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Executive Leadership

Developing resilient, agile leaders that can enhance the competitiveness of their organisation today and in the future.

Study Executive Leadership at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

As a director or senior executive, leadership is the most important part of your role. However, in a turbulent business climate, leaders cannot model themselves on leadership approaches from the past and expect to meet the demands of today. To support leaders to respond to these demands, we have designed a development programme that uses 21st century approaches to meet future challenges we all face.


The MSc Executive Leadership enables participants to explore how to develop individual and organisational leadership competence through becoming part of a global learning community. To be a strong role model is important too, so up to date approaches to ethics and governance feature throughout. However, the key to sustainable success is the capacity to lead through innovation, to outthink the competition and then to outperform it.

Entry requirements

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements. For general entrance requirements go to:

Entry Requirements

Applicants must normally:

(a) have gained:

(i) a second class honours degree or better from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or

(ii) an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification, and

(iii) at least 5 years experience in a senior managerial/leadership role.

(b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent);

or as an alternative to (a) (i), (a) (ii), (a)(iii) and/or (b):

(c) in exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for an exemption against modules within the programme.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability

Studies pursued and examinations passed in respect of other qualifications awarded by the University or by another university or other educational institution, or evidence from the accreditation of prior experiential learning, may be accepted as exempting candidates from part of the programme. However, participants must register for modules amounting to at least the final third of the credit value of the award.

No exemption shall be permitted from the dissertation.



The programme is structured around seven taught modules each lasting three days and one five day module delivered at the Global Leadership Institute, Boston College, USA. In addition, participants complete a Research Study (Dissertation project).

Careers or further progression

Career options

Current students occupy relevant and worthwhile careers but this programme supports continued career development whereby some students have progressed to senior executive and boardroom positions following completion of the programme. For those who wish to maintain their links with academia, there is an option to pursue further studies at PhD.

Graduates of the programme have written written research papers and have presented at a number of International and Leadership Conferences.

Further enquiries

For further information on this programme, please contact:
Course DIrector: Dorothy McKee
T: +44 (0)28 9036 8601
M: +44 (0)75 4074 3138

Programme Administrator: Regina Haughey
T: +44 (0)28 9036 8565

Subjects taught

Year one

Creating the future
Leading for the future
Science and Psychology of Customer Experience
Leading in a Digital Age
Managing in Practice
Study Visit
Leading Change Innovation and Transformation
Strategic Marketing
Corporate Governance and Business Ethics
Strategic Financial Management
Executive Coaching and Mentoring
This module is optional

Year two
Research Study
This is the final module of the MSc. Students are provided with an introduction to research methods and the research process. As an outcome of this module, students will have produced their research idea in the form of a research proposal and action plan, carried out the research and written up their findings. The final document will include a reflective statement on learning from the research journey.

Assessment method

Teaching and learning assessment
Assessment is by completion of work-based assignments.

Enrolment and start dates

Start dates: October 2017

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