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3 Ulster Business School Postgraduate Prospectus 2014/15 1 CONTENTS Dean s Foreword 2 Why the University of Ulster? 4 Ulster You Don t Have To Go Far To Go Far 6 Why the Ulster Business School? 8 Our Commitment to Regional Economic Development 12 Professional Body Partnerships 18 Programme Finder 25 Belfast campus 26 Coleraine campus 40 Jordanstown campus 50 Magee campus 92 How to Apply 108 Entry Criteria 109 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 110 Testimonials 112 At a Glance 114
4 2 Ulster Business School Postgraduate Prospectus 2014/15 As a dynamic, entrepreneurial and well networked Business School, we lead in the provision of professional education which prepares our students for professional life. Dean: Professor Marie McHugh
5 Ulster Business School Postgraduate Prospectus 2014/15 3 WELCOME TO THE ULSTER BUSINESS SCHOOL I am delighted to welcome you to this postgraduate study guide. The guide aims to provide you with information on the University of Ulster, the Ulster Business School and the wide range of high quality postgraduate programmes we offer. As a Business School with a strong regional presence, we are represented on each of the University s four well located campuses. We have a vast array of talented staff who have received awards for the high quality of their teaching and are leading researchers. Many have written text-books to support their teaching, and have had their work published in prestigious journals. The high quality of the School s provision is evidenced by ratings from a variety of independent sources. One of our programmes, the MSc Management and Corporate Governance, has won the all-ireland Postgraduate Course of the Year Award 2012 from the highly-respected awarding body postgradireland. We are very proud of this accolade, which is an indicator of the quality of the provision within the Ulster Business School. As a dynamic, entrepreneurial and well networked Business School, we lead in the provision of professional education which prepares our students for professional life. With an applied curriculum that is designed specifically to meet business needs, we are committed to working with individuals and organisations to develop the knowledge, skills and management competencies required in today s rapidly changing environment. A feature of our provision is the very strong links that we have with a wide range of internationally recognised professional bodies which accredit our programmes. I hope that you find this guide interesting and useful, and that it encourages you to come and study with us at the Ulster Business School. For further information on anything you read on the following pages, please visit our website or use the contact information at the back of this guide. I look forward to welcoming you as a student at the Ulster Business School. Professor Marie McHugh Dean Ulster Business School
6 4 Ulster Business School Postgraduate Prospectus 2014/15 Why choose the University of Ulster? The University of Ulster is the largest university on the island of Ireland with 25,000 students. Our student community includes students from over 80 countries. Ulster is a university with a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement. We make a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland and play a key role in attracting inward investment. Our core business activities are teaching and learning, widening access to education, research and innovation and technology and knowledge transfer. Lifelong learning is a reality of today s dynamic economy. Undertaking a University of Ulster postgraduate or undergraduate qualification can lead to wider and more fulfilling career opportunities, greater future earnings and increased job security. Our programmes are designed to meet the needs of employees and employers. Take a look at the programmes in this prospectus and you ll see how we re preparing students for tomorrow s world today. We have a positive impact on the economy and community in Northern Ireland and employ over 2500 staff with an annual turnover of more than 200 million. Technology and knowledge transfer and commercial exploitation of ideas are promoted by our Office of Innovation through a range of initiatives and ongoing research and consultancy with business and industry. Our aim is to provide our students with a professional education for a professional life.
7 Ulster Business School Postgraduate Prospectus 2014/15 5 We are a major contributor to the Research and Development capacity within Northern Ireland and we support local business and industry. The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise confirmed the strength and quality of our research and the advances that we are continually making. We make a leading contribution to lifelong learning (via elearning), widening access to education for all - enhancing the region's knowledge base. Partnerships have been forged with other educational providers locally, nationally and internationally and we have a network of strategic partnerships throughout the world. There has never been a better time to seize the opportunities on offer at Ulster.
