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University College Dublin

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

Full-Time MBA

Accreditations: AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS

Programme features

  • Small classes with team based learning.
  • Internationally diverse peer group with average eight-years work experience.
  • Excellent history of career progression.
  • Highly-trained, expert faculty.

Teaching methods

  • Learning is both project-based and case study based in small, intimate class sizes.
  • Although predominantly classroom based, the Smurfit MBA Academic Faculty use a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, role-playing, guest speakers, simulations and practical projects.
  • Individual and team-based assignments form the backbone of the assessment of the modules. However, the sharing of the participants’ own professional experience is also an important element of the teaching.

Leadership development programme

  • The academic curriculum is supported by the Leadership Development Programme which is an integral part of the MBA Programme.
  • Through a series of workshops, participants are afforded the opportunity to reflect on themselves and their career to date; starting day one with a focus on team dynamics and concluding with individual business coaching from experienced professional business coaches.

MBA careers

  • The MBA Career Service aims to assist our MBA participants in building long-term career strategies. We will give you the career-related skills, know-how and confidence to pursue your post-MBA career goals.
  • The MBA Careers Manager is available to help you identify career opportunities and provide support, partnership and professional trust.
  • Our MBA participants have access to facilities to help research potential jobs. In tandem, our Career and Personal and Professional Development Programme helps you develop the skills required by senior managers. It covers presentation, team working and leadership skills as well as job search strategies, CVs and interviewing skills.
  • We also help you to take advantage of our strong links with the business community, corporate leaders and our network of UCD Smurfit School Alumni.

Capstone project

  • All participants finish the MBA Programme by completing a strategy project in the summer term (June–August). In this period, participants work on real business challenges in sectors where they have a special interest.
  • Participants can choose between different types of projects to suit their particular circumstances. For the full-time MBA Programme, this is a novel approach to integrating a form of internship into a one year MBA programme.

Course offered

  • Financial Reporting, Operations & SCM, Strategies for Information Systems, Corporate Finance, Business & Society, Organisational Behaviour & Decision Making, Strategies for Human Resources, Management Accounting, Performance-driven Marketing, Doing Business in Emerging Markets, Investment Management, Competitive Strategy, Global & Corporate Strategy, Leading the Innovative Enterprise.
  • Electives include Strategic Marketing, Entrepreneurship, project Management, Negotiation Dynamics, Sustainability & CSR, Mergers and Acquisitions, Design & Artist-like Thinking in Business.

Duration

  • 12 months.

Number of places

  • Average size 40–50 students.

Fees and funding 2014–15

  • €34,500 (£25,270)

GMAT MBA scholarships

  • Four scholarships for 50% of the full-time MBA tuition fees.
  • Open to all applicants scoring above 700 on the GMAT. All scholarship applicants must already have been admitted to (have applied for, been interviewed and offered a place on) the full-time MBA Programme before they can be considered for this scholarship. Open to Irish residents and international applicants.

Ideas for the Future MBA scholarship

  • One scholarship for 50% of the full-time MBA tuition fees.
  • Open to all applicants and awarded to the candidate who best exemplifies creativity in business. Applicants must submit a two page document outlining their business idea under the following headings: Opportunity, People, Route to Market, Financial Planning, PEST Analysis, Summary.
  • All scholarship applicants must already have been admitted to (have applied for, been interviewed and offered a place on) the full-time MBA Programme before they can be considered for the above scholarship. Open to Irish residents and international applicants. 

Regional merit based MBA scholarships

Six scholarships for 50% of the full-time MBA tuition fees, for applicants from the following regions:

  • Region 1: Asia and Australasia
  • Region 2: Central and Eastern Europe
  • Region 3: North and Central America
  • Region 4: Western Europe
  • Region 5: Middle East and Africa
  • Region 6: discretionary
  • All scholarship applicants must already have been admitted to (have applied for, been interviewed and offered a place on) the full-time MBA Programme before they can be considered for any of the above scholarships. Open to Irish residents and international applicants.                                                    
  • Find out more at www.smurfitschool.ie/mbaprogrammes/full-timemba/

Executive MBA

Accreditations: AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS

Programme features

  • The Executive MBA aims to accelerate its students’ career path by building on their extensive work experience.
  • Teaching ensures students reflect on their strengths, gain a broader perspective and determine the path they need to take to ensure their career goals are met.  
  • EMBA students gain practical skills in Finance, Strategy, Marketing, Accounting, Economics, Human Resources, Leadership, Communications and Information Technology. 
  • Students study via a part-time format with the option to take an International Study Trip in their second year.

Duration

  • 24 months.

Number of places

  • ––

Fees and funding 2014

  • €14,750 per academic year (£10,802)
  • UCD offers a wide variety of scholarships to EMBA students. Scholarships are awarded based on factors such as need, merit and nationality.

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UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland