Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

    DBS MBA

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    Overview

    The MBA is a one year full-time or two year part-time programme that educates and prepares a diverse group of learners with the academic knowledge, analytical ability and innovative management perspectives and skills needed to manage organisations in an increasingly competitive and diverse global marketplace. The programme enables learners commence or strengthen their career in business, as well as underpin any further business studies and achieve excellence at an executive level in their chosen profession in both the public and private sectors. 

    Click here to read one student's experience with the MBA programme at DBS.

    Aims of the Programme

    The ability to confidently manage a business represents a valuable skill-set. In order for an organisation to be flexible in diverse business environments and to change direction at speed, they must be experts in business management and business strategy in a global context. The aim of the MBA at DBS is to develop these sets of abilities with a particular focus on a thorough understanding of business management. The MBA offers you a unique opportunity to study advanced theory and practice relating to management, and to develop an appreciation of the causes and significance of managing strategy. 

    Key Features of the Programme

    This unique programme allows you to study the pure MBA, or choose a specialist route for your MBA award within the following programmes: HRM; Project Management; Finance; Information Systems; Cloud Computing or Marketing. This ensures students are afforded the widest choice of specialisms from which to choose. A practitioner focus is part of this programme, and industry-led workshops and guest lecturers keep information current and applied.

    The MBA will include:

    • Personal, academic and professional development.

    • Lectures and assessment methods that apply the business knowledge required for students to perform as an effective manager in any organisation.

    • Through, extensive study of key issues in business theories students will be capable of evaluation and application of important global management issues which impact on organisational effectiveness and performance.

    • Knowledge and understanding of global business, most especially on issues such as globalisation, standardisation and customisation of products and services.

    • Skills and knowledge to inform you how an organisation is best managed in a changing world.

    With these in mind, the programme is designed to provide you with relevant knowledge, so that you are familiar with the latest theoretical and practical developments relating to business management and development.

    Entry Requirements

    The minimum entry requirements for the Master of Business Administration are: 

    • Level 8 primary undergraduate honours bachelor degree with a minimum Second Class Second Division classification (2.2) from a recognised third level institution in any discipline from a recognised third level institution (or equivalent); or 

    • An equivalent professional qualification such as ACCA or CIMA.

    • For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language test such as IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, PTE or DBS English Assessment. Test certificates should be dated within the last two years to be considered valid.

    • GMAT examination is a mandatory requirement for all applicants who do not hold an Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8) with a minimum of second class second division classification.

    The programme is aimed at learners who wish to specialise in business administration with a view to entering industry in a high-level managerial role, to progress professionally or to undertake further business studies. Learners will achieve the business expertise to lead an organisation to strategic decision making ensuring a maximum return on investment across each department. Learners will be capable of dealing with diverse intrinsic and extrinsic business realities in a creative manner to ensure sustainability and growth. 

    Applicants who do not have a Level 8 qualification at a 2.2 award level and who have at least 3 years’ work experience may also be considered through the college’s normal RPL procedures.  Relevant professional experience may be taken into account and individuals will be assessed on a case-by-case basis through DBS RPL procedures.

  • Cloud Computing
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    Cloud Computing

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    Overview

    The MBA (Cloud Computing), awarded by QQI, is specifically aimed at facilitating the graduate’s understanding of how organisations may exploit the vast business opportunities that result from the transformative power that Cloud Computing offers both currently and in the future. There is an emphasis on structured approaches for delivering effective solutions in the Cloud that address value, efficiency, risks and costs associated with an increased reliance on Cloud Computing. The specialism also introduces learners to standard cloud practices and guides them through the planning, deployment and management of a cloud application.


    Click here to read one student's experience with the MBA programme at DBS.

    Aims of the Programme

    Graduates will be able to critically evaluate the role of cloud computing technologies in information and data management and the significance of deploying computer services to the cloud. They will also be able to demonstrate the development of critical skills in analysing and evaluating the use of cloud applications in business and develop strategic solution-based applications

  • Finance
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    Finance

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    Overview

    The MBA (Finance) awarded by QQI, provides theoretical and practical models and perspectives, which will provide a basis for analysing financial information and for applying the analysis in making informed financial decisions. The decision making aspect is developed in Corporate Financial Management and the complexities and dynamics of international financial markets are explored in the Global Financial Markets. The MBA (Finance) graduate will perform data analysis and advise senior managers on profit maximising strategies. Financial management and an awareness of financial markets is key to the sustainability and growth of an organisation who must, on an ongoing basis, consider the potential consequences of management decisions on profits, cash flow on the financial condition of the company.

