MSc in Executive Leadership

Great leadership is at the heart and soul of great organisations. It is the key to unlocking human potential. It is the means by which organisations secure and maintain their competitive edge. It is the means by which they create and capture value.

If you are serious about investing in your career, the MSc in Executive Leadership is a unique opportunity. This two-year part time business masters is more than an academic programme of study and knowledge acquisition. It combines a personal and professional journey to excellence in leading people and organisations through providing access to networks of local, national and global academics and executive thought leaders.


  • Creating the Future
  • Leading for the Future
  • Executive Coaching & Mentoring
  • Leading Change, Innovation & Transformation
  • Best Practice Study Visit to Boston College, USA
  • Corporate Governance & Business Ethics
  • Strategic Financial Managament
  • Leading in a Digital Age
  • Research Methods

What have previous participants gained from the MSc in Executive Leadership?

  • The opportunity to challenge their thinking on leadership, business development, innovation, governance and business ethics and enhance strategic leadership in their organisations
  • The competence to shape their own leadership journey, to raise their profile and develop their personal brand
  • The opportunity to explore new insights on contemporary challenges with Business Institute Faculty and accomplished thought leaders from a range of sectors
  • An understanding of the application of leading edge business thinking and practices through case study learning and site visits to leading companies across Ireland and the US
  • Through action learning and applied work assignments to reflect on and contextualise the learning to promote innovation and competitive advantage in their organisations
  • The opportunity to build extensive learning networks with academics, practitioners and alumni across various sectors Ireland and the US.

Participant Profile

Participants will typically be senior executives in a leadership role within their organisation who have significant budgetary and/or people management experience gained over at least 5 years in a senior managerial role.


As a 2 year part-time strategic development initiative, the MSc is structured around 8 classroom-based modules each lasting 3 days, delivered in The Irish Times Building, Dublin 2 and one 5 day module delivered at the Global Leadership Institute, Boston College, USA. Relevant case studies and a wide selection of e-books and online materials from Ulster University's library are used to support participant development throughout. Induction and graduation take place at Ulster University's Jordanstown Campus.

Assessment for the MSc in Executive Leadership is by a company-based assignment at the end of each module. On successful completion of all nine modules participants will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Leadership. Those who go on to complete the Dissertation will be awarded the MSc in Executive Leadership by Ulster University. The MSc is an internationally recognised degree.


YEAR 1: €11,950 or Early Bird €9,750 - YEAR 2: €9,950 or Early Bird €7,800 (fees are incl. of Study Visit to Boston College)

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