8 6 Ulster Business School Postgraduate Prospectus 2014/15 ULSTER YOU DON T HAVE TO GO FAR TO GO FAR... The University is located on four campuses around Northern Ireland: Belfast In the vibrant Cathedral Quarter in Belfast city centre Coleraine Close to Coleraine town, the capital of the Causeway Coast Jordanstown On the Antrim coast road, just a few miles north of Belfast Magee In the centre of Derry~Londonderry, the UK City of Culture 2013
9 Ulster Business School Postgraduate Prospectus 2014/15 7 HOW TO GET TO EACH CAMPUS: By Road M1/M2/M3 motorway links to the four campuses By Rail NI railway links to Belfast, Coleraine, Londonderry and Jordanstown By Bus Ulsterbus service throughout Northern Ireland By Sea Ferry operators run services from GB to NI. Our two main ferry ports are Larne and Belfast. Ferry routes from GB to ROI and travel on to Northern Ireland by road or rail (see useful websites below) By Air George Best Belfast City Airport Belfast International Airport City of Derry Airport Dublin Airport in the Republic of Ireland, and travel to Northern Ireland by road or rail Useful Websites Air travel Rail travel Bus travel (all Northern Ireland rail and bus services) (Republic of Ireland bus services) Ferry travel
10 8 Ulster Business School Postgraduate Prospectus 2014/15 WHY CHOOSE THE ULSTER BUSINESS SCHOOL? The Ulster Business School covers the four campuses of the University: Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown and Magee. The Ulster Business School extends a warm welcome to international students and currently has almost 1000 international students from countries such as China, India, Hong Kong, Canada and North America. At the Ulster Business School we provide an education that inspires respect from employers and satisfaction from our students. The Ulster Business School offers a number of important advantages: High educational standards The School has achieved the highest teaching quality ratings from the UK s Higher Education Quality Assurance Agency. It has established a niche position within Britain and Ireland as a leading quality benchmarked centre for business education and training. Strong professional partnerships Professional accreditation is provided by a number of bodies in the areas of management, accounting, human resource management and marketing. Internship Internships are offered by several of our programmes, for example the Bright Spark internship on the MBS programme. These are flexible in nature and can be designed around individual company requirements to ensure that students and employers get the best experience possible. Students have completed internships with many organisations both in NI and overseas, such as: RSM McClure Watters; Oxfam Ireland; Hastings Hotel Group; Schrader International; FG Wilson; Translink; JTI (Gallaher Ltd). International collaborations The School is actively involved in international collaborations with partners in China, Hong Kong, India, North America and Europe. Global perspective It is recognised that the far-reaching effects of globalisation have a significant impact on all areas of business, which are incorporated into various aspects of our programmes. Excellent support facilities The University provides excellent support facilities for our students including: computing, sports, library and on-campus accommodation. The University s Students Union offers a variety of clubs and societies to appeal to a wide range of interests. In addition the International Society arranges visits to local places of interest to enable students to gain insights into local cultures and traditions.
11 Ulster Business School Postgraduate Prospectus 2014/15 9 Facts about us: The leading provider, for over forty years, of university accredited management education and training programmes in Northern Ireland. A member of the UK's Association of Business Schools (ABS) and of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). 35% of RAE submission is, at minimum, internationally excellent. Rated 'excellent' in teaching and learning on an objective and externally assessed basis. Engaged with businesses through student work placement, teaching, research, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) and Fusion projects. A Business School in partnership with many of the professional bodies in management education. A faculty of the University, providing a comprehensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and post-experience training programmes, on a full-time and part-time basis. National and International Links At national, United Kingdom, level, the Ulster Business School has established links with mainland Business Schools through, for example, the School s membership of the UK s Association of Business Schools, and its appointment of Visiting Professors. At an international level, the School has established a formal link with the prestigious Babson College (Boston) to build on its educational partnerships in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, and has become a member of the European Foundation for Management
12 10 Ulster Business School Postgraduate Prospectus 2014/15 Development (EFMD). The School has developed other international links through programmes in, for example, China, and has created a Centre for International Business at the Magee campus of the University. Internationally-based Visiting Professors include, for example, former Nokia Research Director, Veli- Pekka Niitamo, now Director of Future Learning (Finland) David Kirk, Leading IT Developer (United States) and Kay Goss, Director of Emergency Management at SRA International (Washington D.C.). The Ulster Business School had important links with educational institutions in the Republic of Ireland in terms of programme provision and research; and with business, through Inter-Trade Ireland s Fusion Programme. QUALITY TEACHING AND RESEARCH The Ulster Business School continues to provide, as the University has done for the past forty years, a modern and flexibly delivered management education and training curriculum, at all levels. We pride oursleves in providing high quality teaching that is underpinned by research. Teaching The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) has awarded the School an ʻexcellentʼ rating (with a perfect score of 24 out of 24) in Business and Management, the subject grouping covering the majority of the Schoolʼs undergraduate and postgraduate, full-time and part-time provision and including much of its professional management development and training programmes. Similarly, the School received an ʻexcellentʼ rating for the range of courses offered in the area of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure. The QAAʼs Developmental Engagement confirmed an equivalent rating for the subject area of Accounting. Most recently the National Student Survey (NSS) 2012 indicated that in every subject area within the Ulster Business School, students had expressed their satisfaction as being, at least as good, if not better than the sectorwide average. In particular the subjects of Marketing, Leisure, Food and Beverage, Accounting and Finance had achieved very high rates of satisfaction. The Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Management is ranked 2nd in the UK for Travel, Transport & Tourism (The Guardian University Guide 2012). These achievements single the Ulster Business School out as the leading quality benchmarked centre for business education in Ireland, and places it amongst the very best providers in the wider British Isles context. Research Our Research has achieved the following highly creditable profile in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, 2008): star, star, star and star. The research strength of the Institute focuses on three key areas: Operations Management Marketing; and Social Economy These key areas have a strong crosscutting theme supporting the Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SME) regional economy. It is anticipated that we will build on this reputation in terms of developing collaborative linkages both nationally and
