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Study Management at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The MSc Management places a strong focus on building business knowledge and management skills with a view to enhancing the employment prospects of its graduates. It is designed for individuals who may have a non-business background. Previous alumni have secured positions with large multinational organisations such as PriceWaterhouse Cooper and EY, as well as small to medium sized enterprises.

Others have used the programme as a stimulus to gain promotion, and for others as a springboard to start up their own business.


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

The programme 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.

The programme 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 programme itself.

A 12-week ‘Internship and Management Project’ enables students to apply knowledge and skills acquired throughout the programme to an organisational issue or problem, and, additionally, provides students with experience of selling themselves to employers, gaining employment and acquiring and developing workplace skills which will enhance their future career prospects.

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 shall normally have gained:

An upper second class honours degree or better from a university of the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland, or from another institution which has been recognised by the Senate for this purpose;


An equivalent standard in a professional or other qualification recognised by the Senate for this purpose.

Exceptionally, candidates who do not satisfy the above requirements may be admitted at the discretion of the Senate. ‘Exceptionally’ is no more than 10% of the student intake.

International students will be expected to meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.

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.



The course is delivered by block teaching, which means that lectures are taught in an intensive block. In the MSc Management, student learning is compressed into 4 intensive teaching days for each module.

Full-time students can expect to complete in one calendar year.

Part-time students can complete the course in 18 months.

Careers or further progression

Career options

Graduates of the MSc Management come to the course from a wide range of non-business backgrounds. Graduate careers have been developed and advanced in an array of professions including Finance, IT, Healthcare, Engineering and Retail.

A key focus of the MSc Management is enhancing each individual's career prospects whether that is securing employment in your chosen field, advancing your existing career or changing career direction.

Further enquiries

Dr Shirley Barrett (Programme Director)
T: +44 (0)28 7167 5338

Subjects taught


Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

Year one

Enterprise and New Venture Creation
Year: 1
This module enables students to develop an understanding of business from an entrepreneur's perspective. Students will develop an awareness of the role of the entrepreneur in the new venture creation process and the capabilities to recognise, plan, set up and run new venture opportunities. Students will understand, and experience, the consequences of decision making in all aspects of a small business (such as sales and marketing, finance and operations) by creating, and actively trading with, their own business start-up.

Year: 1
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
Year: 1
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.

Operations and Supply Chain Management
Year: 1
Organisations must carefully manage their operations and supply chains in order to survive and prosper. This module seeks to develop a number of frameworks/techniques for assessing and improving operations and supply chain processes.

Business Model Innovation
Year: 1
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.

Year two

Year: 2
This module is designed to refresh the fundamental concepts of marketing, building on this to develop an understanding and appreciation of marketing management including analysis, planning and control issues.

Strategic Management
Year: 2
This module is designed to introduce students to the key concepts in business strategy. On successful completion of this module students will have an in-depth knowledge of strategy; be able to conduct a strategic analysis of an organisation, its environment, and its future strategic options; understand the fundamentals of formulating an international strategy; appreciate some of the key issues associated with strategy implementation; and critically evaluate current theory and practice on strategy.

Internship and Management Project
Year: 2
This module is designed to enhance the employability of the student, whilst giving them experience of a workplace environment. In considering this they produce both reflective reports which help aid skills development, and also an internship project in which they apply the theoretical concepts encountered on the course to a ?live? management issue.

Work placement / study abroad

A unique feature of the MSc Management is its 12 week ‘Internship and Management Project’. The Internship and Management Project enables you to apply knowledge and skills acquired throughout the programme to an organisational issue or problem. This can be undertaken with your current employer if you are in full-time employment.

Alternatively it provides those seeking full-time employment with valuable experience of selling yourself to employers, gaining employment and acquiring and developing workplace skills which will enhance your future career prospects.

Assessment method

Teaching and learning assessment

The course is delivered through intensive block teaching.

In addition to block delivery, 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.

Application date

Application is directly to the University via an online system.

The deadline for submission of applications is 15th May. We will consider late applications but these may experience delays in processing.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Dates: January 2018

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