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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.

Retailing is now a complex global business and tomorrrow's leaders need to be totally informed about the business, the markets and the technology. This internationally-focussed Masters programme is aimed at business or economics graduates who envisage a career at a senior level in this exciting international business. Taken full-time over one calendar year the Masters in Business Studies in Retail Management involves lectures, presentations and seminars on a range of management issues focussed on retailing and on the industry`s leading-edge technology for category management, electronic data interchange and store location decisions.

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.

For 2007-2008, the MBS is offered in Full-time mode as well as the existing Part-time version over two years. In both modes, students take thirteen modules some of which are electives. As well as lectures there is a special Themed Seminar Week each January featuring guest speakers from leading companies and universities around the world. Each May there is an International Retail Study Tour Week where students visit leading retail sites abroad and visit companies and universities there to look at emerging trends and see local solutions to universal problems. 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 bachelor degree (minimum 2.2) in a business or cognate area or an equivalent professional business qualification, by examination, such as in Accountancy, Marketing, etc. Entrants are assumed to have an honours degree level of familiarity with business disciplines such as economics, accounting, finance, management, marketing and law so it is not really suitable for graduates who have taken primary degrees in arts or science or engineering.The programme is conducted in English so a strong working knowldedge of English(Minimum 6.5 IELTS or equivalent) is required.

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.


1 year full-time

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
This masters programme is designed for Business Graduates who envisage a career at senior management level in large scale retail companies or in organisations supplying such companies.

Further enquiries

Edmund O'Callaghan
School of Retail & Services Management
College of Business
Dublin 2
T: 01 402 7062

Subjects taught

Semester 1 (September-December)

1 Managing Retail Enterprises
2 Retail Strategic Management
3 Global Supply Chain Management
4 Retail Location Strategy
5 Themed Seminar Week
6 Elective A or B or C

Semester 2 (January -May)

7 Managing Human Resources
8 Retail Performance Management
9 Research Methods
10 International Retailing Study Tour Week
11 Research Seminar Series
12 Elective D or E or F

Semester 3 (June-September)
13 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


Location: 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.


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.
Full time - DT388
Part time - DT355

Enrolment and start dates

Start date: September 2018

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