MBS (Electronic Commerce)

J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics

Course overview

This Programme is currently under review for 2015/16 entry


The MBS (Electronic Commerce) is an innovative postgraduate programme that combines business management, technological skills and a graduate professional experience programme. Participants develop a comprehensive portfolio of business and analytical skills and also develop extensive technical expertise. The opportunity to observe the practical applications of these skills and knowledge is provided in the second year through the graduate professional experience programme. 

The aim of the programme is to equip students with the range of technical and business skills needed to implement and manage e-commerce solutions in a business environment. Students gain practical knowledge of business systems analysis and design; project management; database design; applications development; internet and multimedia development; and business policy. Specialised aspects are also covered, including: human-computer interaction, information systems security, business analytics and decision support systems, electronic commerce strategy and IS innovation. 

The course is a full-time degree which commences in September and continues for two academic years. In Year 1 of the programme students take six courses each semester. Students are assessed at the end of each semester in Year 1, either by exam, continuous assessment or a combination of both.

The second year of the MBS provides the opportunity for students to apply the skills they have acquired in Year One by working for companies such as Microsoft and Ericsson. The Graduate Experience Programme (GEP) is a work placement opportunity during which students work on e-commerce and information systems related projects.


Key facts

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements are a Second Class Honours business degree (Level 8). Applicants whose first language is not English or who have not been educated through English during their two most recent years of study must present an English language qualication (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).

Duration: 2 years, full-time

Next start date: This programme is currently under review

ECTS weighting: 120

Average intake: 30 (25 E.U.; 5 non-E.U.)

Closing date: Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

Business Technology Modules

• Web Design and Development
• Interactive Systems Design
• Systems Development and Project Management
• Database Systems
• Business Applications Programming
• Applied Systems Analysis

Business Strategy and Policy Modules

• Information Systems Management
• Enterprise Systems
• Strategic Management
• Information Systems Strategy and Innovation
• Decision Systems and Business Analytics

Elective Modules

• Information Systems Security and Ethics
• Advanced Applications Programming
• Change Management

Graduate Experience Programme

• Professional Experience

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Selection criteria: all applicants whose first language is not English or who have not been educated through the medium of the English language during their two most recent years of study must present one of the following qualifications in the English language: IELTS score of 6.5, TOEFL (paper based) score of 580, TOEFL (computer based) score of 240, or TOEFL (internet based) score of 92.

Requirements and assessment

Semester One exams: December. Semester Two exams: April/ May. A range of assessment methods are integrated and assessed throughout the programme. These include projects, reports, presentations, and case studies.

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PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €3,500 p.a. 2014/15
 - Tuition: €3,276 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2013/14