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Curriculum & Learning

As an EMBA participant, you will build on your previous experience and gain practical skills in Finance, Strategy, Marketing, Accounting, Economics, Human Resources and Leadership among other disciplines. The programme is structured over 2 years during which time you will complete 12 core modules, 4 option modules, a major project and the opportunity to take modules in locations across the globe. 

Optional modules are usually taken in year 2 semester 2 and the summer term.  The list of options evolves over time based on student feedback and the identification of new areas of interest.

Curriculum Overview

Please note that the table below is for indicative purposes only as modules are sometimes moved or replaced for academic reasons.

 Year 1

 Year 2

Foundation Week

  • Preparing the Ground
  • Introduction to Finance, Marketing and Strategy
  • Case Studies
  • Business Simulation
  • Communication Skills
  • Team work

Autumn Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Term

Autumn Semester

Spring Semester

  • Options  (including study tour)
  • EMBA participants take 4 options during programme

Summer Term

MBA Leadership Development Programme - planned series of seminars, workshops, 360 feedback and executive business coaching

MBA Careers Development – planned series of seminars, workshops, employer events, speaker events and career mentoring

Extracurricular Activities - International Case Study Competitions, MBA Clubs, MBA Blog, Networking Events

** Please note that the content is subject to change yearly

 

Delivery Options/Class Hours

Two delivery options are available, participants choose their stream to suit individual circumstance

Semesters: 12 weeks of lectures plus the official UCD examinations session

Midweek

Monday & Thursday evenings

5.30pm - 9.45pm

Weekend

Friday afternoon & Saturday morning

2pm - 6.30pm 

9am - 1.30pm

EMBA participants can undertake the ‘Doing Business in International Markets’ option module in semester 2 of year 2 at an additional cost.  The tour combines high-level company visits, presentations and panel discussions from leading executives, government officials and entrepreneurs, all relevant to the core management disciplines. Key themes are developed from which to learn about the country's business and cultural landscape. Importantly, the Study Tour provides a fantastic opportunity for participants to spend time together and lay the foundation for strong future relationships. Previous destinations have included South Korea, Japan, South Africa, China, India and Brazil.

The purpose of the International Consultancy Project Trip is to develop research knowledge and skills to solve live business problems aced by companies operating in international markets. Key topics include organisational diagnosis, data collection, data analysis, a foundational overview on the strategic and cultural nuances of operating in a specific market, strategic planning tools, project feasibility, and collaboration with clients. The overall module involves classroom learning and a live consulting project in an international location.  In this video, our 2017 MBA participants share their experience of the International Consulting Trip to Iceland.

The Global Network of Advanced Management (GNAM) is a network of 29 of the world’s leading business schools.  GNAM week provides an opportunity for faculty and students to exchange ideas through short, one-week immersion programmes. The dedicated EMBA GIW currently takes place in June and is open to year 2 EMBA students.  Participants travel to a host institution for project work such as data collection, sharing case studies, and networking as part of a global team. Network institutions can also nominate high-achieving students for consideration in the highly selective Masters of Advanced Management programme at the Yale School of Management.

By developing a solution to a real problem faced by an organisation, students have the opportunity to improve their analytical, problem-solving and communication skills. The Capstone project helps students master the real challenge of applying diverse streams of knowledge acquired during their studies, combined with practical, real-world application. Prior to the start date, participants take part in various workshops to support the project process. 

This is a group project and is typically sourced from within a company or from an organisation to which one of the team members belongs. Assistance is provided to groups who cannot source a project themselves.

MBA participants can further enhance their learning and networking by becoming involved in a range of extracurricular activities. This includes MBA events, MBA sports competitions, MBA Clubs (e.g. Entrepreneurship Club, Thought Leadership Club), MBA Case Study competitions and MBA Blog posting.

By utilising a range of methods including lectures, seminars, guest speakers, practical projects, and case studies, the Smurfit MBA faculty encourage participants to draw on their own professional experience as they broaden their knowledge.  Assessment for the MBA is based on a combined grade for group assignments and presentations, individual projects, class participation and written examinations. The exact assessment strategy varies by module at the discretion of the faculty member delivering it. Graduates are given a GPA and level result.

The purpose of the MBA programme is to offer students with a well-rounded approach on business and management from the perspective of a general manager (Purpose).

The programme equips students with the skills and techniques required by a general manager from various business disciplines. The intention is to develop both within, and across functional discipline, knowledge (education and subject/discipline/professional values).

The Programme promotes an environment where: the material focuses on contemporary topics and challenges; students are encouraged to take ownership for their learning journey; learning is rooted in rigorous management research; and application of knowledge is encouraged (the nature of the learning environment for students).

In addition to lectures, students work individually and in small groups on business cases and assignments. Students are also exposed to skills training sessions, and presentations by visiting lecturers and practitioners. They are also required to undertake an international study trip (key approaches to teaching, learning and assessment).

On successful completion of the programme students should be able to:

Programme Goal 1: To provide functional knowledge in the main areas of business and management  

Programme Goal 2: To develop leadership capacity in our graduates  

Programme Goal 3: To develop a global mind-set  

Programme Goal 4: To enable learning through practice  

Demonstrate and apply functional knowledge that is academically rigorous and practically relevant (PG1). 

Demonstrate and apply cross-functional knowledge (PG1). 

Display strategic and interpersonal skills that are required for leadership positions in business or society (PG2).

Demonstrate social, ethical and cultural awareness (PG2). 

Display the capacity to understand the opportunities and challenges of doing business across national boundaries (PG3). 

Display an understanding of the latest business, social and technological trends from across the globe (PG3). 

Display the ability to solve real-world business problems and defend their choices among peers (PG4).

Demonstrate an ability to be effective in collaborative settings that are characterized by ambiguity and conflict (PG4).   

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