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Programme Structure

The UCC CUBS Executive MBA is designed to provide an integrative, critical understanding of the foundations and practice of management and leadership.

The Executive MBA is structured into four thematic parts: 
 

AC6505 Managerial Control & Performance 

EC6505 Economics for Strategic Business Development 

IS6503 Business Analytics

MG6508 Organisational Behaviour

MG6509 Managing Human Resources  

  • Leadership Development Framework, Stage 1 

AC6506 Financial Analysis & Investment 

BU6500 Operations & Supply Chain Management 

BU6501 Managing Change in Context (Study Visit) 

EC6506 Economics for Global Business 

MG6510 Strategic Marketing 

  • Leadership Development Framework, Stage 2 

BU6502 Leading Innovation 

BI6503 Strategic Decision Making and Governance 

IS6502 Leading Digital Transformation  

MG6507 Ethics and Sustainability 

  • Leadership Development Framework Stage 3 

BU6504 Leadership Project  

MG6504 Integrated Strategy Project  

Students can choose one elective module from the following: 

BU6505 People and Talent Management  

GV6503 Public Sector Elective  

LW6503 Business Law 

For more information see the programme page for module information and the UCC Academic Calendar

Personal Learning and Leadership Development is an important element of the UCC Executive MBA experience.

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

Each student on the course receives executive coaching on a one-to-one basis throughout the programme cycle.

Over the two years you work on your Personal Learning and Leadership Development goals through a series of individual coaching sessions, workshops and reflective reporting to form the developmental leadership element of your programme experience. 

Each Part is made up of 12 lecture weeks and is fully integrated with your personal and professional development through the Leadership Development Framework.

Lectures take place on on Fridays from 09:00 - 16.30 and on Saturdays from 09.00 - 13.30. All sessions take place in the UCC Centre for Executive Education in Lapp's Quay. A five day, credited Study Visit will take place in Year 1 of the programme. Please note that some lecturers may require attendance at occasional evening workshops. Such arrangements are normally discussed and agreed with the class prior to their scheduling.  

Further detail regarding timing and dates for the 2021 visit are available from the MBA office mba@ucc.ie  

YEAR ONE  
Part One January 2021 – March 2021
Part Two September 2021 – December 2021 
YEAR TWO  
Part Three January 2022 - March 2022
Part Four September 2022 - December 2022

Your Learning Journey

Our programme utilises a mix of learning methods including case studies and simulations as a means of introducing new theoretical frameworks; they develop your application, situation analysis, and decision making skills. 

By honing these skills through in-class work, you achieve a high degree of confidence in applying these new frameworks to your own professional and practical needs. 

Teaching & Learning Methods: 

  • Management Frameworks  
  • Case Studies  
  • Live Cases  
  • Group Projects 
  • Case Simulations  
  • Company Visits  
  • Individual Projects  
  • Workshops 
  • International Visits  
  • Seminars  
  • Strategy Projects  
  • Executive Coaching 

You will progress to analysing “live-case” situations through the Study Visit, working with senior management from companies and organisations on exciting change management and strategic planning scenarios. 

By working with the Executive Coach and the Leadership Development Framework you also have the opportunity to explore your own approaches to leadership and strategic thinking, through the “personal case”. 

Specialist, guest lecturers and industry practitioners from the business world are utilised throughout the programme to complement your learning. 

Study Visits – Managing Business in Context

International Study Visits are an important element in the UCC CUBS Executive MBA experience - a chance for the class to travel and work together over the space of a week. 

They provide an opportunity for students to put into practice their programme learning; critically analysing management issues within an international context, and formulating solutions to these issues. 

Our visits have focused on: 

Working on change management challenges with leading national and regional companies and interacting with senior management personnel on a Team Consulting Project; 

To exploring the nature and challenges of strategic organisational growth, set against a backdrop of regional and national economic development; differing cultural frameworks; and a constantly evolving global business environment. 

We have visited many different cities and regions throughout Europe, including, Bologna, Brussels, Barcelona, Helsinki and Lisbon. 

Leadership Development Framework

Your Personal Learning & Leadership Goals 

Personal Learning and Leadership Development is an important element of the UCC CUBS Executive MBA experience. 

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

Each student on the course receives executive coaching on a one-to-one basis throughout the programme cycle. 

Over the two years you work on your Personal Learning and Leadership Development goals through a series of individual coaching sessions, workshops and reflective reporting to form the developmental leadership element of your programme experience.  

Students bring a variety of situations to these coaching sessions to improve their personal leadership capability and effectiveness. 

You will explore the scope and nature of your strategic thinking; define learning patterns that you will utilise throughout your career; and become an innovative leader, adaptive to change. 

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

Over the two years of the programme, through analysing leadership case studies with the teaching team, through to analysing live case studies with your peers, to the mapping of your own personal case study, you will experience a learning journey deliberately designed to promote a different way of seeing yourself, your role and values, change possibilities and leadership potential.