This program provides rigorous training in the economics of international finance, trade, and development for students interested in demanding professional careers and doctoral programs.
What can be done to avoid financial crises? How can growth in the least developed countries be accelerated? How can wealth be distributed equitably and sustainably? This program will allow students to acquire a thorough knowledge of the conceptual and empirical tools of modern Economics applied to international trade, finance, and development.
The program starts in the first term with a set of courses on economic growth and development, international trade and finance, and quantitative methods. In the second and third terms, students can choose from a wide array of courses and tailor their learning experience to their interests. Some students chose to specialize in development, others in international trade and finance, while others opt instead for a more balanced approach that combines training in both areas.
Students complete an independent study project by the end of the academic year, allowing them to specialize in a policy topic of their choice. They also attend a series of policy lessons delivered by international experts.
The master's faculty consists of internationally renowned scholars who have previously held academic positions at MIT, NYU, Chicago, Berkeley, Stanford and Cambridge. They have also worked or held consulting appointments at international organizations, including the World Bank, the IMF, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the European Central Bank.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Master Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis awarded jointly with the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. The degree requires the successful completion of 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits of graduate courses (6 credits are equivalent to a 40 hour course), some compulsory and some elective. The students' final program must be discussed with and approved by the Master Director.
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An MBA is an internationally recognised passport to a successful business career. The Ulster University Executive MBA can be studied part or full-time and is designed to equip experienced or aspiring industry leaders and business owners with the knowledge and confidence to be successful in their fields.
Delivered by the Ulster University Business School, Northern Ireland's leading business school for research and ranked 7th out of 101 business schools in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014), the Ulster MBA blends both commercial experience and theoretical learning.
As an Ulster University MBA student, you will study alongside a diverse range of professionals, gaining exposure to different organisations and sectors whilst developing your network. This diversity makes for a richer learning environment where knowledge and ideas can be shared. We also offer students excellent support throughout the course, both in their academic study and in their development as managers and business leaders.
You will be taught by academically qualified subject experts who possess a wealth of industry experience within leading organisations. We also work in close collaboration with local and international employers to ensure that the course is relevant and that what you study meets business needs.
The quality of our MBA is recognised by a number of professional bodies and chartered institutes who have provided exemptions from their own qualifications. For example, the requirements to become a Chartered Manager with the CMI are embedded into our programme should you wish to also gain this recognition at graduation.
What Separates the Ulster University MBA? This balance of commercial and academic experience is key to what separates the Ulster University MBA from other programmes on offer in NI.
A Practical and Applied MBA – Our programme is practical, everything we cover has to be readily applicable to real organisations. Complementing our taught modules is a professional development residential (the price of which is included in the course fees).
Chartered Manager – We have embedded the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Leadership and Management into our programme. Students can opt to gain this qualification automatically at graduation meaning they can become a Chartered Manager through the exemption route (an additional fee to CMI will apply). We are the only MBA in NI to offer this professional accreditation.
Our Alumni – We have the largest alumni of any MBA in NI. Examples include Kevin Kingston (Danske Bank Chief Executive), Gerry Mallon (Ulster Bank Chief Executive and Chairman of the IFA) and Colin Walsh (Chief Executive and founder of Crescent Capital and past Chair of CBI NI).
Link with the Harvard Business School – In 2013, the Ulster University Business School became the first University School in the UK to join a global network of affiliated universities with Harvard. A number of our lecturers undertook intensive training in Boston and bring specialist knowledge in Harvard case study methods and access to online resources.
Mini-MBA – We understand that undertaking an MBA is a significant commitment, consequently, we offer students the opportunity to trial the MBA through our ‘Mini-MBA’ graduating with a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration. This is a commitment of 2 semesters (or 9 months), successful students can also progress on to complete the full-time MBA should they wish.
The part-time MBA is taught over 2 academic years, starting in September each year. If you wish to "fast track" you can study the course over 1 academic year September to September.
The course begins with a residential induction programme, where students spend 2 days familiarising themselves with the course, with their classmates, and with the academic team.
Students will attend lectures on a weekly basis, (Tuesday in year 1 and Wednesday in year 2) in semesters 1 and 2 (September to December and January to May).
In semester 3 students complete modules on a 3-day "block" basis. This means studying a subject intensely for 3 days which allows students to immerse themselves in the subject area.
Examinations are held after each semester in January, May, and September.
Through the Ulster University Business School's connections with other Universities worldwide, students may be able to take advantage of studying a module overseas.
Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
An MBA will help you develop your career whether it is progressing within your current organisation, changing career into a different profession/sector or working internationally. As a qualification, the MBA is valued and sought after by employers.
Graduates from the MBA course have found that they have been able to deliver value to their organisations through the work that they carry out on the course and thus progress their careers with their respective employers.
