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Executive MBA Programme

Aim of Course
To provide an educational experience which enables practicing managers to achieve an integrated understanding of the operation and strategy of management, and to develop appropriate intellectual and personal skills.

After successfully completing the programme, participants will have demonstrated the competencies necessary to:

1. Adopt analytical, systematic approaches toward problem solving and decision making, while simultaneously displaying an appropriate awareness and understanding of the sensitivities involved in the context of organisational dynamics;

2. Conceive, plan, cost, resource, and manage projects across a range of settings;

3. Participate in business planning and decision making at all levels from strategic to operational, while taking due cognisance of the legal, social, political and economic environments;

4. Demonstrate effective communication skills in situations / circumstances pertaining to executive management;

5. Display higher-level competence in analysis and research, through the completion of an in-depth dissertation and other assessment-type exercises associated with the programme;

6. Demonstrate personal qualities of empathy, leadership and teamworking;

7. Manage their own learning and development, and evaluate their own experience through a reflective approach towards the impact of the programme on their lives;

8. Be catalysts of change within their employing organisations, as a result of the adoption of creative and innovative approaches to opportunities and threats.

This last objective means that students must not only be able to analyse the need for change but must be able to facilitate and manage the process of change in their own working environment. This requires a range of abilities, skills and knowledge which the programme will enhance and, in some cases, provide.

Intended for
The Executive MBA at AIT is a prestigious Master’s Degree designed for middle managers, senior executives and consultants. While there is a strong emphasis on academic content, much of the assessment relates to a variety of organisational contexts. Participants are required to engage with real-life problems, opportunities and dilemmas faced by organisations.

Entry requirements

In order to gain entry to the MBA, applicants should normally have at least five years’ work experience, with three years in a management-related role, in addition to their academic qualifications. Applicants should have a level 8 qualification or equivalent. All qualified applicants are required to attend for interview.


The programme is taught over two years, 24 weeks per year, on Friday afternoons and evenings, as well as occasional Saturdays

Further enquiries

Trevor Prendergast -
Head of Department

+353 (0)90 648 3050

Subjects taught

Course content

Year 1
• Strategic Management
• Financial Statement Analysis
• Business Research Methods
• Operations and Supply Chain Management
• Economics and the Business Environment
• Applied Marketing Strategy

Year 2
• Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Project Management
• Organisational Development and Leading Change
• Strategic Human Resource Management
• Corporate Finance
• Management Consulting Project
• Dissertation


Master of Business
Administration (Level 9)

Course fee

Course Fee
€7,850 per annum

Enrolment and start dates

Commencement Date
The next programme is scheduled to commence in September 2017. The closing date for applications is early June 2017. Late applications may be considered if places are available.

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