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Business & Entrepreneurship - Conversion Programme

Introduction
Please note due to the great demand for our programmes early applications are assessed when received and dealt with promptly. Therefore it is advisable to make early applications for an early response. If you do not yet have your final degree results this will not hinder your application as we are happy to issue conditional offer letters in such circumstances.

The MSc in Business and Entrepreneurship is an exciting one-year programme dedicated to transforming Science, Engineering, Social Science and Technology graduates into leaders who will guide and create tomorrow's businesses (Note: business graduates, or those with a substantial business component to their undergraduate degree, are not eligible for this programme). It aims to achieve this through providing participants with the acumen to successfully move ideas and innovations into commercial practice. In doing so, it addresses Ireland's need to maintain competitiveness by cultivating cross-functional, entrepreneurial graduates. This programme draws on the unique capability and reputation of the Dublin Institute of Technology, which was founded from the fusion of Ireland's oldest and most successful business and technology colleges.

Course Content
Studies in Semester 1 cover the subjects of Strategy, Marketing, Technology and Operations Management, Venture Finance and Law. Such accelerated learning is designed to give participants the conceptual tools needed to analyse business situations and to undertake business planning. In tandem, participants engage in the initial stages of work on two separate substantive elements of the programme within a seminar/workshop format: (i) the product development project and business development plan; and (ii) the dissertation.

Building on learning from the first semester, studies in Semester 2 cover the subjects of Creativity, Marketing, Technology and Operations Management, Accounting, Law and Taxation. Work also continues on the product development project and business development plan, with support available through weekly group sessions with the module advisors for the 12 class weeks of the semester. Participants then work on their own through to submission of the joint project/plan document in early September. In tandem, participants move to greater engagement with their dissertation research and have the opportunity to work 1-to-1 for a total of four hours with an assigned advisor up to mid-June, at which point participants work on their own through to submission of the dissertation in early September. Submission of both the joint project/plan document and the dissertation marks the end of the programme.

Who Should Apply?
Conversion Programme:
The programme is aimed at graduates from Science, Engineering, Social Science and Technology related disciplines who wish to acquire the business skills to identify and exploit business opportunities;

- Aspire to leadership positions in knowledge-based industries;
- Need to acquire business knowledge to start and operate new ventures;
- Desire to be effective catalysts in rapidly changing, innovative and competitive organisations; and
- Have the requisite ability to engage with a masters level programme.

(Note: business graduates, or those with a substantial business component to their undergraduate degree, are not eligible for this programme.)

Entry requirements

The closing date for receipt of applications is as indicated above. In general, we require that prospective participants have a good science, engineering, technology or social science honours bachelor degree (2H2 or higher) from an Irish 3rd level institution or its equivalent from an overseas university. A key feature of the programme is that participants come from a wide and varied range of disciplines - in the past we have drawn from such diverse backgrounds as Aquaculture and Marine Biotechnology, Architecture, Biochemistry, Built Environment, Clinical Measurement, Computer Science, Culinary Arts, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Geology, Journalism, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Media Production, Pharmacy, Psychology, Sociology and Zoology. Indeed, the very eclectic background of participants adds to the creative milieu of the programme. In some, very limited, instances, non-standard applications will be accepted.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.

Duration

1 year full-time.

The programme takes 52 weeks of a participant’s life, with 24 weeks dedicated to class tuition. A range of other ad-hoc activities also require participation throughout the year. So, while there is space for other activities over the year, participants are reminded that this is a full-time programme and that a full-time commitment is both necessary and expected.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
The programme provides participants with the skills and orientation towards enterprise creation, either in an existing business or as a start-up. Graduates will have enhanced career prospects for a wide range of posts in Irish and international businesses.

Further enquiries

Dr Anthony Paul Buckley
Programme Director
College of Business
DIT Aungier Street, Dublin 2
T: 01 402 7114
E: anthony.buckley@dit.ie

Comment

Location:
The programme is currently delivered at DIT’s Aungier Street campus. Over and above the state of the art library, the superb IT facilities and the excellent lecture theatres, participants conduct much of their work by means of a dedicated Intranet site.

Qualification Awarded:
Graduates of the programme are eligible for the award of Master of Science (Business and Entrepreneurship) of the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Assessment method

For each of the five taught modules, assessment comprises individual and group coursework and end of semester examinations. The dissertation, product development project and business plan are assessed on the basis of work submitted at set points during the year and on the final submitted documents.

Application date

Closing Date: 30th April 2017

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2017

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