Other students use the MBA as a springboard to seek new opportunities both domestically and internationally.
Many students wish to either set up their own business or become business consultants. The course is specifically tailored (especially in terms of assessment and practical teaching) to allow students to develop the necessary skills and expertise to allow this fulfilment.
How does Ulster University help its MBA participants with job hunting?
We have a career development centre which we work in partnership with to ensure students are prepared for the main elements of job hunting (psychometric testing, team interviews, assessment centres, cv building, presentations, etc).
At the end of the course, students taking the course will be expected to have:
You will have the opportunity to engage with a range of learning approaches during the course of your study.
You will take part in lectures, workshops and seminars. Some of these will be more traditional whereas others will require you to undertake research before coming together to discuss project and programme issues with a range of students and academic staff.
You will have seminars from industry practitioners and have the opportunity to discuss your projects with them to gain real world insight into the problems you are trying to solve.
You will have the opportunity to work in a range of study facilities to develop practical skills and understand the link between the theory and practical implementation of projects and programmes, with a deep understanding of benefits and risks. Throughout the weekly class sessions and through use of the on-line support material, you will obtain skills required to successfully implement and manage a range of diverse projects and programmes with confidence.
Often working on assessment and project briefs you will develop solutions to meet real world problems/requirements in project and programme management and be able to present these to your peers, practitioners and third parties in order to obtain balanced and current feedback.
This course will appeal to anyone who is looking to advance in Programme and Project Management. The topics are practical, with an emphasis on the application of the knowledge gained and applied to many learning situations, including the use of case studies, live round-table debate, team-working exercises, applied coursework, blended learning environments, and independent study. Students are encouraged to gain knowledge in their field through extensive reading, and to apply this research in a more formal way. The completion of a dissertation demonstrates the range of academic and professional skills gained at the University of Wolverhampton. Students will have support within classroom time and dedicated workshops, small working groups, and personal tutors to develop the student to help gain a higher level of achievement.
You will also have the benefit of relevant experience of staff in disciplines. Issaka Ndekugri is a world class expert on the managerial, administrative and legal aspects of decision-making in the procurement of infrastructure and other engineered assets and related professional services. With advanced degrees in Engineering, Management and Law from world class universities and relevant industry experience, he is the rare type of well rounded professional hybrid able to communicate with a wide range of functional managers/directors in organisations on a highly informed basis. His experience has been built on direct employment in roles involving the negotiation and administration of large infrastructure projects and employment as an academic and consulting with industry on best practice in the procurement of products, works and services. He has undergone world class training in negotiation (in the Harvard Business School), membership and chairing of dispute boards on major international infrastructure projects (by the international Dispute Resolution Board Foundation based in Seattle) and mediation (by CEDR, the London-based international Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution).
Career highlights: Member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s College of Experts; Peer Review Editor for Construction Law Journal; Member of Editorial Boards of: the International Journal of Law in the Built Environment; the Institution of Civil Engineer’s Journal of Management, Procurement and Law; Founder of FIDIC-NET, the international network of experts in the international procurement of infrastructure; Published 100+ papers/articles and textbook entitled The JCT Building Contract: Law and Administration, which won Gold award of the Chartered Institute of Building’s International Literary Award Scheme; £ 1.3+ million of grants from: former DTI, European Social Fund, Learning Skills Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, City University of Hong Kong, Society of Construction Law, Worshipful Company of Arbitrators’ First Charitable Trust; External examiner to: University of Central Lancashire, University of Manchester, Salford University, Loughborough University, Leeds Metropolitan University, United Nations’ Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand; Supervision of 8 successful PhD candidates
He is currently Professor of Construction and Engineering Law in the University of Wolverhampton and Director of the University’s Construction Law Postgraduate Programme.
Graduates of this course will gain knowledge to equip them for employment in a range of managerial positions including: Programme Manager, Project Manager, Change Manager, Risk Manager and Benefits Realisation Manager, Project Planner.
t the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:
1. apply project management systems, tools, and methodologies in a wide range of contexts involving extensive supply chains and gain maximum benefits realisation;
2. work effectively within different types of team environments and manage and lead such teams in compliance with employment law;
3. exercise leadership in the administration of project contracts to achieve budgetary, schedule, benefits and quality targets with appropriate dispute avoidance/resolution strategies;
4. analyse risks and uncertainty affecting complex projects and programmes to arrive at sound decisions and judgements in the absence of complete data and communicate conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
5. demonstrate understanding of the operation of major projects and programmes as temporary organisations and behaviour within such organisations and related competence in the design and implementation of organisation structures, strategies, systems and procedures for complex programmes not only across business sectors but also in the public sector
6. demonstrate competence to develop new knowledge and problem-solving competence through research
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