Ulster MBA Course Director (Programme Leader)

Birmingham, London

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COURSE DIRECTOR (PROGRAMME LEADER): MBA Masters in Business Administration (Ulster University)  Immediately Available Role – no closing date set

London - QA Higher Education

About our role: As Course Director (Programme Leader) you will be responsible for the academic management and development of the MBA Masters in Business Administration (Ulster University) programme. As our degrees are delivered as franchised programmes, you will be responsible for developing an excellent working relationship with our University partner. Future progression opportunities are likely too, in our expanding multi-campus environment.

Your focus:   We are looking for an individual who can display strong aptitude for academic task management and people management, to lead our team of lecturers teaching on the MBA programme alongside ensuring a high quality focus is maintained with regards to teaching, learning and assessment.  Our MBA students are typically from diverse and international backgrounds so expertise in running a programme with these types of students is highly desirable.                 

Expectations of candidates:


Master’s degree or equivalent + Bachelors or equivalent – essential

HEA Fellowship – highly desirable

Doctorate (or close to completion) – desirable

Academic Experience

HE Lecturer experience in Business related subjects – essential

Programme management experience in HE – essential  

MBA programme management experience – highly desirable


Experience of working with international students – highly desirable

Your Learning & Development with QA, how can we support you? Naturally you will have a comprehensive Induction Programme organised and will be introduced to various internal teams and stakeholders. You will attend our well received Company Orientation Programme and complete our mandatory e-learning training.  Being a training and education provider, your continuous Learning and Development is of huge importance to us and as an individual contributor, we can agree a suitable pathway to achieve your goals and aspirations. Learning is not just a service we provide, it’s a way of life at QA, so everyone is eligible for a minimum of 3 Training Days every year, to focus on subjects they are interested in.

QA benefits and values:

We offer 2 paid Charity Days each year to support your chosen charity in whatever way you choose AND if you get involved in charity fundraising, QA will also double any sponsorship money raised, up to £250. 

Recharge your batteries and enjoy some down time with 25 days’ holiday per annum (rising to 28 days after 5 years) – with the option to buy more if you wish.

It’s important to plan for the future and our later years, so we offer a defined contribution pension plan and will match your contributions up to a maximum of 4% of your basic salary.

To give peace of mind, we provide Life Assurance (4x your basic salary).

And finally, a few fringe benefits to assist with travel and lifestyle choices: Season ticket loan, discounted gym membership, cycle to work scheme

Working at QA (Higher Education): At QA (Higher Education) you will be surrounded by staff who love teaching and prioritise the student experience. We specialise in teaching as our main focus and ensuring a good experience for the learner is the number one priority for the team. Perhaps the most significant difference visible on campus is that traditional universities tend to be quite empty (of academic staff) as lecturers spend much less time in staff areas. There is a friendly and supportive atmosphere here at QAHE with typically far more team-working, promoted in part by more regular staff attendance on campus and in the staff offices.

Some potential candidates will find this, and the emphasis on teaching rather than research, very attractive. Academic staff in traditional universities of all ranks are placed under significant demand for research outputs and so have to balance a teaching load and the associated administration with their research obligations. To some this feels like an impossible burden (particularly when expectations around consultancy are added) and QAHE are keen to ensure a far more balanced workload approach across the team.

The management hierarchy at QAHE (Year Heads, Deputy Programme Leaders, Programme Leaders ect.) creates opportunities for course management and career progression, and these types of responsibilities are genuinely devolved in a way that is typically uncommon in other HEIs.

Salary range: Competitive Salary + Company Benefits

Closing Date: Open until role filled.

Please note - shortlisting will take place as soon as applications are received and interviews will take place as soon as can be arranged.

How to apply and who to contact:

Using the link below, please submit your details and we will be back in touch shortly. Should you have any queries and wish to speak with us please call the recruitment team on 01753 898671.

We look forward to hearing from you!