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.
A two year part-time format has been especially designed in order to help professionals pursue studies without having to interrupt their career.
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.
Vision / Values
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).
Intercultural Development Programme (ICD)
Being the first and only programme of this kind in Ireland, ICD is an innovative research-driven and theory-based intercultural professional development training programme which aims to help you to stand out among the crowd by developing your Key 21st-Century Skills. These skills are valued by companies, NGOs and governments around the world who operate internationally, together with national companies and organisations who employ and serve an increasingly diverse population. The ICD programme will strengthen your CV and give you an edge over graduates from other Business programmes in the global job market.
Global Leadership Programme (GLP)
Our Global Leadership Programme (GLP) offers you a unique opportunity to engage in a diverse range of cocurricular activities i.e. development activities outside the modules you take on the Master's programme.
It's all about helping you become an impactful leader with a global mindset. This optional programme is designed to build your capacity for effective personal and organisational leadership. When it comes to seeking employment and attending job interviews, the GLP will help give you an edge over other similarly qualified candidates and will considerably strengthen your CV.
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.
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.
Below reflects the curriculum for the 2021/22 Academic Year. The Programme is undergoing a Curriculum Review at present. Final details of the new Curriculum will be published early in 2022.
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.
•Accounting Information for Managers
•Business and Financial Environments
•Developing Cultural Competencies
•Human Resource Management
•Global Strategic Management
•Business Information Systems Management
•Operations and Supply Chain Management
•Leadership & Organisational Behaviour
•Business and Society
Please be advised that 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.
12 Months Full-Time Programme
24 months Part-Time Programme
Fees Full-Time EU:
€14,460 (academic year 2020/2021)
€19,900 (academic year 2020/2021)
Next Intake: September 2020
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
UCD Careers Network
The UCD Smurfit Career Development Centre team will work with you to define your career path and support you in developing the career-related skills, know-how, and confidence to pursue your post-MSc career goals.
Our holistic programme is designed to support you at key points in your career development. Our programme is structured into three key stages, designed to support you in building and driving your own career.
A variety of workshops, events, one-to-one career appointments and access to a range of online tools and resources prepare you for future opportunities.