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Business Management MA

Course Details

Available: Full- Time

Duration: 1 Year

Award: Masters

Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Major Award

Faculty: Kemmy Business School

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Dr. Michael P. O’Brien
MA in Business Management Course Director:
353 61 202752
Brid Henley
Taught Postgraduate Programmes Kemmy Business School
+ 353 61 202665

Brief Description

Specifically designed to meet the needs of NON-BUSINESS graduates who wish to develop an understanding of major business disciplines and pursue a business career. Provides a grounding in the knowledge and application of management principles, systems and techniques to a variety of organisational settings and contexts.

The core aims of the Business Management programme are:

  • To expose candidates to the fundamental principles underpinning modern management within a variety of organisational settings
  • To introduce wider environmental factors affecting organisations, including core aspects of the macro economic environment
  • To provide an understanding and appreciation of business process interdependencies
  • To provide candidates with an understanding of marketing as a 'management technology'
  • To examine the nature of the employment relationship, workplace behaviour and the management of human resources
  • To develop a thorough understanding of the rationale and methods of aspects of information and knowledge management
  • To introduce candidates to the fundamental concepts and practices of management accounting and finance
  • To introduce candidates to Communication theory and to critically evaluate key issues in the field
  • To explore issues impacting the management and handling of organisational strategy
  • To develop and apply business skills to decision making and planning problems in a business environment; and
  • To develop research and writing skills which will culminate in the submission of the MA Confirmation Paper.


MA in Business Management Course Director:
Dr. Michael P. O’Brien
Tel:  353 61 202752
Course Website: MA in Business Management 

Programme Co-ordinator: Kathy Ryan
Taught Postgraduate Programmes
Tel: +353-61-234389

The MA in Business Management is a one-year, full-time programme.  It covers the fundamental business disciplines: accounting, business communications, economics, human resource management, information management, knowledge management, management principles, marketing management, organisational behaviour and strategic management.

The emphasis is on a practical approach to business coupled with a theoretical understanding.  Students attend lectures and laboratory sessions.  Case studies and project work on an individual and group basis form a significant part of the programme.  The diversity of students backgrounds greatly enriches the learning experience.

Autumn Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
  • EC6121 Economics for Business
  • IM6101 Information Management
  • MG6111 Management Principles
  • MK6101 Marketing Management
  • PM6101 Organisational Behaviour
  • AC6111 Financial Management & Decision Making
  • IM6102 Knowledge Management
  • CM6102 Business Communication
  • MG6122 Strategic Management
  • PM6102 Human Resource Management
  • MG6103 Business Simulation 1
  • MG6113 MA Confirmation Paper
Estimated Contact hours per normal working week (09h00 - 18h00) : 13

 Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.


Minimum of a second class honours primary degree (2.2) (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in any field other than Business or Commerce related fields.
In the case of international students, the overseas equivalent as determined by the Course Team in consultation with UL Graduate School Admissions. Where candidates are non-native English language speakers, certified demonstrable achievement in a Standard English Language Competency Test will be required.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Please note that we will begin making offers in January and will continue until the programme is full.  The programme may be full before the closing date hence early application is advised.

Please have the following documents ready to upload with your application:

  •     Full degree transcript and certificates/awards (including English translation if applicable)
  •     English language qualifications (if English is not your first language)
  •     References if desired
  •     A copy of your birth certificate (long document)


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Students completing the MA in Business Management have progressed into many different careers at some of the best national and international employers. The MA has continued to achieve a very high employment rate with graduates employed directly and also successfully gaining entry to and completing competitive graduate entry programmes. Typical positions include technical, managerial, administrative, marketing sales and production process roles. Employers range from retail to financial services to medical device and pharmaceutical to food, agribusiness, engineering, software and social network technology firms.

Anders Follerås, Norway, MA Business Management Class of 2012, now working in Sales Management in the U.S.
By having my undergrad in International Relations and seeing that my job-life and interests were pointing towards a future in Business, I was looking for a masters in business suited for students with a non-business undergrad. At the same time I wanted to be in a place where there were people from several other nations. The fact that UK and Ireland offered 12month programs made me look at the area, and the history and culture of Ireland pulled me in that area. The reputation of ULs international programs and number of international students made me choose UL over Cork. Having worked two years before starting the program, I found that most of the classes helped me collect the threads and give me a general platform and understanding of the business world. I’m a fan of learning through practical examples and projects from the real world.
I work with category and sales management, and the classes that taught me critical thinking have really affected the way I work. It was great to get the knowledge on what the resources available are, but the secret is really how these resources are combined. People are different, organizations are different and the environments of operations are different, so the teaching of how to be aware of these has really helped me maneuver and at the same time equipped me with a sense of vision that not everyone has.