BA (Hons) Applied Business (Northern Ireland)

Undergraduate, Full-time

Applied Business (Northern Ireland) BA (Hons)

Gain a degree while working full-time. Attend on a weekly and monthly day-release basis in Northern Ireland.


Our Applied Business course allows you to develop knowledge and understanding of business theory and practice. You will develop awareness of business issues and develop creative solutions to workplace challenges. You will also draw on practical and business focused perspectives to enhance learning while you work. 

You will be at any stage of your career, and we will work with you to contextualise learning to your work role. You apply your learning to your work through individually designed projects each year. 

Created for Northern Ireland, the programme is designed to allow Northern Ireland students to gain advanced entry status and enter into the second year. You will attend for the final three years only. Attendance is structured around day-release and blended learning models. 

Delivery in Antrim is one day per-week in the first year, and one day per-month in the following years.  A three-trimester academic year allows you to achieve your degree in the same time as on-campus students.

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Mode of Study:



4 years

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Course details

Classes will be delivered one day per-week in the first year, and one day per-month in the following years.  A three-trimester academic year allows you to achieve your degree in the same time as on-campus students. Applied Professional Practice modules allow you/your organisation to develop a project designed jointly with the academic tutor and your line manager/mentor to capture and specifically action in the workplace the value of theory learned in the taught modules as you progress.

Lead academics

Dr Lyn Batchelor, Associate Professor and Head of the Entrepreneurship Subject Group, is Programme Leader. 

Lyn is an experienced academic who leads on programmes for people in full-time work. She set up the Graduate Apprenticeship Programme in the Business School and is particularly interested in creating mind sets and programmes that prepare students for new ways of working.

Dr Andrew Kincaid is Deputy Programme Leader. 

Andrew, a native of Northern Ireland, is a lecturer in marketing and specialises in digital marketing.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught You will attend weekly lectures and tutorials in Antrim on a day-release basis. In the penultimate and final years, you attend classes once a month. You will also spend time on independent study using our extensive library resources. The work/study balance is 80%/20%
  • note and pen Assessments You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including contributions to simulated boardroom sessions, peer review, written papers and written examinations.

Popular modules

Year 2

  • Creativity, Innovation and Enterprise
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Market Research and Communications
  • Business and Management Challenges
  • Professional Practice 2

Year 3

  • Managing the Employment Relationship
  • Strategic Management in a Global Context
  • Business Processes
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Professional Practice 3

Year 4

  • Leadership in a Changing Environment
  • Entrepreneurial Consultancy Project
  • Growing a Business
  • Business Strategy and Sustainable Development
  • Professional Project

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Minimum year 2

A Level


You must also be employed by a company in Northern Ireland.

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you do not hold the above qualifications or awards but have relevant work experience you may be able to enter this programme. This application will be considered on an individual basis, taking into consideration previous study and experience. You will be asked to provide a personal statement. Your employer reference must also detail your responsibilities and outline why they would be relevant to supporting your entry to the programme.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

This Honours Degree is £5,000 per annum. Some employers may be willing to contribute towards the cost of the programme. Support may be available for small businesses.


In this programme, current employment within Northern Ireland is a prerequisite of enrolment. The combination of graduate level knowledge, skills developed in the workplace and the Professional Practice modules are likely to enhance your employability and help your career progress in your current organisation. 

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