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Funded by the Department for the Economy, the online business related courses will upskill and retrain individuals impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ulster University Business School is deeply committed to supporting regional recovery from the current pandemic, ensuring that individuals can transform their careers through having the right skills and capabilities.

There are 200 places available on three courses, which are strategically aligned with emerging skill requirements, bridging skills gaps and building future talent pipelines. The courses provide practical and timely opportunities for those whose job role and / or business has been affected by the pandemic.

Professor Gillian Armstrong, Director of Business Engagement, Ulster University Business School commented:

“We are delighted to offer these new online courses to help support individuals and businesses during this difficult time and have made a concerted effort across Departments to respond quickly. The courses provide a unique opportunity for individuals to utilise the unsettled period to gain commercially relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours, whilst gaining confidence and an opportunity to experience new ways of learning collaboratively within education currently”.

Niamh McBride, Business Development Manager at Tobermore is currently completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Analysis and Consulting. She said:

“As my career in the events industry was halted, the funded DfE programmes with Ulster University Business School couldn't have come at a better time. The programme has developed my project management and business knowledge and transferred them into an analysis and consultancy framework; helping me explore the how and why of business success and business growth.  More recently, I was able to use these skills to move into my current new role in Business Development and the flexible delivery mode means I can still complete the programme. If anything, Covid-19 is giving us all an opportunity to retrain, learn and develop new knowledge and skills, a silver lining to 2020 in my case!”

Business courses available for January 2021 include:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development (Understanding International Business)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development (Enabling Business Recovery)
  • Advanced Certificate in Management Practice (Transformational Management in a Digital World)

The Advanced Certificate in Management Practice (Transformational Management in a Digital World) was designed in collaboration with Digital DNA and Belfast Metropolitan College to meet the evolving needs of NI companies. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated both the speed and scale of technological adoption with tech led solutions on the rise across many sectors. This unique course arms students with the skills and attributes needed to grow and succeed.

Simon Bailie, CEO at Digital DNA said,

“Digital technology is at the forefront of every aspect of our professional and personal lives and the global pandemic has accelerated the digital workplace. To create value in the new dynamic world of work, it is critical managers are digitally prepared to lead change and growth in fast-paced digital environments. Leveraging emerging technologies will help current and future leaders adapt to the challenges and opportunities facing all businesses, and the UUBS programme will provide the workforce with the tools and knowledge to respond effectively in a digital word. Combining academic and industry expertise, this is an excellent opportunity for individuals to gain access to leading edge thinking and practice.”

For course details, eligibility requirements and how to apply please visit:

Applications are now open, closing 14 December 2020.