International Management

This is a unique dual degree with graduates awarded an MSc in International Management from UCD Smurfit School and a Masters in International Management (MIM) from CEMS.

CEMS is a global strategic alliance of 34 leading business schools, over 70 multinational organisations and 7 NGOs. UCD Smurfit School is the only Irish school within this elite community. For further information on the alliance visit

In 2022 the Smurfit MSc in International Management programme was ranked 8th in the world by the Financial Times Masters in Management Global Ranking.

TThe CEMS Masters in International Management is devised by both academic and business leaders, bridging university education and business expertise, thus offering keen insight into management best practices via seminars, core courses, electives, language teaching and internships. This course is targeted at graduates with a business/economics background, fluency in English and another language (plus a third language at a beginner level to be developed through the year), excellent interpersonal skills, as well as the ambition to become international business managers and leaders.

With a mandatory semester abroad, international networking events, a diverse range of nationalities in class and a high percentage of graduates expatriating upon recruitment, the course provides the ultimate international springboard.

What will I learn?
The UCD CEMS MIM course provides a direct bridge between the academic and corporate worlds, combining the top-level academic theory of leading academics from the member schools and in-the-field expertise of corporate partners of the CEMS alliance. For more information about the CEMS alliance and partners, please visit

This course provides the graduate with:
1) The academic knowledge and practical skills required to operate within global businesses and multinational teams.

2) A vision of responsible business decision-making, leadership and global citizenship that is informed by ethical reasoning, personal integrity and respect for social diversity.

3) An awareness of different cultures, schools of thought and ways of doing business, via a semester spent abroad in a CEMS member school, an international internship and constant interaction with the corporate world during the course via the CEMS Business Project, Skill Seminars and other corporate events.

How will I benefit?
The CEMS network and curriculum provide students with an array of personal, academic and recruitment opportunities that very few students of other Masters in Management courses enjoy, including:
1. A rare opportunity to learn about and practice responsible management from top academics, business professionals and NGOs, via a multi-part curriculum that promotes personal development.
2. A globally-recognised degree, rated amongst the top in the world by the Financial Times and highly regarded by companies such as Google, Kerry Group, Microsoft, McKinsey, L'Oréal, P&G and
3. An awareness of different cultures, schools of thought and ways of doing business via a semester abroad in a CEMS member school and an international internship.
4. Exposure to a vast, global network of schools, companies, NGOs, students and alumni, offering an exceptional international learning experience and the ultimate launch-pad to an exciting career.

Subjects taught

This multi-faceted course comprises an introductory block seminar, two CEMS core modules, plus a number of option modules across a range of areas. Option modules enable students to deepen their knowledge in a specific domain or acquire a broad set of competencies. Other requirements comprise a business project, skills seminars, a ten-week international internship and the Business Research Insights Paper as part of the course. With any possible internship opportunity students have to go through a competitive recruitment process, including interviews with employers, to be selected.

Autumn Trimester
Core module
• Global Strategy

Module options
• Two choices from a range of exclusive and elective modules across a range of different disciplines
• As well as the modules there are skills seminars, company visits and talks, and Business Communications Skills

Spring Trimester
Core module
• Global Leadership

Module options
• Business Project
• Choice of a range of elective modules across different disciplines
• As well as the modules there are skills seminars, company visits and talks, and the Responsible Global Leadership seminar

Summer Trimester
• Business Research Insights

• International Management Internship

Semester 1 and Semester 2 curriculum for CEMS students depends on where the first semester is spent so core subjects will vary for students. Please contact a member of the admissions team for more information on this specialised programme. Option modules listed are indicative of what has been delivered in previous years. What is offered each academic year is subject to change.

Entry requirements

Please review the entry requirements below. The UCD Smurfit Admissions Office staff have expertise in reviewing international qualifications from around the world and will be able to assess your application's comparability to the Irish entry requirement.

A minimum second-class honours (Grade 1) degree (or equivalent) in Business/Economics or a related discipline.


Fluency in English and one other language. Preference will be given to candidates with 3+ languages.


You must submit two letters of recommendation as part of your application (Academic or Employer recommendations only).

In addition to the above academic requirements, you also need to demonstrate the following:
• International orientation and openness
• Excellent interpersonal competencies
• A strong desire to achieve and leadership potential
• Integrity
As part of the admissions process, you will be required to attend an interview.

Application dates

How to apply:
Step 1: Collating Documentation
The first step is to collate the required documentation needed to assess your application. Please ensure that you have clearly scanned, titled and collated your documents in numerical order.
These can include but are not limited to:
• Transcripts And Original Documents
The University is adopting a new document verification process from 1st September 2022. As a result of this, all documents will be verified online only from your application. Should additional documentation be required from you, we shall contact you no later than 31st December 2022, otherwise no further action is required

If you have any query re document verification, please email the Admissions Office at

• CV
Please include an updated CV detailing all relevant work experience and extra-curricular activity. It is useful to demonstrate leadership skills.

• English Language Test
If English is not your first language, an English language qualification is required for admission to all of our programmes. The exception to this rule is if you have completed your primary degree or an entire third level qualification through English, in an English speaking country. For more information visit our English Language Requirements webpage.

• References
Two references are generally required, preferably one academic and one professional.

• Additional Documentation
Feel free to send us other information that you believe will help your application.

Step 2: The Application Process

Once you have collated the required documentation and reviewed the entry requirements for your programme of interest, you can now apply online.

Apply Online
You must apply online using our dedicated student information portal. You will be required to enter contact details, upload your documents and answer two essay questions (each approximately 300 words). We would ask that you seriously consider both essays and answer these in the context of the programme you are applying to. Try to not replicate your CV and demonstrate what makes you different from other applicants. There are no right or wrong ways to complete these essays.

Application Deadlines:
Applications are assessed on a rolling basis and courses will close once they are filled. We advise you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Please note certain scholarships may require you to apply before a certain date – please refer to our scholarship page. If you have any questions in relation to deadlines or availability please email

Application Fee
You will then be asked to submit your application and pay the €50 application fee. No application can be assessed until the fee has been paid. You can apply for multiple programmes with the one application fee, but please be sure to mark your preferred course.

Application Review
Once submitted, it usually takes 2-3 weeks before a decision is made on fully completed applications. This time period can sometimes be longer and can vary at different times in the year and in different regions. We may offer you a conditional place based on the completion of a number of criteria, such as degree, English test, or another qualification. This reserves you a place on the course and once you have fulfilled this criteria we will issue you a full offer.

Acceptance is completed by paying a non-refundable deposit (varies from either €500 or €1000 depending on the programme. Most of our programmes require a €500 deposit). Your offer email will detail the exact deposit amount required. Once you have accepted you will then be supported by the Programme Office who will contact you with further course and start details.


16 Months full-time

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Career opportunities
Our network of corporate partners, combined with strong management learning, means that CEMS graduates are sought after by leading corporations around the world.

97% of our graduates from this programme were employed after 6 months across a range of industry sectors. (Source: Latest Graduate Outcomes Survey, published in November 2021)

Potential careers for our graduates include:
• Management Consultant
• Business Development Manager
• Competitive Intelligence Analyst
• General Management
• Strategy Consultant
• Project Manager
• Marketing Analyst

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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