Taught course

Executive Leadership

Ulster University · Business and Management Research Institute

Entry requirements

Applicants must:
(a) have gained:
(i) a second class honours degree or better from a university of the
United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised
national awarding body, or from an institution of another country
which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard;
(ii) an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma,
Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate
Diploma or an approved alternative qualification; and
(iii) normally be currently employed in a senior managerial/leadership
position (or aspiring to be) and have five years’ relevant
experience; or
(iv) if currently unemployed, have been employed in a senior
managerial/leadership position within the previous three years
and have five years’ relevant experience; and
(v) have successfully completed an interview as to their suitability to
undertake the programme.
(b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE
grade C or equivalent, e.g. a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or
equivalent, with no band score under 5.5);
or, as an alternative to (a) (i) or (a) (ii) and/or (b):
(c) in exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and
significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence
demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subjectspecific
outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be
considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to
demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against
modules within the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

As a director or senior executive, leadership is the most important part of the 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.

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. There is also the opportunity to identify and develop personal effective leadership traits and behaviours that are necessary to succeed in the emerging borderless, anarchic, knowledge driven global economy. However, the key to sustainable success is the capacity to lead through innovation, to outthink the competition and then to outperform it.

An integral part of the programme is a period of study at the Global Leadership Institute, Boston College, USA. Boston College is one of the world’s leading universities. Here we offer an unrivalled opportunity to meet with and discuss how world-class CEOs are constantly innovating and re-inventing their organisations to stay ahead.

Successful completion of this programme will lead to the MSc Executive Leadership.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Nancy Brown