UCC Postgraduate courses

Executive MBA

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Executive MBA

  • Code


  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    2 Years Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees

    €13,630 per year (Total cost of the two-year MBA programme is €27,260)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees

    Currently not open to non-EU applicants

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    4 January 2023

  • Start Date

    20 January 2023

Course Outline

  • The next programme starts January 2023 and applications are being invited now.

The Cork University Business School (CUBS) Executive MBA at UCC is designed to prepare our participants to become organisational managers, innovators, and leaders. Our aim is to not only provide a strong understanding of core organisational functions and disciplines but move beyond that to facilitate an integrative, critical understanding of the foundations and practice of management and leadership. 

Accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) our MBA provides you with an internationally recognised qualification on graduation.
Logo for AMBA - the Association of MBAs, written in dark and light blue text alongside a colourful diamond-shaped image.
Our MBA participants develop an understanding of the core disciplines by exploring:
  • Organisational decision-making and strategy
  • Operations management
  • Human resource management 
  • Financial analysis and performance
  • Business innovation and transformation
  • Sustainability and governance
  • Leadership development

On this programme you will develop an appreciation of how all aspects of a complex organisation interconnect, and an appreciation of the role each function must play in delivering on organisational goals; this often requires an understanding of functions and disciplines outside of your existing professional competence and our MBA will help you formalise this learning.

Central to the development of this understanding of the complexity of organisations is our careful approach to class composition, intended to ensure that class participants are exposed to a variety of professional expertise and career backgrounds. To this end, we place considerable emphasis on creating an environment that is conducive to the peer-to-peer learning that we believe is vital to the UCC CUBS Executive MBA experience.

January 2023

The curriculum and module offerings for the cycle commencing January 2023 are outlined below.

Orientation and Introduction to the Leadership Development Framework

Note that you are required to attend the Orientation & Introduction to the Leadership Development Framework programme prior to the commencement of Part 1 - Management Foundations.  Personal Learning and Leadership Development is an important element of the UCC Executive MBA experience. Through the Leadership Development Framework, the UCC Executive MBA challenges you to consider your personal and professional development.

Overall the MBA is structured into four thematic parts, worth 100 credits in total:

Part 1 - Management Foundations (25 credits)

  • AC6505 Managerial Control and Performance (5 credits)
  • EC6505 Economics for Strategic Business Development (5 credits)
  • IS6503 Business Analytics (5 credits)
  • MG6508 Organisational Behaviour (5 credits)
  • MG6509 Managing Human Resources (5 credits)
  • Leadership Development Framework Stage 1

Part 2 - Practice of Management (25 credits)

  • AC6506 Financial Investment and Analysis (5 credits)
  • BU6500 Operations and Supply Chain Management (5 credits)
  • BU6501 Managing Change in Context (5 credits)
  • EC6506 Economics for Global Business (5 credits)
  • MG6510 Strategic Marketing (5 credits)
  • Leadership Development Framework Stage 2

Part 3 - Leadership Foundations (25 credits)

  • BU6502 Leading Innovation (5 credits)
  • BU6503 Strategic Decision Making and Governance (10 credits)
  • IS6502 Leading Digital Transformation (5 credits)
  • MG6507 Ethics and Sustainability (5 credits)
  • Leadership Development Framework Stage 3

Part 4 - Practice of Leadership (25 credits)

  • BU6504 Leadership Project (10 credits)
  • MG6504 Integrated Strategy Project (10 credits)

And choose one elective module from the following:

  • BU6505 People and Talent Management (5 credits)
  • GV6503 Public Sector Elective (5 credits)
  • LW6503 Business Law (5 credits)

See the College Calendar (MBA) for full details.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The part-time option will be taught during weekday and weekend working hours over two years. Our lectures take place in the heart of Cork's business district at the UCC Centre for Executive Education on Lapp's Quay in Cork.



Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

  • The Executive MBA programme is a part-time, two-year, course taken over four teaching periods.
  • Each year is made up of two teaching periods (January to April and September to December) and each teaching period is made up of 12 lecture weeks.
  • Each lecture week is made up of 10 lecture hours, delivered on Fridays 9am-4.30pm and Saturdays 9am-4.30pm.
  • Lectures are held in the UCC Centre for Executive Education, Lapp's Quay, Cork.


