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Strategic Management with Specialist Streams

Who should study this programme?
This programme is suited to high-potential applicants who wish to develop their capabilities in the field of strategic management.

Expertise in strategic management and planning has never been more important given the turbulent and challenging environments within which businesses now operate. At EU level change is now an ever present feature in relation to the money markets, banking and economics in general. At a global level businesses are faced with new competitors and different configurations of technologies generating new products. All this change has to be anticipated and managed by business at a strategic level to survive and indeed thrive. Graduates of this programme will be well placed to undertake strategic planning for businesses whether they are in the public, private or voluntary sectors.

Aim of this Programme
The overall aim of the Programme is to prepare business graduates for a career in management with the specific aim of accelerating their progression to senior management in the private or public sectors, consultancy and various advisory and research roles. The overarching aim is to develop participants’ understanding and expertise of strategy formulation and implementation and the role of the leader in this.

Participants study a range of business modules and undertake group and individual assessments to develop the functional competencies, specialist knowledge, research skills, analytical skills, leadership and soft skills necessary for strategic management and leadership.

Key features
- Deepen expertise in Strategic Management
- Focus on Leadership
- Opportunity to select your own specialism
- Company Project or Dissertation on a topic of your choice in the field of Strategic Management.
- Develop relevant analytical, communication and group work skills for today’s business environment.
- Be part of a large postgraduate community (College of Business, DIT has 750 postgrad students) where you can network with people who already have a depth of knowledge across a range of domains including accounting, marketing, management, advertising, retail management and technology. Opportunities for networking at various events during the course of your study.

Entry requirements

Graduates of bachelor degree courses in business, economics (or an undergraduate programme where business subjects account for at least 50% of the subjects) who have achieved an honours degree (2.2 grade or higher) are eligible to apply. Applications from candidates who have an equivalent qualification at honours level (for example ACCA, CIMA or other professional bodies) are also eligible to apply. Applicants who do not have an honours degree in business (or equivalent) but who have substantial business experience can be considered by our Exceptional Entry Committee.

A minimum of 6.5 on IELTS for those whom English is not their first language.

Non EU applicants must have documentary proof of Irish residency or an Irish work permit to be eligible to apply. It is the responsibility of the candidate to maintain such eligibility across the life cycle of the programme.

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

Duration

Part-time over two years with lectures September to December and February to May

Timetable / Hours
Lectures normally:

Tuesday 6.00 – 8.00pm

Thursday 6.00 – 10.00pm

Lectures take place from September to December and then from February to May. You will then undertake an individual Dissertation or Company Project over the Summer of year 2.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Some students choose to remain with their existing employers and many are promoted either during the course or soon after completion. Graduates have also commenced their own companies. Students have gained employment in companies nationally and internationally in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Some have set-up their own business or consultancy company. Past employers include Facebook, Google, Oracle, Vodafone, AIB, Central Bank, HSE, Department of Finance, Hibernian Life, 3E Mobile Ltd, Depfa Bank, Deloitte, Allianz Plc, Standard Life, New Ireland Insurance, FMB Chartered Accountants, CHR Plc, Citi Hedge Fund Services, Telefonica O2 and Paypal. A small number of graduates have undertaken doctoral study.

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.

Profile of Typical Students on Programme
Applicants typically have between 3 and 10 years experience with some having up to 20 years experience. Age ranges are from 25 to 50 usually with most aged between 25 and 40 years. Individuals come from all sectors including Financial Services, Technology / phone companies, Arts / Services, Pharmaceutical, Consultancy, Public Sector and Not-for Profit sectors. Both small and large organisations are represented on the programme.

Further enquiries

Programme co-ordinator

Dr Phil Hanlon
College of Business
DIT Aungier Street
Dublin 2
T: 01 402 3128
E: phil.hanlon@dit.ie

Ada Gully (School Administrator)
T: 01 402 7016
E: ada.gully@dit.ie

Subjects taught

Semester 1
September -December

Strategy & Leadership 1
Strategic Marketing
Analytical Tools for Business Management

Semester 2
January - May

Understanding & Leading Organisations
Project & Consultancy Management
Corporate Finance

Year 2
Semester 3
September – December

Strategy & Leadership 2
Business
Research Methods

Streams
In year 2 you will undertake one of our specialist streams*

Current offerings include:-

• Financial Services
• Innovation
• Retail Management
• Marketing
• HRM
• Supply Chain Management

*Streams are run subject to demand
1 module from stream taken this semester

Semester 4
January - May

Two modules from chosen stream

May - Sept

Undertaking dissertation or company project

Company Project or Dissertation
You will undertake either an individual Company Project or Dissertation. This will enable you to carry out in-depth research in an area of strategic management of interest to yourself or your company. Some of last year’s topics include:

Change Management: Investigating Readiness to Change and the factors that influence it.

A study of the adoption and evaluation of Social Media among Irish SME’s

The impact of eDiscovery legislation on data storage for IT managers

An evaluation of the Balanced Scorecard as a Performance Management Tool: A Company Case Study.

The Strategic Management of Buyer / Supplier Relationships in the FMCG sector

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Location
Graduate Business School, College of Business, DIT, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.

Award
Graduates will be eligible for the award of MSc in Strategic Management (with named stream) of the Dublin Institute of Technology

Graduates are also eligible for Graduate membership of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors.

Assessment method

Assessment is a combination of continuous assessment and written examinations in most modules. The continuous assessment accounts for about half the marks in most modules.

Application date

Closing date: 30th April 2017

Enrolment and start dates

Start date: September 2017

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