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Executive MBA

Our MBA course offers a broad understanding of all the important functions of an organisation: accounting, finance, strategy, human resources, IT, marketing and operations. It is designed to help you simultaneously contribute more effectively to your organisation and enhance your career prospects. It is aimed at working executives who are looking to make the move to upper management levels.

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

It provides a strong understanding of the core organisational functions and skills, but moves beyond that to provide an integrative, critical understanding of the role of the leader/manager.

Essential to this integrated understanding is the development of team and individual skills allowing the participant to work in a variety of settings and contexts.

Programme participants develop an understanding of the core disciplines including accounting, finance, strategy, economics, marketing, IT and operations.

Participants develop from this base an appreciation of the interconnectedness of all aspects of the organisation, and an appreciation of the role each function must play in delivering on organisational goals.

For most participants this requires an understanding of functions 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 and personal backgrounds.

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

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

Each year is made up of two teaching periods (January to March 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 Room 2.55 of the O’ Rahilly Building on UCC’s main campus.

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you will have:

an honours primary degree,


an ordinary primary degree + satisfactory GMAT*


at least 2 years’ significant managerial experience/responsibility


Significant senior managerial/professional work experience plus satisfactory GMAT score


2 referees’ reports.

Applicants may be required to attend for interviews.

*If you feel the skills covered by the GMAT 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

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 see course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.


2 years part time.

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 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 general organisation operates and what strategic and operational frameworks are used by top level management teams.

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

Further enquiries

Senan Ensko
P: + 353 21 490 2394


Unique Aspects of the Course.
The course 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 traditional organisations, rather than only ‘seeing within’ their functional specialisations or roles.

You will accelerate your thinking, decision-making and judgment capabilities by progressing through a connected sequence of analytical, action-based and reflective challenges – from the historical case study through the live case study to the personal case study – a learning journey deliberately designed to promote a different way of seeing yourself, your role and values, change possibilities and leadership potential.

Assessment method

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

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

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

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Course fee

Irish/EU fee for Year 1 January-December 2017 - €13,500 and €13,500 Year 2 [January-December, 2018].

Enrolment and start dates

Closing Date: 11 November 2016

Next Intake: Lectures commence start of January 2017

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