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Global Business Practice

The MA in Global Business Practice is a new programme offered by CIT which emphasises the development of skills relating to International Business with a capstone international placement. The programme is aimed at those with existing business degrees and develops knowledge & Insight relating to areas that are of particular importance for businesses operating globally. This can include small, medium and large companies who may be involved in the movement and development of goods, service or labour across multiple territories. Skills and knowledge developed relate to operations management, supply chain and logistics, procurement as well as broader themes like strategy and innovation which also underpin success in global business.

The programme has three strands, geared at developing a graduate that will be ready to gain employment in roles where international business skills and knowledge can be put to immediate and practical usage.

Traditional Platform (Semester 1 – September to January)
This focuses on the global environment putting specific focus on contemporary issues in the international landscape. The provision of these modules that act as critical immersions in areas including Global Competitive Strategies, Financial Interpretation, Business Relationship Development, International Business Negotiation, Innovation Management & Creativity and Operations Strategy will be through a delivery mode that emphasises traditional delivery albeit through interesting pedagogical approaches.

Accelerated and Intensive Platform (Semester 2 January to March)During January, February and March learners will have the opportunity to undertake specifically tailored modules that will be delivered in either intensive or accelerated modes.

Placement (April to August)
The final stage of the programme will provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to real world initiatives through placement in an international business or a business with a strong business orientation. This will be of significant duration and will be targeted at overseas partners though suitable placements may also be approved within Ireland.

Entry requirements

Admissions Requirements
This programme is geared at business students. As students will emanate from various business areas the following entry criteria normally need to be met:

1. A H2.2 (or equivalent) in an Honours Degree in a business area.

2. A Personal Statement must be provided by the applicant.

3. An interview may be held with candidates.

4. An IELTS of 6.5 (or equivalent) will be requested of students where deemed appropriate by the HOD.


3 Semesters full-time

Number of credits

M.A.: 90 ECTS

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
It is envisaged that graduates will play significant roles in the various aspects of the export orientation of Irish and multinational businesses. This will be supported by an understanding of pertinent business knowledge relating to this area with in-depth understanding of areas such as trade policy, negotiation, financial interpretation and operations and logistics. There is an articulated demand within Irish businesses for graduates, who understand what it means to be truly global, who also have the skills and knowledge required to play an active part in an ever more competitive business environment.

We expect that graduates of this programme would be suited to graduate programmes of large multinationals and that beyond this the graduates would be ready for roles (within large and small companies) including indigenous Irish companies.

Further enquiries

Dr Claudia Wagner
Department of Marketing and International Business
T: +353 21 433 5894

Subjects taught


All modules are worth 5 credits (ECTS) unless otherwise noted.

International Business Negotiation
Performance & Data Evaluation
Business Relationship Management
Operations Strategy
Global Competitive Strategies
Innovation Theory and Practice

Seminar Series (International)
Business Environment Simulation (10 ECTS)
Trade Policy & Regulation
International Business Field Trip (Brussels)
Purchasing & Logistics

Placement (30 ECTS)


Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus

Application date

EU Applicants: Apply online at
Closing date: 31st August 2020

Non-EU Applicants:
Application closing date: 31st May

Course fee

EU Applicants: €5,500
Non-EU Applicants: €12,000

Enrolment and start dates

Contact the college for the next start date.

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