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Business Administration - Executive

Are you ready to take your career to the next level? The Ulster University Executive MBA is a challenging Masters degree designed for ambitious professionals.

Offered by the Ulster University Business School, the Executive MBA is designed to meet the needs of experienced or aspiring managers who wish to expand their knowledge and skills to equip them for senior management positions.

It will help you to relate your work experience to business theory, broadening your understanding of organisations and the increasingly competitive environment in which they operate. Learning alongside a diverse group of experienced executives, managers, entrepreneurs and business leaders, you will enhance your knowledge of business functions, processes, and strategies. The innovative modules will also challenge you to examine your own business practices and management style, and develop your strategic and critical thinking skills.

The Ulster University Executive MBA allows you to make an impact in the workplace via practical-based assessment and assignments, with the aim of leading to demonstrable improvements within your organisation.

You can opt to gain the Chartered Management Institute's (CMI) Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Leadership and Management at graduation meaning you can become a Chartered Manager through the exemption route (additional costs to the CMI apply).

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

This MBA course is designed for those who aspire to work in management positions.

Applicants should normally have a second class honours degree or equivalent and should normally have two years' relevant work experience. Applications are invited from graduates of any academic background..

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


Consideration will be given to applicants who transfer from other accredited MBA courses.


Students who have studied an equivalent qualification to level 7 covering the subject matter on the MBA may, by application to the Course Committee, be granted exemption from specific modules.



Students can commence the full time MBA in September or January.

Students who commence in September complete:

4 modules in the Autumn semester;

4 modules in the Spring semester; and

2 modules and their Business Project in the Summer semester.

Students who commence in January complete:

4 modules in the Spring semester;

2 modules in the Summer semester;

4 modules in the Autumn semester; and Their Business Project in the Spring semester.

Modules in the Autumn and Spring semesters are normally taught through weekly sessions across 12 weeks. Modules in the Summer semester are normally completed on a 'block' basis (9.30am to 5pm over 3 consecutive days usually).

Careers or further progression

Graduates have advanced their careers with their employers or used the MBA to seek new opportunities both domestically and internationally. Many have also started their own business or become business consultants.

Further enquiries



T: +44 (0)28 9036 6309


Mark McCrory

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6092


Nick Read

T: +44 (0)28 9036 8880


Subjects taught


The MBA is a general management programme aimed at developing management and leadership skills for graduates of any discipline.

The overall aim of the MBA course is to educate and develop individuals as managers and business specialists, adding value through an integrated, applied and critical understanding of management and organisations. This takes place in parallel with a development of transferable and intellectual skills that are essential for successful general and strategic management in both private and public sector organisations. The objectives of the MBA programme are to:

Develop multidisciplinary and international perspectives, concepts and issues in the major management disciplines;

Provide toolkits and techniques for analysing business and management issues;

Stimulate the ability to analyse, synthesise and apply knowledge and understanding to solve management problems critically, rationally and rigorously;

Appreciate and apply contemporary management and information systems to aid strategic decision making in business and management;

Develop an appreciation of, appetite and responsibility for lifelong learning and personal development;

Prepare students for leadership and transformational roles in business in the changing external context in which they operate;

Develop strategic thinking, innovation and entrepreneurial skills;

Develop interpersonal and group-working skills.

The Ulster University MBA has been revised to account for current (local, regional and international) market trends and has been designed to offer students additional flexibility and opportunity to apply taught management skills

Applied management skills:

Our MBA will help to develop you to become a successful manager and equip you with the knowledge and transferable skills that are required to succeed.

You will develop your skills in the areas of:



Team working

Negotiation; and

Conflict resolution


Accounting and Finance

Managing People in the Organisation


Operations Management

Management Studies and Research Methods

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Leadership and Change


Economics and the Business Environment

Digital Transformation

Business Project

Application date

Application is through the University's online application system.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2020/21

Postgraduate Information Session 20 February 2020

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