Business Administration


The Queen’s MBA brings together the academic excellence of one of the UK’s leading research Universities, with the innovative spirit of Belfast. The programme 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 programme 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, technology and social innovation. There is a strong emphasis on integrating theory and practice developing ‘mindsets’ and experiential learning. Through a series of leadership development workshops you will develop the insight and self-awareness required for effective leadership in a local and global context.

The Queen’s MBA is 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.

Subjects taught

During the year, modules build upon each other with each focused on developing a distinct mindset.

Semester 1

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)

Semester 2

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)

Semester 3

Sustainability and Social Innovations (Elective)

Global Technology Innovations (Elective)

International Business Negotiations (Elective)

International Study (Elective)*

*Please Note: Students who wish to pick the International Study elective will be required to apply for a place and there will be an additional cost to participate in this particular elective.

Entry requirements


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.

Applicants must provide a full and up-to-date Curriculum Vitae including a full work history. The work history should include the employer’s name and address, job title and brief description of duties and responsibilities, as well as the start and end dates for each period of employment.

In addition, applicants are required to submit a video statement of not less than 3 minutes and no more than 5 minutes duration. Your video can be uploaded to any publicly accessible sharing service (e.g. Youtube, Vimeo, Dropbox). Please provide a direct link to the video along with your application. You must ensure the link is working before submitting your application. The applicant must be visible in the video. The video statement should address the 3 questions below in full. Please make sure that all questions are covered in your statement. Generic responses that do not directly address the questions may result in your application being rejected.

1. Why you have chosen Queen’s Belfast for your MBA

2. The skills and knowledge you can offer to peer-learning experiences as an MBA student at Queen’s

3. Your career ambitions and what you expect to do after graduating with an MBA from Queen’s

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 for more information.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 16th August 2024 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.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Enrolment dates

Entry Year: 2024/25

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Career Prospects

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.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters at UK Level 7

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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