This intensive full-time Masters is designed for people who hold a non-business undergraduate degree but wish to pursue or further develop a career in business. It is available to graduates from a wide range of academic backgrounds including arts, engineering, law, science, nursing, agriculture and the social sciences.
The course offers a very solid foundation in the key areas of management/business. Students are encouraged to nurture their creativity, cultivate their analytical capabilities and strengthen their capacity to work well in teams. On successful completion of this course, graduates should be well placed to begin their career within any organisational or business context.
What will I learn?
On successful completion of this course, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of important management ideas, frameworks and models. You will have expanded your analytical capacity to comprehend and assess real business environments and challenges and will be supported in your learning through a range of supports from faculty and staff. In addition, by working in groups and participating in a range of extra curricular workshops and seminars, you will be encouraged to develop your personal and professional skills.
How will I benefit?
This course offers a broad range of management subjects and the experience of a very diverse classroom environment. Both contribute to an especially rich learning experience that typically results in a host of employment opportunities in highly reputable international companies. Our MSc Management programme is:
1. One of the most comprehensive courses with one of the most diverse student bodies at UCD Smurfit School. This makes for a truly unique academic and practical grounding in business.
2. Facilitated by internationally educated academics and industry experts who bring a range of experiences and industry-relevant know-how to their classrooms.
3. An attractive recruitment ground for an array of international companies, including AIB, Coca-Cola, Henkel, Unilever, Ernst & Young, Accenture, JP Morgan, Paypal, Microsoft, LinkedIn and Google.
The intensive grounding in management provided is reflected in the breadth and depth of the 12 core modules that all students have to take over the 12 months on the course.
- Exposure to current management thinking and perspectives.
- Encouragement to develop your capacity to identify and critically analyse a variety of business problems and to provide solutions in both local and international settings.
- An opportunity to develop your interpersonal, communication and management skills through group interactions, case discussions, presentations and our end of year business simulation exercise.
- The chance to develop the range of skills required to undertake and complete independent research and project work.
The MSc Management programme is aimed at students who are looking to enhance their prior qualifications with a business/management specialisation (Purpose).
We encourage students to be active, courageous and autonomous learners, whose objective is to both understand and challenge current approaches to management and to make strides in reimagining a future practice of management (Education and subject/discipline/professional values).
We value research-led learning and thus aim to provide a learning environment that will nurture informed and critical approaches to the study of management (the nature of the learning environment for students).
This programme focuses on approaches such as case study analysis, group project work and business skills development. By participating in a strategy simulation exercise, students have an opportunity to experience the difficulties associated with management in a dynamic competitive market (key approaches to teaching, learning and assessment).
Accounting Information for Managers
Economics and Markets
Human Resource Management
Global Strategic Management
Building Sustainable Supply Chain Advantage
Digital Innovation Strategy
Corporate Social Responsibility
Global Leadership and Teams
Managing Innovative Projects
Please be advised that the above reflects the 2022/2023 curriculum structure and is subject to change each year. Option modules listed are indicative of what has been delivered in previous years and are also subject to change.
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.
- You must have a minimum second-class honours degree (or equivalent). Applications are invited from graduates with non-business primary degrees keen to pursue a career in business or those who wish to obtain a business qualification.
- Applicants who do not meet the above entry requirements may be considered on a case by case basis, dependent on work experience and/or other qualifications.
Information & Requirements
English Language Requirements
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.
Some students might have to get a student visa in order to come and study in Ireland. Please check the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Services website to see if you require a visa.
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
ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST
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.
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.
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 here. If you have any questions in relation to deadlines or availability please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
1 year full-time.
A new two year part-time online format is also available - especially designed in order to help professionals pursue studies without having to interrupt their career.
Post Course Info
Our graduates, who possess cross-disciplinary skills, are highly valued by employers today. They are employed in both multinational organisations and small- and medium-size enterprises in a variety of roles and functions.
79% 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 Consulting Analyst
Supply / Demand Planner