The TU Dublin Executive MBA provides a comprehensive grounding in core functional areas, while also focusing on a number of key themes including:

  • Strategy and Leadership
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainability
  • Global Business
  • Financial and Data Analysis
  • Emerging Technologies and Digital Transformation

The modules you undertake during your time on the course keenly reflect these themes.

Each semester of the MBA course is composed of a number of unique modules; the course consists of 16 modules in total plus a Consultancy Project. Modules are scheduled to maximise learning and the integrated nature of modules will enhance participants’ ability to tackle complex business challenges.


Core Modules

Analytics have become one of the most powerful tools available to decision makers and are vital in managing and leveraging Big Data. Develop an understanding of a variety of predictive techniques using industry-standard (but highly accessible) purpose-designed software, geared to the special nature of ‘Big Data’. Develop skills in the use of data and models to support decision making in business. Explore underlying statistical/probability theory in a practical and user-friendly lab environment. This module also exposes students to emerging technologies and their application to business through a six-week Emerging Technologies and Digital Transformation Seminar Series.

Seminar Series

Understand the financing and investment decisions made by the management of companies in pursuit of corporate goals, and the importance of finance in company decision making and its place in the broader business mix. Acquire practical tools to enable informed financial management decision making, and an understanding of the theoretical concepts underpinning the financial markets. Develop an understanding of financial markets and their influence on decision making.

Examine the legal, ethical, and economic responsibilities facing business leaders today. Develop the capabilities to assess and analyse ethics, sustainability and governance issues in a wide array of situations. Learn how management and governance systems leaders can promote responsible conduct by companies and their employees, and how personal values can play a critical role in effective leadership. Economic globalization has raised a number of unique challenges to managers and businesses and this module will examine how corporations are and should be responding to these challenges.

Consider the strength and limitation of the market paradigm. Understand and apply economic concepts to your business. Learn methods of measuring economic activity and appraise macroeconomic information. Develop ways of thinking about economics and the economy, and analyse how a company or sector is affected by the operation of local, regional and national markets. The economics paradigm and its interactions with other areas of management knowledge and impact on the wider world are considered.

Understand the application of core accounting standards to financial transactions and events. Begin to critically analyse and appraise status and content of the narrative elements of an annual report. Oral and written communication skills, group working and the exercise of judgement in making decisions based on narrative and financial information are developed throughout.

This module brings together various facets of the course. Develop and extend the ability to effectively use the main analytical techniques and conceptual frameworks of strategic management in a complex global environment through the use of the case study method. Consider a range of approaches to strategy formulation and implementation under international complexity and learn to professionally diagnose pertinent business issues and suggest alternative courses of action.

Understand the strategic and managerial aspects of innovation spanning strategic integration and organisational alignment through to commercial execution. Develop an understanding of innovation as a business process. Learn to distinguish approaches in innovation in small and large organisations. Theoretical models and practical tools provide an integrated view of innovation in different operating contexts. Gain a solid grounding in key frameworks and best and next practices supporting innovation and commercialisation across organisations.

This course runs throughout the two-year Executive MBA, and provides opportunities for participants to enhance specific skills and their personal and professional leadership competencies. Find out more here.

Understand the role of management accounting within the decision and control contexts of organisations. Acquire a sound understanding of the fundamental concepts, principles, and techniques which underpin management accounting information. Develop an awareness of ethical issues that may arise. Learn to use management accounting information and fundamental accounting techniques in managerial planning, control and decision making. Critically evaluate the design and implementation of management control systems and decision models.

Introduction to marketing as a business philosophy, management process, and set of practices. Understand the role of marketing in the successful operation and leadership of a business. Develop a critical awareness of current issues in traditional and digital marketing. Cultivate team skills in analysis, strategy and effective presenting. Marketing applications are considered throughout in the context of an international and/or global landscape.

Build, integrate and extend knowledge and understanding of organising; move beyond understanding organisations in limited ways so as to increase ways to see, analyse, understand and take action in organisations. Understand management as a process of thinking, analysing and acting. Interrogate organisations as a political system by examining interests, conflict and power. Develop organising and management skills. Learn how to accomplish change within an organisation, and exercise skills of selectivity, analysis, interpretation and communication.

Examine the rhetoric and reality of HRM strategies from the senior management, line management and employee perspective. Develop conflict resolution capabilities and negotiation skills. Understand how to manage change relating to HR issues of mergers and acquisitions and internationalisation. Examine the relationship between HRM and corporate social responsibility, ethics and sustainability. Explore challenges faced by contemporary organisations and an assessment of the implications of the choices taken and decisions made.

Learn to interpret and evaluate the concepts of strategic management, and their relationship to senior management decision making. Analyse the complexity of decision making at a senior level in the firm and understand the role and tensions of various senior managers working in tandem with the general manager. Integrate strategic management thinking and practice across a range of disciplines and functions. Develop the expertise and judgement to devise a strategic plan for an organisation.

Understand the role of operations management as a cost reduction tool and capability developing mechanism which is crucial to any organisation’s success or survival. Gain critical awareness of current strategic operation issues and acquire new insights to propose effective business solutions. Apply concepts and techniques of operations management in developing company strategy. Clear and concise coverage helps build on experience and understanding of operations to achieve more lean and flexible enterprises.

Elective Modules

In addition to the core modules, students will also choose two elective modules. 

Project Management

Engage with the current theory and practice of Project Management, critically assessing what theories, tools and techniques offer real world value. Explore the perspectives, tools and concepts to anticipate challenges in managing real projects, and to utilise participant knowledge to create value for the organisation through effective implementation of projects. Understand the principles of project management: Product Life Cycle, the role of project manager and the role of teams. Apply concepts and techniques to a developing company portfolio. Participants will also develop skills as they learn to plan and simulate real-world project events.

Enterprise Sustainability 

Analyse, adapt and apply theories and models associated with the management and development of entrepreneurship. Understand the underlying principles and concepts of entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial and innovation process in order to achieve and sustain competitiveness and competitive advantage. Acquire an in-depth understanding and practical application of opportunity identification and assessment planning in today's competitive business environments.

Innovation & Technology Management

Learn to maximise the contribution of R&D to a firm's strategic and commercial objectives. Focus on linking different disciplines to plan, develop, test and implement technological capabilities in order to shape and deliver the strategic objectives of the organisation, and understand how enterprises can and do respond to the challenge of technology management in the context of competitive advantage and improved productivity. Significant learning will be gained from a review of the industry/solution context and of company-level best and next practice.

Strategic Customer Management

As companies seek to add value to customer relationships, the role of the sales person in this value creation process demands increasing scrutiny, attention and resources. Corporate strategy relies heavily on the successful design and implementation of sales strategies; particularly in the context of business-to-business firms where personal selling and its management are critical. Become equipped with both required skillsets: business development and effective participation with the sales function in the workforce. A blended learning approach – lectures and problem-based learning – aligns the learning platform to the workplace, and graduates to be both ‘work-ready and change-ready’.