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Executive MBA (MBA)

Programme Description

The UCC Executive MBA is designed to prepare its participants to become organisational innovators, leaders and managers.
 
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:
  • Organisational strategy
  • Operations management
  • Human resource management 
  • Management accounting and corporate finance
  • Economics and business innovation.

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.

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 Practices and the Food Sector 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

Why Choose This 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.

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.

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Practicalities & Assessment

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.

Assessment

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

Who teaches this course

Our teaching team is drawn from the following Departments of the College of Business & Law, UCC

  • Accounting, Finance & Information Systems
  • Economics
  • Food Business & Development
  • Government
  • Law
  • Management & Marketing

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

 

Full module information is detailed in the section below.

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Modules

Year One - Part 1

  • Study Visit 1

    Year One - Part 1

    Study Visit 1 (CO6501)

    This module introduces international methods of and approaches to, leadership, management and change.

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  • Economics of Strategy I: Microeconomics of Competitiveness

    Year One - Part 1

    Economics of Strategy I: Microeconomics of Competitiveness (EC6501)

    This module provides an integrated theoretically-grounded and evidence based practical framework for achieving competitiveness through strategy and innovation in the knowledge economy.

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  • Management Information Systems

    Year One - Part 1

    Management Information Systems (IS6501)

    This module introduces students to the role played by information systems in the running of organizations.

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  • Management and Organisation

    Year One - Part 1

    Management and Organisation (MG6508)

    This module provides students with advanced knowledge of key management and organsiational principles for the 21st century. A key focus of the seminars is the application of theory to practice and the critical analysis of current practice.

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  • Managing Human Resources

    Year One - Part 1

    Managing Human Resources (MG6509)

    This module is designed to provide students with a conceptual appreciation and practical understanding of managing human resources (HR) in organisations. There is a strong focus on integrating HR activities with the range of policies and systems enacted

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  • Accounting and Financial Management

    Year One - Part 1

    Accounting and Financial Management (AC6501)

    This module aims to give participants the ability to understand and interpret the Financial Statements of Corporate Entities

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Year One - Part 2

  • Leading Change Workshop

    Year One - Part 2

    Leading Change Workshop (CO6506)

    This module introduces students to the concepts underpinning and the realities imposing on personal career and change planning

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  • Developing the Entrepreneurial Venture

    Year One - Part 2

    Developing the Entrepreneurial Venture (CO6508)

    To examine and critique the main elements of entrepreneurship as they apply to high potential ventures.

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  • Economics of Strategy II: Macroeconomics of the Business Economy

    Year One - Part 2

    Economics of Strategy II: Macroeconomics of the Business Economy (EC6502)

    This module develops a business-oriented theory of fluctuations in the market economy and explores the strategic implications for decision-making in business.

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  • Markets, Customers and Brands

    Year One - Part 2

    Markets, Customers and Brands (MG6511)

    The role of the marketing function in organizations, the nature of marketing programmes and linkages between marketing and other functional areas within the modern corporation are explored.

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  • Food Business Elective

    Year One - Part 2

    Food Business Elective (FE6503)

    The objective of this module is to examine food industry strategy in the context of policy and regulatory influences that impact on the Food Sector, in particular to examine the strategies and performance of Ireland's leading food companies, and to examin

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  • Public Sector Elective

    Year One - Part 2

    Public Sector Elective (GV6503)

    This module aims to introduce the theories and ideas of public sector management and new public management and apply them in a meaningful way to the workings of the public service in Ireland.

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Year Two - Part 3

  • Corporate Finance I

    Year Two - Part 3

    Corporate Finance I (AC6503)

    This module introduces the concepts and applications of modern corporate finance. Having completed this module, students should understand the objective of the firm and the factors that affect its value. They should have an appreciation of how risk can

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  • Study Visit 2

    Year Two - Part 3

    Study Visit 2 (CO6503)

    This module continues the examination of international methods of and approaches to, leadership, management and change, as developed in the first Study Visit module.To introduce international methods of and approaches to leadership, management and change.

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  • Economics of Business Development and Innovation

    Year Two - Part 3

    Economics of Business Development and Innovation (EC6503)

    This module complements the first two modules by examining aspects of business development and the role of innovation as a source of strategic opportunities.

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  • Management Information and Technology

    Year Two - Part 3

    Management Information and Technology (IS6502)

    This module looks at the way in which IT can be used to help gain competitive advantage and to strengthen the linkages with suppliers and customers.

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  • Business Law

    Year Two - Part 3

    Business Law (LW6503)

    Glimpses of the Legal System and Laws pertaining to business are shown throughout the course. Consideration is given to how business administrators should handle legal affairs. The course is as much about managing lawyers and legal affairs as it is abou

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Year Two - Part 4

  • Leadership, Strategy and Business: Capstone Seminar Series

    Year Two - Part 4

    Leadership, Strategy and Business: Capstone Seminar Series (MG6504)

    The aim of this module is to consolidate learning of the programme in the context of current issues facing organizations and their people.

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  • Corporate Finance II

    Year Two - Part 4

    Corporate Finance II (AC6504)

    Having completed this module, students should appreciate how currency risk can impact on the value of firms and how it can be managed. They will also have an understanding of how conflicts of interests, especially between managers and shareholders can de

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  • Adapative Leadership Workshop

    Year Two - Part 4

    Adapative Leadership Workshop (CO6507)

    This module builds on the students knowledge of the concepts underpinning and the realities imposing on personal career and change planning, as developed in the first Semester.

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  • Economic Foundations for Strategic Thinking: 3 Orders for Decision-Making and Judgement

    Year Two - Part 4

    Economic Foundations for Strategic Thinking: 3 Orders for Decision-Making and Judgement (EC6504)

    This module integrates the work of the first three modules and extends the analysis to the fundamental level of decision-making in business.

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For full programme requirements, please refer to the University College Cork Academic Calendar here

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Entry Requirements

To apply for this course, you will have:

an honours primary degree,

or

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

or

an appropriate professional qualification

AND

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

OR

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

PLUS

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. 

View the grades comparison table

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

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Application Process

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.

Questions on how to apply?

EU students contact graduatestudies@ucc.ie

International students contact internationaloffice@ucc.ie

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here: CKL11 MBA Supplementary Form 2019  

All applicants must also submit two Referees' Forms from their referees for the application to the MBA Programme.  A copy of the Referee Form should be sent to each of your Referees for completion.  Please download and print two copies of the Referee Form (and write your name in the space provided) by clicking on the following link: CKL11 MBA Referee Form 2018

Applications to the programme are considered and offers of places on the programme are made on an on-going basis.

As the number of places on the programme are limited we encourage early applications.

The closing date for non-EU applications is Not currently open to Non EU applicants

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

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. 

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Contact Us to Learn More

Find out more about the UCC EXECUTIVE MBA and what it offers to you and your career.

30% Club Scholarship

New Scholarship to promote women in business

Cork University Business School in association with the 30% Club, has established this scholarship to help promote women in taking on leadership roles within companies and organisations

The scholarship consists of 100% of tuition fees for the UCC Executive MBA 2019/20 programme for one successful female applicant. Applications close 31st October 2018.