Course Overview


The NUI Galway Executive MBA is AMBA accredited.  AMBA accreditation is the global quality benchmark for MBA programmes.  AMBA accreditation gives business schools international credibility and status. AMBA has accredited 200 MBA programmes in business schools in over 70 countries.  The number of MBA qualifications available worldwide is now in the thousands, but only a small percentage of these have attained AMBA accreditation. 

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The Executive MBA (EMBA) is a Master of Business Administration course that offers you a general management programme designed to develop and enhance your business and management capabilities and prepares you for strategic leadership roles. The programme places an emphasis on strategic decision making and develops practical and professional skills for success in business environments. The Executive MBA: 

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


The NUI Galway MBA has a suite of videos on an MBA playlist on YouTube, ranging from such topics as Why Do an EMBA to MBA Teaching at NUI Galway to International Study Trips. You can view these here

Applications and Selections

The next programme will commence September 2016 and applications will be accepted from November 2015.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Students will complete a range of different assessments including individual and group projects forming 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 be considered for the PDip (Management), which is equivalent to the first year of the Executive MBA programme.

Additional Requirements


2 years, part-time (EMBA) | 1 year, part-time (PDip)

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

29th July 2016 (applications will be accepted and reviewed prior to this date; an early application may result in an early decision)

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting



PAC code

GYC17 (PDip)

Course Outline

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

Elective modules, offered at NUI Galway or University of Limerick, may include*:
• International Study Visit
• Business Negotiations
• International Management
• Strategic Sales Management
• Technology Management
• Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprise
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Strategic Marketing
• The Irish Economy in a Global Context
• Information Systems Innovation

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

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The Executive MBA represents a common factor in the careers of many successful managers in large multinational companies, SMEs, government agencies, NGOs, professional consultancies, and arts organisations.


Executive MBA graduates from NUI Galway are employed by leading organisations in both the private and public sector, including Alkermes, AIB, An Post, Bank of Ireland, 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,, O2, The City Bin Co., Thermo King, VHE and Transitions Optical.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€13,850 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Tuition

€13,626 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Non EU

€14,350 p.a. 2015/16

Find out More

Mr Martin Hughes
T 353 91 49 3814