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About Queen's Management School

Queen’s Management School

Queen’s Management School is one of the top Business Schools in the UK and Ireland and has been educating business professionals and leaders for more than forty years. The School has recently been awarded the prestigious and internationally recognised EQUIS accreditation for management and business schools. There are four departments within the School  – Accounting, Economics, Finance and Management.

The School unites leading academics and industry experts, allowing opportunities for innovative knowledge exchange worldwide. QMS now has over 120 academic and support staff with 2,900 taught students and 40 students undertaking PhDs. The Finance group at Queen’s Management School is ranked 6th in the UK by The Times’ Good University Guide and 1st for graduate prospects.

Finance academic staff have been involved in a diverse range of projects such as adaptiveness in stock markets, derivative pricing, investor sentiment, economic and financial history, credit unions, corporate finance, crises and contagion, commodity markets, sustainable finance and household finance.

Research and Impact Highlights

The School has four main research themes: Accounting, Finance, Economics and Management. Research in the School interprets patterns of economic, business and social life in a manner that fosters new theories and ideas; engages in empirical research grounded in current practices; and develops suggestions for public policy as well as institutional and organizational innovations. The core purpose is to deepen understanding of how markets, business organisations and social institutions evolve over time.

The School has four research Centres: Centre for Leadership, Ethics and Organisation (CLEO); Centre for Not-for-profit and Public-sector Research (CNPR); The  Centre for Health Research at the Management School (CHaRMS); Queen’s University Centre for Economic History (QUCEH)

Queen's Management School at Riddel HallCLEO is an interdisciplinary research centre that aims to promote management and organisational studies research into issues relating to leadership, ethical management practices including decision making and sustainability, and organisational development/ transition. The Centre seeks to explore these areas within the wider research context of grand challenges, wicked problems and system-wide change. Global concerns such as climate change, the recent experience of the pandemic, the impact of AI, international terrorism, mass migration between continents and countries, the injurious behaviour of financial institutions all have implications beyond individual and even groups of organisations and institutions.  The Centre will seek to frame its activities and actions in the light of these global, interconnected, system wide problems. CLEO brings together academic staff, graduate students, business and not for profit leaders and policymakers researching and practising in these areas, from across QUB, the public, private and third sectors more widely, and scholarly colleagues elsewhere.

The Centre for Not-for-profit and Public-sector Research (CNPR) is an interdisciplinary research centre based at Queen’s Management School, Belfast. It aims to promote research into issues relating to public-sector and not-for-profit organisations (such as charities, credit unions and social-enterprise agencies). It focuses on three main themes: accountability in the charity and public sectors; financial institutions; and managing in the charity and public sectors. The Centre brings together academic staff, graduate students and industry experts researching and practising in the area from across the university and elsewhere.

The Centre for Health Research at the Management School (CHaRMS) provides an evidence base for supporting policy development and management within the fields of health and human wellbeing. The centre works actively with other schools within QUB, other institutions and local bodies on interdisciplinary research on policy relevant initiatives. CHaRMS is structured around 3 main research themes: health, employee wellbeing and population science.

Queen's University Centre for Economic History (QUCEH), an interdisciplinary research centre based at Queen's University Belfast, was founded to address the growing concern that there is a lack of respect for the past in economics teaching and research today. At Queen's, we think that it is only by regaining this healthy respect that economists can fully understand the present. The centre brings together faculty and graduate students working on the economic study of the past from across the university and elsewhere. QUCEH members include business, economic, financial and social science historians who are specialists on the history of Ireland, Britain, Europe and North America. QUCEH's mission is to support its members by coordinating research projects, providing a forum for interdisciplinary discussion, hosting regular research seminars and workshops with invited speakers, and providing graduate training to the next generation of economic historians and historical economists.

Education Highlights

The School has a strong platform in undergraduate and postgraduate education, with established programmes attracting highly qualified applicants in Accounting, Economics and Business Economics, Finance, and Business.

Students standing outside entrance to Queen's Management SchoolThe School is renowned for a broad curriculum which is research-informed and aligned to the needs of business through placement years and internships. It is ranked in the top 200 in the world for Accounting and Finance education in the Times Higher Education World Rankings, 2021.

The William J Clinton Leadership Institute at Riddel Hall brings world class facilities, leading academics and industry experts together to deliver a high end portfolio of executive education and leadership programmes. As specialists in executive education, the School offers open and bespoke programmes for business leaders and their associated organisations.

Riddel Hall is a key element of the university’s major investment of £350m in world-class facilities for students and staff. It provides the School with academic and support offices; postgraduate research rooms for students and research fellows; a range of fully equipped teaching facilities with varying capacities from small syndicate rooms to a 120 seat tiered lecture theatre; a computer suite; the FinTrU Trading Room; the Placement Office; resource accommodation; flexible space for large group teaching and conference use; and communal support facilities including catering to encourage social and intellectual interaction.

In order to facilitate the School’s growth, the School is currently building a new purpose-built, landmark development on the Riddel Hall site. The building will include research/postdoc open plan office space, seminar and workshop spaces and common spaces for socialising and networking with academics, PhD students and industry partners. The construction of this building is due for completion in May 2022.

The School provides extensive IT facilities for students and continually invests in comprehensive software and databases to support and enhance learning. This includes S&P Global, DataStream Advance, Financial Times Online, Thomson One Analytics, Matlab, Stata, SPSS, SAS, R, Sage, and NVivo. The FinTrU Trading Room incorporates 12 Bloomberg terminals providing access to real time and historic market data, analytics, and news feeds. The School has also received funds which will be invested in acquiring WRDS, Compustat and the CRSP databases.

Finance Subject Group

There are at present 29 academic members within the Finance and Actuarial Science Subject Group (4 Professors, 1 Professor of Practice, 2 Senior Lecturers, 16 Lecturers, 3 Senior Lecturers in Education, 3 Lecturers in Education. The Finance Subject Group has responsibility for 2 undergraduate degrees (BSc Finance and BSc Actuarial Science and Risk Management) and for 3 postgraduate degrees (MSc Finance, MSc Risk and Investment Management and MSc Quantitative Finance). All finance programmes are accredited or professionally recognised.

The research undertaken by members of the Finance Subject Group relates to three broad themes: (i) Financial markets and institutions over the long run; (ii) Not-for-profit financial institutions, particularly credit unions; and (iii) the microstructure of financial markets.  Two of the four Research Centres within the Management School are headed by a member of the Finance Subject Group (Professor John Turner - Queen's University Centre for Economic History; Professor Donal McKillop - Centre for Not-for-profit and Public-sector Research).

Teaching and research is aided by staff and students having access to Bloomberg terminals in the FinTrU Trading Room, a market leader of financial news, data and analytics. Teaching and Research is also supported with access to S&P Global, DataStream Advance, Thomson One Analytics, and the Financial Times Online. The School will shortly acquire WRDS, Compustat and the CRSP databases.

The Finance Subject Group also runs the Queen’s Student Managed Fund (QSMF) which manages a real money investment portfolio of about £35,000.