Taught course

Business Improvement

Ulster University · Department of Management

Entry requirements

This course is designed for those who work in, or who aspire to work in areas where they can make improvements within the organisation.

Students will normally be expected to have achieved a Bachelor's degree or equivalent professional qualification in any discipline, however applications from those who do not have a Bachelor's degree are welcome, many of our students have significant work and management experience but no formal degree qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

The full-time MSc Business Improvement course equips students with the knowledge and skills required to better examine their processes and procedures in order to effect strategic improvements and change.

This knowledge and associated skills are very much demand in the economy and result in organisations which are more efficient and effective. The programme has kept pace with new innovations and developments in the area of business improvement and continues to support businesses in terms of continuous improvement. The concept of business improvement originated in the domain of manufacturing and tradable services. However, perhaps as a result of the intellectual force of new public management and the Review of Public Administration (2002) in Northern Ireland, the concept of business improvement now permeates all aspects of economic activity across the private, public and voluntary sectors. Indeed, job titles such as Director of Improvement and Business Improvement Manager are becoming more apparent across a range of public service departments.

Although not focused on the public sector, the course is recognised and accredited by ICIPS - the Institute of Continuous Improvement in Public Services, although it is not limited to those in the public sector.

Information for international students

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes. Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months


part time
20 months
full time
8 months

Course contact details

Nick Read
+44 (0) 28 9036 8880