ceremony will be attended by Ireland’s most respected employers, third level careers services and professional bodies, making it the biggest gathering of the graduate recruitment community in Ireland.

The website, gradireland.com, is the official graduate careers publisher for Ireland, north and south, in partnership with the Association of Higher Education Careers Services.

Details of the MSc can be obtained from Course Director, John Thompson, by emailing je.thompson@ulster.ac.uk.