    Click here to read one student's experience with the MBA programme at DBS.

    Aims of the Programme

    Graduates will be able to critically evaluate theory and practice of corporate financial management for strategic business decision‐making. They will also be able to demonstrate critical awareness of international practices and policies in financial markets within changing global market dynamics.

    Key Features of the Programme

    This unique programme allows you to study the pure MBA, or choose a specialist route for your MBA award within the following programmes: HRM; Project Management; Finance; Information Systems; Cloud Computing or Marketing. This ensures students are afforded the widest choice of specialisms from which to choose. A practitioner focus is part of this programme, and industry-led workshops and guest lecturers keep information current and applied.

    This MBA includes:

    • Personal, academic and professional development.

    • Lectures and assessment methods that apply the business knowledge required for students to perform as an effective manager in any organisation.

    • Through, extensive study of key issues in business theories students will be capable of evaluation and application of important global management issues which impact on organisational effectiveness and performance.

    • Knowledge and understanding of global business, most especially on issues such as globalisation, standardisation and customisation of products and services.

    • Skills and knowledge to inform you how an organisation is best managed in a changing world.

    With these in mind, the programme is designed to provide you with relevant knowledge, so that you are familiar with the latest theoretical and practical developments relating to business management and development.

    Entry Requirements

    The minimum entry requirements for the Master of Business Administration are: 

    • Level 8 primary undergraduate honours bachelor degree with a minimum Second Class Second Division classification (2.2) from a recognised third level institution in any discipline from a recognised third level institution (or equivalent); or 
    • An equivalent professional qualification such as ACCA or CIMA.
    • For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language test such as IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, PTE or DBS English Assessment. Test certificates should be dated within the last two years to be considered valid.
    • GMAT examination is a mandatory requirement for all applicants who do not hold an Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8) with a minimum of second class second division classification.

    The programme is aimed at learners who wish to specialise in business administration with a view to entering industry in a high-level managerial role, to progress professionally or to undertake further business studies. Learners will achieve the business expertise to lead an organisation to strategic decision making ensuring a maximum return on investment across each department. Learners will be capable of dealing with diverse intrinsic and extrinsic business realities in a creative manner to ensure sustainability and growth. 

    Applicants who do not have a Level 8 qualification at a 2.2 award level and who have at least 3 years’ work experience may also be considered through the college’s normal RPL procedures.  Relevant professional experience may be taken into account and individuals will be assessed on a case-by-case basis through DBS RPL procedures.

     
  • HRM
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    Human Resource Management

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    Overview

    The DBS MBA (HRM), awarded by QQI, focuses on the management of human resources to ensure competitive advantage by maximising resources for the benefit of an organisation and society, which places human resource management (HRM) at the heart of organisational management in a complex global marketplace. HRM enables learners select from complex and advanced skills such as analysis, a critical awareness of current problems such as selection and retention of employees and ensures that the HRM strategy is part of the overall strategy and management of the organisation.
    The Irish Management Institute believes an effective human resource management strategy will involve the designing, building and managing of a “human organisation that will execute [your] business strategy” with a high performing human resource strategy enabling dominance in the marketplace (Irish Management Institute (www.imi.ie).

    Click here to read one student's experience with the MBA programme at DBS.

    Aims of the Programme

    Graduates will be able to critically evaluate strategic human resource management and the importance of people management in organisational strategy. They will also be able to demonstrate critical awareness of the management of employee performance and the role of reward in employee performance.

    Key Features of the Programme

    This unique programme allows you to study the pure MBA, or choose a specialist route for your MBA award within the following programmes: HRM; Project Management; Finance; Information Systems; Cloud Computing or Marketing. This ensures students are afforded the widest choice of specialisms from which to choose. A practitioner focus is part of this programme, and industry-led workshops and guest lecturers keep information current and applied.

