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What will I learn?

The MSc in Strategic Management is intellectually challenging as it requires students to learn and implement strategies during a range of selected courses taught by reputable international academics and practitioners.  The course content equips students with some of the most relevant competences to formulate and implement strategies in global markets facing radical innovations.  This involves:

A comprehension of management theory and practice in order to strengthen a company’s competitive position and boost its profitability.

Insight into the strategies used by companies across various sectors and the factors contributing to their success or failure.

Practical skills based on experiential learning from cases, industry guest speakers, and company projects. 

The frameworks and critical skills required to acquire and allocate financial and non-financial resources within the context of a strategic initiative.

How will I benefit?

  1. Learn to identify the key market and non-market factors impacting the success of a company.
  2. Expand your knowledge of the analytical tools and critical skills needed to evaluate, design and implement company-level strategies with a focus on increasing profitability.
  3. Hone your understanding of the challenges managers face in designing and implementing strategies and ability to recommend solutions through reports, presentations and discussions.
  4. Development of a network of capable colleagues working in operational and strategic positions in a wide range of industries. 
  5. Students on the programme are eligible to apply for Graduate Membership of the IMCA (Institute of Management Consultants & Advisors in Ireland).
  6. Upon graduation, choose from a range of sectors and positions, from strategic management consulting and financial services through to regulation and government services and graduate positions.


This programme is exciting and demanding. It offers theoretically rigorous and practically relevant business competencies needed by major international companies. The wide nature of the Curriculum offers access to a vast range of career opportunities. 

In the Autumn and Spring Trimesters, students must complete 5 core modules plus 1 option module.

In the Summer Trimester, students complete 1 core module plus a choice of 2 pathways.

If students have a particular interest in research, an opportunity exists to work on a dissertation project in place of the final summer modules. In a small number of cases, students may apply for a limited number of possible internships. With any possible internship opportunity students have to go through a competitive recruitment process, including interviews with employers, to be selected.

Autumn Trimester

Spring Trimester

Summer Trimester

Core modules

Core modules


Plus 1 option module

Choose a pathway:


Pathway A

plus 2 option modules:

Pathway B

plus 1 option module

Pathway C

Please be advised that the above reflects the 2023/2024 curriculum structure and is subject to change each year. Option modules listed are indicative of what has been delivered in previous years and are also subject to change. Summer taught modules are delivered in blocks over one or two weeks.

Participants on the MSc in Strategic Management learn to identify the key factors that determine the success of a company taking into account both market and non-market strategies. They also expand their knowledge of the analytical tools and the skills needed both to design and implement firm level strategies (Purpose).  

The programme exposes students to the skills and techniques needed to manage the strategic direction of a firm: strategy, management, leadership, critical thinking, negotiations and decision-making techniques (education and subject/discipline/professional values).

The programme promotes a positive environment where: students are encouraged to take ownership for their learning journey; learning is rooted in rigorous management research; and the unique contributions of students from various cultural backgrounds are valued and used as opportunities to challenge existing approaches (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. Students also receive training in analytical and research methods and have the option to write an individual thesis on a management topic of their choice (key approaches to teaching, learning and assessment).

Programme Competencies


Programme Learning Outcomes

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

Programme Competency 1:

Knowledge of the Global Context and the development of a Global Mindset


Demonstrate confidence and understanding around operating in a global business environment.


Demonstrate an awareness of major global business trends and cultural challenges.

Programme Competency 2:

Quantitative Knowledge and Analytical Skills


Draw upon existing and/or original research to inform the business decision-making process.

Understand and apply quantitative decision-making and resource allocation techniques.

Programme Competency 3:

Responsible Business Leadership and management capabilities


Produce effective oral presentations and reports on aspects of responsible business leadership and management.

Appreciate the ethical considerations related to digital new technologies and the sustainability of businesses in terms of societal challenges.

Programme Competency 4:

Critical Thinking


Demonstrate critical thinking skills in terms of analysing, evaluating, and synthesising information from different sources and being open to alternative explanations.

Programme Competency 5:

Communication and Collaboration Skills in Diverse Environments

Work in collaborative teams of culturally diverse individuals.


Communicate the results of their collaborative through effective oral and written presentations.

Global Leadership Programme (GLP)

Our optional Global Leadership Programme (GLP) offers you a unique opportunity to engage in a diverse range of co-curricular professional development activities alongside the modules you take on the Master's programme. Participation in the GLP can give you an advantage over similarly qualified job candidates and increase your readiness for success in the workplace.

Learn more about the programme here

Sustainable Development Goals

As part of the curriculum, students are engaged with issues related to sustainability in all of its many facets, including responsible leadership, responsible consumption and production, climate action, and inclusive business practices. As educators, we believe in the value of exposing our students to a variety of perspectives on the role of business in society and equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need to tackle even the most intractable problems. Our programmes seek to develop informed and imaginative leaders that are mindful of responsible and sustainable business objectives and practices and embed a number of the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) in the curriculum.

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