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Level of study:
Postgraduate degree
Tuition fees 2020/21:

UK/EU – £9,150

International – £18,500 (London), £17,000 (Birmingham)

Entry requirements:

A 2:2 (second class) honours degree, or equivalent. Applicants would normally have 2 years’ relevant work experience.

English language requirements:

IELTS 6.0 with no component less than 5.5, or equivalent


Other English language tests are accepted, click here to find out more.

Mode of study:
Full-time - daytime, or evening and weekend
21 months
Assessment method:
Coursework (may include class tests)
Student finance:
Payment plan:

London and Birmingham

Start dates:
January, September
Application deadline:


UK based International students: TBC

International: TBC

Response to Covid-19 – Updates for September 2020 intake: In the London and Birmingham branch campuses this Autumn, we plan to offer the opportunity to engage in some small group face-to-face teaching and other activities in London and Birmingham campuses, continuing to follow social distancing measures as required. This will be in addition to live online learning activities. Our plans are based on public health advice and robust risk assessments and will be regularly reviewed and updated in that context. More information about our response to Covid-19 and FAQs are available here.

*Please note: The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is due for revalidation in summer 2020. Changes to the programme, including to the course content and modules, are anticipated. Please refer to the course pages on our website for the most up-to-date and accurate information. In the event of any changes we will notify applicants quickly and update the website at the earliest opportunity.

About this course

The MBA with Advanced Practice is a general management course aimed at aspiring and established middle managers from a range of business sectors. The Advanced Practice element offers students the opportunity to gain valuable workplace environment experience.

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.

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

Advanced Practice

The compulsory Advanced Practice element of this programme takes place after you have studied 8 taught modules at the Masters stage and will enable you to undertake a 15 week long internship, or applied consulting project, working with a real organisation on a live business problem. This gives you the opportunity to gain experience of the workplace environment and/or practical experience of the “real world” issues faced by those currently engaged in marketing.

The Advance Practice stage module provides an excellent way to put your learning into practice and hence, enhance your employability. It also provides you with an enhanced knowledge of the workplace which will facilitate the completion of your Dissertation. Please note if you undertake an internship this maybe paid or unpaid.

Course Duration

On successful completion of each stage of this programme of study, the duration will be 21 months, according to the following specific intake schedule:






Sept Start

Year 1 – Semester 1

Masters stage

Year 1 – Semester 2

Masters stage

Year 2- Summer Break

Year 2 – Semester 3

Advanced Practice stage

Year 2 – Semester 4

Masters stage

Teaching methods

You will be taught using a wide variety of teaching methods across the modules including lectures and seminars, totaling 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 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.


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.

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Ideally located near many popular cafes, the West End and markets, our London campus is a great place for you to study in the heart of London.

Dates and fees

Find out all the information you need regarding application deadlines, course start dates and tuition fees here.

Entry requirements

Check our entry requirements here, including equivalences for local country qualifications.


Find out more about the finance options available to you and the contact information of our Finance Team.