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Business Administration with or without Advanced Practice

Create opportunity and realise your potential with an MBA. Our course will take you on a journey to become a forward-thinking, strategic business leader. Designed to introduce you to the essential areas of business and management, you will study practical and relevant skills in leadership, operations, marketing, economics, strategy development and finance.

Applying business theory to the world of work, the course will deepen your understanding of organisations and the constantly changing environments in which they operate. This course provides an excellent opportunity to study alongside an international student body, providing you with a diverse network to share ideas and experience.

Research carried out by the Association of MBAs and by the Ulster University Business School demonstrates that MBA graduates reap the benefits of investing in their studies both financially and in terms of their career.

A Masters with Advanced Practice allows you to gain real-world experience as part of your course by offering you the opportunity to complete either an Internship or an Applied Consulting Project, working on real-world issues faced by industry.

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 with Advanced Practice in September or January.

Careers or further progression

Students have used the MBA to change direction, building on their primary degree or to further enhance their skillset before embarking on their chosen profession. No matter what industry you inspire to manage, the MBA can help you on your way to becoming a CEO, director of department, line manager, consultant or board member.

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

Advanced Practice:
At the Advanced Practice stage, you'll chose between two options:

Option one is an Internship & Professional Development Project, which is a 15-week internship at an external company.

Option two is an Applied Consulting Project, which involves working on a live business project in industry.

Teaching and learning assessment

The MBA is taught in a lecture format which is highly interactive, this allows students to discuss management theory and practice leading to an in-depth understanding of the subject area. This form of teaching also allows students to explore ideas and learn from each other as well as from the lecturing staff.

The course is mainly assessed via coursework (individual and group).

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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