Executive MBA

Course Outline

The UCC Executive MBA is designed to prepare its participants to become organisational managers, innovators and leaders.

It provides a strong understanding of the core organisational functions and disciplines, but moves beyond that to provide an integrative, critical understanding of the foundations and practice of management and leadership.

Programme participants develop an understanding of the core disciplines by exploring:

Organisational decision making and strategy

Operations management

Human resource management

Financial analysis and performance

Business innovation and transformation

Sustainability and governance

Leadership development

Participants develop an appreciation of how all aspects of a complex organisation interconnect, and an appreciation of the role each function must play in delivering on organisational goals.

For most participants, this requires an understanding of functions and disciplines outside of their existing professional competence.

Central to the development of this understanding of the complexity of organisations is our careful approach to class composition, intended to ensure that class participants are exposed to a variety of professional expertise and career backgrounds.

Considerable emphasis is placed on creating an environment conducive to the peer-to-peer learning that we believe is vital to the UCC Executive MBA experience.

The curriculum and module offerings for the cycle commencing January 2021 may be subject to change.

Why Choose This Course

The UCC Executive MBA provides a strong understanding of the core organisational functions and disciplines, but moves beyond that to provide an integrative, critical understanding of the foundations and practice of management and leadership.

UCC Executive MBA graduates have gone on to become Senior managers, organisational innovators, and business leaders.

Our graduates evidence comprehensive organisational and professional awareness.

Organisational Awareness

The UCC Executive MBA adopts an integrative approach to the diverse challenges of business and organisational life by encouraging participants to 'see across' the various functional and divisional structures that dominate many organisations, rather than only 'seeing within' their functional specialisations or roles.

Personal Awareness

Through the Leadership Development Framework, the UCC Executive MBA challenges you to consider your personal and professional development.

You will accelerate your thinking, decision-making and judgement capabilities by progressing through a connected sequence of analytical, action-based and reflective challenges.

Through analysing leadership case studies, through to live case studies, to the mapping of your own personal case study, you experience a learning journey deliberately designed to promote a different way of seeing yourself, your role and values, change possibilities and leadership potential.

Entry requirements


To apply for this course, you will have:

an honours primary degree,


an ordinary primary degree + satisfactory GMAT or satisfactory GRE General Test Score*


an appropriate professional qualification


at least 3 years' significant managerial experience/responsibility**


Significant senior managerial/professional work experience plus satisfactory GMAT score or satisfactory GRE General Text Score*


2 referees' reports

Applicants may be required to attend for interviews

*If you feel the skills covered by the GMAT or GRE General Test can be demonstrated elsewhere in your application then you may request a waiver – this may be granted at the discretion of the Director of the Executive MBA.

** If you feel that you possess significant managerial experience/responsibility, achieved in a period of less than 3 years, and this can be demonstrated elsewhere in your application, then you may request a waiver - this may be granted at the discretion of the Director of the Executive MBA.

The GMAT test can be taken at any time and the results generally are valid for three years. To arrange a test contact the Graduate Management Admissions Test at www.mba.com

Information on the GRE test can be found here https://www.ets.org/gre

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view the grades comparison site.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants.

For more information please contact the International Office.


2 years part time.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The part-time option will be taught during weekday and weekend working hours over 2 years.

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information

Many of our UCC Executive MBA students come from specific professional backgrounds – engineering, sciences, ICT and finance, to name but a few. Their education and professional expertise has brought them to an advanced level in their organisations.

In order to make the next step up the managerial ladder, they need to develop their knowledge of how the wider organisation operates and what strategic and operational frameworks are used by top level management teams.

The UCC Executive MBA provides such learning and knowledge, allowing our graduates to progress their careers accordingly.

The UCC Careers Service and the UCC Executive MBA Programme Office co-operate in delivering relevant and appropriate career support advice and tools to our students.

Further enquiries

Senan Ensko

e: mba@ucc.ie

t: + 353 21 490 2394


Subjects taught

Students take 120 credits as follows:

Year One - Part I: Students take 30 credits as follows:

AC6501 Accounting and Financial Management

CO6501 Study Visit 1

EC6501 Economics of Strategy I: Microeconomics of Competitiveness

IS6501 Management Information Systems

MG6508 Management and Organisation

MG6509 Managing Human Resources

Year One - Part II: Students take 30 credits as follows:

AC6502 Management Accounting and Control

CO6506 Leadership Development Workshop 1

CO6508 Developing the Entrepreneurial Venture

EC6502 Economics of Strategy II: Macroeconomics of the Business Economy

MG6511 Markets, Customers and Brands

And choose one elective module:

FE6503 Sustainable Business Practice or

GV6503 Public Sector Elective

Year Two - Part III: Students take 30 credits as follows:

AC6503 Corporate Finance I

CO6503 Study Visit 2

EC6503 Economics of Business Development and Innovation

LW6503 Business Law

IS6502 Management Information and Technology

MG6503 Project and Operations Management

Year Two - Part IV: Students take 30 credits as follows:

AC6504 Corporate Finance II

CO6507 Leadership Development Workshop 2

EC6504 Economic Foundations for Strategic Thinking

MG6504 Leadership, Strategy and Business Capstone

MG6507 Ethics and Sustainability

Further details may be found on College Calendar.


Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.


Course Practicalities

The UCC Executive MBA is a part-time, two-year, four teaching period course.

Each year is made up of two teaching periods (January to April and September to December) and each teaching period is made up of 12 lecture weeks.

Each lecture week is made up of 10 lecture hours, delivered on Fridays 9am - 4.30pm and

Saturdays 9am-1.30pm.

Lectures are held in The UCC Centre for Executive Education, Lapp's Quay, Cork.

Who teaches this course

Our teaching team is drawn from Departments within the Cork University Business School (CUBS), UCC and the School of Law, UCC.

Accounting & Finance

Accounting & Finance

Business Information Systems


Food Business & Development



Management & Marketing

UCC Executive MBA partners

The course also utilises the expertise of many industry practitioners and guest lecturers.

Assessment method

Continuous assessment of individual and group assignments is the most commonly used form of assessment on the course.

Application date

Applications for academic year 2020/2021 are open.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means offers are made four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of full applications:

For all completed applications received by January 10th 2020

Offers will be made by January 24th 2020

For all completed applications received by March 2nd 2020

Offers will be made by March 16th 2020

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2020

Offers will be made by May 15th 2020

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2020

Offer will be made by July 15th 2020

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity.

Non-EU Closing Date: 15 June

Non-EU Applicants: Information for Non-EU applicants may be found on the International Office Website https://www.ucc.ie/en/international/

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: January 2021.

Closing Date: Friday 30 October, 2020.

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