Business - Management Stream - Waterford

The MBS (Management Stream) is an innovative, problem focused and practice-oriented programme. It is designed to equip individuals with the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of dynamic and complex organisational environments and prepare them to be leaders and effective decision makers in industry. Successful candidates will possess both the personal skills and specialist knowledge to undertake challenging assignments and integrate more effectively into the workplace.

The MBS (Management Stream) stands apart for its pace, rigour and depth. The programme moves beyond passive knowledge acquisition. Instead emphasis is placed on developing skills such as critical thinking, analysis, debate, dealing with high levels of ambiguity, decision making and the ability to generate interdependent decisions in a complex environment.

Designed to deliver a well-rounded knowledge of the theories, practices and skills of management and business, the MBS (Management Stream) integrates innovative teaching and learning methods to prepare the student for the real world business environment and all the challenges and opportunities that this presents.

Unique Features
» Innovative mix of core business modules and discipline specific Management modules.

» Intensive focus on practice-based learning, with many modules incorporating live interaction with organisations in problem solving situations.

» Research led and informed curriculum with an opportunity to undertake both academic and applied research.

» Exposure to the unique blend of theoretical and practical concepts in business formation and development as well as reflective practice.

» Opportunity to learn from business leaders through Contemporary Issues in Business module which is designed to facilitate an in-depth understanding of contemporary aspects of business and the application to practice.

» Experience best business practice in a global environment via our International Study Tour module.

» Opportunity to engage in real-life consulting and hands on problem-solving for management careers.

» Modules are flexibly delivered at a time that suits students, for those taking the course full time, they can attend on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons/evenings and for the part-time cohort, they can attend on Thursday afternoon/evening.

SETU Waterford School of Business hosts a CEO-in-Residence programme, and this course offers students the unique opportunity to network and engage with an appointed CEO on a range of issues, including leadership, management and business practice. The MBS (Management Stream) programme stands apart for its pace, rigour and depth and if you would like to pursue a career in management, then this programme is ideally suited to your needs.

Who is the MBS (Management Stream) for?
The SETU Waterford MBS (Management Stream) programme is aimed at individuals who wish pursue a career in general management. It has been developed with a strong focus on applied learning showing students how they can make the connections between theory and practice. The programme is offered for both full-time and part-time students especially for executives who aspire to first-line management positions. The course provides students with an analytical understanding of general management techniques and the scope to apply this knowledge creatively to real-work situations.

If you have a degree in management or a general business degree with a management major/specialisation and you would like to pursue a career in management, then this programme has been designed with you in mind.

Subjects taught


Semester 1
Business Simulation 1
Seminar Series
Research Methods
Innovation Management and Design
Knowledge Management
Management Skills Development

Semester 2
Business Simulations 2
International Study Trip
Applied Consultancy
Leadership Development
Managing Change
Managing Corporate Creativity

Semester 3
Applied Business Project
Research Paper Series 1: Applied Research Methods Paper
Research Paper Series 2: International Business and Politics Paper
Research Paper Series 3: Governance and Ethics Paper

Note: In semester 3 students will complete a dissertation or applied business project or the 3 research papers.

Entry requirements

• A H1 or 2.1 overall award in a strong specialist Business Management undergraduate degree or a General Business undergraduate degree with a Management specialism.

• Students from a non-business degree (example – BA or BSc), but have taken Management modules during their studies and have achieved a minimum grade of 60% in those subjects.

• In some instances graduates who have achieved a 2nd class honours grade 2 in the degrees listed above and who can demonstrate a high level of performance in the Management related subjects may be considered for interview and short listing.

• Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see SETU Waterford’s English Language Requirements for details.

• If you wish to pursue this programme in a part time capacity please contact the programme director Dr. Paul Morrissey at who will discuss this in more detail with you.

Application dates





1 year, blended.

Modules are flexibly delivered at a time that suits students, for those taking the course full time, they can attend on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons/evenings and for the part-time cohort, they can attend on Thursday afternoon/evening.


Programme fee details are available on the Postgraduate Fee Schedule displayed on our website at

Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE September 2024

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Career Opportunities
The Master of Business (Management Stream) graduate career prospects are excellent with in excess of 95% of our graduates gaining employment within six months of completion of the programme. Many of our graduates have progressed to middle and senior management positions in a wide variety of industries. The management skills provided equips students to progress in a broad range of business, public sector, voluntary and research workplaces. Graduates from the programme are employed in roles such as operations management, team leadership, continuous improvement, supply chain management and logistics in companies such as Eirgen Pharma, NearForm, HSBC Global Banking, Nypro Healthcare, Sanofi, Taxback International, TELUS International, Wells Fargo, Facebook, Lake Region Medical, TSSG and Glanbia.

In addition to the academic content, the course also includes elements designed to give practical employment experience, and develop professional skills. As part of the programme, students have access to SETU Waterford’s Careers Management Centre and they work closely with careers advisers to support them with career development from initial self-assessment through the job search and beyond.

Students benefit from a customised Contemporary Issues in Business module which brings together invited keynote speakers from a diverse range of businesses and public policy organisations, so that students have the opportunity to learn from industry-leading practitioners. Previous MBS students have benefited from these close links with industry and many of our partner organisations have been happy to consider our students for first job positions alongside more experienced applicants.

The course also incorporates a number of professional development workshops (including a day-long team development event at induction, an international study tour and a ‘Dragons Den’ competition event) during the year to extend student communication and presentation skills, enhance self-awareness, teamwork and cultural sensitivity, and allow graduates to perform effectively in organisations upon graduation. A graduate may also apply for further post graduate Level 10 studies, such as a PhD by Research at SETU Waterford or to other third level institutions, either nationally or internationally.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Afternoon,Blended,Evening

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