Business Management

Our MSc Business Management is an established and highly successful conversion programme that introduces non-Business graduates to a range of business management theories and concepts. Through the course content and learning activities, students access leading business ideas and skills and work alongside managers in the workplace to apply management theory, research, and design business solutions.

We provide block teaching of modules on career planning and development, organisational behaviour, strategy, marketing, international business, finance, supply chain and operations, project management and research.

We rapidly develop students to apply knowledge at the level of postgraduate expertise and we continuously emphasise the importance of self-motivation and career management as both are essential to carving out a successful sustainable career in the longer term.

The course prepares graduates for a wide range of roles and organisations and students are supported to optimise either their first step into the professional labour market or build on their professional experience and consider future goals.

Conversion programmes are a popular method for non-Business graduates to bring their unique skills and experiences to the business world. We have graduates from Computer Science, Music to Humanities who bring their different perspectives to bear on the real-life problems posed to them from the world of business.

Course Structure
The programme is intensive and fast-paced, bringing students on a high growth learning experience across the 12 months of the programme. Modules are delivered over two semesters (September - May), with the business research or placement project conducted between May and August.

Entry requirements

The MSc in Business Management is designed for candidates who do not have a previous Business qualification. If you do not have a Business degree, this programme is for you. Candidates should have a minimum 2.2 grade, honours (level 8) degree in a non-Business discipline or equivalent. In exceptional circumstances, consideration will be given to candidates who do not hold a primary degree, but who do have at least 10 years' relevant work experience, at least three of which must have been within a management position. Consideration will be given on a case-by-case basis to students who have a minimum honours degree in a business-related discipline where the degree was completed at least five years previously. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:
IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score - applicants for Business Masters programmes must also have a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing

TOEFL (Paper based test): 560
TOEFL (Internet based test): 92
PTE(Pearson): 59

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850.


MH52D: 1 year Full-time
MH53D: 2 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

Career Options
Combined with your existing proficiency from your bachelor's degree and/or professional work experience, completing this master's signals your ambition, work ethic, and expertise to prospective employers and positions graduates to undertake a range of business management roles.

The course develops future executives in organisations for all sectors. The course material takes a broad, cross-sectoral, and international approach. Accordingly, the course prepares graduates for a wide range of roles and organisations. Students also take a career management module designed to enhance employability at the outset and throughout their career. The module guides students to optimise their first step into the professional labour market or build on their professional experience and consider future goals. Students will identify their personal career priorities and apply career planning and development tools that can be enacted throughout their working life. Students are empowered to undertake a range of learning activities that target their personal CPD priorities. In doing so, students will enhance their employability through analysing, develop-ing, and articulating how they can best contribute to an organisation.

Further enquiries

Programme Director Dr Jean Cushen
Tel +353 (0)1 474 7559
Address School of Business, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Subjects taught

Modules are generally taught in blocks of two days (full-time) every second week during term. Modules may include the following:

People, Organisation and Society
Financial Management
International Business
Global Operations and Supply Chain Management
Career Planning and Development Strategy
Actionable Insights through Research
Business Research Project / Dissertation / Placement
Strategic Management


The School of Business at Maynooth provides students with the personal support that Maynooth is renowned for, backed by the industry experience of its lecturers, the 'real-world' focus of its course content and the preparation for the workplace offered in the design of its programmes. Our passion is working with students from a mix of backgrounds (non-business degree holders, experienced professionals who do not hold a primary degree and business graduates) to develop their understanding of intermediate and advanced concepts and practices of business. We have a dynamic teaching approach. A typical full-time student usually takes classes for two full days every fortnight. Students are encouraged to learn independently, though significant reading and assignments, sometimes on their own but also working in teams both prior to a class and afterwards.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Closing Date: 30 August 2020

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

Enrolment and start dates

Commences September

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