Executive MBA (MBA)Back
Explore This Programme
The Cork University Business School (CUBS) Executive MBA at UCC is designed to prepare our participants to become organisational managers, innovators, and leaders. Our aim is to not only provide a strong understanding of core organisational functions and disciplines but move beyond that to facilitate an integrative, critical understanding of the foundations and practice of management and leadership.
- Organisational decision-making and strategy
- Operations management
- Human resource management
- Financial analysis and performance
- Business innovation and transformation
- Sustainability and governance
- Leadership development
On this programme you will develop an appreciation of how all aspects of a complex organisation interconnect, and an appreciation of the role each function must play in delivering on organisational goals; this often requires an understanding of functions and disciplines outside of your existing professional competence and our MBA will help you formalise this learning.
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 expertise and career backgrounds. To this end, we place considerable emphasis on creating an environment that is conducive to the peer-to-peer learning that we believe is vital to the UCC CUBS Executive MBA experience.
- If you would like to discuss any aspect of this programme starting September 2023 please contact us at [email protected].
The programme format and credit values are currently under review and may be subject to change in due course.
The UCC CUBS Executive MBA will be delivered on a part-time basis over four parts, across two academic years.
- Part 1: September 2023 – December 2023
- Part 2: January 2024 – April 2024
- Part 3: September 2024 – December 2024
- Part 4: January 2025 – April 2025
Orientation and Introduction to the Leadership Development Framework
Note that you are required to attend the Orientation & Introduction to the Leadership Development Framework programme prior to the commencement of Part 1 - Management Foundations. 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.
Overall the MBA is structured into four thematic parts, worth 100 credits in total:
Part 1 - Management Foundations (25 credits)
- AC6505 Managerial Control and Performance (5 credits)
- EC6505 Economics for Strategic Business Development (5 credits)
- IS6503 Business Analytics (5 credits)
- MG6508 Organisational Behaviour (5 credits)
- MG6509 Managing Human Resources (5 credits)
- Leadership Development Framework Stage 1
Part 2 - Practice of Management (25 credits)
- AC6506 Financial Investment and Analysis (5 credits)
- BU6500 Operations and Supply Chain Management (5 credits)
- BU6501 Managing Change in Context (5 credits)
- EC6506 Economics for Global Business (5 credits)
- MG6510 Strategic Marketing (5 credits)
- Leadership Development Framework Stage 2
Part 3 - Leadership Foundations (25 credits)
- BU6502 Leading Innovation (5 credits)
- BU6503 Strategic Decision Making and Governance (10 credits)
- IS6502 Leading Digital Transformation (5 credits)
- MG6507 Ethics and Sustainability (5 credits)
- Leadership Development Framework Stage 3
Part 4 - Practice of Leadership (25 credits)
And choose one elective module from the following:
- BU6505 People and Talent Management (5 credits)
- GV6503 Public Sector Elective (5 credits)
- LW6503 Business Law (5 credits)
See the College Calendar (MBA) for full details.
Why Choose This Course
- A comprehensive understanding of the core organisational functions.
- The discovery of innate preferences in key personal leadership areas, e.g. analysis, decision-making, and relationship-building.
- Developing skills in communication, negotiation, and team building.
- The UCC Executive MBA qualification will benefit your career by identifying you as an individual with a high level of leadership ability.
- A two-year investment in key managerial and leadership talent, resulting in a more dynamic approach to personal effectiveness, decision-making, and judgment.
- Increased capacity for critical thinking and mindset change.
- A shift to a broader strategic emphasis, allied with a focus on leading innovation within organisations.
- Development of more agile approaches to problem-solving, with a strong emphasis on effective team-based approaches.
See our College of Business and Law Scholarship page for information on available scholarships.
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 have brought them to an advanced level in their organizations. However, in order to take the next step up the managerial ladder, they need to develop their knowledge of how the wider organisation operates and what strategic and operational frameworks are used by top-level management teams.
The Executive MBA provides our participants with the required learning and knowledge, allowing our graduates to progress in their careers. In addition, the UCC Career Services, and our team at the Executive MBA Programme Office, cooperate in delivering relevant and appropriate career support advice and tools to our students.
Practicalities & Assessment
- The Executive MBA programme is a part-time, two-year, course taken over four teaching periods.
- Each year is made up of two teaching periods and each teaching period is made up of 12 lecture weeks.
- Lectures are held in the UCC Centre for Executive Education, Lapp's Quay, Cork.
- Lecture delivery is structured to allow you to work full-time while pursuing your MBA studies. Contact [email protected] for more detail.
Continuous assessment of individual and group assignments is the most commonly used form of assessment on the course.
Who teaches this course
The course utilises the expertise of many industry practitioners, guest lecturers, and UCC CUBS Executive MBA partners. In addition, our teaching team includes staff from across the Cork University Business School (CUBS) and the School of Law, representing the following subject areas:
- Accounting & Finance
- Business Information Systems
- Food Business & Development
- Management & Marketing
Full module information is detailed in the section below.
To apply for this course, you will have:
- A primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8), or
- A primary ordinary degree + satisfactory GMAT or satisfactory GRE General Test Score* or
- An appropriate professional qualification
- 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 an interview.
*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 fewer 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.
View the grades comparison table
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 .
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 online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.
3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal 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 items requested for your course.
Please log into the online application portal for more details.
4. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.
Questions on how to apply?
Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:
You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
What is your current occupation/speciality?
Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme (Min 500 words - Max 1000 words).
Please enter the name and email addresses of 2 referees.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. As we deliberately keep our class size small (30 to 35 students), we strongly recommend early application. Typically, once all documents are received you can expect to get feedback within 10 working days.
Note deferrals are not permitted on this course.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. 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.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.