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Key Info

  • Course CodeCR_BGLBP_9
  • Field of StudyMarketing,Business
  • Type of CourseMasters Degree
  • Type of QualificationMaster of Arts
  • Type of Study Full time
  • Application Closing DateEU applicants:31st August 2020
    Non EU applicants: 31st May 2020
  • Level9
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus
Course fee

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2020/2021 only and are subject to change on an annual basis.

EU Applicants: €5,500
Non-EU Applicants: €12,000


For information on visa requirements, please visit www.cit.ie/international


Union of Students in Ireland (USI) Levy
The USI membership levy of €7.00 has been introduced as a result of a referendum where students opted to affiliate to the national Students’ Union. This levy must be paid before the start of Semester 1.



The MA in Global Business Practice emphasises the development of skills relating to International Business with a capstone international placement.


The programme is aimed at those with existing business degrees and develops knowledge & Insight relating to areas that are of particular importance for businesses operating globally. This can include small, medium and large companies who may be involved in the movement and development of goods, service or labour across multiple territories. Skills and knowledge developed relate to operations management, supply chain and logistics, procurement as well as broader themes like strategy and innovation which also underpin success in global business.



The programme has three strands, geared at developing a graduate that will be ready to gain employment in roles where international business skills and knowledge can be put to immediate and practical usage. 


  • Traditional Platform – This focuses on the global environment putting specific focus on contemporary issues in the international landscape. The provision of these modules that act as critical immersions in areas including Global Competitive Strategies, Financial Interpretation, Business Relationship Development, International Business Negotiation, Innovation Management & Creativity and Operations Strategy will be through a delivery mode that emphasises traditional delivery albeit through interesting pedagogical approaches. 

  • Accelerated and Intensive Platform – During January, February and March learners will have the opportunity to undertake specifically tailored modules that will be delivered in either intensive or accelerated modes. 

  • Placement – The final stage of the programme will provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to real world initiatives through placement in an international business or a business with a strong business orientation. This will be of significant duration and will be targeted at overseas partners though suitable placements may also be approved within Ireland. 


A graduate of this programme will be distinctive, when compared to other graduates, because

  • They will have a deeper and broader understanding of the international business environment coupled with experience in that area.

  • They will have specific and deep knowledge around business development, importation, exportation, supply chain, operations, purchasing, account management, international selling and innovation etc.


Graduates of this programme will primarily find employment in roles where their understanding and exposure of general business subject matter is complemented by a thorough and deep understanding of the international business landscape.

This programme is geared at business students. As students will emanate from various business areas the following entry criteria normally need to be met:

  1. A 2.2 (or equivalent) in an Honours Degree in a business area. 
  2. A Personal Statement must be provided by the applicant.
  3. An interview may be held with candidates.
  4. An IELTS of 6.5 (or equivalent) will be requested of students where deemed appropriate by the Head of Department. 

To Apply


  • Online application is open for course commencing September 2020.
  • Applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €550 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.
  • Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.
  • Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.


It is envisaged that graduates will play significant roles in the various aspects of the export orientation of Irish and multinational businesses. The majority of students who have undertaken placements in companies have ended up working for that company after the programme. This will be supported by an understanding of pertinent business knowledge relating to this area with in-depth understanding of areas such as trade policy, negotiation, financial interpretation and operations and logistics. There is an articulated demand within Irish businesses for graduates, who understand what it means to be truly global, who also have the skills and knowledge required to play an active part in an ever more competitive business environment.  


We expect that graduates of this programme would be suited to graduate programmes of large multinationals and that beyond this the graduates would be ready for roles (within large and small companies) that include those listed below. It should be noted that many of the roles below have a specific benefit accrued from being effected by those with a critical “global perspective”.  The roles listed below are aligned with the skills shortages identified and presented elsewhere in this document and which informed the development of this programme. 


  • Supply Chain Specialists
  • Export Planners
  • Business Development Representatives
  • Procurement officers
  • Buyers
  • Project Managers
  • New Product Development
  • Capacity Planning
  • Forecasting
  • Operations team supervision and management
  • Lean Implementation
  • Business Planning
  • International Selling
  • Account Management
  • Business Analyst


Beyond this, graduates with undergraduate level specialisms in finance, HR, accounting and marketing will benefit from widened opportunities in various roles given their enhanced global business knowledge and skills. 


Fundamentally, we would expect the following of a graduate:


  • A deep understanding of the principles of international business contextualised by shifting trends, challenges and opportunities
  • Essential insight into the main challenges faced by a globalised business, including the actual workings and resources of such organisations with the ability to propose solutions to those challenges.
  • An appreciation of Ireland’s position in the global business environment from an economic, social and cultural perspective
  • The ability to evaluate financial, managerial, economic, innovation, logistical & operational issues in a global context
  • The ability to work effectively in small multicultural groups
  •  The ability to take an interdisciplinary approach to global business issues
  • A real-world understanding of the impacts of decision making through a placement programme in an international business context


A graduate of this programme would be recognised by significant leadership potential underpinned by expertise in international business. 


For detailed module information, please click here

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