UCC Postgraduate courses

Executive MBA

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Executive MBA

  • Code

    CKL11 Part-time

  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    2 years Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

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

  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2020

    Year 1: €13,500 and Year 2: €13,500. Total for the two-year cycle: €27,000
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2020

    Not currently open to Non EU applicants

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Friday 30 October, 2020.

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    Not currently open to Non EU applicants

  • Start Date

    January 2021

Course Outline

The UCC Executive MBA is designed to prepare its participants to become organisational managers, innovators and leaders.
It provides a strong understanding of the core organisational functions and disciplines, but moves beyond that to provide an integrative, critical understanding of the foundations and practice of management and leadership. 
Programme 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

Participants 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.

For most participants, this requires an understanding of functions and disciplines outside of their existing professional competence.

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.

Considerable emphasis is placed on creating an environment conducive to the peer-to-peer learning that we believe is vital to the UCC Executive MBA experience.

The curriculum and module offerings for the cycle commencing January 2021 may be subject to change.

Students take 120 credits as follows:

Year One - Part I: Students take 30 credits as follows:

  • AC6501 Accounting and Financial Management 
  • CO6501 Study Visit 1 
  • EC6501 Economics of Strategy I: Microeconomics of Competitiveness 
  • IS6501 Management Information Systems 
  • MG6508 Management and Organisation 
  • MG6509 Managing Human Resources

Year One - Part II: Students take 30 credits as follows:

  • AC6502 Management Accounting and Control 
  • CO6506 Leadership Development Workshop 1
  • CO6508 Developing the Entrepreneurial Venture
  • EC6502 Economics of Strategy II: Macroeconomics of the Business Economy
  • MG6511 Markets, Customers and Brands 

    And choose one elective module:

  • FE6503 Sustainable Business Practice or
  • GV6503 Public Sector Elective 

Year Two - Part III: Students take 30 credits as follows:

  • AC6503 Corporate Finance I 
  • CO6503 Study Visit 2 
  • EC6503 Economics of Business Development and Innovation 
  • LW6503 Business Law 
  • IS6502 Management Information and Technology 
  • MG6503 Project and Operations Management 

Year Two - Part IV: Students take 30 credits as follows:

  • AC6504 Corporate Finance II
  • CO6507 Leadership Development Workshop 2 
  • EC6504 Economic Foundations for Strategic Thinking 
  • MG6504 Leadership, Strategy and Business Capstone 
  • MG6507 Ethics and Sustainability

Further details may be found on College Calendar

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The part-time option will be taught during weekday and weekend working hours over 2 years.


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 UCC Executive MBA is a part-time, two-year, four teaching period course.

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-1.30pm.

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

Our teaching team is drawn from Departments within the Cork University Business School (CUBS), UCC and the School of Law, UCC.

Accounting & Finance

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Business Information Systems
  • Economics
  • Food Business & Development
  • Government
  • Law
  • Management & Marketing
  • UCC Executive MBA partners

The course also utilises the expertise of many industry practitioners and guest lecturers.


Why Choose This Course

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, 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 mind-set 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.




Skills and Careers Information

Many of our UCC Executive MBA students come from specific professional backgrounds – engineering, sciences, ICT and finance, to name but a few. Their education and professional expertise has brought them to an advanced level in their organisations.

In order to make 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 UCC Executive MBA provides such learning and knowledge, allowing our graduates to progress their careers accordingly.

The UCC Careers Service and the UCC Executive MBA Programme Office co-operate in delivering relevant and appropriate career support advice and tools to our students.


To apply for this course, you will have:

an honours primary degree,


an ordinary primary degree + satisfactory GMAT or satisfactory GRE General Test Score*


an appropriate professional qualification


at least 3 years’ significant managerial experience/responsibility**


Significant senior managerial/professional work experience plus satisfactory GMAT score or satisfactory GRE General Text Score*


2 referees’ reports 

Applicants may be required to attend for interviews

*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 less 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 

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view the grades comparison site. 

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please 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.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is Year 1: €13,500 and Year 2: €13,500. Total for the two-year cycle: €27,000.

The Non-EU fee for this course is Not currently open to Non EU applicants.

Full-time/Part-time fee:

If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.


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:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I 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 .

The EU fee for this course is: €13,500 (Year 1); €13,500 (Year 2).  

Total for the two-year cycle €27,000.

This course is not currently open to NON-EU applicants.

Fees for the cycle commencing January 2021 are subject to change.

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

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

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 


For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.



Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. You can view this here CKL11 MBA Supplementary Form 2021

All applicants must also submit two Referees' Forms from their referees for the application to the MBA Programme.  A copy of the Referee Form should be sent to each of your Referees for completion.  You can view this here CKL11 MBA Referee Form 2021

Applications to the programme are considered and offers of places on the programme are made on an on-going basis.

As the number of places on the programme are limited we encourage early applications.


Deferrals are not permitted on this course.

The closing date for non-EU applications is Not currently open to Non EU applicants

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