The MBA course will provide you with a
strong theoretical foundation in the
broader disciplines of management
as well as focusing on the practical
application of theory in real-world
settings and cases. You will be exposed
to the latest thinking in the core
disciplines of enterprise, leadership,
management organisation, people
management, strategy, management
of financial resources and economics
You will be able to
choose from a wide range of electives
specialising in areas such as marketing
and international business, human
resource management, and information
technology. There will be the
opportunity to participate in an exciting
enterprise management simulation
game in your final semester.
The course is underpinned by a strong
foundation in enterprise and leadership
and emphasises the development of
effective business and management
skills to solve management problems
through structured analysis, problem
solving techniques, effective
decision-making, and effective
The knowledge and skills acquired
through our MBA will allow you to
progress your own management
career as well as encourage you to
consider creating a business of your
own. It will allow you to develop a
creative, innovative and entrepreneurial
perspective. As part of the programme, each student will be afforded an
opportunity to work with a personal
coach to develop a plan for their
professional development both
during and after the end of the course
to maximise the direct benefits of
completing a programme such as an
The MBA is aimed at candidates with at least
three years of work experience seeking to start
or develop a career in management.
For information on the modules taught on this course view our module descriptors.
The Master of Business Administration is
awarded by QQI at level 9 on the National
Framework of Qualifications. This award will
allow transfer to level 9 research degrees and
in some cases progression to doctoral study at
level 10 on the NFQ.
Applicants are required to hold a minimum
of a 2.2 honours degree in either a cognate or
non-cognate area at level 8 on the National
Framework of Qualifications and a minimum
of three years’ work experience, ideally but not
necessarily, in management.
The college operates a Recognition of Prior
Experiential Learning (RPEL) scheme meaning
non-graduates with extensive professional
experience and other prior qualifications may
also be considered for the course.
Monday and Wednesday 18.00 - 21.00 plus some Saturday workshops.
Please note that exams can be scheduled during the morning, afternoon or evening Monday to Saturday.
This course runs over 2 full calendar years:
5 semesters; 4 taught
semesters and a
to be submitted in
late August of the
€6,375 per annum
(€12,750 total fee)
(Fees revised annually)
You can spread the cost of this course with a direct debit plan.
Dr John Lynch
Dr John Lynch has had a distinguished career. John has held a number of senior position across a number of sectors including chairman of the semi-State body Córas Iompair Éireann (CIE), chairman and director general of Fás, chief executive of the Irish Productivity Centre, chief executive of Bord Gais Éireann and director of business policy with the Confederation of Irish Industry.
In addition to this John is a distinguished academic. He was a visiting Professor of Business Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway for a number of years and has lectured on the MBA programme on business policy at Trinity College Dublin. In addition, he is visiting professor at the University of Southern Maine, Boston College and Memorial University, Newfoundland.
Dr TJ McCabe
Dr T.J. McCabe specialises in Human Resource Management, Employee Relations, Human Resource Development, Applied aspects of People Management and Research Methods. He holds a Ph.D in Employee Relations and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Social Research Methods from the University of Plymouth, Devon and a BA Hons in Business Studies from the University of Stirling.
He is a strong and knowledgeable commentator on Strategic Human Resource Management and Employee Relations. He has a particular interest in health and the public sector and has conducted extensive research examining the unique human resource management issues in the health sector in Ireland, the U.K. and Europe.
Prof. Aidan Daly
Prof Aidan Daly is a world renowned expert in the area of Services Marketing. Aidan has had a long and distinguished career in academia where he spend the majority of his team teaching in NUI Galway. He is credited with many advances and developments within the area of services marketing and is known for his unique approach to teaching and learning. He has received many awards and accolades in recognition of his endeavours and has published his research widely. Prior to returning to academia Aidan held a number of senior level management position within the area of Marketing.
Dr Colette Darcy
Dr Colette Darcy is the Programme Director of the MBA and holds the position of Vice Dean Postgraduate Studies & Research within the School of Business. Dr. Darcy is a former Government of Ireland Scholar and was awarded the European Foundation for Management Development/Emerald Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award for her research examining employee fairness perceptions and claiming behaviour.
Her research interests extend to organisational justice, work–life balance, game theory and its application to conflict and claiming behaviour. She has published her work in a number of academic journals including the European Journal of Industrial Training which awarded her the Outstanding Paper Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2008.
Dr Philip McGovern
Dr Philip McGovern holds a BBS, MSc (Mangt.), MBA and PhD. Dr McGovern has over twenty-five years’ experience working in both the public and private sectors. His areas of expertise and consultancy are: Leadership and strategic management in organisations; Management of organisational change; Extensive knowledge of the learning needs of SMEs. Philip has published widely and has received a number of awards, in particular, for his text on ‘Capability-building in SMEs through participation in a Learning Network’. He has extensive lecturing experience in DIT, IT Tallaght, UCD and the University of Limerick.
Paul is the Chief Executive of Skillnets, a public body under the Department of Education and Skills that supports businesses in Ireland and their employees to address their skills needs. Paul has operated at a senior level in commercial environments for over 20 years, including 12 years executive management experience in Human Resources. His career has spanned sales management, shared services management, consulting and HR. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive of Skillnets, Paul had responsibility for OD and Talent Management for a large multinational organisation. He holds a Degree in Commerce and a MBA from Dublin City University and is a respected voice Human Resource Development.
Dr Paul Hanley
Dr. Paul Hanly holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Limerick. Paul’s main research interests lie in the area of health economics, economic impact analysis using input-output modelling and behavioural economics. He is currently involved in a number of nationally and internationally funded projects working with teams of domestic and international collaborators, and has worked closely with Fáilte Ireland on previous projects. He has published in a wide range of international peer-reviewed journals including Value in Health, Medical Care, the International Journal of Cancer, Tourism Economics and Tourism Management. Paul has also been the recipient of numerous awards for his academic endeavours including the title ‘College Scholar’ for his undergraduate studies in UCC, a ‘Best New Investigator Podium Presentations Award’ at the 14th European conference of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) and, most recently, the National College of Ireland President's award for outstanding contribution to research (2012-2013).
Ciaran Hayden has over 30 years’ experience working across multiple industries in both management and consultancy roles. Gaining strong experience in technology related areas in the 1980's, he progressed into broader management roles. That led him to senor positions with consultancy firms such as Deloitte and technology giant SAP, where he led and grew their Irish consultancy business for six years. Ciaran founded two successful technology/management consultancy firms, operating in the UK and Ireland, which have delivered transformational programmes to an impressive array of client organisations.
Ciaran holds a BSc in Computer Science from Trinity College and an MBA. He lectures in Operations Management on the MBA programme and also in Strategic IT on the Data Analytics masters Programme (both at NCI). In both programmes he brings his rich business experience to bear on delivering a strong appreciation of the practical and applied nature of the courses.
Prof. Jimmy Hill
Jimmy Hill is the Vice President Academic and Research and Acting Dean of the School of Business at the National College of Ireland and Honorary Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Liverpool Management School. He began his career in the retail industry before joining the faculty of the University of Ulster’s Business School. He spent two years as a Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA before returning to become Director of the Northern Ireland Centre for Entrepreneurship. Jimmy is a recognised world authority on Entrepreneurship and is the author of numerous books and journal articles on the topic.
One of the main benefits with the NCI MBA is the focus on entrepreneurship. It gives you the skills to be an entrepreneur. You may use this in your current role and become the owner of everything you door you may branch off and want to set up your own business. This MBA gives you the skills to do both.