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 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 management concepts including strategy, marketing, operations, corporate finance, and accounting, whilst the programme also offers you the chance to deepen your knowledge in the emerging areas of business analytics and social innovation. Through a year-long leadership development module you will develop insight and self-awareness required for effective leadership in a global context.
The Queen's MBA is now AMBA accredited, making it only 1 of 292 business schools globally to 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:
Developing as a Manager and Leader A (core):
Making Sense of a Complex World (core):
Subjects: Economic/Environment/Rethinking Capitalism
Making Decisions 1 (core):
Subjects: Operations Management/Entrepreneurship
Developing as a Manager and Leader B (core):
Making Decisions 2 (core):
Subjects: Marketing/Accounting and Financial Management for Decision Makers
Organising and Implementing (core):
Subjects: Strategic Management/ Leadership, Change and Organisation
Integrating Knowledge 1 (core):
Choose one elective (Social Innovation and Business Planning OR Business Analytics) / International Study Tour. The International Study Tour will incorporate both electives with visits and activities selected as appropriate. Students will be assessed on their study tour learning as part of the assessments within their chosen elective.
Integrating Knowledge 2 (core):
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.
All applicants will normally have a minimum of 5 years' full-time, post-graduation employment experience, preferably in a management capacity. In certain circumstances 3 years' experience may be considered, on a case-by-case basis.
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.
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.
How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.
Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 12th August 2022 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.
1 academic year full-time, 2 academic 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.
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.