Institution / Queens University Belfast

Business Administration - International MBA

Step out of your comfort zone and into the Queen's International MBA, which will give you skills for leadership in the demanding global business environment. For both experienced professionals and graduate students eager for a management career, this is the beginning of a challenging and exciting one-year journey.

The International MBA aims to prepare students for leadership and other transformational roles, equipping them with contemporary management tools and strategies to understand, anticipate and adapt strategically to global markets. Students learn about the latest management theories and best practice from leading international academics, and apply these through hands-on business and consulting projects. Students benefit from personalised skills development tailored to transforming each person's career journey.

Why Queen's?
Queen’s Management School plays a key role in its progress. For more than 40 years it has been one of the leading business schools in the UK and Ireland. This programme is taught at the Riddel Hall campus and has dedicated facilities and resources for postgraduate students, including new lecture theatres, a postgraduate common room, computer suites, catering and parking on site.

Informal network opportunities: Part of the key to success is learning from each other. Regular lunches and informal breaks with classmates, academics and industry leaders provide that opportunity, along with an intensive Induction session, a residential weekend and trips that complement classroom learning.

Programme Content
This International MBA is a rigorous and exciting one-year journey aimed at graduate students without prior work experience, with experienced professionals also welcome. The programme consists of eight modules (15 CATS each) and a dissertation (60 CATS) in Semester 3. Key features:

Business Engagement
•Real-world consultancy project option: students can choose a dissertation project tailored to their interests. Students spend five months working with the client organisation to deliver effective solutions. Full training and academic supervision are provided.

•Deloitte and PwC consulting challenge: as part of a team students work with partners from Deloitte and PwC to solve practical business challenges incorporating ideas from class, preparing an Executive Board presentation at the end.

•Industry master-classes: leaders in their field meet with MBA students, presenting on their area of expertise.

•Business networks and associations: students are invited to attend Chief Executive Club and Riddel Hall Founders Club events. Automatic membership of the MBA Association of Ireland grants access to a range of networking opportunities.

•Post-MBA entrepreneurship visa: sponsored Graduate Entrepreneurship visas (Tier 1) enable Queen's international students to stay in the UK. Based on successful completion of the course and acceptance of business idea and plan.

Leadership and Skills Development
•Integrated career development: one-on-one coaching from a leading industry mentor, personal CV analysis and career advice and interview skills training.

•Leadership skills: a year-long programme features training in personal development, participation in high-performing teams, presentation skills, communications and networking strategies. Individual training helps students identify and work on Personal Development challenges.

•William J Clinton Leadership Institute: our neighbour at Riddel Hall, Belfast brings world-class facilities, leading academics and industry experts together to deliver a high-end portfolio of executive education and leadership programmes.

•Distinguished Leadership programme: guest speakers provide insights into their Leadership journey, tailored to the MBA experience. To view past speakers, please see

A Unique Journey to the MBA
•A world-class environment: our International MBA takes place in the beautiful, modernised setting of Riddel Hall. Belfast's cultural backdrop offers an easy base from which to explore Ireland and mainland UK.

•Informal network opportunities: regular lunches and coffee breaks with classmates, academics and industry leaders provide opportunities to network and share ideas and expertise. An intensive induction session, a residential weekend and trips that complement classroom learning also feature.

•A recognised degree from a top UK university: Queen's is a Russell Group university, committed to the highest levels of academic excellence in both teaching and research.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any discipline.

We welcome applications from a diverse range of applicants so will also consider previous work experience alongside lower academic qualifications. Prior experiential learning in business, management or marketing in lieu of academic qualifications will be considered on an individual basis under the University's RPL Policy (click here for further information). A formal interview, the submission of written work, exam or GMAT test may form a part of this procedure.

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. 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.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfastoffers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

•English for University Study - 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


1 year full-time.

Learning and Teaching
Morning / Afternoon / Evening.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Students avail of a range of career development opportunities including:
•One-on-one coaching from a leading industry mentor
•Personal CV analysis and career advice
•Interview skills training
•Extensive networking opportunities with a range of business and management leaders

Our past students now work in a range of industry roles, including:
•Accounts Executive (International Restaurant)
•Associate Consultant (Consultancy)
•Associate Marketing Planning and Research (Financial IT Services)
•Business Analyst (Financial Products and Consulting Services)
•Business Development Manager (Advertising and Public Relations)
•CEO (New Business Start-Up)
•Market and Sales Consultant (Education)
•Marketing Research Executive (Market Research)
•Project Manager (Renewable Energy)
•Relationship Manager (Financial Services)
•Sustainability Analyst (Agriculture and Food Industry)

MBA students who wish to continue their studies through doctoral research are welcome to apply for PhD positions at Queen's Management School. Scholarships are available.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Dr Kate Kenny
Programme Director
Queen's Management School
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 4071/4038

Subjects taught

Core modules include:
Semester 1
Global Economic Environment
Global HRM
International Financial Accounting and Reporting
Organisational Behaviour and Leadership

Semester 2
Corporate Finance
International Marketing Leadership
Perspectives on Entrepreneurship, Risk and Innovation
Strategic Management

Semester 3
Option to select one of two dissertation types: a) consultancy project, or b) an academic review

Assessment method

Assessment is by a variety of methods and can include individual coursework, group work, oral presentations, poster presentations, simulations, case studies, class tests, examinations and dissertation.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. We advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply. See application weblink below.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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