Aims of the Programme
The ability to confidently manage a business represents a valuable skillset particularly in the current turbulent economic environment. In order for an organisation to be flexible in diverse business environments and to change direction at speed, there must be expertise in business management and business strategy in a global context. The aim of the programme is to develop these sets of abilities with a particular focus on a thorough understanding of business management. The MBA at Dublin Business School offers you a unique opportunity to study advanced theory and practice relating to management, and to develop an appreciation of the causes and significance of managing strategy.
Key Features of the Programme
This unique programme allows you to choose a specialist route for your MBA award. Students can opt to take the MBA and choose from a variety of electives or take a stream in: HRM, Project Management, Finance, Information Systems, Cloud Computing or Marketing. This ensures students are afforded the widest choice of specialisms from which to choose. A practitioner focus is part of this programme. Industry-led workshops and guest lectures keep information current and applied.
The MBA and the MBA with streams will include:
- Personal, academic and professional development
- Lectures and assessment methods that apply the business knowledge required for students to perform as an effective manager in any organisation
- Through extensive study of key issues in business theories, students will be capable of evaluation and application of important global management issues, which impact on organisational effectiveness and performance
- Knowledge and understanding of global business, most especially on issues such as globalisation, standardisation and customisation of products and services.
- Skills and knowledge to inform you how an organisation is best managed in a changing world.
- With these in mind, the programme is designed so that you are familiar with the latest theoretical and practical developments relating to business management and development.
For students wishing to pursue a broader scope of business study without a specialism in any particular stream the Master of Business Administration allows a free choice of any two of the electives from across all streams.
Marketing empowers you to evaluate the central role of marketing strategy for the growth and development of all organisations. Students will be required to critically evaluate a range of theoretical marketing concepts and apply them to practical industry issues or problems as they relate to the current business environment.
HRM focuses on the management of people to ensure maximum competitive advantage. Strategies for HR ensure you will know how to strategically plan staffing requirements. Performance and Reward Management will ensure you know how to get the best from your people as a manager.
Information Systems provides you with knowledge of current trends in computer networks and how best to use them. Information systems development skills provide you with detailed information on choosing and operating information systems to support the extraction and use of organisational information.
Project Management provides cutting-edge knowledge on the most ubiquitous phenomenon of modern work organisation – the management of work and projects. Graduates will possess directly applicable skills in project execution and project control across all of the complex elements of a project so that it can be successfully and professionally managed to its conclusion (e.g. planning, budgeting, HR management, resource allocation, etc).
Finance addresses international banking and finance through Corporate Financial Management and Operation and Governance of Financial Markets modules which can allow organisations to anticipate economic outcomes and make changes of direction quickly in response to economic pressures.
Cloud Computing is specifically aimed at facilitating the graduate's understanding in the area and how organisations may exploit the vast business opportunities that result from the transformative power that Cloud Computing offers both now and in the future. There is emphasis on structured approaches for delivering effective solutions in the Cloud that address value, efficiency, risks and costs associated with a move to Cloud Computing.
Who is the Programme aimed at?
The programme is aimed at graduates of all disciplines who now wish to gain skills and knowledge in business management in an international environment with an additional focus on any of six main business fields: human resource management, marketing, project management, finance, information systems or cloud computing.
The MBA degree programme consists of two stages. Stage 1 is a wholly taught component, contributing 60 credits.
Stage 1 is a wholly taught component, contributing 60 credits. As outlined above, students can choose to take a general route or follow any one of six streams resulting in specialist skills. These modules are delivered over two semesters.
Stage 2 is a supervised dissertation, contributing 30 credits.
For part-time students, delivery of the programme is structured over four taught semesters. During each semester, students will study several modules and are typically required to attend lectures on two evenings per week and occasional weekend workshops. The learner will undertake a course in research methods in order to prepare for the dissertation stage and to further develop important research skills. Successful completion of the taught component stage allows you to move on to the dissertation stage. Stage 2 is a supervised dissertation, contributing 30 credits. The dissertation provides you with the opportunity to critically review the literature in any part of the taught syllabus and within your specialist area.
Suited to: All Level 8 Graduates with Experience.