PG Cert in Business Analysis & Consulting (online)

Advancing business analysis and consulting capability in a tech-powered world

Features and benefits of the course:  

  • Consulting, problem-solving and management skill development The PG Cert covers key learnings in business analysis, stakeholder management and the use of data in consulting, so you can progress in management roles. 
  • Practical and relevant industry training – The curriculum is designed around the current needs of employers, providing practical training to bridge the digital skills gap. 
  • Tailored learning – Depending on your career aspirations, you can graduate with a PG Cert, continue studying to gain a PG Dip in Transformation Management and Leadership or advance onto the MSc Business in Tech. 
  • Flexible, part-time study – Learn 100% online and balance your studies with work and other commitments. Study anytime, anywhere. 
  • Type
    Postgraduate Certificate, online 
  • Length
    8 months, part-time
  • Faculty
    Ulster University Business School
  • Intakes
    January, March, May, July, September, November (2023)
  • Fees
    £3,333

Offered as a standalone course or as part of the MSc Business in Tech, the PG Cert in Business Analysis and Consulting is a flexible, part-time course created to meet the increasing demand for business analysis and consulting skills in professional services and tech-led sectors. 

This postgraduate business certification is ideal for people who would like to work in a consultancy role in the professional services and technology sectors, or for experienced tech professionals who want to progress their careers in business analysis and consulting or management.

The programme focuses on working within organisations but is also relevant for business owners who wish to develop transferrable management skills and knowledge to apply in an entrepreneurial context.  

The ‘In Practice’ module ‘Consultancy in Practice’ will allow students to put learnings into practice and conduct project case studies that are relevant to their own work. 

If you’re looking for an innovative approach to learning with excellent student support and career-focused outcomes, this programme could be right for you.

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About this programme

Understand contemporary business problems and develop lasting solutions with a PG Cert. 

The Postgraduate Certificate in Business Analysis and Consulting aims to prepare professionals from a range of backgrounds for successful consultancy and leadership careers. You’ll develop highly effective skills in business analysis, consulting and project management, to meet the needs of industry and deliver value-focused solutions.

The PG Cert is uniquely flexible, designed as a part-time course for working professionals, allowing you to pay module-by-module and take breaks if needed. The PG Cert is offered as a standalone course with the option to advance onto a PG Dip in Transformation Management and Leadership or MSc Business in Tech qualification, all without the need for a career break. 

Gain your postgraduate business degree online and study a selection of highly relevant and timely topics. The course’s modules will feature both academic theory and practical learning, developed in line with market trends and technologies.

Why choose Ulster’s postgraduate certificate in business?

Research excellence 

Ulster University is highly regarded for its research impact and the quality of its online teaching, ranked among the top 40 universities in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2023). 

Support for online students 

The university has over 20 years of experience delivering online courses and provides strong support from enrolment to graduation, assigning a personal Student Success Advisor to every student.  

Global industry links 

Ulster University Business School (UUBS) is a key driver of business and tech innovation in Northern Ireland, actively collaborating with respected institutions such as Harvard Business School and Babson College to achieve international excellence. 

Vocational education 

The PG Cert has been designed around insights from professional services firms and tech-led industries to produce highly employable graduates with the skills to thrive, succeed and lead in a rapidly transforming sector.

Fees

Course fees are payable on a flexible, module-by-module basis.  

A 10% Alumni Discount is available for eligible candidates.  

The above fees apply for the 2022/23 academic year of entry. Fees illustrated are subject to increase at the start of each academic year. Terms and conditions apply. 

Funding

Flexible options make payment as easy as possible for students, sponsors and employers. A 10% Alumni Discount is available for eligible candidates. 

Intakes

Start when it suits you with intakes in the 2022/23 academic year in September, November, January, March, May, July. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants are expected to have:

EITHER

a second class honours degree or better from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard.

OR

an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma or an approved alternative qualification.

AND

evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent).

Entry requirements are set at this level as the team’s experience shows that students without this tend to be unable to cope with the demands of the course.

English language requirements

  • You will need to provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent).
  • If English is not your first language, the minimum requirement is Academic IELTS 6.0 (with no band score less than 5.5), or a Trinity ISE Pass at level III. Ulster University also recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Modules

PG Cert (postgraduate certificate) 

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Business Analysis and Consulting consists of four modules, covering client and stakeholder management, as well as a practical consulting project. 

  • Business Analysis and Consulting (15 credits) 
  • Stakeholder and Client Management (15 credits) 
  • Tech & Data Science in Consulting (15 credits) 
  • Consultancy in Practice (15 credits) 

Please note, modules are reviewed annually and may change in subsequent academic years. The order of modules will vary depending when you start the course. 

Further study options – PG Dip and MSc 

If you wish to continue studying, you can advance onto a postgraduate diploma (PG Dip) or full Masters qualification (MSc). Please note that these qualifications provide specialised training most relevant to the tech sector and tech-led organisations. 

The Postgraduate Diploma in Transformation Management and Leadership (PG Dip) is an advanced management training course consisting of eight modules: everything included in the PG Cert, plus four additional modules in transformation, tech operations, strategy and leadership. The PG Dip takes a minimum of 16 months.

If you want to study the full Masters in Business in Tech* (MSc), you’ll complete 10 modules plus a work-based consultancy project over a minimum of two years, part-time. You’ll hone your tech leadership skills with advanced learnings in business research and complex project management. 

Speak to one of our Enrolment Advisors about which option is right for you. 

*The official title of the programme, which will appear on your graduation certificate upon completion of the full programme, is ‘MSc Business in Technology’. 

Programme Outcomes

Learning outcomes for PG Cert students: 

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of business analysis and apply, adapt and evaluate a range of professional models, tools and concepts. 
  2. Critically analyse complex business problems and systematically apply knowledge and understanding to implement sustainable change and deliver sustainable outcomes. 
  3. Understand and engage in the principles and practices of effective stakeholder management, including influencing and negotiation.
  4. Prepare for a leadership career in the professional environment by developing the necessary transferable, intellectual and interpersonal skills.
  5. Identify the advantages and limitations of various new and emerging technologies and leverage this knowledge to improve future practice.
  6. Develop a critical awareness of the role and application of tech and data in consulting and project management.
  7. Enhance lifelong learning skills, adaptability and personal development to work with self-direction and originality and be able to contribute to business and society as a whole. 

Distance Learning

You can gain your business analysis and stakeholder management certification part-time and online, easily fitting your studies around other commitments. 

With more than 20 years of experience in delivering online courses, Ulster University’s tutors are well-versed in providing effective and engaging online learning experiences.  Our postgraduate certificate in business management (and extended MSc programme) offers an immersive curriculum, with interactive study sessions, business simulations and project-based learning. 

You’ll have 24/7 access to all learning materials, readings, and discussion boards via our online learning portal, meaning you can study when it suits you, from anywhere in the world. 

As a distance learning student, you’ll have opportunities to network with skilled professionals around the world. What’s more, you’ll receive support from course academics and your own personal Student Success Advisor throughout the learning journey. 

The Faculty

Ulster University Business School (UUBS) is the 6th largest business school in the UK. Based in Northern Ireland, one of Europe’s fastest-growing technology leadership hubs, UUBS is invested in driving business excellence in the region, across the UK, and internationally.   

The faculty of the Business in Tech programme (inclusive of the PG Cert) consists of academic experts with a broad range of industry experience. Course Director Helen McKenna has over 20 years of experience designing and teaching business and management programmes, and maintains strong links to industry figures and organisations.

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