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Program Description

The MBA is a general management course aimed at aspiring and established middle managers from a range of business sectors.

This programme is also available as an MBA with Advanced Practice, which includes either an internship or project.

The course has been designed to account for current (local, regional and international) market trends and has recently been updated to provide additional flexibility, choice and the opportunity and to help apply taught management skills.

The overall objective of this 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, as well as the development of professional, transferable and intellectual skills that are essential for successful general and strategic management in private, public and third sector organisations.

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Students will have the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and insight in the following areas:

  • Develop multidisciplinary and international perspectives, concepts and issues in the major management disciplines
  • Gain an understanding of relevant toolkits and techniques for analysing business and management issues
  • Cultivate the ability to analyse, synthesise and apply knowledge and understanding to solve management problems critically, rationally and rigorously
  • Gain an appreciation and application of 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
  • Develop skills for leadership and transformational roles in business in the changing external context within which they are likely to operate
  • Develop strategic thinking, innovation and entrepreneurial skills
  • Improve interpersonal and group-working skills

Teaching methods

You will be taught using a wide variety of teaching methods across the modules including lectures and seminars, totalling around 12 hours per week. In addition to your time in class, you will also be expected to engage in approximately 30 hours of self-study time per week.

You’ll be taught by experienced lecturers who will bring the practical business-related experience into the classroom to enable students to understand how business works in the real world.

You will have access to Blackboard, our online learning environment, where you can access module resources and reading lists that will assist your preparation for classes and self-study.

Evening and weekend study

One of our study options available for UK and EU nationals includes evenings and weekends. This study option offers exactly the same levels of student support and the ability to balance your full-time studies with your personal life. 


You will be assessed by coursework, including assignments, group assignments, presentations and class tests.

Careers and progression

The course places a strong focus on enhancing the employment prospects of its graduates. Previous Ulster University alumni have secured positions within large multinational organisations such as Diageo, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and KPMG as well as small to medium-sized enterprises. Others have used the programme as a valuable springboard to gain a thorough understanding of business and management principles before starting up their own business.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold at least:

  • A 2:2 (second class) honours degree or International equivalent
  • In addition, applicants would normally have 2 years’ relevant work experience

In exceptional circumstances, if you do not meet the entry requirements above but have substantial and significant experiential learning, you may be able to apply as a non-standard applicant.

If you do not meet the academic entry requirements, you may be eligible to study our Graduate Certificate programme.

English language requirements

Applicants must satisfy our general entry requirements as well as meeting specific requirements.

You will need to provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade 4 – previously grade C – or equivalent).

The general entry requirements are any of the following:

  • IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5, or equivalent
  • HKDSE English Language – Grade 4 overall with no less than 3 in any of the 4 sub-skills
  • Indian Standard XII English – Minimum of 70% (in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) or Indian Certificate in Secondary Education (ICSE) only)
  • WAEC – C6

If you do not have the required IELTS, you may be eligible to study on our Pre-Sessional programmes.

If you have IELTS 5.5, with a maximum one score of 5.0, you may be eligible to study on our Pre-Sessional Standard programme.

If you have IELTS 5.0, with a maximum one score of 4.5, you may be eligible to study on our Pre-Sessional Plus programme.

Tuition fees for 2020/21

UK/EU students:

  • £8,000

This course is eligible for the postgraduate government loan.

Please note that for UK/EU students who are financing their studies through the postgraduate loan, you will be required to make a deposit payment of £250 at enrolment, this amount will be deducted from the total tuition fee. This does not apply to progressing students who are currently studying at the undergraduate level with us.

International students:

  • London: £13,000
  • Birmingham: £11,500

Please note that the fees outlined are for your tuition only and do not include the cost of any course books that you may choose to purchase, stationery, accommodation etc. As an Ulster University London and Birmingham branch campus student you will also have access to our on-campus libraries and a range of e-learning resources.

The modules you will study may require you to purchase additional course textbooks and you should be prepared to buy some additional texts, we recommend allowing an additional £400 for the duration of your course.

What does my tuition pay for?

  • Your teaching in class – this includes seminars, lectures and tutorials
  • Access to facilities including computers, Wi-Fi, printers, lockers, multi-faith rooms, quiet study space and social areas. 
  • Our library service – both on-campus and an extensive online catalogue of resources
  • Careers and Employability Service which provides help with CVs, applications and interview preparation through workshops, drop-ins and 1-2-1 appointments
  • The ACE Team (Academic Community of Excellence) who are here to support you with your studies and assignments
  • Students Activities Association (SAA) – who organise events on campus, discounted sightseeing trips and help students create and run societies

Last updated Jul 2020

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