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Application & Admission

How do I obtain an application form?

What is the deadline for application?

How soon will I receive a decision?

Do I need to take the GMAT test?

Do I need to take the IELTS test?

Can I reapply if I have been previously turned down?

Can I defer admission?

Do I require a laptop?

The Queen's MBA

How long does the programme last?

What is the required commitment in terms of time away from work?

Can I study full-time?

Are there any subject exemptions?

Are there any electives?

How many students do you enrol on the course?

What is the profile of your students?  

Academic Background      

I do not hold an academic degree. Will you still consider me?

Do you accept credit transfers from other Business Schools?

I already hold an MBA, can I top it up with any of your individual course units?

Fees

How much will it cost me to take the Queen's MBA?

Can I pay in instalments?

Do you have any scholarships?

Can I fund myself through the programme? 

Alumni

Is there anyone I can contact first-hand to learn about the Queen's experience? 

Contact Us

If this set of questions still leaves some of your questions unanswered, please contact us with any queries and we will be pleased to address them.

Application & Admission

  • How do I apply? 

To apply online click here .


  • What is the deadline for applications? 

Enrolment takes place once per year in mid-September and applicants must have submitted an application in advance of enrolment.  We would encourage you, therefore, to apply as early as possible.


  • How soon will I receive a decision? 

Provided that you have supplied all the information required, you will normally receive a decision within two weeks of receipt of application.


  • Do I need to take the GMAT test? 

Candidates who lack the requisite academic qualification or equivalent may be required to attend for interview and achieve an appropriate score in the GMAT .


  • Do I need to take the IELTS or TOEFL test? 

If English is not your first language then you may be required to submit a  IELTS   or TOEFL score.


  • Can I reapply if I have been previously turned down? 

If personal circumstances have changed the basis on which you were previously turned down (eg enhanced managerial experience and/or an additional academic qualification or improved GMAT score) then a new application would be welcomed.


  • Can I defer admission? 

No, you cannot defer admission.  However, you may reapply for admission in a subsequent year.


  • Do I require a laptop? 

Whilst many students use laptops, it is not a requirement of the course that you possess one. You are however, required to have easy access to a PC, internet and e-mail facilities.


The Queen's MBA

  • How long does the programme last? 

The Queen's Executive MBA Programme is run part-time over two calendar years commencing each September. There are two semesters per year, each covering twelve weeks of teaching. Four modules are taught in each of the four semesters, and the dissertation, which is a core element of the MBA, accounting for one-third of the final result, is undertaken in the second semester of the second year and during the summer following completion of the taught courses.


  • What is the required commitment in terms of time away from work? 

MBA students are required to attend a two-day induction which will normally take place during the week prior to commencement of classes, normally on a Wednesday from 2.00 pm until 9.00 pm and Thursday from 9.00 am until 5.00 pm.

The total number of contact hours over the two calendar years is approximately 500, although these are spread across a number of elements of the programme including induction, personal/professional development, the study trip abroad and dissertation supervision, as well as formal seminars.Blocks of teaching other than those outlined above, may be arranged from time to time as appropriate.  In such circumstances students will be given as much advance notice as possible.
(Please note: Timetabling is subject to change based on prevailing circumstances.)

In the first 3 semesters, modules are normally offered in three modes:-

  • 1 x 4-day block per semester (All day Friday and Saturday over 2 weeks);
  • 2 x 3-day blocks per semester (normally Wednesday, 2.00 pm - 9.00 pm; all day Thursday and all day Friday); and
  • the remaining module in each semester is normally taught on Wednesdays, between 5.00 pm and 7.00 pm, over 11 weeks.


In order that students are given sufficient time to commit to their dissertation, in the 4th semester all four modules are taught in 3-day blocks, normally on Wednesday, 2.00 pm to 9.00 pm, all day Thursday and Friday.  These 3-day sessions will take place approximately every 3-4 weeks.

Towards the end of the first year of study, students are required to attend a 3-day personal/professional development session provided by an appropriate management trainer.  

Towards the end of the second year of the programme, students are required to participate in a study trip abroad which will normally last for 5-6 days.

The personal/professional development session and the study trip abroad are non-optional, integral elements of the programme.

  • Can I study full-time? 

The Queen's MBA is currently only run on a part-time executive basis which means that we do not accept applications from students for full-time study.


  • Are there any subject exemptions? 

No, all courses  must be completed.


  • Are any of the course units electives? 

No. The current structure has been devised to take account of all relevant management disciplines with a view to providing a well balanced and comprehensive management development experience.


  • How many students do you enrol on the programme? 

A maximum of 25 students are enrolled onto the programme each year in order to keep class sizes small.


  • What is the profile of your students? 

The Queen's part-time executive MBA draws students from all sectors; private, public and voluntary. Over the years we have been pleased to see an increasing number of women participating in the programme.


Academic Background

  • I do not hold an academic degree. Will you still consider me? 

The Queen's part-time executive MBA has been acclaimed by its external examiners for its academic rigour. Queen's University Management School has concerns about the capacity of students from a non-academic background to "keep up" with the demands of the course. In certain instances however, students from a non-academic background who meet other admissions criteria in terms of experience, may be invited to attend for interview and to submit a GMAT score.


  • Do you accept credit transfers from other Business Schools? 

Each application of this nature will be considered on its merits.


  • I already hold an MBA, can I top it up with any of your individual MBA courses? 

Sorry, no.


Fees

  • How much will it cost me to study for the Queen's MBA? 

The fee for 2013/2014 for the Queen's MBA is £12,000 which covers registration and tuition for the programme.  This fee is subject to change.

In addition to the programme fee, Queen's University Management School (QUMS) levies a one-off fee of £1,000 (2012/13 fee) to cover the costs of the 3-day personal/professional development session in Year 1 and the 5-6 day study trip abroad in Year 2.  This fee is payable directly to QUMS at initial enrolment.


  • Can I pay in instalments? 

There are a number of ways in which the programme fee can be paid in order to facilitate the varying needs of students and their organisations.  Further details about payment options are available on the University's Postgraduate Tuition Fees website.


  • Do you have any scholarships? 

Sorry, no. Students must normally be sponsored by their employing organisation.


  • Can I fund myself through the programme? 

In exceptional circumstances this may be possible. However, as students require time off work to attend classes and to access appropriate organisations to undertake assignments and the project/dissertation, each case will be considered on its merits.


Alumni

  • Does the MBA have an Alumni Association?

Yes, further information is available on the Association's webpage.