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Strategic Management & Planning

The programme enables you to advise management on the process of formulating and implementing new strategies and covers a broad range of general business subjects, which gives you a launch pad for a career in strategic consulting, general management or in running your own business.

The course is suitable for students with an educational track record 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 in order to equip students with the skills to devise and then successfully deploy strategic initiatives based upon detailed assessment of the internal and external environments of a firm. This involves:

1. A comprehension of management theory and the ability to apply concepts in order to exploit opportunities and solve practical problems and challenges and boost firm profitability.

2. The knowledge required to make accurate appraisals of the planning and controlling systems of firms, and design alternative ones where necessary.

3. The skills required to acquire and allocate financial and non-financial resources within the context of a strategic initiative.

How will I benefit?
By consolidating existing skills within students, as well as developing new ones, this Masters increases significantly their chances of recruitment by highly desirable companies upon graduation.

• Successful completion course awards students with membership 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 Institute of Management Consultants & Advisors in Ireland.

• Graduates of the course can typically choose from a range of sectors and positions, from management consulting and financial services through to regulation and government services and graduate management and analyst positions.

Course features
SPS membership – granted upon successful completion of the course, this provides graduates of the course with access to dedicated publications and special rates for professional workshops.

Career opportunities - an array of prestigious companies recruit graduates, including Accenture, Apple, Bank of America, E&Y, IBM, KPMG, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, P&G.

Entry requirements

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


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.

An academic transcript is a document(s) provided by the academic institution where you undertake your studies. This is an official document which states all of the subjects you have undertaken during your studies and what grade you have achieved in each of those subjects, including your overall final grade if you have completed your qualification. Official or original academic transcripts are documents printed on the official headed paper of the institution where you studied and should be stamped by that institution. If this document is not in English you should arrange to have it translated.


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

Careers or further progression

What can I do?
Graduates of this course are equipped for careers in strategic consulting, general management, project management or running their own firms.

Pricing Analyst
Credit Analyst
Account Manager
Management Consultant
Research Training Manager
Brand Ambassador
Commercial Banking

Further enquiries

The Admissions Office can be contacted at 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.

Core Modules
Economic Foundations of Strategy
Planning and Decision Making Techniques
Behavioural foundations of Strategy
Contemporary Issues in Strategy
Strategic Resource Allocation

Option Modules
Project Management - Open Elective
Project Management (option)
New Venture Dynamics

Summer Term
Cross Cultural Management
SMP Dissertation
Managing the Negotiation Process
Organisational Renewal
Managing Leading & Coaching Change
Business & Society
Reputation & Disrepute
Financial Management

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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