    This MBA includes:

    • Personal, academic and professional development.

    • Lectures and assessment methods that apply the business knowledge required for students to perform as an effective manager in any organisation.

    • Through, extensive study of key issues in business theories students will be capable of evaluation and application of important global management issues which impact on organisational effectiveness and performance.

    • Knowledge and understanding of global business, most especially on issues such as globalisation, standardisation and customisation of products and services.

    • Skills and knowledge to inform you how an organisation is best managed in a changing world.

    With these in mind, the programme is designed to provide you with relevant knowledge, so that you are familiar with the latest theoretical and practical developments relating to business management and development.

    Entry Requirements

    The minimum entry requirements for the Master of Business Administration are: 

    • Level 8 primary undergraduate honours bachelor degree with a minimum Second Class Second Division classification (2.2) from a recognised third level institution in any discipline from a recognised third level institution (or equivalent); or 
    • An equivalent professional qualification such as ACCA or CIMA.
    • For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language test such as IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, PTE or DBS English Assessment. Test certificates should be dated within the last two years to be considered valid.
    • GMAT examination is a mandatory requirement for all applicants who do not hold an Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8) with a minimum of second class second division classification.

    The programme is aimed at learners who wish to specialise in business administration with a view to entering industry in a high-level managerial role, to progress professionally or to undertake further business studies. Learners will achieve the business expertise to lead an organisation to strategic decision making ensuring a maximum return on investment across each department. Learners will be capable of dealing with diverse intrinsic and extrinsic business realities in a creative manner to ensure sustainability and growth. 

    Applicants who do not have a Level 8 qualification at a 2.2 award level and who have at least 3 years’ work experience may also be considered through the college’s normal RPL procedures.  Relevant professional experience may be taken into account and individuals will be assessed on a case-by-case basis through DBS RPL procedures.

     
  • Information Systems
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) Information Systems

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    Overview

    The DBS MBA (Information Systems), awarded by QQI, focuses on strategic business information systems knowledge as well as disruptive technologies and the innovation that occur in this field. It brings learners up to speed on the knowledge and current trends in technology and how best to use them for enhanced judgement and strategic business performance. The development of IS skills in learners enables them to select operate information systems which will support the extraction and use of organisational information to aid strategic decision making. Skills Ireland have published their expert group report Digital Transformation: Assessing the Impact of Digitisation on Ireland’s Workforce (2018) where it is detailed that digitalisation is now a major driver of productivity growth and drives the improvement of process efficiency and the quality of products and services provided by organisations. The adoption of technologies is disrupting traditional roles and transforming the world of work where each organisation shall embrace the flexibility and competitive advantage offered by new technologies. Furthermore organisations will need to balance the needs of enterprises and employees and digital transformation necessitates an engaged workforce possessing a responsive skills set to ensure effective and strategic planning for the world of work and future skills needs. 

    Aims of the Programme

    Graduates will be able to critically evaluate and deploy best practice methodologies and tools used for design and implementation of strategic information systems.  They will also be able to demonstrate critical awareness of the nature, role and importance of technological disruption and innovation in strategic business environments.

    Key Features of the Programme

    This unique programme allows you to study the pure MBA, or choose a specialist route for your MBA award within the following programmes: HRM; Project Management; Finance; Information Systems; Cloud Computing or Marketing. This ensures students are afforded the widest choice of specialisms from which to choose. A practitioner focus is part of this programme, and industry-led workshops and guest lecturers keep information current and applied.

    This MBA includes:

    • Personal, academic and professional development.

    • Lectures and assessment methods that apply the business knowledge required for students to perform as an effective manager in any organisation.

    •Thorough, extensive study of key issues in business theories students will be capable of evaluation and application of important global management issues which impact on organisational effectiveness and performance.

    • Knowledge and understanding of global business, most especially on issues such as globalisation, standardisation and customisation of products and services.

    • Skills and knowledge to inform you how an organisation is best managed in a changing world.

    With these in mind, the programme is designed to provide you with relevant knowledge, so that you are familiar with the latest theoretical and practical developments relating to business management and development.

