Business Framework

Irish Management Institute

Business Framework

Master of Business Framework
Your Passport to Performance
The Master of Business framework gives you the flexibility to choose the subjects that are right for your needs, while building up to a Masters. Each element of your journey promises to be an energising learning experience leading to a world class qualification.

The Masters qualification requires you to complete two Professional Diplomas before undertaking a final capstone programme to bring your learning together in an integrative experience, that will positively impact your professional career and your organisation.

The capstone programme is focused on rigour and imbued with relevance, and will help to improve confidence and self-perception, hone knowledge and skills, and emphasise reflective practice.

All programmes are validated and awarded by University College Cork, and are at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Master of Business Framework Pathway
The first step on your Master of Business journey is choosing an IMI Professional Diploma. Using our High Impact Transformation philosophy, these Professional Diplomas will challenge your mindset and push your perspective.

The Advanced Performance Programme is for professionals who want to bring their leadership capabilities to a new level. Through a blended focus on the environment, the organisation, and the individual, the APP serves to synthesise the learning outcomes of your IMI journey.

Subjects taught

Professional Masters in Business Studies

Professional Diploma 1 (30 credits)
Professional Diploma 2 (30 credits)
Advanced Performance Programme (30 credits)

Entry requirements

• A candidate’s eligibility for each Professional Diploma or the Professional Master of Business Studies will be determined by a combination of their academic qualifications and/or relevant professional experience.

• A primary degree from a recognised third-level institution (NFQ level 8), with a minimum classification of Second Class Honours, will typically be required with five years relevant work experience, at least 3 of which must be at managerial level, however, prior workplace learning will be recognised where applicants do not meet the academic requirement.

• This experience may come from a general business or organisational background, or experience working at a management level or in the area specifically related to the Diploma.

• Each candidate will meet with the Programme Directors, who will interview applicants in person virtually or physically.

• The IMI Office of the Registrar will oversee all applications, and the final decision on any application shall remain with the Registrar. All applicants whose first language is not English will be required to show evidence of the successful completion of an IELTS or TOEFL test or equivalent as specified here. The English language requirement when using IELTS is a score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each individual section or equivalent.

• Note: A route to the Master of Business Studies in Business Practice or Professional Master of Business is only available to persons who commenced their first Micro-credential or Professional Diploma prior to 1 September 2023, i.e. persons who commence their first Micro-credential or Professional Diploma with IMI on or after September 1 2023 will not have a formal route to a Master of Business Studies in Business Practice or Professional Master of Business with IMI/UCC.


You can complete the taught element of each Professional Diploma on a modular basis over a 6-month period, and have up to six years to complete all elements of the Framework.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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