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Business Administration - Executive Masters

Why take this course?

The Executive MBA from the Business School at Athlone Institute of Technology is a prestigious Master’s degree designed for middle managers, senior executives and consultants. The MBA has been specifically designed to meet the needs of both practising or aspiring middle and senior managers. Whilst there is a strong emphasis on academic content, much of the assessment has been designed to ensure that this is applied to a variety of organisational contexts.

The Executive MBA programme at Athlone Institute of Technology is characterised by applying the latest thinking in management and leadership to solve real-world business problems. You’ll be challenged by faculty who have extensive experience of industry, and whose teaching connects ground-breaking theory with the business stories making the news. The culture of the AIT MBA is one of teamwork; where you’ll work together with classmates to solve complex business problems. With students drawn from the private and public sectors, start-ups and multinationals, you will develop the analytical skills and acumen to appreciate business forces and decision making scenarios from a wealth of different perspectives.

What will I experience?

On the AIT MBA, you will encounter a variety of teaching and learning approaches. For example, you will spend a significant proportion of your time participating in case exercises and working on assignments in small groups. This will provide an opportunity for understanding different viewpoints, as well as sharing experiences and ideas. Group work will also allow you to practice skills of analysis and, through discussion, to argue for and negotiate solutions to problems.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements:
Entry to the executive MBA requires you have at least five years work experience, ideally, some of which is in a management role, but this is not essential. In addition, you should hold one of the following:

A recognised Level 8 degree in any field

A postgraduate diploma in management

A relevant professional qualification


2 years part-time

The taught elements are delivered over two academic years on Friday afternoons and evenings (2 p.m. – 9p.m) and occasional Saturdays (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Included in the fees are all books plus overnight residential teambuilding weekend in a local hotel.

Careers or further progression

What opportunities might it lead to?

The executive MBA programme is designed for middle and aspiring managers and as such the programme provides opportunities for promotion and career progression.

Further enquiries

For further information, please contact Trevor Prendergast, Head of Department, or phone 09064 71857.

Subjects taught

Year 1

Strategic Management
Financial Statement Analysis
Research Methods
Applied Strategic Marketing
Economics and the Business Environment
Supply Chain Management

Year 2

Strategic Human Resource Management
Innovation and Project Management
Organisational Development, Leadership and Change
Corporate Finance
Management Consulting Project


Course Award : Masters of Business
Course NFQ Level : Level 9
Department : Department of Business & Management

Assessment method

Assessment Information

Students are assessed in a number of ways that include: group and individual projects, assignments, peer review, reflective practice and presentations. Some modules also have an exam component. A novel feature of the programme is the consulting project that takes place in Semester 2 of year 2, where students have to work on a group project in a real-world scenario, with a real client (which can be nominated by the student). In addition, students will be expected to deliver a 20,000 word thesis.

Application date

Registration Closing Date: ​28th of May 2018

Enrolment and start dates

The open Evening for September 2018 applications will be held on Thursday, 19th of April at 6:30pm in the Business Faculty of AIT.

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