13 Ulster Business School Postgraduate Prospectus 2014/15 11 internationally given our close relationships with the British Academy of Management, Academy of Marketing, Academy of International Business and a range of professional bodies, such as, CIMA, ACCA and ICSA. All of this underpins the externally assessed high quality teaching ratings of the Ulster Business School and places the Faculty in a leading position to further develop its management education and leadership role in supporting the Northern Ireland economy. In terms of research esteem, staff are actively involved in a range of activities. For example, the editorships of three leading international journals, Leadership and Organisational Development Journal, the Journal of Team Performance Management and Education and Training are held within the Business School. In addition, staff hold editorial positions on over forty international peer reviewed journals, including: European Journal of Marketing, International Journal of Operations and Production Management and Business Transformations and Economics. With regard to external research funding, 3.5m has been awarded to fund a number of projects in the areas of retailing, environmental management, innovation and business improvement. Of particular relevance is a project looking at quality management practices in China and the UK, involving collaboration with Hong Kong Polytechnic University. This project is funded by the prestigious UK Economic and Social Research Council and the Hong Kong Research Grants Council. Graduate Research Centre The mission of the Graduate Research Centre is to support the development of professional management in Northern Ireland and beyond through the provision of doctoral research courses funded by the Northern Irish Government and externally. Research opportunities are available in areas such as: Marketing Organisation Behaviour Operations Management Accounting and Finance Tourism, Hospitality and Food Management For further details on research study please visit
14 12 Ulster Business School Postgraduate Prospectus 2014/15 OUR COMMITMENT TO REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT The Ulster Business School is a major contributor to the development of the Northern Ireland economy. We are able to provide professional education for professional life by constantly working with the business community to ensure the provision of top quality innovative courses which serve the needs of the local economy. Our linkages with professional bodies are vitally important.
15 Ulster Business School Postgraduate Prospectus 2014/15 13 Federation of Small Businesses Northern Ireland The Ulster Business School has an intimate understanding of the demands facing those within the small business sector right across Northern Ireland, particularly in the current difficult economic climate. Their commitment to the professional development of the small business owner/manager, underpinned by their experience, is why the Federation of Small Businesses is keen to work so closely with those within the School. Wilfred Mitchell OBE Policy Chairman, FSB Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce Expanding the private sector in Northern Ireland requires a focus on both attracting foreign direct investment projects and encouraging the development of a thriving indigenous industry which can compete successfully in global markets. To achieve this, the Higher Education sector is of critical importance to the Northern Ireland economy. The Ulster Business School at the University of Ulster attracts significant levels of foreign direct investment in Northern Ireland, and provides businesses with innovative and employable graduates. With a strong commitment to regional economic development, and a strong entrepreneurial spirit, the Ulster Business School s contribution to the Northern Ireland economy is invaluable. Ann McGregor, Chief Executive Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce CBI Northern Ireland The University of Ulster is a vital public good, making a crucial contribution to the intellectual, cultural, social and economic wellbeing of Northern Ireland. It plays an essential role in ensuring that the region has the skills and knowledge necessary for its longterm success. Closer working between business, and University of Ulster s Business School has many benefits: supporting internships and work placements, helping develop businessrelevant course content and leading to greater collaboration on research. Accessing skills and expertise, knowledge and research infrastructure from the UK's excellent university base can confer real competitive advantage for business. CBI Northern Ireland
16 14 Ulster Business School Postgraduate Prospectus 2014/15 STAFF IN FOCUS MEET Professor Neil Gibson Director of the Northern Ireland Centre for Economic Policy (NICEP) Professor Neil Gibson is the Director of the Northern Ireland Centre for Economic Policy (NICEP) in the Ulster Business School which was established in January The Centre s primary focus is to help Northern Ireland achieve its economic ambitions by contributing to the teaching of future leaders and carrying out policy-relevant research. NICEP is carrying out research on areas of crucial importance to the NI economy including Air Passenger Duty, Corporation Tax and Small Business Rate Relief. Prior to this role Neil was a Global Director in Oxford Economics, where he jointly led a large team of economists looking after international consultancy and global cities and regions products. Neil, an alumus of the University of Ulster, is an Eisenhower Fellow (2014) and an experienced economic forecaster and model builder. His expertise lies in making complex economic models useful and understandable to a non-technical audience and bringing modelling and forecasting results into a policy making environment. Neil is also a member of the Bryson House Board, a Special Advisor to Oxford Economics and a Senior Advisor to EY in Ireland. Neil is also a reviewer for the Cambridge Journal of Economics.
