Executive MBA

University College Cork

Executive MBA

Course Outline
The UCC Executive MBA is designed to prepare its participants to become organisational managers, innovators and leaders.

It provides a strong understanding of the core organisational functions and disciplines, but moves beyond that to provide an integrative, critical understanding of the foundations and practice of management and leadership.

Programme participants develop an understanding of the core disciplines by exploring:
Organisational decision making and strategy
Operations management
Human resource management
Financial analysis and performance
Business innovation and transformation
Sustainability and governance
Leadership development

Participants develop an appreciation of how all aspects of a complex organisation interconnect, and an appreciation of the role each function must play in delivering on organisational goals.

For most participants, this requires an understanding of functions and disciplines outside of their existing professional competence.

Central to the development of this understanding of the complexity of organisations is our careful approach to class composition, intended to ensure that class participants are exposed to a variety of professional expertise and career backgrounds.

Considerable emphasis is placed on creating an environment conducive to the peer-to-peer learning that we believe is vital to the UCC Executive MBA experience.

The curriculum and module offerings for the cycle commencing January 2023 is outlined below:
Orientation and Introduction to the Leadership Development Framework
Students are required to attend the Orientation & Introduction to the Leadership Development Framework programme prior to the commencement of Part One - Management Foundations. The Leadership Development Framework allows students to reflect upon their achievements, performance and learning through three structured reflective stages.

Why Choose This Course
Personal Benefits
-A comprehensive understanding of the core organisational functions.
-The discovery of innate preferences in key personal leadership areas, e.g. analysis, decision-making, relationship building.
-Developing skills in communication, negotiation and team building.
-The UCC Executive MBA qualification will benefit your career by identifying you as an individual with a high level of leadership ability.

Organisational Benefits
-A two-year investment in key managerial and leadership talent, resulting in a more dynamic approach to personal effectiveness, decision-making and judgment.

-Increased capacity for critical thinking and mind-set change.
-A shift to a broader strategic emphasis, allied with a focus on leading innovation within organisations.

-Development of more agile approaches to problem solving, with a strong emphasis on effective team-based approaches.

Subjects taught

Students take 100 credits as follows:

Part 1 - Management Foundations
Students take 25 credits as follows:
AC6505 Managerial Control and Performance (5 credits)
EC6505 Economics for Strategic Business Development (5 credits)
IS6503 Business Analytics (5 credits)
MG6508 Organisational Behaviour (5 credits)
MG6509 Managing Human Resources (5 credits)
Leadership Development Framework Stage 1

Part 2 - Practice of Management
Students take 25 credits as follows:
AC6506 Financial Investment and Analysis (5 credits)
BU6500 Operations and Supply Chain Management (5 credits)
BU6501 Managing Change in Context (5 credits)
EC6506 Economics for Global Business (5 credits)
MG6510 Strategic Marketing (5 credits)
Leadership Development Framework Stage 2

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module descriptions may be found here.

Part 3 - Leadership Foundations
Students take 25 credits as follows:
BU6502 Leading Innovation (5 credits)
BU6503 Strategic Decision Making and Governance (10 credits)
IS6502 Leading Digital Transformation (5 credits)
MG6507 Ethics and Sustainability (5 credits)
Leadership Development Framework Stage 3

Part 4 - Practice of Leadership
Students take 25 credits as follows:
BU6504 Leadership Project (10 credits)
MG6504 Integrated Strategy Project (10 credits)

And choose one elective module from the following:
BU6505 People and Talent Management (5 credits)
GV6503 Public Sector Elective (5 credits)
LW6503 Business Law (5 credits)

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you will have:

an honours primary degree,


an ordinary primary degree + satisfactory GMAT or satisfactory GRE General Test Score*


an appropriate professional qualification


at least 3 years' significant managerial experience/responsibility**


Significant senior managerial/professional work experience plus satisfactory GMAT score or satisfactory GRE General Text Score*


2 referees' reports

Applicants may be required to attend for interviews

*If you feel the skills covered by the GMAT or GRE General Test can be demonstrated elsewhere in your application then you may request a waiver – this may be granted at the discretion of the Director of the Executive MBA.

** If you feel that you possess significant managerial experience/responsibility, achieved in a period of less than 3 years, and this can be demonstrated elsewhere in your application, then you may request a waiver - this may be granted at the discretion of the Director of the Executive MBA.

The GMAT test can be taken at any time and the results generally are valid for three years. To arrange a test contact the Graduate Management Admissions Test at www.mba.com

Information on the GRE test can be found here https://www.ets.org/gre

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.

International/non-EU applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Application dates

EU Closing Date: 2nd December 2022.

Next Programme starts January 2023 and applications are being invited now.

How Do I Apply
1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
Any supplementary items requested for your course.
Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.

5. Rounds
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates via link below.

Questions on how to apply?
Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:

You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.

What is your current occupation/speciality?
Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme. (Min 500 words - Max 1000 words)
Please enter the name and email address of 2 referees.
Applications to the programme are considered and offers of places on the programme are made on an on-going basis.

As the number of places on the programme are limited we encourage early applications.

Deferrals are not permitted on this course.

Assessment Info

Continuous assessment of individual and group assignments is the most commonly used form of assessment on the course.


2 years part time.

The part-time option will be taught during weekday and weekend working hours over 2 years.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: January 2021.

Closing Date: Friday 30 October, 2020.

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information
Many of our UCC Executive MBA students come from specific professional backgrounds – engineering, sciences, ICT and finance, to name but a few. Their education and professional expertise has brought them to an advanced level in their organisations.

In order to make the next step up the managerial ladder, they need to develop their knowledge of how the wider organisation operates and what strategic and operational frameworks are used by top level management teams.

The UCC Executive MBA provides such learning and knowledge, allowing our graduates to progress their careers accordingly.

The UCC Careers Service and the UCC Executive MBA Programme Office co-operate in delivering relevant and appropriate career support advice and tools to our students.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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