International Management / CEMS MIM, M.Sc.

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  • 16 months
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The MSc in International Management / CEMS MIM is suitable for business graduates with excellent interpersonal and business communications/language skills and a strong desire to succeed in the international arena.

What is MSc in International Management / CEMS MIM ?

The MSc in International Management / CEMS MiM is a one year Masters qualification. On successful completion of the programme, students are awarded an MSc in International Management from UCD and an MiM from the CEMS community of business schools. CEMS is a strategic alliance of leading business schools and multinational organisations.
The CEMS MiM is one of the world's top ranked Master's in Management degrees. In 2009, the CEMS MiM was ranked as the number one Master in Management (MiM) programme by The Financial Times. The programme was ranked in the top 3 globally between 2010 and 2012.


The objective of this programmes is to forge a bridge between the academic and corporate worlds and to nurture students’ ability to successfully engage within cross cultural settings. Consequently, the programme offers a mix of components that seek to blend academic rigour with practitioner experience. It is internationally focused, interdisciplinary, highly interactive and aims to equip students with the necessary analytical and cross cultural skills required to work within the international management domain. We place a high importance on language and practical skills, which are essential to kick-start your professional career and adjust to an international management environment.

What will I learn?

You will develop your analytical abilities and international business acumen. You will gain an advanced appreciation for the interdisciplinary nature of international management and through your interactions with international companies and colleagues, develop the interpersonal/inter cultural skills that are required to succeed within an international business context.

How will I benefit?

The MSc/CEMS MiM programme offers you unique access to a global network of leading business schools and multinational corporations. Through the CEMS alumi network, you will have an opportunity to develop valuable business contacts in many different business sectors and locations. On successful completion of the programme, you will graduate with a joint masters qualification and have studied in at least two of the top international business schools. You will have enhanced your business communication competences in a number of languages and have developed a plethora of important skills that are needed to successfully manage in international business contexts. Finally, if you decide to join the CEMS programme at Smurfit, you are guaranteed a very interactive, culturally rich classroom experience with highly motivated fellow students who will share your enthusiasm for International Management.

What is CEMS?

CEMS is a strategic global alliance of leading Business Schools and Multinational Companies. As Ireland's leading Business School, UCD Smurfit School represents Ireland in this community.

International joint degree

The CEMS Master in International Management degree is an international joint degree of the CEMS Schools, simultaneously taught at each School. It provides a select group of the best international students with the know-how and expertise needed to succeed in the new global business environment.

CEMS partner universities include: ESADE (Spain); the London School of Economics (UK); HEC School of Management (France); University of Sydney (Australia); Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo-FGV (Brazil); HKUST Business School (Hong Kong S.A.R., China) .

CEMS corporate partners include: Kerry Group, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, Google, L’Oreal, Nokia, Procter & Gamble and Shell


UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is one of a small group of schools worldwide to hold the `triple crown´ of accreditation from the three centres of business and academic excellence. These accreditations benchmark us against the best in the world and position UCD Smurfit School on the global map. Attaining these accreditations requires us to continually evaluate and enhance our own courses and programmes.

  • AACSB: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International is the USA-based body, which awards accreditation following a review of the quality of Degree programmes delivered by each Management School.
  • EQUIS: This is the quality improvement system administered by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) throughout Europe. EQUIS is awarded on the basis of quality controls on the entire range of activities within an institution.
  • AMBA: The Association of MBAs is a British-based organisation which concentrates specifically on MBA programmes and accredits those which reach its standards.

Programme Structure

Programme structure

The MSc in International Management / CEMS MIM is a one-year, full-time programme broken down into two semesters. You will be assessed through a combination of written examinations and continuous assessment.

Your first semester is based in UCD Smurfit School where you will complete the core modules of the programme and two option modules.

Your second semester is based at a CEMS partner university in Europe where you will take a minimum of one course and complete a business project.


The CEMS students must complete core and option modules. Students will also complete a business project, ten-week internship and dissertation as part of the programme.

Semester 1

  • Block Seminar
  • 2 Core Modules
  • 1 Option Modules

Semester 2

  • CEMS Study Abroad

Summer Term

  • Internship
  • Dissertation

Core Modules

  • Block Seminar
  • International Business & Strategy
  • Research Methods
  • CEMS Study Abroad
  • MSc IM Dissertation
  • MScIM Internship

Option Modules

  • Economic Foundations of Strategy
  • Organisational Analysis
  • Supply Chain Mgt
  • Supply Chain Planning and Control
  • Gender Equality & Diversity
  • Managing conflict in Organisation
  • Financial & Behavioural aspects
  • Marketing in Society
  • Project Management
  • Managing the negotiation process

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 16 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Partnership
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Applications are now being accepted for this programme for the 2013/14 academic year. All applications must be submitted on-line. Applicants should familiarise themselves with the entry requirements for this programme before submitting their application.

The entry requirements for the CEMS Masters in International Management programme are as follows:

You must have the following:

  • A minimum second-class honours (Grade 1) degree (or equivalent) in Business/Commerce/Business Administration or a related discipline or
  • An honours Graduate Diploma in Business Studies
  • You must be fluent or have a high level of proficiency in three languages (one of which must be english) before you commence this Masters programme. Please consult the CEMS Language Guide for more information.
  • You must submit two letters of recommendation as part of your application (Academic or Employer recommendations only)
  • You must also attend an interview as part of the selection process

Please Note: Degree awards (levels, categories, classification) vary greatly across countries. International students are urged to contact the Admissions Office to get clarification on equivalent grades and the grades required for entry to this Masters programme. The UCD GPA system ranges from 4.2 downwards, unlike many other universities for which it is 4.0.

The Admissions Office can be contacted at

If English is not your first language an English language qualification is required for admission to all of our programmes. The exception to this rule is if you have completed your primary degree or an entire third level qualification through English, in an english speaking country.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 17900 International
  • EUR 13900 EU/EEA


Financing - Irish Students

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School has agreed flexible student loan rates with AIB. AIB UCD branch staff members have extensive experience providing finance to UCD students.

Features include:

  • Flexible repayment options
  • Quick decisions
  • No set up charges
  • Loan terms 1-5 years

Phone Cynthia Smith or Georgina Butler on 01 2694499.

For further information please look at AIB financing information

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Mature Student Grant scheme: You may qualify if you are over 23 years of age and live independently of your parents’ home. Contact your local authority for more information.

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