The Programme has been recently re-designed to serve the needs of companies operating in innovative, international, and entrepreneurial markets. Our exclusive offer includes modules taught by internationally reputable academics and ex-managers, such as competitive, corporate and behavioural strategy, technology and innovation management, strategic resource allocation, entrepreneurship and new venture creation, negotiation and decision-making techniques. In the summer term, students may also have the option to work directly with companies through a company-oriented practical module or to complete a dissertation.
Every year, this Programme attracts high-potential Irish and International students, often also with relevant work experience. In terms of academic background, it is ideal for students with an undergraduate degree in business, economics, engineering, science, law, as well as for students with postgraduate business diplomas. Applications from non-business graduates are also considered on a one-to-one basis.
What will I learn?
The MSc in Strategic Management is intellectually challenging as it requires students to learn and implement strategies during a range of selected courses taught by reputable international academics and practitioners. The course content equips students with some of the most relevant competences to formulate and implement strategies in global markets facing radical innovations.
1. A comprehension of management theory and practice in order to strengthen a company's competitive position and boost its profitability.
2. Insight into the strategies used by companies across various sectors and the factors contributing to their success or failure.
3. The knowledge required to make accurate appraisals of the planning and controlling systems of firms, and design alternative ones where necessary.
4. The frameworks and critical skills required to acquire and allocate financial and non-financial resources within the context of a strategic initiative.
How will I benefit?
1. Learn to identify the key market and non-market factors impacting the success of a company.
2. Expand your knowledge of the analytical tools and critical skills needed to evaluate, design and implement company-level strategies with a focus on increasing profitability.
3. Hone your understanding of the challenges managers face in designing and implementing strategies and ability to recommend solutions through reports, presentations and discussions.
4. Upon graduation, choose from a range of sectors and positions, from strategic management consulting and financial services through to regulation and government services and graduate positions.
The Programme is exciting and demanding. Students are required to complete 6 mandatory core modules and 3 optional modules, to be chosen from a selection of option modules detailed below. The number of optional modules in the summer term is reduced to 2 if a company-oriented practical module of 20 credits is selected. If students have a particular interest in research, there is also the possibility to work on a dissertation project in place of the final summer modules. In a small number of cases, students may apply for a limited number of possible internships. With any possible internship opportunity students have to go through a competitive recruitment process, including interviews with employers, to be selected.
This Programme offers theoretically rigorous and practically relevant business competencies needed by major international companies. The wide nature of the Curriculum offers access to a vast range of career opportunities.
Participants on the MSc in Strategic Management learn to identify the key factors that determine the success of a company taking into account both market and non-market strategies. They also expand their knowledge of the analytical tools and the skills needed both to design and implement firm level strategies (Purpose).
The programme exposes students to the skills and techniques needed to manage the strategic direction of a firm: strategy, management, leadership, critical thinking, negotiations and decision-making techniques (education and subject/discipline/professional values).
The programme promotes a positive environment where: students are encouraged to take ownership for their learning journey; learning is rooted in rigorous management research; and the unique contributions of students from various cultural backgrounds are valued and used as opportunities to challenge existing approaches (the nature of the learning environment for students).
In addition to lectures, students work individually and in small groups on business cases and assignments. Students are also exposed to skills training sessions, and presentations by visiting lecturers and practitioners. Students also receive training in analytical and research methods and have the option to write an individual thesis on a management topic of their choice (key approaches to teaching, learning and assessment).
- Competitive and Corporate Strategy
- Technology and Innovation Strategy
- Decision Making Strategies and Techniques
- Strategic Resource Allocation
- Behavioural Strategy and Leadership
+ 1 option module:
- Economics of Entrpreneurship
- Creativity Innovation & Entrepreneurship
- Mindfulness & Resilience at Work
- International HRM
- Managing the Negotiation Process
choose 2 option modules:
- Reputation and Disrepute
- The Science of Teams
- Cross-Cultural Management
- Creative Problem Solving
- Leadership and Team Management
- Innovation: Disruption and Design
choose 1 of these options:
- Int Business Consultancy Project
- SM Dissertation Only
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. Summer taught modules are delivered in blocks over one or two weeks.
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 degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
A primary degree with a minimum of three years' relevant work experience.
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 at:
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 email@example.com.
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, 2 years part-time.
Post Course Info
Graduates of this course are equipped with an excellent foundation for a career in strategic consultancy, general management, business analysis and project management.
All students on the MSc in Strategic Management are eligible to apply for Graduate Membership of the IMCA (Institute of Management Consultants & Advisors in Ireland).
89% 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:
Entrepreneur in Residence