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Executive Leadership MSc

Course Description

As a director or senior executive, leadership is the most important part of your role. However, in a turbulent business climate, leaders cannot model themselves on leadership approaches from the past and expect to meet the demands of today. To support leaders to respond to these demands, we have designed a development programme that uses 21st century approaches to meet the 21st century challenges we all face.

The programme is structured around seven modules each lasting three days and one five day module delivered at the Global Leadership Institute, Boston College, USA. All other modules are delivered in the Executive Suite at the Irish Times building in Dublin. Induction and graduation take place at Ulster University.

Course detail

- Description -

In this MSc course, we show how leaders in organisations can develop and nurture strategic thinking at all levels. To be a strong role model is important too, so up to date approaches to ethics and governance feature throughout. However, the key to sustainable success is the capacity to lead through innovation, to outthink the competition and then to outperform it.

- Purpose -

Successful organisations recognise the critical importance of leadership as the key to unlocking human potential and delivering business results. It i show they secure and maintain competitive edge and create and capture value. By undertaking this programme, you are gaining more than just an academic qualification, you are also provided with a personal and professional journey to excellence in leading people and organisations. Guest speakers drawn from a range of organisations, as well as teaching staff who have previously held senior positions in industry and commerce, make this programme stand out from others of its kind.

- Teaching and learning assessment -

The programme consists of seven taught modules being:

- Creating the Future
- Leadership for the Future
- Business Excellence and Orgnsational Development
- Knowledge Management
- Corporate Governance and Business Ethics
- Strategic Financial Management
- Research Methods
- Students also attend a five day programme at the Global Leadership Institute in Boston and complete a dissertation.

Assessment is by completion of work-based assignments.

Career options

Students already completing this programme occupy relevant and worthwhile careers but this programme supports continued career development whereby some students have progressed to senior executive and boardroom positions following completion of the programme. Students are encouraged to pursue further studies at PhD for those who wish to maintain their links with academia.

Students that have completed this programme have written research papers and have presented at a number of International and Leadership Conferences.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why study at Ulster?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We are an international university with more than 2,000 international students from over 80 countries and Alumni from 121 countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five* or ten* equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting http://www.ulster.ac.uk/learnyourway


A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

Visit the Executive Leadership MSc page on the Ulster University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally an honours degree (or equivalent) or an equivalent professional qualification, as well as significant budgetary and/or people management experience gained over at least 5 years. English language entry requirements: View Website

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