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A postgraduate business course at the University of Ulster’s Magee campus has provided a launch pad for an enterprising young businesswoman.

The Masters in Business Studies (MBS), which is now recruiting for January 2013, is aimed at graduates who want to become business-ready within one year.

“This MBS is designed to develop business skills to a world-class standard and combines a range of elements that generate the kind of expertise that is in demand by commerce and far-sighted employers,” said course director Gráinne Tuohy of the Ulster Business School.

“It is particularly geared to meet the needs of people who might be considering a change of career, recent graduates trying to get a foothold in the jobs’ market, or people whose jobs have been hit by the economic downturn.”

She added: “Successful applicants for the 2013 course will also have the opportunity to apply for two new Santander Universities Scholarships – academic bursaries up to the value of £5,000 – which can be offset against tuition fees.

Anna Ní Bhroin, an Irish language journalist and mum of two young children from Sligo, will sit her final MBS exams next month.  She says the course has equipped her with all the necessary tools to launch the start-up company that she has dreamt of for many years.

“I have really enjoyed the MBS course and the professionalism shown by all the tutors has been excellent.

“Launching an Irish music and language business has been something I have wanted to do for a long time but the idea of going into business was too daunting for me until now.”

Anna, whose husband Shane Mitchell is a founder member of the internationally renowned traditional music outfit Dervish, plans to offer a range of courses and classes through Irish in her hometown of Sligo, which she describes as a ‘cultural oasis’.“

Sligo has a long established link to cultural tourism, people have nurtured cultural businesses here for a long time and I plan to work alongside them.

“The MBS has given me the skills – financial, entrepreneurial and practical – to turn my business idea into reality and that has been invaluable.”

The MBS was introduced to Magee in 2010 as an extension of the University’s Ulster Business School provision of business, financial and professional services at the North West campus.

It builds on students’ existing knowledge and skills by introducing the fundamentals of business and management such as organisation theory, business strategy, business improvement, change management and implementation, marketing, leadership, enterprise and innovation, and its application to the business environment.

An information session will be held on Thursday 13 December from 5 – 7pm, Ulster Business School, Carrickmore House Building, University of Ulster, Magee campus.
For further information contact: Grainne Tuohy, Course Director, on: +44 (0) 28 71675541 or email: .