The School is built upon an extraordinary leadership gift from Dr Michael WJ Smurfit. His generosity, and that of our patrons, sponsors, alumni and friends, has allowed us to maintain our position as one of the top European business schools.
At UCD Smurfit School, we have a wide range of programmes, including MBA, research programmes, specialist masters and executive education, which are designed to prepare graduates to face the challenges of the complex business world.
We have built strong relationships with international colleges, business school networks and associations and multinational corporations. These ties greatly benefit our graduates, who go on to build successful careers in every branch of business, industrial and professional life in Ireland and internationally. The Schools academics hold the highest qualifications from the world's leading universities and this, together with their business experience, enables them to create a stimulating environment both in teaching and research.
UCD Smurfit has a distinguished history as a leader in business education. We value our heritage and embrace our responsibility to maintain the highest standards and push the boundaries of what we can achieve.
At UCD Smurfit, we recognise that success depends on our ability to change and evolve. We have ambitious plans to develop a state-of-the-art business school that will act as a beacon of learning and research in the academic and business communities.
Triple Crownof Accreditation
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.
UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School students have access to superb facilities, which contribute towards the success of their studies.
In 2007, we opened the largest purpose built academic business library in the country on the Blackrock campus, providing a superb resource for our students. With 20,000 books and 5,000 theses, it extends over two floors with common areas that can accommodate 150 wi-fi users. Students also have access to the James Joyce Library on the Belfield campus and to other UCD branch libraries.
Our Information and Learning Technology Group (ILTG) is dedicated to helping our students make the most of the Schools IT resources. These include wired and wi-fi internet available throughout the campus. Blackboard is the Schools main e-learning tool, and is used by staff and students as a central area to provide and retrieve course material, communicate announcements and undertake group work.
We have technology enhanced lecture theatres, a magnificent common room, student meeting rooms, classrooms and areas with AV and Video Conferencing facilities. MBA students also benefit from dedicated meeting and presentation rooms.
Dublin is justly famous for its nightlife. With hip clubs, great restaurants and, of course, its world-famous pub culture, there is something here to suit everyones tastes.
Where to eat
No matter what youre in the mood for, Dublin has something to suit everyone. Café culture is as strong here as in any European capital, with old institutions like Bewleys and the Winding Stair café vying with new eateries , such as Dunne and Crescenzi and The Bailey. Casual diners have a host of places to choose from, too, so check out Café Bar Deli for salads, pasta and pizza; Wagamama for Japanese food; or Burdocks for traditional fish and chips. If you want to go up-market, treat yourself at Restaurant Patrick Guillbaud, LEcrivain or Thorntons Restaurant.
Where to drink
Dublin pubs are famous for good conversation and the perfect pint. Try soaking up the atmosphere in legendary spots like the Stags Head, the Palace Bar, Kehoes or Nearys. For a bit of culture on your night out, you can set off on the Literary Pub Crawl; or indulge your sense of style in places like Cocoon, the Market Bar and the Clarendon where you can enjoy a cocktail or two.
Where to go after-dark
Your night doesnt have to end just because the pubs have closed. Dublin has some great late-night venues, such as The Sugar Club, Whelans, Vicar Street and The Village, where you can find fantastic live music of all varieties. If you want to hit the clubs, you can try old favourites, such as Lillies Bordello and Renards, the huge superclub Spirit or the fashionable Spy. And dance music aficionados will love the cool tunes and visiting DJs at The Vaults, The Hub and Wax.
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School!