International Management - CEMS MiM

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 33 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 2021 the Smurfit MSc in International Management programme was ranked 3rd in the world by the Financial Times Masters in Management Global Ranking.

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 course is targeted at graduates with a business/economics background, fluency in English and an 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:

The academic knowledge and practical skills required to operate within global businesses and multinational teams.

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

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:

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.

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

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.

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.

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

International Business 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.

Note that on-campus teaching is delivered under prevailing public health guidelines. In the event of a required change to planned delivery, further information about alternative delivery methods (including online delivery) will be confirmed with prospective and incoming students.


16 Months full-time

Post Course Info

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)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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