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Strategic Management with Specialist Streams

Who should study this programme?
This programme is suited to high-potential applicants who wish to develop their capabilities in the field of strategic management. The programme is open to recent graduates as well as experienced managers.

Expertise in strategic management and planning has never been more important given the turbulent and challenging environments within which businesses now operate. At EU level change is now an ever present feature in relation to the money markets, banking and economics in general. At a global level businesses are faced with new competitors and different configurations of technologies generating new products. All this change has to be anticipated and managed by business at a strategic level to survive and indeed thrive. Graduates of this programme will be well placed to undertake strategic planning for businesses whether they are in the public, private or voluntary sectors.

Aim of this Programme
The overall aim of the Programme is to prepare business graduates for a career in management with the specific aim of accelerating their progression to senior management in the private or public sectors, consultancy and various advisory and research roles. The overarching aim is to develop participants' understanding and expertise of strategy formulation and implementation and the role of the leader in this.

Participants study a range of business modules and undertake group and individual assessments to develop the functional competencies, specialist knowledge, research skills, analytical skills, leadership and soft skills necessary for strategic management and leadership.

Key features
- Deepen expertise in Strategic Management
- Focus on Leadership
- Opportunity to select your own specialism
- Company Project or Dissertation on a topic of your choice in the field of Strategic Management.
- Develop relevant analytical, communication and group work skills for today's business environment.
- Be part of a large postgraduate community (College of Business, DIT has 750 postgrad students) where you can network with people who already have a depth of knowledge across a range of domains including accounting, marketing, management, advertising, retail management and technology. Opportunities for networking at various events during the course of your study.

Entry requirements

Graduates of bachelor degree courses in business, economics (or an undergraduate programme where business subjects account for at least 50% of the subjects) who have achieved an honours degree (2.2 grade or higher) are eligible to apply.

Applications from candidates who have an equivalent qualification at honours level (for example ACCA, CIMA or other professional bodies) are also eligible to apply. Applicants who do not have an honours degree in business (or equivalent) but who have substantial business experience can be considered by our Exceptional Entry Committee.

A minimum of 6.5 on IELTS for those whom English is not their first language.

Non EU applicants must have documentary proof of Irish residency or an Irish work permit to be eligible to apply. It is the responsibility of the candidate to maintain such eligibility across the life cycle of the programme.

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


1 year full-time

Timetable / Hours
Lectures normally take place Monday – Friday from September to May. You will then undertake an individual Dissertation or Company Project over the Summer.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Graduates from this programme will enhance their career opportunities within the full range of public and private sector organisations. Past graduates have taken up management positions in a range of sectors including technology, communications, finance, government organisations and departments, consultancy houses, public sector bodies and non-profit organisations. It is envisaged that graduates will hold senior management positions once they obtain sufficient experience.

Graduates are employed in a diverse range of companies including:

Technology and Communications:
Telefonica O2

Central Bank
Department of Finance

Consultancy Houses:

General Management:
BMW Group

Further enquiries

Programme co-ordinator
Dr Phil Hanlon
College of Business
DIT Aungier Street
Dublin 2
T: 01 402 3128

Ada Gully (School Administrator)
T: 01 402 7016

Subjects taught

Semester 1
September - January
• Strategy & Leadership 1
• Analytical tools for Business Management
• Corporate Finance
• Business Research Methods
• Strategic Marketing
• Project & Consultancy Management

Semester 2
February - May
• Strategy & Leadership 2
• Understanding & Leading Organisations

Plus one of the following streams
In addition participants may select an area of specialism or choose modules from a range of specialisms. Current offerings include

• Financial Services
• Innovation
• Retail Management
• Marketing
• Human Resources Management
• Supply Chain Management
• Specialisms offered subject to demand and minimum numbers.

Semester 3
June – September
• Individual Company Project or Dissertation.

This will enable you to carry out in-depth research in an area of strategic management of interest to yourself or your company.


Listed as most popular programme in DIT - Irish Times Postgraduate Options 2016 and 2017.

***This programme is currently undergoing review. There will be some changes for students commencing September 2018

Graduate Business School, College of Business, DIT, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.

Graduates will be eligible for the award of MSc in Strategic Management (with named stream) of the Dublin Institute of Technology

Graduates are also eligible for Graduate membership of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors.

Assessment method

Assessment is a combination of continuous assessment and written examinations in most modules. The continuous assessment accounts for about half the marks in most modules.

Application date

Closing Date: The general closing date is 27th April 2019. Please note that late applications may be accepted subject to availability.

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.

Enrolment and start dates

Start date: September 2019

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