17 Ulster Business School Postgraduate Prospectus 2014/15 15 Northern Ireland Centre for Economic Policy (NICEP) The Northern Ireland Centre for Economic Policy (NICEP) is an independent economic research centre and is an integral part of the Ulster Business School. The Centre is sponsored by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, the First Trust Bank and the Belfast Harbour Commissioners. It engages with government, business and the wider general public to produce evidence based research to inform economic policy development and implementation. Northern Ireland Centre for Economic Policy NICEP staff also play an important role in developing the next generation of economic policy makers through the teaching of economics modules in the Ulster Business School and equipping students with the practical skills required in the workplace. Centre for SME Development The Centre for SME Development has been established by the Ulster Business School in response to the significant challenges facing the Northern Ireland economy. The Centre aims to help the owners and managers of SMEs to achieve their business goals. The Centre exists to: Inspire business owners and managers to think, act and perform differently; Equip business owners and managers with the leadership and management tools, techniques and processes to develop both their business and themselves; Help owners and managers define and execute their chosen strategy and; Support business owners and managers to build networks, locally, nationally and internationally, with other business owners, experienced business mentors, educators, advisors, coaches and facilitators.
18 16 Ulster Business School Postgraduate Prospectus 2014/15 MEET: KIRSTY MCMANUS MBA After a wonderful 6-year career working in the US as an IT Project Manager and general manager, I decided to pursue an MBA to refine my diverse business background and further prepare myself for a career back in Northern Ireland. I sought an executive programme that would provide a practical foundation to take me where I wanted to go next. At the Ulster Business School I was in classes with senior executives from different industries and gained business management and entrepreneurial skills. The high-powered group learning experience provided me with the networks that enabled me to secure a prestigious position as Deputy Director at CBI Northern Ireland. The CBI is the voice of business and represents over 240,000 businesses across the UK, I had personal responsibility for managing a diverse portfolio of members and lobbying responsibility for employment law, skills, education and energy policy in Northern Ireland. I have already been able to apply many of the managerial and decision making tools I learned at University of Ulster while on the job at the CBI. The doors of opportunity have opened for me again, as I begin my new career as Director for SME Development Centre at the Ulster Business School. I am also a board member of Bryson Future Skills, one of Northern Ireland s leading social enterprises.
