The Queen’s MBA brings together the academic excellence of one of the UK’s leading research universities, with the innovative spirit of Belfast. The program is aimed at professionals looking to take the next step in transforming their careers.
The MBA challenges you to develop as a leader with the adaptive skills and lateral, entrepreneurial thinking you need to shape your future. Progressing through the program you integrate core management concepts including strategy, marketing, operations, corporate finance, and accounting, whilst the programme also offers you the chance to deepen your knowledge in the emerging areas of business analytics and social innovation. Through a year-long leadership development module, you will develop insight and self-awareness required for effective leadership in a global context.
MBA graduates are eligible for exemptions towards the CIMA Professional Qualification and CGMA status. MBA Scholarships are available.
Global Opportunities and Residential Trip: A week-long study visit to the USA, and an off-campus residential trip to the scenic Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, focused on team-building and goal setting, contribute to this intensive journey of personal and professional development.
Students travel to San Francisco to meet leading entrepreneurs from global business start-ups and established firms in a variety of sectors during a five-day International Study Tour in May 2020. The trip incorporates both the Social Innovation and Business Planning and Business Analytics electives, with visits and activities selected as appropriate. Students will be assessed on their study trip learning as part of their chosen elective.
Real-world consultancy project option. Students can choose a dissertation project tailored to their interests. Students spend four months working with the client organisation to deliver effective solutions. Full training and academic supervision are provided.
Consulting Challenge: As part of a team students work with partners from industry to solve practical business challenges incorporating ideas from class, preparing an Executive Board presentation at the end.
Integrated career development: One-on-one coaching, Personal CV analysis and career advice and interview skills training.
Leadership Skills: A year-long programme features training in personal development, participation in high-performing teams, presentation skills, communications and networking strategies. Individual training and coaching help students identify and work on Personal Development challenges.
William J. Clinton Leadership Institute: Our team at Riddel Hall, Belfast brings world-class facilities, leading academics and industry experts together to deliver a high-end portfolio of executive education and leadership programmes.
We give students opportunities to develop their career and enhance their network through regular networking events with classmates, academics and industry leaders.
Our Distinguished Leadership Programme offers leadership insights from visiting guest speakers – all leaders in their field from the public, private and non-profit sectors. Students are also invited to attend Catalyst Inc meetings and automatic membership of the MBA Association of Ireland grants access to a range of additional networking opportunities, events and inter-university competitions.
Our active Alumni network also hosts regular events offering students the opportunity to network with inspiring past graduates.
Our MBA takes place in the beautiful setting of Riddel Hall which features excellent facilities.
A world-class environment: Belfast and her surrounds boast many cultural and sightseeing gems, offering an easy base for exploring Ireland and the UK.
A recognized degree from a top UK university: Dubbed Ireland’s Oxbridge, Queen’s is the UK’s 9th oldest university and forms part of the elite Russell Group – the UK’s Ivy League. We’re ranked among the top 200 universities worldwide
Integrated teaching: The MBA offers an innovative teaching style in line with international best practice. Rather than stand-alone modules, the programme progresses through a series of developmental ‘mindsets’, in which academic topics are integrated through experiential learning.
Students choose a path through the programme that allows them to gain strong generalist knowledge of core areas including Strategy, Leadership, Finance, Accounting, Marketing and Operations Management, plus a targeted and practical specialism in their chosen area of expertise: Business Analytics, or Business Planning and Social Innovation.
During the year, modules build upon each other with each focused on developing a distinct mindset.
Developing as a Manager and Leader A (core)
Making Sense of a Complex World (core):Subjects: Economic/Environment/Rethinking Capitalism
Making Decisions 1 (core):Subjects: Operations Management/Entrepreneurship
Developing as a Manager and Leader B (core)
Making Decisions 2 (core):Subjects: Marketing/Accounting and Financial Management for Decision Makers
Organising and Implementing (core):Subjects: Strategic Management/ Leadership, Change and Organisation
Integrating Knowledge 1 (core)
Choose one elective (Social Innovation and Business Planning OR Business Analytics) / International Study Tour. The International Study Tour will incorporate both electives with visits and activities selected as appropriate. Students will be assessed on their study tour learning as part of the assessments within their chosen elective.
Integrating Knowledge 2 (core):MBA Project
In a typical week for a full-time student, you will have between 12-20 contact hours of teaching. Part-time students will have between 8-12 hours.
The MBA features a specific year-long career development programme encompassing career coaching alongside practical skills such as CV analysis and development, interview skills and networking strategies, to ensure graduate employment potential is maximised.
Learning and Teaching
The teaching and learning methods aim to achieve a balance between theory and practice. These methods include lectures, tutorials, seminars, problem-centred techniques such as case studies, computer/software practical demonstrations and applications, non-book media (videos and podcasts), individual research, oral presentations, group projects, online discussion forums, industry visits and practitioner workshops.
This combination allows students to have a high degree of involvement and participation in the learning process. Specific details are provided in the Programme Specification, including details on assessments.
Information associated with lectures and assignments is communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Canvas. A range of e-learning experiences is also embedded in the degree programme through the use of, for example, interactive support materials, podcasts and web-based learning activities.
A combination of written examinations, continuous assessment and a dissertation thesis based on a four-month research project. Continuous assessment methods include individual and group essays, reflective essays on problem-solving within a professional experience, case study reports, presentations and assessed challenges incorporating ‘board level’ presentations.
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any discipline. Applicants with qualifications below 2.1 Honours degree standard may be considered on a case-by-case basis if they can demonstrate appropriate relevant professional experience.
All applicants will normally have a minimum of 5 years’ full-time, post-graduation employment experience, preferably in a management capacity. In certain circumstances, 3 years’ experience may be considered, on a case-by-case basis.
Admission under the Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) may be considered for this course. The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for more information.
Applicants must provide a full and up-to-date Curriculum Vitae together with a detailed personal statement as part of the application process.
Eligible applicants will be interviewed.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for the English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.
Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
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England, Scotland or Wales (GB)
Other (non-UK) EU
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2020-21. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Master of Business Administration costs
Students have the option to undertake a consultancy project for their dissertation and are responsible for funding any travel, accommodation and subsistence costs.
How do I fund my study?
The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.