Mini MBA

Become a more effective manager and learn essential business and management skills with this accredited Executive Management and Leadership Skills Programme.

The Mini-MBA is an industry led Level 9 Executive Management Development programme, developed and delivered in Dublin by Ulster University in Association with Irish Times Training, in response to employer requests for a short programme that covers topics that are fundamental to the understanding of business and management.

This programme will help practicing managers gain a better understanding and appreciation of your role within your organisation and make you a more effective manager. Each module will give you a crucial grounding in the latest theory as well as practical tools and techniques that you can implement immediately within your role.

To download a programme brochure, click here or contact Programme Co-ordinator Sinéad Docherty for more information, [email protected] or (01) 472 7101. 

Who should attend

The course is aimed at individuals with technical qualifications who wish to develop their business and management skills. Ideally, applicants will be aspiring senior managers / leaders with 5+ years’ professional experience, and a minimum of 3 years management experience.

Programme overview

  • Leadership & Managing People (Days 1 & 2): Understand how human behaviour can influence every level of an organisation. You do this by learning about different organisation structures and how individuals, teams and leaders operate within them. Then you can apply your new knowledge to improve the leadership and management within your own organisation
  • Accounting & Finance (Day 3): Focus on financial health and strategy, with a close up look at financial tools. Experienced accountants guide you through basic but essential calculations. The emphasis here is understanding the context of key figures in your organisation. Lecturers use practical examples and business simulations to give you the confidence to understand and interpret financial issues. This is all about the big picture, equipping you with the knowledge you need to ask the right questions about your organisation.
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Day 4): Evolution is the key to success now and in the future. Learn how to create a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in order to stay relevant. Being progressive and forward thinking takes work. In this module, you learn how to apply theory to practical situations. Discussions with lecturers, industry experts and peers give you priceless insights into how innovation and entrepreneurship drive real-life businesses.
  • Strategy & Change (Day 5): Navigating towards a new strategic direction can be challenging. It involves changing policies and work practices. Yet, in an ever-changing business climate, it is essential. In this module you will tackle the fundamentals of international strategy and get the tools you need to apply these concepts to your reality.

Programme structure

In four modules delivered over five days, industry experts and academic thought-leaders guide you through your Mini MBA. Each day is designed to maximise your learning and allow you to apply the latest theory to real-life situations. It is recommended participants complete an additional approx. 100 hours of independent study between self-directed learning and time spent on the assignment.

Please note the programme is structured in two "blocks" and the dates for the April course are as follows; 20th, 21st & 22nd April - break - 30th April & 1st May.

Assessment & Accreditation

Assessment for each individual will be a 3,000 word assignment on an issue of strategic importance to your organisation / industry.

After the successful completion of this assignment, you will be awarded an Ulster University Mini MBA accreditation which can be used as a pathway to achieving a full MBA in the future.

Programme delivery

There are two delivery methods, both of which are classroom-based.

  1. For individuals: Ready-made courses are ideal for individuals who want to upskill in a specific area with expert-led training. Book via our website on an upcoming date and attend the course in Irish Times Training together with individuals from other organisations.
  2. For teams: Get exactly what your team needs with a tailor-made course. Co-created with you to help tackle your team's unique goals and challenges and delivered on-site.

To download a programme brochure, click here or contact Programme Co-ordinator Sinéad Docherty for more information, [email protected] or (01) 472 7101. 

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