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20 18 Ulster Business School Postgraduate Prospectus 2014/15 PROFESSIONAL BODY PARTNERSHIPS The Ulster Business School has underpinned its academic activities, in both teaching and research, by establishing strong partnerships with relevant professional bodies. Many of our courses are professionally accredited. Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) Established by Royal Charter in 1888, Chartered Accountants Ireland is the representative body for Chartered Accountants across Ireland and has over 20,000 members and 5,000 students. Chartered Accountants are leading business professionals, providing essential strategic guidance, expertise and consulting in every business sector. The Institute has a long and valued relationship with Ulster, having worked closely with the school on the composition of its masters courses. The Institute offers attractive exemptions for Ulster students and the fact that many are successful in securing training contracts with firms, is testament to the quality of education and calibre of students at Ulster. Bryan Rankin, Chartered Accountants Ireland Chartered Institute of Management Accounts (CIMA) CIMA Learning Quality Partner is our highest level of accreditation and offers formal recognition to those courses that meet or surpass the challenging Quality Partner Standards set out in the CIMA Learning Matrix. The University of Ulster have consistently exceeded these requirements and as such have been granted unconditional accreditation. CIMA recommends that our students use one of our Learning Quality Partners for their studies and are confident that the high level of tuition offered by the Ulster Business School makes it the ideal place to begin your CIMA career. Leyton Ramskill, CIMA Learning and Development Manager
21 Ulster Business School Postgraduate Prospectus 2014/15 19 Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) ACCA have a long-standing partnership with Ulster and the Ulster Business School. ACCA recently confirmed the renewal of its Gold Status award for the ACCA course run by the Department of Accounting. Beibhinn Coman, Communications & Marketing Manager, ACCA Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales ICAEW is a world leader of the accountancy and finance profession, supporting over 138,000 chartered accountants around the world. We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Ulster Business School, who have ensured that their courses align closely to the ICAEW Chartered Accountancy qualification. The courses have been designed to support their students should they wish to train with ICAEW after graduation. Laura Curtis, Academic Education Manager, ICAEW Institute of Hospitality The Ulster Business School is the exclusive provider of Higher Education in Northern Ireland in the area of Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism. The Institute of Hospitality has a strong partnership with the Ulster Business School and has recently awarded accreditation for the undergraduate suite of courses (with the exception of Consumer Studies) which provide a comprehensive coverage of a range of awards aimed specifically at those aspiring to careers within the service industries and has a comprehensive quality assurance system. Stephen Meldrum, Chairperson, Institute of Hospitality Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) As the largest HR development professional body in Europe with over 135,000 members we pride ourselves on supporting and developing organisations and individuals responsible for the management and development of people. Membership of CIPD is now widely accepted as essential for employability within the profession. The Ulster Business School has a long and valued association with CIPD and looks forward to working with them on the accreditation of its courses and its students membership into the future. Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
22 20 Ulster Business School Postgraduate Prospectus 2014/15 The Marketing Institute Ireland As the representative body for marketing with practitioner members throughout the island of Ireland, we are encouraged by the way in which the practical nature of the MSc Marketing programme is focused on blending academic rigour with real-life application in the workplace. The MSc Marketing, we believe, will strengthen the professional capabilities and employability of your students. We would envisage that graduates would be immediately eligible to undertake the Marketing Institute of Ireland s Case Study Examination which leads to immediate Full Membership of the Institute. We are delighted to be collaborating with the Ulster Business School to support your work in the marketing discipline Tom Trainor, Chief Executive The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the leading professional body for marketers worldwide and exists to develop the marketing profession, maintain professional standards and improve the skills of marketing practitioners. University of Ulster has joined forces with CIM to give students the opportunity to gain CIM professional qualifications through their Multi Award Pathway (MAP). CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers, and MAP alongside our own degrees, ensuring we are equipping students with the best opportunities for a successful marketing career. Marketing Manager, CIM Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment is the largest and most widely respected professional body for those who work in the securities and investment industry in the UK, and in a growing number of financial centres around the world. We are delighted with the strong relationship we have built with the Ulster Business School and have acknowledged them as an accredited training provider to deliver our renowned Investment Operations Certificate, on a Graduate Development course. This has led to local employment for many within the financial services sector. John O Keeffe, Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
23 Ulster Business School Postgraduate Prospectus 2014/15 21 Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) Grad ICSA welcomes the opportunity to work in partnership with the Ulster Business School on the MSc Management and Corporate Governance leading to Grad ICSA s internationally recognised qualification, ACIS. Manager, ICSA Chartered Insurance Institute The CII has 90,000 members and has been at the forefront in setting professional standards for the insurance industry for over a century. We look forward to working with the Ulster Business School in the future and welcoming their students into the Institute as members. Caspar Bartington, Relationship Manager Education, Chartered Insurance Institute Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society of the UK The CFA Society of the UK (CFA UK) represents the interests of around 11,000 members of the investment profession, and is a leading member society of CFA Institute. CFA UK is the awarding body for the Investment Management Certificate (IMC), an entrylevel, level 4 qualification for investment professionals that is used by leading investment firms. The IMC provides the ideal foundation for those with future plans for the CFA Program. IMC candidates cover some 30% of the CFA Level I curriculum. By establishing this strong relationship with the Ulster Business School we recognise the alignment between the BSc (Hons) Finance and Investment Analysis programme and the IMC; students on such degree programmes will be encouraged to take the IMC qualification either during their time at the University or following graduation. Sayali Panse, Candidate and University Outreach Manager, CFA Society of the UK