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Business Administration - MBA - Project Management Stream

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.

General Option
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Programme Structure
The MBA degree programme consists of two stages. Stage 1 is a wholly taught component, contributing 60 credits.

Full-time
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.

Part-time
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.

Entry requirements

- A minimum second-class honours degree (2.2) in any discipline from a recognised third-level institution, or

- An equivalent professional qualification such as ACCA or CIMA

or

- Higher Diploma in Business Level 8 conversion programme.

- The GMAT exam is a mandatory requirement for all applicants who do not hold an honours bachelor degree (Level 8) with a minimum achievement of second-class honours.

- Newly graduated applicants will not be accepted onto the programme.

- For applicants whose first language is not English, the minimum english language requirement for entry to the programme is IELTS score 6.5 (or equivalent).

Duration

Full-time: 1 year.
Part-time: 2 years, 2 evenings per week.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
The award of MBA is synonymous world-wide with competency in the strategic management of a business. The complexity of a managerial role is captured within the range of modules contained within this programme. Graduates typically progress into positions of management across a diverse range of organisations and multinationals, domestically and internationally. Completing a research dissertation as part of their programme, imbues learners with the ability to use scientific principles in conjunction with business models and expert knowledge, resulting in excellent decision-making skills. Informed decision-making is at the heart of successful strategic management, and this programme produces graduates that can take their place among peers internationally and excel in the disciplines of IT, cloud computing, finance, HRM, marketing and project management. Careers sectors currently range from new systems and product development, marketing, finance, engineering and science supporting the widely applicable nature of the programme.

Further enquiries

Postgraduate Admissions Office,
Dublin Business School,
13/14 Aungier Street,
Dublin 2,
Ireland
T: +353 1 4177500
F: +353 1 4177543
E: admissions@dbs.ie

Subjects taught

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme has the following content in stages 1 & 2.

Stage 1:
Core Modules:
International Management
Performance Driven Marketing
Financial Analysis
Business Strategy
Personal & Professional Development
Research Methods 1
Research Methods 2

Optional Modules (choose any 2 modules or a specific subject stream):

Marketing:
1. Marketing Innovations
2. Integrated Marketing Communications in a Digital Age

HRM:
1. Strategies for HR
2. Performance & Reward Management

Information Systems:
1. Information Systems Development
2. Innovation & IT Management

Project Management:
1. Project Management Tools and Techniques
2. Project Management Planning and Control

Finance:
1. Corporate Financial Management
2. Operation & Governance of Financial Markets

Cloud Computing:
1. Theory of Cloud Computing
2. Developing Content for the Cloud

Stage 2:
MBA Award:
Dissertation

Comment

Postgraduate School of Business and Law:
Built on a reputation of "Excellence through Learning", the School of Business and Law prides itself on its ability to design and deliver programmes which are academically rigorous and innovative whilst ensuring they meet the demands of an ever changing global business community. The Postgraduate School of Business was launched on the strength of the College's excellent reputation of delivering undergraduate business degrees. Opened in 1992 the School has expanded its suite of programmes to include Postgraduate Higher Diplomas, MSc and MBA across a variety of business disciplines including administration, marketing, HRM, business strategy, law, information technology and finance. As a student of Dublin Business School you will be a key participant and driver of your learning experience. You can expect to be constantly challenged and invited to participate in group discussion and presentations.

This is facilitated through our focus on individual attention to all our students. A key aspect of your development lies in the dedication of the faculty to your success. All faculty members are experienced tutors who are specialists in their chosen field. As well as being highly qualified academically, they also bring a wealth of industry experience to the classroom. Our tutors are actively engaged in consultancy and research and this feeds directly into your learning experience. With a dedicated postgraduate facility incorporating state-of-the-art classrooms, syndicate meeting rooms and a specialist library you will find yourself quickly becoming part of a community of likeminded people coming from diverse backgrounds which will further enhance both your academic and personal development during your time with us.

Assessment method

Assessment Methods
Continuous assessment is an integral part of many of our taught modules. The weightings attached to coursework and other forms of continuous assessment vary from module to module to facilitate all learning styles. You will experience a variety of teaching and learning assessment methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, group and individual projects, examinations and reports.

Enrolment and start dates

EU APPLICANTS
Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and submit it online or return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation:

- Academic Transcripts (original and official english translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS do not need to provide this documentation

- Proof of Identification (birth certificate, drivers licence or passport)

- Detailed Curriculum Vitae

- Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English

- Academic/business references (ideally one academic and one business). These are not required for Business programmes

Please see programme content for any course specific additional application procedures and specific minimum entry requirements including English language if applicable.

In addition to the above, in the instance of Non-EU applicants who have residency in Ireland:

- A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) Card, work permit (if applicable) and passport

- The letter that was issued to you by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform stating why you were provided with the above documentation.

Applications can be made online at www.dbs.ie or by contacting the Admissions Office for an application form.

For further information please contact:
The Postgraduate Admissions Office
Dublin Business School
13/14 Aungier Street,
Dublin 2
T: +353 1 4177500
F: +353 1 4177543
E: admissions@dbs.ie
W: www.dbs.ie

NON-EU Applicants:
Non-EU Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation:

- Academic Transcripts (original and official english translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS do not need to provide this documentation

- Proof of Identification (passport)

- Detailed Curriculum Vitae

- Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English

- Academic/business references (ideally one academic and one business). These are not required for Business programmes

- A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) card, work permit (if applicable)

Please see programme content for any course specific additional application procedures and specific minimum entry requirements.

Applications can be made online at www.dbs.ie or by contacting the International Admissions Office for an application form. For further information please contact:

The International Admissions Office
Dublin Business School
13/14 Aungier Street,
Dublin 2, Ireland
T: +353 1 4177500
F: +353 1 4177543
E: international@dbs.ie
W: www.dbs.ie

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