Course Overview

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.

  • 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 NUI 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 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 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

This cyclical programme will again be on offer for entry 2017.

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting



Course code

GYC16 (EMBA); GYC17 (PDip)

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 NUI 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.

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, Masonite, 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. 2020/21

Fees: Tuition

€13,626 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Non EU

€15,550 p.a. 2020/21

Find out More

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