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University of Limerick: Master of Business Administration (Corporate MBA)

The University of Limerick MBA is a post-experience generalist degree in business administration and is seen as a career accelerator or a means of changing career.
All programmes are of two years duration and are suitable for private company and public sector personnel who have significant management responsibilities, or whose careers are developing towards middle or senior management responsibilities.  There is an annual intake to the Corporate MBA programme, which is delivered on a block-release basis.  A variant of this programme is provided in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, at the headquarters facility of Boston Scientific Ireland, to which there is an intake every two years.


Course Objectives

To develop an advanced understanding of the main concepts and disciplines which are important for the managerial role.
To equip students with a broad range of decision-making skills and an enhanced ability to respond to changes emanating from the international business environment.
To enable participants to think and act strategically, develop their creativity and assume leadership responsibilities.
To develop the research skills necessary to formulate, conduct and report an independent piece of research.
To prepare the MBA graduate for senior positions in international business, industry and the public sector.

Programme Content
Year 1
Organisational Behaviour; Financial Reporting; International Political Economy; Data Analysis for Business Decisions; International Management; Corporate Finance; Globalisation & International Economic Issues; Market Orientation & Customer Focus.

A one-week residential workshop in August/September of Year 1, designed to provide international perspectives and insights, is an integral component of the programme.

Two residential schools are held during the summers of Year 1 and 2 where participants have a choice of two business related elective modules.

Year 2
Corporate Strategic Analysis; Information & Knowledge Management; Relationship Marketing; Strategic Human Resource Management; Implementing Strategy; Strategic Leadership; Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Managing Projects & Operations.

A thesis completes the programme.

MBA programmes are designed to provide additional skills for employees to be promoted within management or to change functions.  The course is also designed to meet the managerial needs of owner/managers and self-employed individuals.  A significant proportion of students have engineering or applied science primary qualifications and intend moving to managerial roles.


Entrance Requirements
Normally a primary degree with first or second class honours or an approved professional qualification.  At least four years experience at supervisory level or above is normally required, preferably gained after the degree or professional qualification.  In the case of candidates without honours, five years experience will be required.  Mature candidates who gained their experience before the required qualification will be eligible.  An acceptable score in the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and a satisfactory interview with the course selection panel are also required.

Fees for 2010/11

Year 1
EU students €13,600
Non-EU students €15,000

Year 2
EU students €13,600
Non-EU students €15,000

Programme Director:
Tel: +353-61-213084
Fax: +353-61-213489

Programme Co-Ordinator:
Tel: +353-61-213571
Fax: +353-61-213489

For more information visit:

The Kemmy Business School at University of Limerick (KBS)

The Kemmy Business School (KBS) is a dynamic and innovative business school with a reputation, established over 30 years, for providing a first class business education that prepares graduates for successful and rewarding careers in a variety of business disciplines and professions.

The School was named in 2003 after the late Jim Kemmy, local historian and politician, former Alderman and Mayor of the City of Limerick.  Jim was a quintessentially Limerick person, dedicated to improving the lot of his fellow citizens, champion of the underclass and a man with high principles.  He believed in the value of education and placed a strong emphasis on continuing education and education for employees.  He was a member of the Labour Party during his later political career and was prepared to stand by his principles, even if it required taking unpopular decisions.

The Kemmy Business School's mission and vision focuses on serving both the needs of business and the wider community.  This is consistent with the emphasis that Jim Kemmy placed on education as a means to enhance the economy, reduce emigration and improve the employability of workers.