Strategic Management with Specialist Streams

Who should study this programme?
This programme is suited to high-potential applicants who wish to develop their capabilities in the field of strategic management.

Expertise in strategic management and planning has never been more critical given the turbulent and challenging environments in which Irish businesses now operate. Brexit, trade wars and GDPR are significant issues affecting business that require leaders with strategic vision to manage. Technological, economic and regulatory changes mean that businesses need management specialists who can develop long-term strategies that fully anticipate these developments.

The DIT Part-Time Masters in Strategic Management was designed to equip busy working professionals with a deeper understanding of strategy formulation and implementation with the specific aim of accelerating progression to senior management in the private or public sectors, consultancy and various advisory and research roles. Participants will study a range of business modules and undertake group and individual assessments to develop the functional competencies, specialist knowledge, research skills, analytical skills, leadership and soft skills necessary to respond to the needs and challenges of modern organisations.

Who should study this programme?

The programme is designed to suit busy, working professionals who wish to develop their capabilities in the field of strategic management. Applicants for our part-time masters in Strategic Management typically have 3 years plus work experience and individuals come from all sectors including Financial Services, Consultancy, Technology, Arts, Pharmaceutical, Public Sector and Not-for Profit sectors.

Six Reasons to pursue a DIT Masters in Strategic Managment
1.Deepen your expertise in Strategy Formulation and Implementation
2.Develop your Leadership Skills and Strategic Vision
3.Accelerate your progression to Senior Management
4.Select your own specialism
5.Develop relevant analytical, communication and group work skills for today's business environment.
6.Be part of a large postgraduate community at DIT College of Business

Entry requirements

Graduates of bachelor degree courses in business, economics (or an undergraduate programme where business subjects account for at least 50% of the subjects) who have achieved an honours degree (2.2 grade or higher) are eligible to apply. Applications from candidates who have an equivalent qualification at honours level (for example ACCA, CIMA or other professional bodies) are also eligible to apply. Applicants who do not have an honours degree in business (or equivalent) but who have substantial business experience can be considered by our Exceptional Entry Committee.

A minimum of 6.5 on IELTS for those whom English is not their first language.

Non EU applicants must have documentary proof of Irish residency or an Irish work permit to be eligible to apply. It is the responsibility of the candidate to maintain such eligibility across the life cycle of the programme.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirements is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed on their academic grades and work / life experience may also be considered. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.

Assessment Info

Assessment is a combination of continuous assessment and written examinations in most modules. The continuous assessment accounts for about half the marks in most modules.

Subjects taught

Semester 1
September -December

Strategy & Leadership 1
Strategic Marketing
Analytical Tools for Business Management

Semester 2
January - May

Understanding & Leading Organisations
Project & Consultancy Management
Corporate Finance

Year 2
Semester 3
September – December

Strategy & Leadership 2
Research Methods

In year 2 you will undertake one of our specialist streams*

Current offerings include:-

• Financial Services
• Innovation
• Retail Management
• Marketing
• Supply Chain Management

*Streams are run subject to demand
1 module from stream taken this semester

Semester 4
January - May

Two modules from chosen stream

May - Sept

Undertaking dissertation or company project

Company Project or Dissertation
You will undertake either an individual Company Project or Dissertation. This will enable you to carry out in-depth research in an area of strategic management of interest to yourself or your company. Some of last year's topics include:

Change Management: Investigating Readiness to Change and the factors that influence it.

A study of the adoption and evaluation of Social Media among Irish SME's

The impact of eDiscovery legislation on data storage for IT managers

An evaluation of the Balanced Scorecard as a Performance Management Tool: A Company Case Study.

The Strategic Management of Buyer / Supplier Relationships in the FMCG sector


Part-time over two years with lectures September to December and February to May

Timetable / Hours
Lectures normally:

Tuesday 6.00 – 8.00pm

Thursday 6.00 – 10.00pm

Lectures take place from September to December and then from February to May. You will then undertake an individual Dissertation or Company Project over the Summer of year 2.

Enrolment dates

Start date: September 2019

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
Some students choose to remain with their existing employers and many are promoted either during the course or soon after completion. Graduates have also commenced their own companies. Students have gained employment in companies nationally and internationally in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Some have set-up their own business or consultancy company. Past employers include Facebook, Google, Oracle, Vodafone, AIB, Central Bank, HSE, Department of Finance, Hibernian Life, 3E Mobile Ltd, Depfa Bank, Deloitte, Allianz Plc, Standard Life, New Ireland Insurance, FMB Chartered Accountants, CHR Plc, Citi Hedge Fund Services, Telefonica O2 and Paypal. A small number of graduates have undertaken doctoral study.

Please note due to the great demand for our programmes early applications are assessed when received and dealt with promptly. Therefore it is advisable to make early applications for an early response. If you do not yet have your final degree results this will not hinder your application as we are happy to issue conditional offer letters in such circumstances.

Profile of Typical Students on Programme
Applicants typically have between 3 and 10 years experience with some having up to 20 years experience. Age ranges are from 25 to 50 usually with most aged between 25 and 40 years. Individuals come from all sectors including Financial Services, Technology / phone companies, Arts / Services, Pharmaceutical, Consultancy, Public Sector and Not-for Profit sectors. Both small and large organisations are represented on the programme.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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