Award Type and NFQ level : TAUGHT MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MH52D

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Closing Date : 30 August 2024

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If you are interested in a business career but did not take an undergraduate degree in business, then this is the programme for you. This MSc introduces students to a range of business management topics, including organisational behaviour, global operations, finance, strategy, marketing, international business, career planning and development, sustainability in business and research techniques. We start at a foundational level and rapidly escalate to develop student knowledge to the level of postgraduate expertise.  A variety of teaching approaches are applied across the programme to help participants to develop a clear career strategy that will increase their employability in the short-term, and sustainable success in the long term.

This MSc provides key business learning to non-business graduates (and experienced professionals who do not have an undergraduate degree). Through its course content and programme delivery, our students access leading business thinking, apply contemporary management theory and practices, and research business solutions through team and individual assignments and a Business Consultancy Project/Dissertation or Placement.

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Course Commences

September entry

What our Graduates say?

“The MSc in Business Management is an excellent course. Overall, the topics covered have proven extremely valuable in my working career. It provides a well-rounded overview of business while learning from experienced professionals. The placement pathway has been valuable for me, in obtaining a full-time role. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in furthering their studies”. Paddy Pender 

The MSc in Business Management is designed for candidates who do not have a previous business qualification. If you do not have a business degree, this programme is for you. Candidates should have a minimum 2.2 grade, honours (level 8) degree in a non-business discipline or equivalent.  Consideration will be given on a case-by-case basis to students who have a minimum honours degree in a business-related discipline where the degree was completed at least five years previously. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

In exceptional circumstances, consideration will be given to candidates who do not hold a primary degree, but who do have at least 10 years’ relevant work experience, at least three of which must have been within a management position. These applicants are managed through the Maynooth University Procedure for Non-Standard Entrants and Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning.

Minimum English language requirements:

Please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

The programme is intensive and fast-paced, bringing students on a high-growth learning experience across the full-time programme (12 months, typically delivered in blocks of two full-days every two weeks) or the part-time programme (24 months, delivered two full-days every 4 weeks). Students are encouraged to learn independently, through significant reading and assignments, both on their own and working in teams, prior to a class and afterwards.

For details on module overviews, learning outcomes, teaching and learning methods and assessment please visit Course Finder.  

Course Duration: 1 year full-time

Combined with your existing proficiency from your bachelor’s degree and/or professional work experience, completing this masters signals your ambition, work ethic and expertise to prospective employers and positions graduates to undertake a range of business management roles.

The course develops future executives in organisations for all sectors. The course material takes a broad, cross-sectoral, and international approach. Accordingly, the course prepares graduates for a wide range of roles and organisations. Students also take a career management module designed to enhance employability at the outset and throughout their career. The module guides students to optimise their first step into the professional labour market or build on their professional experience and consider future goals. Students will identify their personal career priorities and apply career planning and development tools that can be enacted throughout their working life. Students are empowered to undertake a range of learning activities that target their personal CPD priorities. In doing so, students will enhance their employability through analysing, developing, and articulating how they can best contribute to an organisation. All students on this MSc are entitled to free Graduate membership of the IMCA (Institute of Management Consultants & Advisors) for the duration of the programme and for the 12 months following completion.

Applications for all Maynooth University postgraduate programmes must be made online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) at

PAC Code
MH52D Full-time

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of their birth certificate or valid passport.

Helpful information and guides to making an application, uploading documents, and accepting an offer are available at this link: How to apply.

Applicants may be required to attend for interview as part of the admissions process.

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