Global Business Practice - Cork

The programme is aimed at those with existing business degrees and develops knowledge and insight relating to areas that are of particular importance for businesses operating globally. This can include small, medium and large companies who may be involved in the movement and development of goods, service or labour across multiple territories. Skills and knowledge developed relate to operations management, supply chain and logistics, procurement as well as broader themes like strategy and innovation which also underpin success in global business.

A graduate of this programme will be distinctive when compared to other graduates because

They will have a deeper and broader understanding of the international business environment coupled with experience in that area.

They will have specific and deep knowledge around business development, importation, exportation, supply chain, operations, purchasing, account management, international selling and innovation etc.

Graduates will primarily find employment in roles where their understanding and exposure of general business subject matter is complemented by a thorough and deep understanding of the international business landscape.

Fundamentally, we would expect the following of a graduate:

A deep understanding of the principles of international business contextualised by shifting trends, challenges and opportunities

Essential insight into the main challenges faced by a globalised business, including the actual workings and resources of such organisations with the ability to propose solutions to those challenges.

An appreciation of Ireland's position in the global business environment from an economic, social and cultural perspective

The ability to evaluate financial, managerial, economic, innovation, logistical & operational issues in a global context

The ability to work effectively in small multicultural groups

The ability to take an interdisciplinary approach to global business issues

A real-world understanding of the impacts of decision making through a placement programme in an international business context

A graduate of this programme would be recognised by significant leadership potential underpinned by expertise in international business.

Subjects taught

The programme has three strands geared at developing a graduate that will be ready to gain employment in roles where international business skills and knowledge can be put to immediate and practical usage.

Traditional Platform – This focuses on the global environment putting specific focus on contemporary issues in the international landscape.
Modules in areas including Global Competitive Strategies, Financial Interpretation, Business Relationship Development, International Business Negotiation, Innovation Management & Creativity and Operations Strategy will be through a delivery mode that emphasises traditional delivery albeit through interesting pedagogical approaches.

Accelerated and Intensive Platform – During January, February and March, learners will have the opportunity to undertake specifically tailored modules that will be delivered in either intensive or accelerated modes.

Placement – The final stage of the programme will provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills through placement in an international business or a business with a strong business orientation. This will be of significant duration and will be targeted at overseas partners though suitable placements may also be approved within Ireland.

Stage 1/Semester 1 (Traditional Delivery)

Global Competitive Strategies (5 Credits)
Operations Strategy (5 Credits)
Business Relationship Management (5 Credits)
International Business Negotiation (5 Credits)
Financial Interpretation (5 Credits)
Innovation Practice (5 Credits)
Stage 1/Semester 2 (intensive or Accelerated)

Purchasing and Logistics (5 Credits)
International Study Trip (5 Credits)
Business Simulation (10 Credits)
Trade Regulation & Policy (5 Credits)
Seminar Series (5 Credits)

Stage 2/Semester 1

Placement (30 Credits)

What is a Module?
A module is a standalone unit of learning and assessment and is completed within one semester. A full-time student will normally study six modules in each semester; part-time and ACCS (Accumulation of Credits and Certification of Subjects) students will have flexibility as to the number of modules taken.

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Entry requirements

This programme is geared at business students. As students will emanate from various business areas the following entry criteria normally need to be met:

2.2 (or equivalent) in an honours degree in a business area.

A personal statement must be provided by the applicant.

An interview may be held with candidates.

An IELTS of 6.5 (or equivalent) will be requested of students where deemed appropriate by the Head of Department.

Application dates



1 year full-time.

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Career Options

It is envisaged that graduates will play significant roles in the various aspects of the export orientation of Irish and multinational businesses. There is an articulated demand within Irish businesses for graduates who understand what it means to be truly global, who have the skills and knowledge required to play an active part in an ever more competitive business environment. We expect that graduates of this programme would be suited to graduate programmes of large multinationals and that beyond this the graduates would be ready for roles (within large and small companies) including indigenous Irish companies.

We expect that graduates of this programme would be suited to graduate programmes of large multinationals and that beyond this the graduates would be ready for roles (within large and small companies) that include those listed below. It should be noted that many of the roles below have a specific benefit accrued from being effected by those with a critical "global perspective". The roles listed below are aligned with the skills shortages identified and presented elsewhere in this document and which informed the development of this programme.

Supply Chain Specialists
Export Planners
Business Development Representatives
Procurement officers
Project Managers
New Product Development
Capacity Planning
Operations team supervision and management
Lean Implementation
Business Planning
International Selling
Account Management
Business Analyst

Beyond this, graduates with undergraduate level specialisms in finance, HR, accounting and marketing will benefit from widened opportunities in various roles given their enhanced global business knowledge and skills.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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