    Entry Requirements

    The minimum entry requirements for the Master of Business Administration are: 

    • Level 8 primary undergraduate honours bachelor degree with a minimum Second Class Second Division classification (2.2) from a recognised third level institution in any discipline from a recognised third level institution (or equivalent); or 
    • An equivalent professional qualification such as ACCA or CIMA.
    • For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language test such as IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, PTE or DBS English Assessment. Test certificates should be dated within the last two years to be considered valid.
    • GMAT examination is a mandatory requirement for all applicants who do not hold an Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8) with a minimum of second class second division classification.

    The programme is aimed at learners who wish to specialise in business administration with a view to entering industry in a high-level managerial role, to progress professionally or to undertake further business studies. Learners will achieve the business expertise to lead an organisation to strategic decision making ensuring a maximum return on investment across each department. Learners will be capable of dealing with diverse intrinsic and extrinsic business realities in a creative manner to ensure sustainability and growth. 

    Applicants who do not have a Level 8 qualification at a 2.2 award level and who have at least 3 years’ work experience may also be considered through the college’s normal RPL procedures.  Relevant professional experience may be taken into account and individuals will be assessed on a case-by-case basis through DBS RPL procedures.

     
  • Marketing
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    Marketing

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    Overview

    This specialism empowers learners to evaluate the central role of marketing strategy for the growth and development of all organisations. Learners will be required to critically evaluate a range of theoretical marketing concepts and apply them to practical industry realities as they relate to the current business environment. The marketing stream looks to recruiting and retaining customer relationships, as well as increasing frequency of purchase, helping an organisation to sell their products or services in line with the overall strategy and mission of the organisation. The MBA marketing specialism graduate will be empowered to make creative marketing choices which impact on the growth in profitability of brands thus sustaining and increasing an organisations’ market share by creating exchanges which satisfy individual and organisational objectives. The Marketing Institute of Ireland (MII) reviews the impact of marketing from both a macro and micro-economic basis and see the “significant contribution that marketing makes to national economies and individual businesses (Marketing Institute of Ireland, www.mii.ie). 

    Aims of the Programme

    Graduates will be able to critically evaluate integrated marketing communications tools and techniques and apply digital technology support to marketing strategies.  They will also be able to demonstrate critical awareness of innovations and trends within the field of marketing with a focus on sustainable marketing innovations.

    Key Features of the Programme

    This unique programme allows you to study the pure MBA, or choose a specialist route for your MBA award within the following programmes: HRM; Project Management; Finance; Information Systems; Cloud Computing or Marketing. This ensures students are afforded the widest choice of specialisms from which to choose. A practitioner focus is part of this programme, and industry-led workshops and guest lecturers keep information current and applied.

    This MBA includes:

    • Personal, academic and professional development.

    • Lectures and assessment methods that apply the business knowledge required for students to perform as an effective manager in any organisation.

    • Through, extensive study of key issues in business theories students will be capable of evaluation and application of important global management issues which impact on organisational effectiveness and performance.

    • Knowledge and understanding of global business, most especially on issues such as globalisation, standardisation and customisation of products and services.

    • Skills and knowledge to inform you how an organisation is best managed in a changing world.

    With these in mind, the programme is designed to provide you with relevant knowledge, so that you are familiar with the latest theoretical and practical developments relating to business management and development.

    Entry Requirements

    The minimum entry requirements for the Master of Business Administration are: 

    • Level 8 primary undergraduate honours bachelor degree with a minimum Second Class Second Division classification (2.2) from a recognised third level institution in any discipline from a recognised third level institution (or equivalent); or 
    • An equivalent professional qualification such as ACCA or CIMA.
    • For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language test such as IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, PTE or DBS English Assessment. Test certificates should be dated within the last two years to be considered valid.
    • GMAT examination is a mandatory requirement for all applicants who do not hold an Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8) with a minimum of second class second division classification.

    The programme is aimed at learners who wish to specialise in business administration with a view to entering industry in a high-level managerial role, to progress professionally or to undertake further business studies. Learners will achieve the business expertise to lead an organisation to strategic decision making ensuring a maximum return on investment across each department. Learners will be capable of dealing with diverse intrinsic and extrinsic business realities in a creative manner to ensure sustainability and growth. 

