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Programme Overview

UCD Smurfit School and Bord Bia are now seeking applications from ambitious recent graduates who come from a broad range of undergraduate degrees and who want to develop their global food industry expertise.

You will undertake exciting overseas/Dublin industry placements with a Bord Bia office while gaining an internationally recognised MSc in Global Business Practice.

This is a full scholarship programme. All tuition fees are paid and, in addition, you receive a tax free bursary of €43,700-49450 for the 23-month programme. The bursary is to cover people’s basic living costs per 23 months. (Bursary is approximate and depends on the location assigned).

This is a full-time Action Learning programme designed around six classroom-based modules. The programme will challenge participants through an exciting programme that includes block releases in Dublin, combined with industry placements.

On successful completion, graduates would have developed key competencies relevant to developing and implementing strategies for the Irish food/agribusiness industry. These competencies relate to export development strategies, building and using customer and market insights, marketing plan development and strategic marketing, delivering customer value propositions, global business in a digital context, logistics and supply chain management, and business sustainability.

If you have any queries about this programme, please contact a member of our team by email:


Key Details


Next Intake

Fees + bursary paid


23 Months


8 Modules


NFQ Level 9 / 90 ECTS

Accredited / Credits

Programme Structure

Placement of participants will be selected from Bord Bia locations which may include Dublin, New York, London, Dubai, Shanghai, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, Milan, Düsseldorf, Stockholm and Warsaw. A sample of locations are shown and are subject to confirmation. 

While it is intended to offer 70 scholarship places in total UCD Smurfit School and Bord Bia reserve the right to offer scholarship places to more or less than the target of 70 places. It is hoped that 30 of these places will be offered on this programme. 

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Top 50 Global Ranking

UCD Smurfit Executive Development has been ranked 1st in Ireland, 24th in Europe and 43rd in the world for its Open Enrolment programmes according to the prestigious 2019 Financial Times Executive Education Rankings. In securing the 43rd place, it is the third consecutive year that Smurfit Executive Development has achieved a global top 50 ranking, rising five places from the 2018 ranking of 48th. By securing a top 25 ranking amongst European peers, UCD Smurfit Executive Development is one of only 10 business schools in the UK and Ireland to feature in the ranking.

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