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Dublin Business School

The DBS MBA, awarded by QQI, offers you a unique opportunity to study advanced theory and practice relating to management and to develop an appreciation of the causes and significance of managing strategy.  It is aimed at graduates of all disciplines, who wish to build skills and knowledge in business management in an international environment.  Typically graduates progress in to positions of management across a diverse range of organisations and multinationals, domestically and internationally.

Aims of the Programme

The ability to confidently manage a business represents a valuable skill-set, particularly in a turbulent economic environment. In order for an organisation to be flexible in diverse business environments and to change direction at speed, they must be experts in business management and business strategy in a global context. The aim of the MBA at DBS is to develop these sets of abilities with a particular focus on a thorough understanding of business management. The MBA offers you a unique opportunity to study advanced theory and practice relating to management, and to develop an appreciation of the causes and significance of managing strategy.


Key Features of the Programme

This unique programme allows you to study the pure MBA, or choose a specialist route for your MBA award. Students can obtain a named award in any of six streams:  HRM; Project Management; Finance; Information Systems; Cloud Computing or Marketing. This ensures students are afforded the widest choice of specialisms from which to choose. A practitioner focus is part of this programme, and industry-led workshops and guest lecturers keep information current and applied.


Should you wish to choose a stream it will include:

  • Personal, academic and professional development. 
  • Lectures and assessment methods that apply the business knowledge required for students to perform as an effective manager in any organisation.
  • Through, extensive study of key issues in business theories students will be capable of evaluation and application of important global management issues which impact on organisational effectiveness and performance
  • Knowledge and understanding of global business, most especially on issues such as globalisation, standardisation and customisation of products and services.
  • Skills and knowledge to inform you how an organisation is best managed in a changing world.

With these in mind, the programme is designed to provide you with relevant knowledge, so that you are familiar with the latest theoretical and practical developments relating to business management and development.


The Project Management stream provides cutting-edge knowledge on the most ubiquitous phenomenon of modern work organisation – the management of work and projects. Graduates possess directly applicable skills in project execution and project control across all of the complex elements of a project so that it can be successfully and professionally managed to its conclusion (e.g. planning; budgeting; HR management; resource allocation; etc.).  

The HRM stream focuses on the management of people to ensure maximum competitive advantage. Managing resourcing strategy ensures you will know how to strategically plan staffing requirements. Performance management will ensure you know how to get the best from your people as a manager.

The Finance stream addresses international banking and finance through The Theory of Finance and Financial Markets and Institutions modules which can allow organisations to anticipate economic outcomes and make changes of direction quickly in response to economic pressures.

The Information Systems stream provides you with knowledge of current trends in computer networks and how best to use them. Information systems development skills provide you with detailed information on choosing and operating information systems to support the extraction and use of organisational information.

The Cloud Computing stream is specifically aimed at facilitating the graduate’s understanding in the area and how organisations may exploit the vast business opportunities that result from the transformative power that Cloud Computing  offers both now and in the future. There is emphasis on structured approaches for delivering effective solutions in the Cloud that address value, efficiency, risks and costs associated with a move to Cloud Computing .

The Marketing stream empowers you to evaluate the central role of marketing strategy for the growth and development of all organisations. Students will be required to critically evaluate a range of theoretical marketing concepts and apply them to practical industry issues or problems as they relate to the current business environment.

For students wishing to pursue a broader scope of business study without a specialism in any particular stream the Master of Business Administration allows a free choice of any two of the electives from across all streams.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the MBA and associated streams are:
A minimum Second Class Honours Degree (2.2) in any discipline from a recognised third level institution, or
An equivalent professional qualification such as ACCA or CIMA, or
Higher Diploma in Business Level 8 conversion programme.
The GMAT exam is a mandatory requirement for all applicants who do not hold an Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8) with a minimum achievement of Second Class Honours.
Newly graduated applicants will not be accepted onto the programme. 
For applicants whose first language is not English, the minimum English language requirement for entry to the programme is IELTS score 6.5 (or equivalent).

Assessment Methods

Continuous assessment is an integral part of many of the taught modules. The weightings attaching to coursework and other forms of continuous assessment vary from module to module to facilitate all learning styles. You will experience a variety of teaching and learning assessment methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, group and individual projects, examinations and reports.


The MBA degree programme consists of two stages.

Stage 1 is a wholly taught component, contributing 60 credits. As outlined above, students can choose to follow any one of five streams resulting in specialist skills. These modules are delivered over two semesters.

For part-time students, delivery of the programme is structured over 4 taught semesters. During each semester, students are typically required to attend lectures on two evenings per week and occasional weekend workshops. You will undertake a course in research methods in order to prepare for the dissertation stage and to further develop important research skills. Successful completion of the taught component stage allows you to move onto the dissertation stage.

Stage 2 is a supervised dissertation, contributing 30 credits. The dissertation provides you with the opportunity to critically review the literature in any part of the taught syllabus and within your specialist area.

Career Opportunities

The award of MBA is synonymous world-wide with competency in the strategic management of a business. The complexity of a managerial role is captured within the range of modules contained within this programme. Graduates typically progress into positions of management across a diverse range of organisations, multinationals, domestically and internationally. Having gained expert knowledge in international business and trade, graduates take their place at the forefront of organisational leadership internationally. Completing a research dissertation as part of their programme imbues learners with the ability to use scientific principals in conjunction with business models and expert knowledge resulting in excellent decision-making skills. Informed decision-making is at the heart of successful strategic management and this programme produces graduates that can take their place among peers internationally and excel in the disciplines of HRM, IT, Cloud Computing, Marketing, Finance and Project Management. Careers sectors currently range from new systems or product development, marketing, finance, engineering and science supporting the widely applicable nature of the degree.


The course fees for the next academic year are €8,300 full-time or €5,200 per annum part-time for the MBA.  This covers the cost of tuition, registration and examinations. Please note also that there is tax relief for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €1,000 and up to €7,000.

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