    Applicants who do not have a Level 8 qualification at a 2.2 award level and who have at least 3 years’ work experience may also be considered through the college’s normal RPL procedures.  Relevant professional experience may be taken into account and individuals will be assessed on a case-by-case basis through DBS RPL procedures.

     
  • Project Management
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    Project Management

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    Overview

    This specialism provides innovative knowledge on one of the key skills of the modern business world. A deep understating of the theories and practices of Project Management enables graduates to discuss and share new insights to identify new problems and challenges essential to project management and the overall success of an organisation. This pathway carefully links and aligns the programmes mandatory modules such as Managerial Financial Analysis, Global Issues for Management, Applied Strategic Management, Research Methods and Dynamic Leadership Development with Project Management Frameworks and Project Management Practices culminating with a dissertation which, ensures learners scrutinise social norms and employ tools and techniques of enquiry and producing something new which adds value to the business world. Indeed, Professor Darren Dalcher, Professor of Project Management and founder of the UK National Centre of Project Management, believes that the role of project management will continue to grow with a need for more project managers with project managers becoming “more involved in some of the strategic conversations” and he further states that “the management of project holds the potential to link strategy, stakeholders, benefits, usage of assets, facilities and capabilities…with the link between strategy and the management of resources [key] to effective project management and organisational success” (Institute of Project Management Ireland (www.projectmanagement.ie).

     
    Click here to read one student's experience with the MBA programme at DBS.

    Aims of the Programme

    Graduates will be able to critically evaluate the importance of project management within organisations and apply appropriate project management frameworks to delivery enhanced performance in contemporary organisations. They will also be able to demonstrate critical awareness of business information, planning and control mechanisms in project management practices.

    Key Features of the Programme

    This unique programme allows you to study the pure MBA, or choose a specialist route for your MBA award within the following programmes: HRM; Project Management; Finance; Information Systems; Cloud Computing or Marketing. This ensures students are afforded the widest choice of specialisms from which to choose. A practitioner focus is part of this programme, and industry-led workshops and guest lecturers keep information current and applied.

    This MBA includes:

    • Personal, academic and professional development.  
    • Lectures and assessment methods that apply the business knowledge required for students to perform as an effective manager in any organisation. 
    • Through, extensive study of key issues in business theories students will be capable of evaluation and application of important global management issues which impact on organisational effectiveness and performance.
    • Knowledge and understanding of global business, most especially on issues such as globalisation, standardisation and customisation of products and services. 
    • Skills and knowledge to inform you how an organisation is best managed in a changing world. 

    With these in mind, the programme is designed to provide you with relevant knowledge, so that you are familiar with the latest theoretical and practical developments relating to business management and development.

    Entry Requirements

    The minimum entry requirements for the Master of Business Administration are: 

    • Level 8 primary undergraduate honours bachelor degree with a minimum Second Class Second Division classification (2.2) from a recognised third level institution in any discipline from a recognised third level institution (or equivalent); or 
    • An equivalent professional qualification such as ACCA or CIMA.
    • For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language test such as IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, PTE or DBS English Assessment. Test certificates should be dated within the last two years to be considered valid.
    • GMAT examination is a mandatory requirement for all applicants who do not hold an Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8) with a minimum of second class second division classification.

    The programme is aimed at learners who wish to specialise in business administration with a view to entering industry in a high-level managerial role, to progress professionally or to undertake further business studies. Learners will achieve the business expertise to lead an organisation to strategic decision making ensuring a maximum return on investment across each department. Learners will be capable of dealing with diverse intrinsic and extrinsic business realities in a creative manner to ensure sustainability and growth. 

    Applicants who do not have a Level 8 qualification at a 2.2 award level and who have at least 3 years’ work experience may also be considered through the college’s normal RPL procedures.  Relevant professional experience may be taken into account and individuals will be assessed on a case-by-case basis through DBS RPL procedures.

     
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Course overview

COURSE OVERVIEW 2019

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
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Award:
Masters Degree
NFQ Level: 
Level 9
Award Title: 
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Award Type:
 
Major
Duration: 
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years
January intake: 12 months

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We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2020. Contact our Admissions Team for further information.

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