Course Overview

The Master of Business Administration course offers you a general management programme designed to develop and enhance your business and management capabilities and prepares you for accelerated career progression through the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary for success in strategic management and senior leadership roles. The programme places an emphasis on strategic decision making and develops practical and professional skills for success in business environments. The programme

  • Develops managerial knowledge and skills that have immediate applicability;
  • Provides an opportunity to meet like-minded, ambitious executives from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences;
  • Challenges participants to think differently.
  • Integrates learning across all functional areas of business including finance, management, marketing, accounting, operations and business information systems. 

The University of Galway MBA is accredited by AMBA—the global standard of excellence for MBA education.

  • Research-led teaching by key faculty with real world business experience and international research reputations;
  • Continuing personal and professional development tailored to each student with one-to-one coaching from top business leaders;
  • Flexibility to tailor the programme to your requirements;
  • Small classes that allow for rich staff-student interaction.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Students will complete a range of different assessments. These include individual and group projects that form a continuous assessment throughout the semester as well as end-of -term, closed-book examinations.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Entry is open to graduates who have at least three years of relevant postgraduate administrative or business experience. Applications from non-graduates who have a minimum of five years’ business or administrative experience may also be considered.

Additional Requirements

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Applications from non-graduates who have a minimum of five years' relevant business experience may also be considered.


2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2024

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Please view the offer rounds website.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting



Course code


Course Outline

Modules/coursework includes:

  • Accounting for Managers
  • Financial Management
  • Management and Organisation
  • Economics and the Business Environment
  • Business Information Systems
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management and Organisation
  • Economics and the Business Environment
  • Business Information Systems
  • Human Resource Management
  • Enterprise Architecture Management
  • Markets & Marketing
  • Company-based Interdisciplinary Consultancy Study
  • Service Marketing
  • Leadership and Change
  • Performance Management, Ethics and Governance

Elective modules, offered at University of Galway or University of Limerick, may include*:

  • International Study Visit
  • Business Negotiations
  • International Management
  • Taxation
  • Strategic Sales Management
  • Technology Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprise
  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Strategic Human Resource Development
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Irish Economic Policy
  • Law and Policy Relating to Business Enterprise
  • Information Systems Innovation
  • Services Marketing.
  • Corporate Financial Management

*Electives offered are determined by the interest of students and availability of lecturing staff.

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
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Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
A module you may choose to study.
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The MBA programme is a common factor in the careers of many successful managers in large multinational companies, SMEs, government agencies, NGOs, professional consultancies and arts organisations. MBA graduates from University of Galway are employed by leading organisations in both the private and public sector, including Alkermes, AIB, An Post, Bank of Ireland, Baxter, Bord Gáis, Boston Scientific, C&D Foods, Cancer Care West, Creganna-Tactx Medical, Department of Education and Skills, Dycon Ltd., Glanbia, Hewlett Packard, Hollister, HSE, Medtronic, mykidstime, ie, O2, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP, SNAP, The City Bin Co., Thermo King, VHE and Transitions Optical.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€15,500 p.a. (€15,640 p.a. including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Tuition

€15,500 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€17,250 p.a. (€17,390 p.a. including levy) 2024/25

More details on the student levy located here

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