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International Business

About the Course

Stage 1 & 2
The first two stages of the programme encompass the Postgraduate Diploma, where students undertake taught modules in the core areas of;

– Finance
– People
– Strategy
– Management
– Research Lectures and Seminars

Stage 3A AND 3B
Dissertation and MBA Qualification
Individual supervision and ongoing support

3A - The MBA programme requires the student to have a minimum of two years management experience. Those who have accumulated an appropriate set of management competencies, as assessed by the submission of a Management Competency Report, may choose to write an MBA instead of an MSc dissertation and thus complete their MBA in approximately 12 months full-time or two years part-time.

3B – Students without the required management experience can complete their MSc dissertation exiting with an MSc in International Business. Refer to Stage 4 on how students upgrade their MSc to an MBA qualification.

Stage 4
MBA Top Up
Those graduates with no prior management experience, who have completed their MSc, may subsequently, normally within a two year period, submit, with mentor supervision, two reports based on experiential learning in the workplace.

The successful completion of these reports enables them to replace their MSc qualification with an MBA, if the management experience referenced in 3A has been achieved.

Entry requirements

Candidates for this programme should hold primary honours degree in a business related discipline or a postgraduate related qualification. Non business graduates or candidates with substantial work experience may apply but will be subject to interview.


1 Year Full Time
2.5 Years Part Time

Further enquiries

For Further Information
Please contact the Admissions Office
t: +353 1 415 0415


A Tripartite Experience
GCD has endorsed and embraced the Bologna spirit of the transfer and progression of students between institutions in different countries and in doing so, a number of close working relationships have been developed. The College's APL policies provide an opportunity for students with previous academic studies at Masters level in a Business/Management discipline to apply for APL exemption to a maximum 30 ECTS Credits from modules of the GCD MBA/MSc in International Business programme in Dublin. One such opportunity provides students with a Tripartite Experience, allowing the unique prospect of studying in Berlin, Paris and Dublin, whereby modules from SRH Hochschule in Berlin and INSEEC Grand Ecole in Paris provide APL exemption from modules of the Griffith College MBA/ MSc in International Business programme in Dublin. Based on these normal APL exemption arrangements, the learning objectives and curriculum content of individual modules in these institutions are mapped closely to GCD modules. Students completing the Griffith College degree will have attended modules in Dublin totalling 30 ECTS Credits and will be supervised by a GCD Supervisor for the MBA/MSc dissertation.

Those who complete their dissertation under GCD supervision will be awarded the GCD MBA/MSc in International Business. Such students will, within this overall experience, undertake an internship, arranged by SRH Hoschule Berlin and INSEEC Grande Ecole, Paris, which, while formally not part of the GCD programme, nevertheless adds significantly to the breadth and depth of the management experience.

Enrolment and start dates

Application can be made directly to the GCD Admissions Office or via the website

Applications for all direct entry programmes (undergraduate, postgraduate, part-time/evening time) must be made on the website and relevant* supporting documentation can be emailed to or posted to:

The Admissions Office,
Griffith College Dublin,
South Circular Road,
Dublin 8.

*All applications for direct entry to undergraduate programmes should include a copy of official Leaving Certificate results with the exception of mature applicants (who must supply evidence of date of birth).

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