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Management Practice

The MSc in Management Practice is a two year Master’s Degree programme aimed specifically at chief executives and senior managers.

The programme is run by the IMI and validated by University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork.

It is designed exclusively for experienced senior managers who need to develop their understanding of the complex management issues facing them and their organisation but find it impossible, because of their senior status in the organisation, to go on either a full-time master’s programme or a part-time.

Entry requirements

Applicants must:
• have a university degree (any discipline) or a professional qualification. Applications are also invited from mature non-graduates with significant management experience

• have a number of years’ experience as a senior manager

• satisfy IMI as to their general suitability and ability to deal with the work requirements of the programme.


2 years.

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Subjects taught

The programme has a number of major themes or subject streams, which form the basis of the discussion which takes place during the common core seminars. The main themes running through the programme are:

•Organisation behaviour
•Financial analysis
•Management of change
•Organisation design
•Personal skills
•Information systems/IT
•Learning and research methods

They are supplemented by inputs on topics relevant to the initiatives undertaken (eg operations, marketing, HRM etc.)

Stage 1: Action Learning
Recognising that people learn most effectively from the solution of real life problems, the emphasis throughout is on the application of what is being learned to the individual’s organisation and job. In order to do this a high emphasis is placed on one-to-one personal tutoring and consequently the number which can be taken on the programme in any one year is limited.

Stage 2: Tutoring
From the outset, each participant is allocated a tutor drawn from the programme staff. It is the tutor’s job to help the participant pace themselves through the programme, to give guidance in reading and study, to help in the choice of topic for the action learning project and to give ongoing guidance in the research.

Stage 3: Ongoing Learning
Each month a set of tasks is completed by each participant using the ideas they are reading about to describe and analyse their organisation and job. These form the basic building blocks of each of the major documents submitted.

Stage 4: Strategic Initiatives
The initiative which forms the basis for the thesis is selected by each participant in consultation with his/her tutor and the Programme Director. While the theme is an individual choice, they will typically focus on strategic change, organisational structure change, or organisational process change. All projects will focus on management issues and problems, not technical problems.

Stage 5: Evaluation


The programme is validated and awarded by University College Cork (UCC) and attracts 90 ECTS credits at Level 9 (Masters level) on the National Framework of Qualifications. Those who successfully complete the programme will be awarded the title “Masters in Management Practice”.

Course fee

Fee (IMI member) €
18,855 per annum. Fees are payable annually in advance.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Programme: Autumn 2016

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