MSc in Management Practice

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The MSc in Management Practice is a two year Master’s Degree programme aimed specifically at chief executives and senior managers.

The programme is run by the IMI and validated by University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork.

It is designed exclusively for experienced senior managers who need to develop their understanding of the complex management issues facing them and their organisation but find it impossible, because of their senior status in the organisation, to go on either a full-time master’s programme or a part-time.

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  • Duration: 2 years
  • Location: IMI
  • Next Programme: Autumn 2019
  • Modules: Multiple
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Fee (IMI member)
€18,855 per annum. Fees are payable annually in advance.


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Next programme start dates: Autumn 2019


The programme has a number of major themes or subject streams, which form the basis of the discussion which takes place during the common core seminars. The main themes running through the programme are:

  • Strategy
  • Organisation behaviour
  • Financial analysis
  • Management of change
  • Organisation design
  • Personal skills
  • Information systems/IT
  • Learning and research methods

They are supplemented by inputs on topics relevant to the initiatives undertaken (eg operations, marketing, HRM etc.)

Stage 1: Action Learning

Recognising that people learn most effectively from the solution of real life problems, the emphasis throughout is on the application of what is being learned to the individual’s organisation and job. In order to do this a high emphasis is placed on one-to-one personal tutoring and consequently the number which can be taken on the programme in any one year is limited.

Stage 2: Tutoring

From the outset, each participant is allocated a tutor drawn from the programme staff. It is the tutor’s job to help the participant pace themselves through the programme, to give guidance in reading and study, to help in the choice of topic for the action learning project and to give ongoing guidance in the research.

Stage 3: Ongoing Learning

Each month a set of tasks is completed by each participant using the ideas they are reading about to describe and analyse their organisation and job. These form the basic building blocks of each of the major documents submitted.

Stage 4: Strategic Initiatives

The initiative which forms the basis for the thesis is selected by each participant in consultation with his/her tutor and the Programme Director. While the theme is an individual choice, they will typically focus on strategic change, organisational structure change, or organisational process change. All projects will focus on management issues and problems, not technical problems.

Stage 5: Evaluation

While the thesis submitted at the end of the programme is the principal form of evaluation, the other main evaluation points on the programme are as follows:

  • The orientation paper, submitted 8 months into the programme— subject to satisfactory performance, participants proceed to the second phase.
  • The thesis proposal and literature review, submitted 12 months into the programme—a document outlining the proposed initiative as well as pinpointing and reviewing the relevant literature,  submitted both verbally and in writing.
  • The position paper, submitted 16 months into the programme. This is another major report submitted to the programme staff, enabling them to isolate any problems and provide required assistance.
  • The first draft of the thesis, submitted 21 months into the programme—feedback from programme staff and tutors provides the impetus for refining this draft and preparing the final thesis.
  • The thesis, submitted 2 years after the start of the programme.

Applicants must:

  • have a university degree (any discipline) or a professional qualification. Applications are also invited from mature non-graduates with significant management experience
  • have a number of years’ experience as a senior manager
  • satisfy IMI as to their general suitability and ability to deal with the work requirements of the programme

For whom:

The typical participant will have had general management experience at CEO level or will be at the top of a major corporate function within the organisation such as financial controller, production director, marketing manager. They will come from large and small indigenous companies, multinational subsidiaries, as well as the state, semi-state and financial services sectors. The average age of participants on the programme will be about forty, with a range above and below this. It is only in exceptional circumstances that participants who are not in their early thirties at least will have had the breadth of experience required or the authority to implement the change which is an integral part of the programme.

The programme is validated and awarded by University College Cork (UCC) and attracts 90 ECTS credits at Level 9 (Masters level) on the National Framework of Qualifications. Those who successfully complete the programme will be awarded the title “Masters in Management Practice”.

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Next programme start dates:

Module 1: 19 October 2018

Module 2: 01, 02 November 2018

Module 3: 29, 30 November 2018

Module 4: 03, 04 January 2019

Module 5: 31 January & 01 February 2019

Module 6: 28 February & 01 March 2019

Module 7: 04, 05 April 2019

Module 8: 02, 03 May 2019

Module 9: 06, 07 June 2019

Module 10: 05, 06 September 2019

Module 11: 03, 04 October 2019


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