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Executive Leadership

The MSc in Executive Leadership is a two year, part-time degree designed, delivered and accredited by Ulster University in association with Irish Times Training.

Great leadership is at the heart and soul of great organisations and is the key to unlocking human potential. It is the means by which organisations secure and maintain their competitive edge and by which they create and capture value. This Business Masters degree is more than an academic programme of study and knowledge acquisition. The MSc in Executive Leadership combines a personal and professional journey to excellence by providing access to networks of local, national and global academics and industry thought leaders.

On successful completion of all nine modules participants will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Leadership. Those who go on to complete the Dissertation will be awarded the MSc in Executive Leadership by Ulster University. The MSc is an internationally recognised degree.

Entry requirements

Participant Profile

•The MSc in Executive Leadership is targeted at senior executives in a leadership role within their organisation.

•Typically participants will have significant budgetary and/or people management experience gained over at least 5 years in a senior managerial role.

•Applicants will normally hold a degree or equivalent professional qualification.

•Exceptionally however, consideration will be given to those who can demonstrate a recognised track record in the practice of management.

•This Business Masters will also be of interest to organisations addressing succession planning issues at a senior level.


As a 2 year part-time strategic development initiative, the MSc is structured around 8 classroom-based modules each lasting 3 days, delivered in The Irish Times Building, Dublin 2 and one 5 day module delivered at the Global Leadership Institute, Boston College, USA. Relevant case studies and a wide selection of e-books and online materials from Ulster University's library are used to support participant development throughout. Induction and graduation take place at Ulster University's Jordanstown Campus.

Further enquiries

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Programme Co-Ordinator: Una O'Hare
T: (01) 472 7101

Subjects taught

•Creating the Future
•Leading for the Future
•Best Practice Study Visit, Boston College, USA
•Leading Change, Innovation and Transformation
•Executive Coaching and Mentoring
•Corporate Governance and Business Ethics
•Strategic Financial Management
•Leading in a Digital Age
•Research Methods
•Dissertation - Major In-Company Management Project

Assessment method

Assessment for the MSc in Executive Leadership is by a company-based assignment at the end of each module.

Course fee


YEAR 1: €11,950 or Early Bird €9,750 - YEAR 2: €9,950 or Early Bird €7,800

Fees are inclusive of the international study visit to Boston College.

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