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About

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.

Attendance

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.

Work placement / study abroad

Through the Ulster University Business School's connections with other Universities worldwide, students may be able to take advantage of studying a module overseas.

Professional recognition

Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Career options

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).


Visit the Executive Master of Business Administration - MBA page on the Ulster University website for more details!

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