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Business & Management

The MSc in Business and Management is a two-stage programme that will provide students with advanced and significant expertise in the concepts, tools and skills essential to contemporary business strategies and functions. The first stage of the course provides a mixture of quantitative subjects and more general management subjects. On successful completion of this stage, students will specialise in either HRM or Financial Management. In the second stage, they will take three subjects and prepare a minor dissertation.

The six subjects of the first stage cover topics essential to any advanced business and management qualification, including cost-benefit analysis, financial policy, human resource planning, the management of cash and assets, decision-making in organisations, strategic management, leadership and change, and the principles of research. The second stage builds on the knowledge obtained in the first and allows students specialise in an area they are most interested in. The minor dissertation will likely address an issue relevant to the student's professional formation and will draw upon the theories and principles students have learned. The Research Methods module will be a very useful preparation for the dissertation phase.

Is This Programme For You?
Yes, if 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 organisational

Entry requirements

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


Two stages.

Delivery Method
A blend of distance learning and weekend seminars at the IPA campus in Dublin.

Further enquiries

Tel: +353 1 240 3600

Subjects taught

Programme Content
Stage One
The first stage of the MSc programme is divided into two
semesters and each semester is devoted to the study of
three key business and management subjects:
Semester One
• Economics
• Human Resource Management
• Finance

Semester Two
• Organisation and Strategy
• Leadership and Strategy Implementation
• Research Methods

Stage Two
The second stage of the course is also divided into two
semesters. Students choose to follow the HRM stream or the
Financial Management stream.

HRM Stream
Semester One
• Human Resource Strategy
• Managing People
• Employment Law

Semester Two
Students write a minor dissertation on an agreed topic in HRM.

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

Semester Two
In the second semester, students write a minor dissertation on an agreed topic in financial management.


Accreditation: National University of Ireland
Place on NFQ: Level 9 (Major Award).
Award: Master of Science in Business and Management.

Students who commence an IPA programme in the academic year 2018-2019 will graduate with a qualification accredited by the National University of Ireland (NUI). IPA postgraduate programmes sit between levels eight and ten on the ten-point National Framework of Qualifications.

Assessment method

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

Application date

Apply Online from August 2018, students can apply online at

Apply by Post
Please complete the application form and return it to the IPA, together with:
• One copy of your degree or relevant qualification
• One passport-type photograph
• The semester fee or
• A letter from your employer confirming that fees will be paid directly to the IPA.

Places on the programmes are limited and demand for places is likely to exceed the number available. Consequently, you are strongly advised to apply as early as possible.

Course fee

The cost of the programme is €5,000 per stage (€10,000 total). Includes all matriculation and examination fees, all seminars, textbooks and course material, payable in two instalments.

When fees are being paid by the participant's employer, the IPA will invoice the fee for each semester separately.

Enrolment and start dates

Commences: September 2018.

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