About This Course
Masters Qualifying Examination (Business)
Good results in an undergraduate programme from any discipline (minimum average US GPA of 2.3 out of 4.0) or equivalent (e.g. OZ GPA 4/7; KSA GPA 2.9/5) primary bachelor degree. See Requirements for full details.
Programme not on offer in 2018/2019
The Masters Qualifying Examination (Business) is a pre-masters programme specifically for non-EU students and aims to provide prospective non-EU students with the business domain knowledge as well as the English language skills required to meet the minimum English language requirements for entry onto the suite of level 9 Masters programmes offered by Business at UCC.
Masters Qualifying Examination (Business) is available in the following areas: Information Systems, Finance, Food Business, Economics, Management and Marketing.
To be admitted to the University Examinations for the Masters Qualifying Examination (Business) programme, a student must have satisfactorily attended each semester and prescribed modules to the value of 60 credits (20 core module credits and 20 elective module credits, unless otherwise stated, and 20 English language modules credits).
Additional English Language Requirement (provided by Language Centre, UCC)
- General English Class (Semester 1 and 2)
These additional English language classes are used, if required, to support students attain the IELTS score of 6.5 required for progression to the Masters.
English Language Modules (provided by Language Centre, UCC)
Students take 20 credits as follows:
- LC0003 Academic English Writing Skills (10 credits)
- LC1101 English for Academic Study (10 credits)
Students take 20 credits as follows:
- AC3302 Investment Appraisal (5 credits)
- IS4001 Business Research Project (10 credits)
- IS4002 IT in Organisations (5 credits)
Note: Students applying for the MBS in Management and Marketing will take 40 credits of modules as specified by the Head of School of Management and Marketing and approved by the Faculty. The MG4046 Management/Marketing Research Project (10 credits) will be prescribed as part of this 40 credits.
Students applying for the MBS in Food Marketing will take 40 credits of Food Business modules (see Elective Modules).
Students take modules to the value of 20 credits from the following:
- AC1102 Financial Accounting (5 credits)
- AC2204 Introduction to Management Accounting (5 credits)
- AC3303 Introduction to Asset Pricing and Valuation (5 credits)
- AC4409 Corporate Financing (5 credits)
- IS2205 Principles and Practice of Systems Development (5 credits)
- IS3303 Electronic Business (5 credits)
- IS4429 Enterprise Systems (5 credits)
- IS4440 New Business Forms (5 credits)
- FE2203 Food Economics (5 credits)
- FE3205 Food Marketing Management (5 credits)
- FE4002 Global Food Policy (5 credits)
- FE4205 Consumer Behaviour in Food Markets (5 credits)
- FE4206 International Food Retail Marketing (5 credits)
- FE4405 Food Choice Analysis (5 credits)
- FE4415 Research Project and Analytical Skills (10 credits)
- EC1202 Business Economics 1 (5 credits)
- EC1203 Business Economics 2 (5 credits)
- EC4219/EC3100 Economics of Corporate Strategy 1 (5 credits)
- EC4220/EC3109 Economics of Corporate Strategy 2 (5 credits)
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.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
Programme Learning Outcomes for Masters Qualifying Examination (Business)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate an ability to communicate business concepts orally and in writing
- Critique key concepts within their chosen business disciplines
- Manage an academic workload within an academic year
- Participate in group based discussions
- Display a competence in their chosen business disciplines
- Manage a business research project
- The suite of Level 9 Masters programmes offered by Business in UCC have varying entry requirements. The admission of any student to the Level 9 MSc programme of their choice will depend on their performance on the MQual Examination (Business) programme. See MSc programme Matrix below in detailed entry requirments.
- Students must achieve an overall IELTS of 6.5 with no single skill below 5.5 or TOEFL equivalent to progress to level 9 Masters programmes offered by Business at UCC.
- Failure to pass all subjects in the MQual Examination (Business) programme within the first year of registration (i.e. Winter, Summer and Autumn exams) will result in loss of the place on the programme: there is no provision for a repeat year for the MQual Examination (Business) programme.
- Applicants must indicate in their MQual application the MSc programme which they wish to take. See MSc Programmes Matrix in below.
- MQual applications will be considered by the Programme Director(s) of the relevant MSc programme to determine the suitability of the applicant. Specific focus being placed on the subject matter of the applicant's undergraduate degree in order to satisfy entry to the MSc programme in the subsequent year.
|Masters Programme||Masters Programme Entry Requirement||MQual Core
|MQual Elective Modules (Stream)||Required MQual
|MSc Corporate Finance|| specific subject requirements in business or
|MSc Asset Management|| specific subject requirements in business or
|MBS Business Information Systems|| primary degree or equivalent, with appropriate information
systems or computing technology content
|MBS eBusiness|| primary degree or equivalent in any discipline except those
with high levels of software development content (e.g.
computer science, business information systems)
|Yes||Any Elective (excluding Food Business)||2H2|
|MBS Information Systems for Business Performance|| primary degree or equivalent in any discipline except
graduates holding a degree in business information systems
|Yes||Any Elective (excluding Food Business)||2H2|
|MBS Business Economics|| 60 credits of Economics (including MQual Elective Modules),
|MA Economics|| 60 credits of Economics (including MQual Elective Modules),
|Economic Science (MEconSc)|| 60 credits of Economics (including MQual Elective Modules),
or equivalent, AND quantitative content.
|MSc Health Economics|| 60 credits of Economics (including MQual Elective Modules),
|MSc Financial Economics|| undergraduate business, mathematics, statistics, engineering
or science degree including quantitative content.
|Yes||Any Elective (excluding Food Business)||2H1|
|MBS Food Marketing||business related primary degree or equivalent||No||Food Business (40 credits)||2H2|
|MBS Management and Marketing||primary degree or equivalent without a significant
management or marketing component
|No||Business Research Project (10 credits) and
30 credits as prescribed by Head of School
of Management and Marketing
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 click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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?
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