Masters Qualifying Examination (Business) (Masters Qualifying Examination)

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About Masters Qualifying Examination (Business) at University College Cork


The Masters Qualifying Examination (Business) is a pre-masters programme specifically for non-EU students and aims to provide prospective non-EU students with the business domain knowledge as well as the English language skills required to meet the minimum English language requirements for entry onto the suite of level 9 Masters programmes offered by Business at UCC.

Course Details

Programme Requirements

Masters Qualifying Examination (Business) is available in the following areas: Information Systems, Finance, Food Business, Economics, Management and Marketing.

To be admitted to the University Examinations for the Masters Qualifying Examination (Business) programme, a student must have satisfactorily attended each semester and prescribed modules to the value of 60 credits (20 core module credits and 20 elective module credits, unless otherwise stated, and 20 English language modules credits).

Additional English Language Requirement (provided by Language Centre, UCC)

  • General English Class (Semester 1 and 2)

These additional English language classes are used, if required, to support students attain the IELTS score of 6.5 required for progression to the Masters.

English Language Modules (provided by Language Centre, UCC)
Students take 20 credits as follows:
LC0003 Academic English Writing Skills (10 credits)
LC1101 English for Academic Study (10 credits)

Core Modules
Students take 20 credits as follows:
AC3302 Investment Appraisal (5 credits)
IS4001 Business Research Project (10 credits)
IS4002 IT in Organisations (5 credits)

Note: Students applying for the MBS in Management and Marketing will take 40 credits of modules as specified by the Head of School of Management and Marketing and approved by the Faculty. The MG4046 Management/Marketing Research Project (10 credits) will be prescribed as part of this 40 credits.

Students applying for the MBS in Food Marketing will take 40 credits of Food Business modules (see Elective Modules).

Elective Modules
Students take modules to the value of 20 credits from the following:
AC1102 Financial Accounting (5 credits)
AC2204 Introduction to Management Accounting (5 credits)
AC3303 Introduction to Asset Pricing and Valuation (5 credits)
AC4409 Corporate Financing (5 credits)

Information Systems
IS2205 Principles and Practice of Systems Development (5 credits)
IS3303 Electronic Business (5 credits)
IS4429 Enterprise Systems (5 credits)
IS4440 New Business Forms (5 credits)

Food Business
FE2203 Food Economics (5 credits)
FE3205 Food Marketing Management (5 credits)
FE4002 Global Food Policy (5 credits)
FE4205 Consumer Behaviour in Food Markets (5 credits)
FE4206 International Food Retail Marketing (5 credits)
FE4405 Food Choice Analysis (5 credits)
FE4415 Research Project and Analytical Skills (10 credits)

EC1202 Business Economics 1 (5 credits)
EC1203 Business Economics 2 (5 credits)
EC4219/EC3100 Economics of Corporate Strategy 1 (5 credits)
EC4220/EC3109 Economics of Corporate Strategy 2 (5 credits)

Fact File

Course Code: CKK06

Course Title: Masters Qualifying Examination (Business)

College: Business and Law

Duration: 1 Year

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: N/A

NFQ Level: Level 9

2016 Entry Requirements: The following entry criteria are required: Good results in an undergraduate programme from any discipline (minimum average US GPA of 2.3 out of 4.0) or equivalent (e.g. OZ GPA 4/7; KSA GPA 2.9/5) primary bachelor degree;International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 6.0 overall, with no single skill below 5.5, or the equivalent TOEFL score or equivalent from an internationally recognised examination in English as a Foreign Language.See Detailed Entry Requirements for further information

Closing Date: This programme is now closed for 2016/17.

Next Intake: September 2015

Course Practicalities

Programme Learning Outcomes

Programme Learning Outcomes for Masters Qualifying Examination (Business)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate business concepts orally and in writing
  • Critique key concepts within their chosen business disciplines
  • Manage an academic workload within an academic year
  • Participate in group based discussions
  • Display a competence in their chosen business disciplines
  • Manage a business research project

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here.

For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.

All required documentation must either uploaded to your online application or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway

Further Contact Information

Dr. Mark Mulcahy, CFA

Senior Lecturer

University College Cork

College Road

Cork, Ireland


t: +353 21 4903212

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