Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)
Postgraduate Diploma (PDip)(Management)

College of Business, Public Policy, & Law

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.


MBA rosette

‌Shortlisted for national Postgraduate Course of the Year (Business) Award 2013


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.


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.

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

Next start date: September 2016

Average intake: 40

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

Mode of study: Taught

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.

Applications and selections

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

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.

Find out more

Dr Alma McCarthy
T 353 91 492 846
E alma.mccarthy@nuigalway.ie


PAC code

GYC17 (PDip)

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €13,850 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €13,626 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €14,350 p.a. 2015/16


AMBA Accredited

Current students

Ruth Kiely


Executive MBA Student 2012-14

“I started my own physiotherapy business in 2004, and as the business developed I realized I needed to develop skills that were not part of my professional training in particular in the areas of management, marketing and IT.  I chose the Executive MBA because it offered the full range of disciplines that I needed.  With the knowledge gained I have been able to install a software system which allows us to manage all aspects of our business more effectively and efficiently thus giving us a competitive advantage.

Highlights from the EMBA programme include the International Study Trip to Fordham University, USA as well as participating and completing the Inter Disciplinary Company Project in the second year.  Both are very unique experiences that are offered by this EMBA which has allowed for consolidation of knowledge and skills as well as highlighting possible opportunities for the future”.   

Past students

Tony McCarthy


Executive MBA Student 2010-12

 “I selected the NUIG Executive MBA program because it offered me the opportunity to continue with my career and embark on my MBA education at the same time. This provided me the opportunity to apply the learning in my organization almost simultaneously. The program also offers access to a network of MBA students, alumni, faculty, and business leaders both local and international. Overall it has been a very positive experience”