In general, we require that prospective participants have a good science, engineering, technology or social science honours bachelor degree (2H2 or higher) from an Irish 3rd level institution or its equivalent from an overseas university. A key feature of the programme is that participants come from a wide and varied range of disciplines --- in the past we have drawn from such diverse backgrounds as Aquaculture and Marine Biotechnology, Architecture, Biochemistry, Built Environment, Clinical Measurement, Computer Science, Culinary Arts, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Geology, Journalism, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Media Production, Pharmacy, Psychology, Sociology and Zoology. Indeed, the very eclectic background of participants adds to the creative milieu of the programme. In some, very limited, instances, non-standard applications will be accepted.
If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this programme should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6.5 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.
Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.
The MSc in Business and Entrepreneurship is an exciting one-year programme dedicated to transforming Science, Engineering, Social Science and Technology graduates into leaders who will guide and create tomorrow's businesses (Note: business graduates, or those with a substantial business component to their undergraduate degree, are not eligible for this programme). It aims to achieve this through providing participants with the acumen to successfully move ideas and innovations into commercial practice. In doing so, it addresses Ireland's need to maintain competitiveness by cultivating cross-functional, entrepreneurial graduates. This programme draws on the unique capability and reputation of the Dublin Institute of Technology, which was founded from the fusion of Ireland's oldest and most successful business and technology colleges.
The programme provides participants with the skills and orientation towards enterprise creation, either in an existing business or as a start-up. Graduates will have enhanced career prospects for a wide range of posts in Irish and international businesses.
Studies in Semester 1 cover the subjects of Strategy, Marketing, Technology and Operations Management, Venture Finance and Law. Such accelerated learning is designed to give participants the conceptual tools needed to analyse business situations and to undertake business planning. In tandem, participants engage in the initial stages of work on two separate substantive elements of the programme within a seminar/workshop format: (i) the product development project and business development plan; and (ii) the dissertation.
Building on learning from the first semester, studies in Semester 2 cover the subjects of Creativity, Marketing, Technology and Operations Management, Accounting, Law and Taxation. Work also continues on the product development project and business development plan, with support available through weekly group sessions with the module advisors for the 12 class weeks of the semester. Participants then work on their own through to submission of the joint project/plan document in early September. In tandem, participants move to greater engagement with their dissertation research and have the opportunity to work 1-to-1 for a total of four hours with an assigned advisor up to mid-June, at which point participants work on their own through to submission of the dissertation in early September. Submission of both the joint project/plan document and the dissertation marks the end of the programme.
The programme takes 52 weeks of a participant’s life, with 24 weeks dedicated to class tuition. A range of other ad-hoc activities also require participation throughout the year. So, while there is space for other activities over the year, participants are reminded that this is a full-time programme and that a full-time commitment is both necessary and expected.