International Management

This exceptional dual degree programme is exclusively available at UCD Smurfit School, awarding an MSc in International Management and a Masters in International Management (MIM) from CEMS. Our MSc in International Management is now ranked 17th in the world by the Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking 2023.

CEMS is a global alliance of leading business schools, multinational organisations and NGOs. UCD Smurfit School is the only Irish school within this elite community. The 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 programme 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.

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, an eight-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

NOTE: 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
As part of the admissions process, you will be required to attend an interview.


16 Months full-time

Enrolment dates

Starts: September 2024

Post Course Info

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

92% of our graduates from this programme were employed after 6 months across a range of industry sectors. Source: Latest Graduate Outcomes Survey, published in December 2022.

Potential careers for our graduates include:

Management Consultant
Business Development Manager
General Management
Project Manager
Strategy Consultant
Competitive Intelligence Analyst
Marketing Analyst

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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