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Business & Management

The MSc in Business and Management is a two-year programme that will provide students with an advanced and significant expertise in the concepts, tools, and skills essential to contemporary business strategies and functions. The first year of the course provides a mixture of quantitative subjects and subjects drawn from the social sciences. On successful completion of the first year, students will specialise in either HRM or Financial Management. In this second year, they will take three subjects and prepare a minor dissertation. If you do not wish to take all three subjects in any particular semester, you may choose to study one or two on a phased basis.


Do you want to obtain a high level of expertise in the contemporary principles and practices that determine business strategies and operations? On successful completion of the MSc, graduates will be able to:
critically appraise advanced business theory and practice
demonstrate expertise in key business functions
apply quantitative methods and subjects to contemporary theories in the relevant social sciences
interrogate common business norms from the perspective of the most current scholarship
situate business problems and solutions within a variety of different contexts: economic, financial, statistical, managerial, legal, and organizational.

Entry requirements

Applicants for Postgraduate Diplomas, Postgraduate Certificates, MA, MEconSc and MSc programmes must have a primary degree or equivalent qualification.


Two academic years

Distance education supported by weekend seminars

Further enquiries

Postgraduate Office,
Whitaker School of Government and Management,
Institute of Public Administration,
57 - 61 Lansdowne Road,
Dublin 4,

Tel +353 (0) 1 240 3600
LoCall 1890 20 26 26
Fax +353 (0) 1 668 9135

Subjects taught

Programme Content

Year One
The first year of the MSc programme is divided into two semesters, and each semester is devoted to the study of three subjects.

Human Resource Management
Organisation and Strategy
Leadership and Strategy Implementation
Research Methods

Year Two
The second year of the course is also divided into two semesters. Students choose the HRM stream or the financial management stream.

HRM Stream
Human Resource Strategy
Managing People
Employment Law

Financial Management Stream
Corporate Finance
Governance and Auditing
Financial Reporting and Decision-Making

In the second semester, students write a dissertation on an agreed topic in HRM or financial management.


Accredited by UCD

Level 9 (Major Awards) on the National Framework for Qualifications


The IPA is a recognised college of University College Dublin (UCD). From 2012, any student entering an accredited IPA Programme will graduate with a UCD award. The IPA and UCD are part of the wider National University of Ireland (NUI) network. The MSc in Business and Management is at Level 9 (Major Award) on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Assessment method

Students are assessed by means of assignments, examinations, and a dissertation.

Course fee

The cost of the programme is €5,000 per annum (includes all matriculation and examination fees, all seminars, textbooks and course material), payable in two instalments, see page 34 of the brochure for more details

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