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Summary

The MSc Management course offers an advanced qualification combined with practical experience, which will be extremely useful for graduates wishing to pursue managerial and entrepreneurial careers in industry and commerce.

The course builds on graduates' existing knowledge and skills by equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively manage and lead within a range of industries, and to be able to add significant value through an integrated and critical understanding of business and management.

About

The course has a strong practical focus on skills development. We believe that students who can demonstrate the ability to add value within a 'live' organisational context will always be a more attractive employment proposition than students who cannot. We provide ample opportunity for students to develop and demonstrate managerial level knowledge and skills within the course itself.

A 12 week 'Internship and Management Project' in semester 3 of year 2 enables students to apply knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course to an organisational issue or problem. For those who are already in employment the project can be carried out within their organisation, adding value to their existing role.

In addition to lectures, seminars, directed reading and IT based resources, knowledge and understanding of the subject are acquired and further developed through case studies, extra-curricular project activity and student work/internship and employability experiences. Visiting speakers and practitioners' master classes will be used to further develop a sound theoretical understanding of contemporary issues within business and management.

Teaching and learning assessment

All modules are taught by subject specialists. Lectures are interactive and involve active participation of students.

Assessment is coursework based with students completing innovative and practical assignments. For example students will think of a business idea, create a company and start trading for one particular module.

Work placement / study abroad

A unique feature of this course is tthe inclusion of a 12 week internship built into semester 3 of year two during which students undertake a Management Project. This gives them the opportunity to put theory into practice through an applied project.

Students have completed internships with a range of organisations from large multinationals to SMEs, some have even used the opportunity to develop their own business. If you are already in work you can base your Management Project on your existing organisation, providing an opportunity to create value within your own workplace.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants are usually required to have a second class honours degree in any discipline. We welcome applications from those who have not completed business and management related undergraduate courses and wish to develop their skills in this area to complement their previous study.

We also welcome applications from those who have not completed an undergraduate course but have other professional qualifications or significant work experience.

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.

Duration

Attendance

All modules are delivered 'executive style' in a flexible three-day block format and can be paced to individual needs.

Students study the course over two academic years starting in September. The management project/internship takes place in semester 3 during the final year. Students who are already in work need not undertake an internship, but rather can base their internship project within their current organisation, adding value in this way.

Careers or further progression

Career options

The course places a strong focus on enhancing the employment prospects of its graduates. Previous alumni have secured positions within large multinational organisations such as Diageo, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Deloitte and KPMG as well as small to medium sized enterprises.

Others have used the course as a valuable springboard to gain a thorough understanding of business and management principles before starting up their own business or gaining promotion in their current employment.

Further enquiries

Robert Kerr
T: +44 (0)28 9036 8029
E: rl.kerr@ulster.ac.uk

Nick Read
T: +44 (0)28 9036 8880
E: n.read@ulster.ac.uk

Subjects taught

Year one

Marketing Management
This module examines the fundamental principles and concepts of marketing. It builds on these to develop an understanding and appreciation of marketing management including analysis, planning and control issues from both a strategic and operational perspective.

Finance for Managers
The aim of the module is to provide participants with an introduction to the financial issues and techniques involved in managerial decision-making and control. Financial decisions and their implications are required to be considered by all organisations. The accounting function cannot be viewed in isolation from the other key functional areas of management and it is important therefore, that managers understand the integrative nature of financial decision making both at an operational and strategic level.

Managing and Leading People
Good managers are not only effective in their use of economic and technical resources, but also in their management of people. This module aims to enable students to acquire knowledge and an understanding of the core areas of Human Resource Management (HRM) and the factors which influence behaviour within organisations. This knowledge and understanding is essential for effective and efficient management practice, in particular, effectively managing, leading and developing people. Learning will be by teaching, discussion and independent study.

Business Model Innovation
This module will examine a range of theoretical and practical issues surrounding business model innovation. This will be important to understanding the concepts of innovation, creativity, value creation and value capture. The development of business model by student teams will immerse students in key methods of innovation and value propositions, that are relevant for contemporary managers as well as aspiring entrepreneurs. This module will combine real world research and applications in the form of several case studies from major EC projects carried out in the Ulster Business School, video and live guest speakers. This will be combined with key theoretical concepts and relevant empirical research studies, concrete business model and innovation methods.

Foundations in Management
All business activities occur within an organisational context, and all organisations require effective and efficient management. This module introduces students to the subject of management, organisational structures and strategy. Students will develop a framework of knowledge from which they can understand and critically analyse the strategic goals of management, appropriate organisational structures and management's role in delivering strategic goals, as well as identify suitable strategies to enable future organisational growth.

Year two

Managing Operations
Managing Operations will determine whether organizations deliver the highest levels of service. This module aims to enable students to acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of key operations management concepts that enable excellent service to be provided by organizations. Students should acquire an understanding of the tasks, issues and decisions that are necessary to manage processes effectively and the tools to analyze operational performance.

Strategy and Innovation
Strategy and innovation consists of the analysis and decisions an organisation undertakes in order to create and sustain competitive advantage. Understanding these interrelated processes is crucial for creating and developing organisations. This module explores these decision areas from a range of contemporary perspectives and contexts.

Internship and Management Project
This module is designed to enhance the employability of the MSc Management student, whilst giving them experience of a workplace environment. In considering this they produce an internship project in which they apply the theoretical concepts encountered on the MSc Management to a "live" management issue.

Application date

Application is through the University's online application system.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2019

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