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Masters Qualifying Examination (Business)

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Programme Description

The Masters Qualifying Examination (Business) is a pre-masters programme specifically for non-EU students and aims to provide prospective non-EU students with the business domain knowledge as well as the English language skills required to meet the minimum English language requirements for entry onto the suite of level 9 Masters programmes offered by Business at UCC.

Programme Requirements

Masters Qualifying Examination (Business) is available in the following areas: Information Systems, Finance, Food Business, Economics, Management and Marketing.

To be admitted to the University Examinations for the Masters Qualifying Examination (Business) programme, a student must have satisfactorily attended each semester and prescribed modules to the value of 60 credits (20 core module credits and 20 elective module credits, unless otherwise stated, and 20 English language modules credits).

Additional English Language Requirement (provided by Language Centre, UCC)

  • General English Class (Semester 1 and 2)

These additional English language classes are used, if required, to support students attain the IELTS score of 6.5 required for progression to the Masters.

English Language Modules (provided by Language Centre, UCC) 

Students take 20 credits as follows:

  • LC0003 Academic English Writing Skills (10 credits) 
  • LC1101 English for Academic Study (10 credits)

Core Modules

Students take 20 credits as follows:

  • AC3302 Investment Appraisal (5 credits)
  • IS4001 Business Research Project (10 credits)
  • IS4002 IT in Organisations (5 credits)

Note: Students applying for the MBS in Management and Marketing will take 40 credits of modules as specified by the Head of School of Management and Marketing and approved by the Faculty. The MG4046 Management/Marketing Research Project (10 credits) will be prescribed as part of this 40 credits.

Students applying for the MBS in Food Marketing will take 40 credits of Food Business modules (see Elective Modules).

Elective Modules

Students take modules to the value of 20 credits from the following: 

Finance

  • AC1102 Financial Accounting (5 credits) 
  • AC2204 Introduction to Management Accounting (5 credits) 
  • AC3303 Introduction to Asset Pricing and Valuation (5 credits) 
  • AC4409 Corporate Financing (5 credits)

Information Systems 

  • IS2205 Principles and Practice of Systems Development (5 credits)
  • IS3303 Electronic Business (5 credits) 
  • IS4429 Enterprise Systems (5 credits) 
  • IS4440 New Business Forms (5 credits)

Food Business 

  • FE2203 Food Economics (5 credits) 
  • FE3205 Food Marketing Management (5 credits) 
  • FE4002 Global Food Policy (5 credits)
  • FE4205 Consumer Behaviour in Food Markets (5 credits) 
  • FE4206 International Food Retail Marketing (5 credits) 
  • FE4405 Food Choice Analysis (5 credits)
  • FE4415 Research Project and Analytical Skills (10 credits) 

Economics

  • EC1202 Business Economics 1 (5 credits)
  • EC1203 Business Economics 2 (5 credits)
  • EC4219/EC3100 Economics of Corporate Strategy 1 (5 credits)
  • EC4220/EC3109 Economics of Corporate Strategy 2 (5 credits) 
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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate business concepts orally and in writing
  • Critique key concepts within their chosen business disciplines
  • Manage an academic workload within an academic year
  • Participate in group based discussions
  • Display a competence in their chosen business disciplines
  • Manage a business research project
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Practicalities & Assessment

Programme Learning Outcomes for Masters Qualifying Examination (Business)

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate business concepts orally and in writing
  • Critique key concepts within their chosen business disciplines
  • Manage an academic workload within an academic year
  • Participate in group based discussions
  • Display a competence in their chosen business disciplines
  • Manage a business research project

Full module information is detailed in the section below.

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Modules

Year 1

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

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Entry Requirements

  • The suite of Level 9 Masters programmes offered by Business in UCC have varying entry requirements. The admission of any student to the Level 9 MSc programme of their choice will depend on their performance on the MQual Examination (Business) programme. See MSc programme Matrix below in detailed entry requirments.
  • Students must achieve an overall IELTS of 6.5 with no single skill below 5.5 or TOEFL equivalent to progress to level 9 Masters programmes offered by Business at UCC.
  • Failure to pass all subjects in the MQual Examination (Business) programme within the first year of registration (i.e. Winter, Summer and Autumn exams) will result in loss of the place on the programme: there is no provision for a repeat year for the MQual Examination (Business) programme.
  • Applicants must indicate in their MQual application the MSc programme which they wish to take. See MSc Programmes Matrix in below.
  • MQual applications will be considered by the Programme Director(s) of the relevant MSc programme to determine the suitability of the applicant. Specific focus being placed on the subject matter of the applicant's undergraduate degree in order to satisfy entry to the MSc programme in the subsequent year.
Masters Programme  Masters Programme Entry Requirement  MQual Core
Modules
MQual Elective Modules (Stream)  Required MQual
Grade
 
 MSc Corporate Finance  specific subject requirements in business or
statistical/mathematical/analytical content
 Yes  Finance  2H1
 MSc Asset Management  specific subject requirements in business or
statistical/mathematical/analytical content
 Yes  Finance  2H1
 MBS Business Information Systems  primary degree or equivalent, with appropriate information
systems or computing technology content
 Yes  Information Systems  2H2
 MBS eBusiness  primary degree or equivalent in any discipline except those
with high levels of software development content (e.g.
computer science, business information systems)
 Yes  Any Elective (excluding Food Business)  2H2
 MBS Information Systems for Business Performance  primary degree or equivalent in any discipline except
graduates holding a degree in business information systems
or equivalent
 Yes  Any Elective (excluding Food Business)  2H2
 MBS Business Economics  60 credits of Economics (including MQual Elective Modules),
or equivalent.
 Yes  Economics  2H2
 MA Economics  60 credits of Economics (including MQual Elective Modules),
or equivalent.
 Yes  Economics  2H2
 Economic Science (MEconSc)  60 credits of Economics (including MQual Elective Modules),
or equivalent, AND quantitative content.
 Yes  Economics  2H2
 MSc Health Economics  60 credits of Economics (including MQual Elective Modules),
or equivalent.
 Yes  Economics  2H2
 MSc Financial Economics  undergraduate business, mathematics, statistics, engineering
or science degree including quantitative content.
 Yes  Any Elective (excluding Food Business)  2H1
 MBS Food Marketing  business related primary degree or equivalent No  Food Business (40 credits)  2H2
 MBS Management and Marketing primary degree or equivalent without a significant
management or marketing component
 No Business Research Project (10 credits) and
30 credits as prescribed by Head of School
of Management and Marketing
 2H2

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 click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

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

Irish/EU Closing Date Rounds

Irish/EU places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here

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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