Course Description

Executive MBA (MBA)

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 to move beyond that to facilitate an integrative, critical understanding of the foundations and practice of management and leadership.

Accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) our MBA provides you with an internationally recognised qualification on graduation.

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Our MBA participants develop an understanding of the core disciplines by exploring:

  • 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.


We deliver the programme via a Leadership Development Framework across all four parts of the MBA.

Part 1

In Part 1, Year 1 students attend a Leadership Development Framework (Introduction) workshop.

Part 2

In Part 2, Year 1 students attend a Leadership Development Framework (Business Research Methods & Consultancy Skills) workshop.

Leadership Development Framework learning in Year 1 is captured through a 50-mark, individual Reflective Learning Log assessment in the 10-credit module BU6511 Managing Change in an International Context.

Parts 3 & 4

In Part 3, Year 2 students attend a Leadership Development Framework (Sustainable Leadership) workshop. Thematics from the workshop will also be covered in the Part 4, Year 2, 10-credit module BU6504 Leadership Project.

Leadership Development Framework learning in Year 2 is captured through a 50-mark, individual Reflective Learning Log assessment in the 10-credit module BU6504 Leadership Project.


Part 1 (20 credits)

  • AC6505 Managerial Control and Performance (5 credits)
  • EC6505 Economics for Strategic Business Development (5 credits)
  • MG6508 Organisational Behaviour (5 credits)
  • MG6509 Managing Human Resources (5 credits)

Part 2 (25 credits)

  • AC6506 Financial Investment and Analysis (5 credits)
  • BU6500 Operations and Supply Chain Management (5 credits)
  • BU6511 Managing Change in an International Context (10 credits)
  • BU6515 Strategic Decision Making and Governance (5 credits)

Part 3 (20 credits)

  • BU6516 Ethics and Sustainability (5 credits)
  • EC6506 Economics & Competitiveness for Global Business (5 credits)
  • IS6502 Leading Responsible Innovation & Digital Transformation (5 credits)
  • MG6510 Strategic Marketing (5 credits)

Part 4 (25 credits)

  • BU6504 Leadership Project (10 credits)
  • MG6504 Integrated Strategy Project (10 credits)

And choose one elective module from the following:

  • BU6505 People and Talent Management (5 credits)
  • GV6503 Public Sector Elective (5 credits)

See the College Calendar (MBA) for full details.



  • 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.


CollegeCork University Business School (CUBS), UCC
Course LocationCork
Course CategoryMBA, Business
Course TypeClassroom Based
Course QualificationProfessional Qualification
Awarding Body DetailsMBA
Course Start Date9th September 2024
Course End Date31st August 2025
Course Duration2 years
Course TimeThe 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 for more detail.
Course Fee10,640
Entry RequirementsTo 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 And At least three years of significant managerial experience/responsibility** or Significant senior managerial/professional work experience plus satisfactory GMAT score or satisfactory GRE General Text Score* Plus two referees’ reports. Note 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 Information on the GRE test can be found here View the grades comparison table
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