Listed as most popular programme in DIT - Irish Times Postgraduate Options 2016 and 2017
Who should study this programme?
This programme is suited to high-potential applicants who wish to develop their capabilities in the field of strategic management. The programme is open to recent graduates as well as experienced managers.
Expertise in strategic management and planning has never been more important given the turbulent and challenging environments within which businesses now operate. At EU level change is now an ever present feature in relation to the money markets, banking and economics in general. At a global level businesses are faced with new competitors and different configurations of technologies generating new products. All this change has to be anticipated and managed by business at a strategic level to survive and indeed thrive. Graduates of this programme will be well placed to undertake strategic planning for businesses whether they are in the public, private or voluntary sectors.
Entry Requirements:Graduates of bachelor degree courses in business, economics (or an undergraduate programme where business subjects account for at least 50% of the subjects) who have achieved an honours degree (2.2 grade or higher) are eligible to apply. Applications from candidates who have an equivalent qualification at honours level (for example ACCA, CIMA or other professional bodies) are also eligible to apply. Applicants who do not have an honours degree in business (or equivalent) but who have substantial business experience can be considered by our Exceptional Entry Committee.
A minimum of 6.5 on IELTS for those whom English is not their first language.
Non EU applicants must have documentary proof of Irish residency or an Irish work permit to be eligible to apply. It is the responsibility of the candidate to maintain such eligibility across the life cycle of the programme.
Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirements is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed on their academic grades and work / life experience may also be considered. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.
Graduates from this programme will enhance their career opportunities within the full range of public and private sector organisations. Past graduates have taken up management positions in a range of sectors including technology, communications, finance, government organisations and departments, consultancy houses, public sector bodies and non-profit organisations. It is envisaged that graduates will hold senior management positions once they obtain sufficient experience.
Graduates are employed in a diverse range of companies including:
Technology and Communications
- Telefonica O2
- Central Bank
- Department of Finance
- CRH Plc
- BMW Group
Please note due to the great demand for our programmes early applications are assessed when received and dealt with promptly. Therefore it is advisable to make early applications for an early response. If you do not yet have your final degree results this will not hinder your application as we are happy to issue conditional offer letters in such circumstances.
Aim of this Programme
The overall aim of the Programme is to prepare business graduates for a career in management with the specific aim of accelerating their progression to senior management in the private or public sectors, consultancy and various advisory and research roles. The overarching aim is to develop participants’ understanding and expertise of strategy formulation and implementation and the role of the leader in this.
Participants study a range of business modules and undertake group and individual assessments to develop the functional competencies, specialist knowledge, research skills, analytical skills, leadership and soft skills necessary for strategic management and leadership.
- Deepen expertise in Strategic Management
- Focus on Leadership
- Opportunity to select your own specialism
- Company Project or Dissertation on a topic of your choice in the field of Strategic Management.
- Develop relevant analytical, communication and group work skills for today’s business environment.
- Be part of a large postgraduate community (College of Business, DIT has 750 postgrad students) where you can network with people who already have a depth of knowledge across a range of domains including accounting, marketing, management, advertising, retail management and technology. Opportunities for networking at various events during the course of your study.
Graduate, Darragh Smyth
Darragh Smyth graduated from the M. Sc. in Strategic Management (full-time) in September 2013 with First Class Honours. Prior to undertaking this programme, Darragh achieved First Class Honours in DIT’s B. Sc. Business and Management, during which time he interned in Deloitte & Touche, JP Morgan and Goodbody Stockbrokers.
Following completion of the programme Darragh accepted an offer on Accenture’s Management Consulting Graduate programme. Following two weeks management consulting training in Chicago, he is now engaged in a project in the Irish financial sector.
Graduate, Lorna Brady
Lorna graduated from the MSc in Strategic Management (full-time) in 2010 with a 1st class honours degree and immediately obtained a place on the Vodafone Graduate Programme with a 12 month contract. She was successful in securing a permanent contract when the graduate programme ended and now holds the position of Applications Product Executive.
Lorna is also a graduate of NUI Galway and holds a B. Comm degree
Graduate, Fiona Doherty
Fiona graduated from the MSc in Strategic Management (full-time) in November 2012 with a 2.1 honours degree. Following completion of the programme Fiona obtained a place on the IBEC EOP Graduate Programme. Through this she secured a placement with Beam Inc. From February 2013 Fiona will spend 18 months in Chicago working as a Brand Ambassador for their Kilbeggan Distillery Whiskey Brands. Prior to undertaking the MSc Strategic Management Fiona undertook the BSc in Marketing in DIT.
Graduate, Simon Clarke
Upon completing his Masters, Simon undertook the role of Business Intelligence specialist with Oracle where he was involved in winning new licences and driving strategic sales in the UK Gaming and Betting industry. Building on his previous role, Simon recently took a position as Account Manager with Google where he has responsibility for the gambling industry. Simon also holds an honours degree in Marketing from DIT.
September - January
February - May
June – September
Strategy & Leadership 1
Analytical tools for Business Management
Business Research Methods
Project & Consultancy Management
Strategy & Leadership 2
Understanding & Leading Organisations
Plus one of the following streams
In addition participants may select an area of specialism or choose modules from a range of specialisms. Current offerings include
Human Resources Management
Supply Chain Management
Specialisms offered subject to demand and minimum numbers.
Individual Company Project or Dissertation.
This will enable you to carry out in-depth research in an area of strategic management of interest to yourself or your company.
Assessment is a combination of continuous assessment and written examinations in most modules. The continuous assessment accounts for about half the marks in most modules.
Timetable / Hours
Lectures normally take place Monday – Friday from September to May. You will then undertake an individual Dissertation or Company Project over the Summer.
Graduates will be eligible for the award of MSc in Strategic Management (with named stream) of the Dublin Institute of Technology
Graduates are also eligible for Graduate membership of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors.
For further information see MSc in Strategic Management & The Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors.
For Further Information
Dr Phil Hanlon
College of Business
DIT Aungier Street
T: 01 402 3128
Ada Gully (School Administrator)
T: 01 402 7016
Please attach your degree transcripts (if available) when applying on-line.
Frequently asked questions
What are the fees?
EU Fees *
*The fees outlined for each course are provisional and are subject to change
For a list of EU postgraduate fees click here
Fees may be paid in two instalments, half in September and half in January.
For information on funding please click on the following link: Fees and Funding
Non EU Fees click here
How do I secure my place if I am offered one?
You will pay a deposit of €300 to secure your place. The €300 is then deducted from your fees.
When do I choose my specialist modules?
You generally select your specialist modules towards the end of your first semester.
What our Graduates say
Brian Gallagher, Central Bank
“I would highly recommend the DIT MSc in Strategic Management to any prospective student. I found the course to be both challenging and rewarding, with excellent lecturers and facilities, and I feel that the course gave me something of an edge when applying for jobs against other graduates. In addition, I have found that the learning experiences that I picked up during my time on the MSc in Strategic Management have stood to me in my current job, and I utilise many of these experiences on a day to day basis working in the Central Bank of Ireland.”
Simon Clarke, Account Manager, Google
“The skills sets and insights into several industries helped me on many levels in my career. The holistic focus of the course has allowed me in my current role to consult on many areas including finance, ICT and project management. The course provided a fantastic insight and foundation to understand the dynamics of business and the drivers that shape industry”.