The AMBA accredited Queen’s MBA brings together the academic excellence of one of the UK’s leading research Universities, with the innovative spirit of Belfast. The program is aimed at professionals looking to take the next step in transforming their careers.
The Queen’s MBA challenges you to develop as a leader with the adaptive skills and lateral, entrepreneurial thinking you need to shape your future. Progressing through the program you integrate core business and management concepts including strategy, marketing, operations, corporate finance, economics and accounting, whilst the programme also offers you the chance to deepen your knowledge in the emerging areas of business analytics and social innovation. There is a strong emphasis on integrating theory and practice. Through a year-long leadership development module you will develop insight and self-awareness required for effective leadership in a local and global context.
The Queen’s MBA is now AMBA accredited. Fewer than 300 business schools globally hold this prestigious award. AMBA accreditation denotes the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education. The School is also EQUIS accredited, indicating the high-standard of business education that our students will receive.
Learning and Teaching
The teaching and learning methods aim to achieve a balance between theory and practice. These methods include lectures, tutorials, seminars, problem- centred techniques such as case studies, computer/software practical demonstrations and applications, non-book media (videos and podcasts), individual research, oral presentations, group projects, online discussion forums, industry visits and practitioner workshops.
This combination allows students to have a high degree of involvement and participation in the learning process. Specific details are provided in the Programme Specification, including details on assessments.
Information associated with lectures and assignments is communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Canvas. A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree programme through the use of, for example, interactive support materials, podcasts and web-based learning activities.
During the year, modules build upon each other with each focused on developing a distinct mindset. Note modules are subject to change.
Leading Transformation in a Digital World (Core)
Accounting for Managers (Core)
Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century (Core)
Marketing Management (Core)
Operations Management (Core)
Academic Skills (Core)
Global Economic Environment (Core)
People Management and the Future of Work (Core)
Leading and Influencing in Organisations (Core)
Corporate Finance (Core)
Strategic Management Research Project (Core) (Semester 2 & 3)
Sustainability and Social Innovations (Elective)
Global Technology Innovations (Elective)
International Business Negotiations (Elective)
Study Abroad Module (ESSAM) (Elective)
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any discipline. Applicants with qualifications below 2.1 Honours degree standard may be considered on a case-by-case basis if they can demonstrate appropriate relevant professional experience.
Applicants should have a minimum of three years’ quality professional experience. Internships, a sandwich year, part-time or temporary work will not be considered.
Admission under the Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) may be considered for this course. The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for more information.
Applicants must provide a full and up-to-date Curriculum Vitae together with a detailed personal statement as part of the application process.
Eligible applicants will be interviewed.
Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 11th August 2023 for courses which commence in late September. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.
Please note: international applicants will be required to pay a deposit to secure a place on this course.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 31st July 2023 for courses which commence in late September. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.
How to Apply
Applications should be submitted online via the Postgraduate Applications Portal for admission to the vast majority of postgraduate programmes.
New applicants will need to register via the Portal to create an application account. If you are already a Queen’s student with an active Qsis account, you can log in using your student number and Qsis password. Guidance on how to complete an application is provided within the Portal and it is possible to save application data and return to complete it at a later date, if you wish. After core details about yourself and your academic background have been provided, you can submit an application, or multiple applications, if required.
If you applied in a previous cycle through the Portal and are re-applying, you should use your previous log in details. Please review and update your personal and contact details, academic and professional qualifications before submitting a new application.
Important – please ensure that the email address you provide is correct and active, as this will be used by us to communicate the progress of your application to you.
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.
In a typical week for a full time student you will have between 12 – 20 contact hours of teaching. Part time students will have between 8-12 hours.
Entry Year: 2023
Post Course Info
The MBA features a specific year-long career development programme encompassing career coaching alongside practical skills such as CV analysis and development, interview skills and networking strategies, to ensure graduate employment potential is maximised.
Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.