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Strategic Management & Planning

The MSc in Strategic Management and Planning will equip you with the knowledge and skills to manage the strategic direction of a company. You will develop an understanding of the threats and opportunities facing companies in today’s complex and fast-changing global environment and the activities involved in the formulation and implementation of strategic initiatives with a focus on strengthening a company’s competitive position. The course will hone your teamwork and business communication skills by working on real-life business situations to identify and resolve strategic and operational business problems and offer recommendations.

This course is ideal for students with an undergraduate degree in business, economics or related areas, postgraduate business diplomas, or degrees with a significant proportion of business subjects. Applications from non-business graduates are also considered.

What will I learn?
The course content has been designed to equip students with the skills to devise and successfully implement strategic initiatives based upon detailed assessment of the internal and external environments of a company. This involves:

How will I benefit?
1.Learn to identify the key market and non-market factors impacting the success of a company.
2.Expand your knowledge of the analytical tools and critical skills needed to evaluate, design and implement company-level strategies with a focus on increasing profitability.
3.Hone your understanding of the challenges managers face in designing and implementing strategies and ability to recommend solutions through reports, presentations and discussions.
4.Upon graduation, choose from a range of sectors and positions, from strategic management consulting and financial services through to regulation and government services and graduate positions.

Entry requirements

A minimum second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in any discipline

OR

A primary degree with a minimum of three years’ relevant work experience.

English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language an English language qualification is required for admission to all of our courses. The exception to this rule is if you have completed your primary degree or an entire third level qualification through English, in an English speaking country.

Duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Graduates of this course are equipped with an excellent foundation for a career in strategic consultancy, general management, business analysis and project management.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will become a member of the Strategic Planning Society (SPS) - the leading professional strategy association. All students on the MSc in Strategic Management and Planning are eligible to apply for Graduate Membership of the IMCA (Institute of Management Consultants & Advisors in Ireland).

In 2015, 83% of our graduates from this programme were employed after 6 months across a range of industry sectors. (Source: First Destination Report 2015

Career opportunities

The MSc in Strategic Management and Planning from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School gives you the specialised skills and knowledge you need for a career in a wide variety of business and finacial sectors.

In 2016, 77% of our graduates from this programme were employed after 6 months across a range of industry sectors. (Source: First Destination Report 2016)

Potential careers for our graduates include:
•Management Consultant
•Project Management
•Business Analyst
•General Management
•Credit Analyst
•Commercial Banking
•Entrepreneur in Residence

Further enquiries

The Admissions Office can be contacted at smurfit.admissions@ucd.ie or phone (01) 716 8885

Subjects taught

Students on the course must fulfil a range of core and option modules (5 + 1), as well as a dissertation or additional core module (Managing the Negotiation Process) + 2 further option modules in the final summer term.

Semester 1
•Economic Foundations of Strategy
•Planning and Decision Making Techniques

+ 1 option module
•Project Management - Open Elec
•New Venture Dynamics
•Leadership Development Skills

Semester 2
•Behavioral Foundations of Strategy, Planning and Control
•Strategic Resource Allocation

+ 1 option module
•Contemporary Issues in Strategy
•Economics of Entrpreneurship
•Creativity Innovation & Entrepreneurship
•Technology & Innovation Strategy
•Mindfulness & Resilience at Work
•International HRM

Summer Term
•Behavioral Foundations of Strategy, Planning and Control
•Strategic Resource Allocation

+ 1 option module
•Contemporary Issues in Strategy
•Economics of Entrpreneurship
•Creativity Innovation & Entrepreneurship
•Technology & Innovation Strategy
•Mindfulness & Resilience at Work
•International HRM

Enrolment and start dates

Starting: September 2018

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