Program Overview

Experiential. Transformational. International. The globally-ranked Smurfit MBA provides an unequalled opportunity to unlock and develop your leadership potential, accelerate your career and build your global network.

One of the world’s most vibrant capital cities, Dublin is a hub of business, finance and innovation, and provides a culturally diverse home for our MBA. Benefit from an outstanding and challenging academic curriculum, delivered by an international faculty within an intimate classroom setting. Immerse yourself in case studies, action learning, international study trips, integrated projects and global virtual teamwork. Expand your horizons with a dedicated careers service and an active network of 4,000 MBA Alumni worldwide. Engage in Smurfit’s MBA Leadership Development programme, and focus on the skills necessary to communicate effectively, understand yourself better, and lead diverse teams and organisations anywhere in the world.



  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 60,540


IELTS: 7 TOEFL: 100 GMAT: 646


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As an MBA student, you will build on your previous experience and gain practical skills in emerging business topics, Finance, Strategy, Marketing, Accounting, Economics, Human Resources and Leadership among other disciplines. The programme is structured over 3 semesters during which time you will complete 15 core modules, 2 option modules, a major project and the opportunity to take modules in locations across the globe. Optional modules can be taken in autumn, spring and the summer term. The list of options evolves over time based on student feedback and the identification of new areas of interest.

Please note that the table below is for indicative purposes only as modules are sometimes moved or replaced for academic reasons.

Autumn Trimester


  • Preparing the Ground

  • Introduction to Finance, Marketing and Strategy

  • Case study workshops

  • Communication Skills

  • Team work


  • Financial Reporting

  • Corporate Finance

  • Performance Driven Marketing

  • Leadership & Organisational Behaviour

  • Competitive Strategy

  • Business Economics

Option Modules

  • Global Network Immersion Week

Spring Trimester


  • Operations, Innovation & Management

  • Management Accounting

  • Doing Business in International Markets

  • Digital Transformation

  • Entrepreneurship

Option Modules

1 x option modules which may include: 

  • Managing the Negotiations Process

  • Strategy Execution

  • Corporate Governance

Summer Trimester


  • Strategies for Human Resources

  • Global & Corporate Strategy

  • MBA Consulting Project (Capstone)

  • International Consulting Project

Option Modules

1 x option modules which may include: 

  • Executive Decision Making

  • Data Analytics

  • Business & Society

MBA Leadership Development Programme - planned series of seminars, workshops, psychometric assessment and optional executive coaching

MBA Careers Development – planned series of seminars, workshops, employer events, speaker events and career mentoring

Extracurricular Activities - MBA Clubs, MBA Blog, Networking Events

** Please note that the content is subject to change yearly

  • A university degree*

  • A minimum of three years’ quality professional experience (excluding summer placements, part-time or temporary work experience) at the time of application.    

  • A valid score on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)

    Full-Time MBA:  preferred minimum score of 600.  Please note that we look at applications on a holistic basis, and a high GMAT score does not guarantee admission. The average GMAT for our current MBA class is 646.  If you have any questions in regards to your application we recommend that you contact the MBA Admissions team.  

    Executive MBA: GMAT score of 520 or above required.  


    GMAC Executive Assessment (EA): EA score of 151 and above is required for the FT MBA. A score of 149 and above is required for EMBA and Modular programmes.
    More information on the EA available here.

    For both the MBA full-time and EMBA, apart from meeting the minimum overall GMAT/EA score, candidates must also do reasonably well in the quantitative component of this test.  

    Alternatively to the above, candidates for both the full-time and EMBA can submit a valid GRE Test Score. Indicative equivalencies are available through GRE 

    NB: Please note that scholarship competitions may require earlier submission of a GMAT score, which may vary from those noted above. View our Scholarships page for more details.

  • English Language Requirements: All applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in English language. If English is not your first language you must present with the minimum standard in a recognised English language test, as outlined below. The exception to this rule is if you have completed your primary degree or an entire third level qualification through English, in a majority English speaking country.**

    • An average IELTS score of 7.0 over all components and a minimum of 6.5 in each band on the Academic Version.         

    • A minimum score of 100 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (iTB) with minimum score 24 in Writing, and minimum score 20 in Reading, Listening and Speaking components.
      For all proficiency tests the results must normally have been issued within two years prior to the start of your programme.      

    • UCD has approved the use of the Duolingo Test of English (DET) for the 2022/23 and 2023/24 intake. A DET score of 120 will be accepted with at least 100 in each subscore.

Through our rigorous selection process we endeavour to manage expectations so that the candidate’s aspirations for the programme and career objectives are aligned with what the programme can deliver.

Investment Cost calculated for 12 months

  • (Full-Time MBA)    On Campus   

  • School Fees (2022/2023)    €35,000   

  • Accommodation    €12,500 (including utilities)   

  • Food/Utilities    €6,840   

  • Textbooks    €1,200    

  • MBA Travel

  • (GNAM & Study Tours Discretionary Spending; Visas)    €5,000   

  • Total    €60,540   

Graduates of the Smurfit MBA are highly sought after to take up roles across all types of organisations. They are hired into a variety of commercial roles in Ireland and abroad. 

Over the past few years, our Full Time MBA class have secured roles in a large number of organisations, including: McKinsey, Google, Kellogg’s, EY, Grant Thornton, PwC, Amazon, Hubspot, Facebook, LinkedIn, Salesforce, Mainstream Renewable Power, KPMG, Novartis, Accenture, Roche, CRH and Glanbia.


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