Continuous assessment of individual and group assignments is the most commonly used form of assessment on the course.

Who teaches this course

The course utilises the expertise of many industry practitioners, guest lecturers, and UCC CUBS Executive MBA partners. In addition, our teaching team includes staff from across the Cork University Business School (CUBS) and the School of Law, representing the following subject areas:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Business Information Systems
  • Economics
  • Food Business & Development
  • Government
  • Law
  • Management & Marketing


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Personal Benefits

  • A comprehensive understanding of the core organisational functions.
  • The discovery of innate preferences in key personal leadership areas, e.g. analysis, decision-making, and relationship-building.
  • Developing skills in communication, negotiation, and team building.
  • The UCC Executive MBA qualification will benefit your career by identifying you as an individual with a high level of leadership ability.

Organisational Benefits

  • A two-year investment in key managerial and leadership talent, resulting in a more dynamic approach to personal effectiveness, decision-making, and judgment.
  • Increased capacity for critical thinking and mindset change.
  • A shift to a broader strategic emphasis, allied with a focus on leading innovation within organisations.
  • Development of more agile approaches to problem-solving, with a strong emphasis on effective team-based approaches.

Scholarship Opportunities

See our College of Business and Law Scholarship page for information on available scholarships.

  • 30% Club Cork University Business School, in association with the 30% Club, has established this scholarship to help promote women in taking on leadership roles within companies and organisations. The 30% Club is a collaborative business-led effort aiming towards 30% female representation in senior management. See our CUBS 30% Club page for more information.

Skills and Careers Information

Many of our MBA students come from specific professional backgrounds – engineering, sciences, ICT, and finance, to name but a few. Their education and professional expertise have brought them to an advanced level in their organizations. However, in order to take the next step up the managerial ladder, they need to develop their knowledge of how the wider organisation operates and what strategic and operational frameworks are used by top-level management teams.

The Executive MBA provides our participants with the required learning and knowledge, allowing our graduates to progress in their careers. In addition, the UCC Career Services, and our team at the Executive MBA Programme Office, cooperate in delivering relevant and appropriate career support advice and tools to our students.


To apply for this course, you will have:

  • A primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8), or
  • A primary ordinary degree + satisfactory GMAT or satisfactory GRE General Test Score* or
  • An appropriate professional qualification


  • At least 3 years significant managerial experience/responsibility** or
  • Significant senior managerial/professional work experience plus satisfactory GMAT score or satisfactory GRE General Text Score*

Plus 2 referees’ reports 

Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

*If you feel the skills covered by the GMAT or GRE General Test can be demonstrated elsewhere in your application then you may request a waiver – this may be granted at the discretion of the Director of the Executive MBA.

** If you feel that you possess significant managerial experience/responsibility, achieved in a period of fewer than 3 years, and this can be demonstrated elsewhere in your application, then you may request a waiver - this may be granted at the discretion of the Director of the Executive MBA.

The GMAT test can be taken at any time and the results generally are valid for three years.  To arrange a test contact the Graduate Management Admissions Test at www.mba.com.

Information on the GRE test can be found here https://www.ets.org/gre.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

  • In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
  • Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €13,630 per year (Total cost of the two-year MBA programme is €27,260).

The Non-EU fee for this course is Currently not open to non-EU applicants.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment

International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay?

You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie.

How Do I Apply

1. Check Dates: Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

  • For Irish and EU applicants we operate a rounds system and you can check the rounds closing dates here.
  • Note that not all our programmes are subject to the rounds system so check the opening and closing dates for your specific programme in the fact file boxes above.

2. Gather Documents: Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC;
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.

3. Apply Online: Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:

  • You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.

  • What is your current occupation/speciality?

  • Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme (Min 500 words - Max 1000 words).

  • Please enter the name and email addresses of 2 referees.

Applications to the programme are considered and offers of places on the programme are made on an ongoing basis. As the number of places on the programme is limited we encourage early applications.

Deferrals: Deferrals are not permitted on this course.

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