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Lead the way with an MBA from DIT - Online Q&A session on Wednesday, 25 July at 12 pm

Posted: 20 July, 2018

Dublin‘s business landscape is varied and multi-faceted. It combines a thriving entrepreneurial culture, with a wealth of well-established indigenous SMEs and has established itself as a hub for the international tech sector.

Recent MBA graduate Bassey Duke

What is common to this diverse community is the need for effective and compelling leadership at all levels of the organisation. DIT has responded to this requirement with a differentiated MBA offering for professionals who might not have business management experience, but who are keen to take on a senior leadership role in their organisation. DIT has attained AMBA accreditation, placing the programme in the top 2% of MBA programmes internationally, while September 2018 applicants will graduate from Technological University Dublin

As Dr Katrina Lawlor, Dean and Director of the DIT College of Business highlights, almost 70% of the Institute’s most recent intake have expertise in Engineering, Construction, IT, Marketing and NGOs underscoring the relevance of an MBA to a range of industries. “Our programme is designed to encourage participants to challenge how their previous training as an Engineer or IT expert has shaped their thinking and allows them to acquire a more holistic overview of an organisation. Our students learn in small groups where their diversity creates a peer learning environment that simulates the senior leadership team of a real business.”

The programme enables the individual to harness their leadership potential and helps them to achieve a better understanding of, and confidence in, their ability to drive change in their industry. In year one, participants engage with critical business functions such as Marketing, Finance and Economics, while modules in Organisation Behaviour and Leadership demonstrate the importance of an integrative approach to business operations. A highlight of the second year is a trip to the US where participants immerse themselves in the dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem of Silicon Valley. Facilitated by the US Market Access Centre, students engage in an Innovation Leadership Immersion Programme that includes company visits, lectures and discussions with leading academics and industry professionals.

The MBA has a decidedly practical emphasis, and participants enjoy the opportunity to engage with a live company challenge. According to Dr Claire McBride, Senior Lecturer in Innovation at DIT the MBA programme navigates the space between application and theoretical rigour on a near-constant basis. “The opportunity to work with live case-studies enables our students to blend theory and practice in a way that deeply embeds learning. Underpinned by an academic curriculum, our MBAs apply their professional expertise and their domain knowledge to meet challenges in industries different to their own. Live challenges present the opportunity to research problems in a given context and to make, and defend, recommendations to a panel of company founders and senior executives.”

The career benefits of completing an MBA are evident with DIT graduates taking on senior leadership roles in a range of companies in the technology, public, financial, transport and NGO sectors. However, often what is of most concern to applicants is how they will manage the workload. “The programme is delivered over two years, but I tell candidates to think of it in 12-week blocks," says MBA Programme Manager Helen Vahey. “We deliver the MBA in manageable three-month semesters with lectures scheduled in the evenings and at weekends to facilitate our students’ working lives.”

Applicants from non-traditional business backgrounds such as the Arts and Sciences can occasionally be unsure of whether an MBA is for them. Vahey continues, “In many cases, interested candidates come to us after a recommendation from a colleague or friend, but they are sceptical as to how an MBA will benefit someone with their skill set and career profile. The answer often lies in what sets the DIT MBA apart.  Our programme is academically robust, with participants studying the same theoretical subjects as they would in other business schools, but we leverage our expertise in practice-based learning and our strong links with industry so that students can use their knowledge to solve real-world problems."

The DIT MBA programme is accredited by AMBA (the Association of MBAs) and has received the Eduniversal 3 Palmes of Excellence. DIT College of Business is currently accepting applications for the 2018/2019 academic year; if you’re interested in more information, please join our live online Q&A at on Wednesday, 25th July 12pm-2pm, email or visit