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Retail Management

Please note due to the great demand for our programmes early applications are assessed when received and dealt with promptly. Therefore it is advisable to make early applications for an early response. If you do not yet have your final degree results this will not hinder your application as we are happy to issue conditional offer letters in such circumstances.

Aimed primarily at business graduates or holders of equivalent professional qualifications this part-time masters programme is aimed at those working in retail or services organisations who want to deepen their understanding of retail business processes and broaden their perspective on retail management with a view to improving their career prospects.

Course Content
The programme engages the student in a critical examination of a range of retail issues and specialisms in addition to a focussed review of several critical boardroom-level topics involving broad strategic questions of business policy and direction.

The MBS is offered Part-Time over two years (five semesters) and also in Full-Time mode over one calendar year. In both modes, students take thirteen modules some of which are electives. The part-time programme modules are delivered on one afternoon/early evening a week but, in addition, there is a full Themed Week On-campus in late January and an International Retailing Study Tour in late May of the first year and a Research focused on-campus week in late January of the second year. These full-weeks are mandatory and form part of the assessed learning content of the programme.

Entry requirements

In general, applicants are required to have an honours degree (minimum 2.2) in a business or cognate area or an equivalent professional business qualification such as in Accountancy, Marketing etc. Other graduates, who have appropriate experience of the sector, may also be considered in certain circumstances.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.


2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Graduates entering the programme will probably already be working in a retail or services sector company or organisation where the successful completion of this degree will be expected to enhance their career prospects and improve their marketability in the workplace generally.

Further enquiries

Programme Co-Ordinator:
Edmund O'Callaghan
School of Retail & Services Management
College of Business
DIT Aungier Street Dublin 2
T: 01 402 7062

Subjects taught

The general structure of the programme is as follows:
Year 1:
Semester 1:
Managing Retail Enterprises
Retail Strategic Management
On-Campus Themed Week

Semester 2:
Global Supply Chain Management
Managing Human Resources
International Retailing Study Tour Week

Year 2:
Semester 3:
Retail Location Strategy
Research Methods
One Elective from list A, B,C
Research Seminar Week

Semester 4:
Retail Performance Management
One Elective from list D,E,F

Semester 5:
Dissertation/ Group Project

Elective Modules:
A Retail Decision Support Systems
B International Retailing
C Marketing the Retail Brand
D Retail Financial Strategy
E The Shopping Experience
F Regulatory Environment for Retailing


This course is centred at DIT's state of the art Aungier Street campus, just a few minutes from the Luas light rail system at St Stephens Green and Grafton Street. In addition to the modern library with access to an extensive collection of on-line journals, the campus has world-class IT facilities and excellent lecture theatres. To help communications between Faculty and part-time students, the programme has its own dedicated Intranet site, accessible from home or office, where academic staff and students have a common platform to share information, reading and discussion etc.

Qualification Awarded:
Graduates of the course are eligible for the award of Master of Business Studies in Retail Management of the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Application date

Closing Date: The general closing date is 27th April 2018. Please note that late applications may be accepted subject to availability.

Enrolment and start dates

Course Start Date: September 2018

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