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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

Core modules

Plus 1 pathway:

Pathway A
Choose 2 option modules

Pathway B
Choose 1 option module

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 Goals:

Programme Learning Outcomes:

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

Programme Goal 1: 

To build students’ knowledge of the theory and practice of strategic management and related business areas..  

Apply knowledge of strategic management that is rigorous and relevant to today’s business environment.

Acquire, analyze and apply business information to identify and resolve of strategic and operational business problems. 

Programme Goal 2: 

To expose students to the analytical skills and tools to design and implement appropriate competitive strategies.

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

Undertake a detailed analysis of a contemporary business situation to assist in the identification of a viable course of action.

Programme Goal 3: 

To develop students’ awareness of major global business trends and cultural challenges 

Develop and awareness of the latest business, social and technological trends from across the globe.

Demonstrate an ability to work in culturally-diverse teams.

Programme Goal 4: 

To develop students’ leadership and management capability

Demonstrate an ability to communicate business issues effectively through reports, presentations and discussions.

Demonstrate decision making and problem solving skills.


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

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