At AIB, we’re committed to making an immediate impact on your career through practical learning. That’s why we’re making a few changes to our MBA course structure.

These changes ensure that our subjects stay highly relevant for you in the dynamic world of business.

Read below to find out how these changes affect you. And please touch base with us if you have any questions. We’re here to help!

Summary of changes

  • Increase in core subjects from 8 to 9, addition of PMGT as core subject
  • The decrease in elective/specialisation subjects from 4 to 3
  • Discontinuation of electives as follows:
    • 9005FRAN – Franchising
    • 9016PCM – Performance and Compensation Management
    • 9017IBF – International Business Finance
    • 9020BBM – Business to Business Marketing
  • Removal of discontinued electives from HRM, LSCM & MM specialisations
  • Increase in maximum MBA course duration from 36 to 48 months
  • Increase in maximum GCM course duration from 12 months to 16 months
  • Rewrite/renaming of SHRD to OLAD

The number of core and elective subjects

From Term 5 2019, the AIB MBA course structure changes as follows:

  • 9011PMGT Project Management is now an additional core subject
  • The number of elective and/or specialisation subjects changes from 4 to 3 subjects

The overall number of subjects to complete the MBA has not changed; it remains 12 subjects. A comparison table of the current and new structure is outlined below.

Current structure New structure
Leadership (8001LEAD) Leadership (8001LEAD)
Marketing Management (8002MMGT) Marketing Management (8002MMGT)
Strategic Human Resource Management (8003SHRM) Strategic Human Resource Management (8003SHRM)
Operations Management (8004OMGT) Operations Management (8004OMGT)
Corporate Governance (8005CGOV) Corporate Governance (8005CGOV)
Financial Management (8006FMGT) Financial Management (8006FMGT)
Strategic Management (9001SMGT) Strategic Management (9001SMGT)
Final Project (9050PROJ) Project Management (9011PMGT)
Elective 1 of 4 Final Project (9050PROJ)
Elective 2 of 4 Elective 1 of 3
Elective 3 of 4 Elective 2 of 3
Elective 4 of 4 Elective 3 of 3

Students who commenced study prior to Term 5, 2019 will not be affected by this change and Project Management (9011PMGT) will still be offered as an elective subject to those students.

Discontinuation of selected elective subjects

The following elective subjects will be phased out. However, they will still be available for enrolments until Term 2 2021.

  • 9005FRAN – Franchising
  • 9016PCM – Performance and Compensation Management
  • 9017IBF – International Business Finance
  • 9020BBM – Business to Business Marketing

All students can complete the discontinued subjects by the teach-out end date (being Term 2 2021). If any of those subjects are not successfully completed by the end of the teach-out period, students will need to undertake alternative subjects.

Students who have received an MC grade for any of the affected elective and/or specialisation subjects must utilise their free re-enrolment by the end of the teach-out period. Students are strongly encouraged to contact AIB to schedule their next timetable with discontinued subjects. For availability of the subjects please refer to the 2018/19 and 2020 Master Timetables.

Whilst the subjects are being discontinued, if they were attempted, they will continue to appear on students’ academic transcript, and will consequently count towards the GPA (except for WNF and MC grades).

Changes to the structure of specialisations

The following Master of Business Administration (MBA) specialisations have had the course structure revised:

  • MBA (Human Resource Management)
  • MBA (Marketing Management)
  • MBA (Logistics & Supply Chain Management)
  • MBA (Finance)
  • MBA (Entrepreneurial Management)

These changes reflect both the change in overall MBA course structure and the teach-out for the discontinued elective/specialisation subjects. View the current structure for each specialisation below, and the new structures.

Specialisation Current subjects New subjects
Human Resource Management Strategic Human Resource Development (9015SHRD)*

Performance and Compensation Management (9016PCM)

Managing People in a Global Context (9018MPGC)

Managing Change (9019MC)*

Organisational Learning and Development (9015OLAD) from Term 5, 2019

Organisational Learning and Development (9015OLAD)

Managing People in a Global Context (9018MPGC)

Managing Change (9019MC)

Marketing Management Integrated Marketing Communication (9013IMC)

New Product Management (9014NPM)

Business to Business Marketing (9020BBM)

Consumer Behaviour (9023CB)

Integrated Marketing Communication (9013IMC)

New Product Management (9014NPM)

Consumer Behaviour (9023CB)

Logistics and Supply Chain Management International Business (9004IB)

Integrated Logistics Management (9009ILOG)

Project Management (9011PMGT)

Strategic Supply Chain Management (9012SSUP)

International Business (9004IB)

Integrated Logistics Management (9009ILOG)

Strategic Supply Chain Management (9012SSUP)

Finance Corporate Finance (9006CFIN)

Financial Markets and Institutions (9007FMI)

Investment Management (9008INMT)

International Business Finance (9017IBF)

Corporate Finance (9006CFIN)

Financial Markets and Institutions (9007FMI)

Investment Management (9008INMT)

Entrepreneurial Management Entrepreneurship (9002ENT)

New Venture Creation (9003NVC)

International Business (9004IB)

Franchising (9005FRAN)

Entrepreneurship (9002ENT)

New Venture Creation (9003NVC)

International Business (9004IB)

The last intake to commence these specialisations in the current structure is Term 4, 2019.

From Term 5 2019, only the new specialisations will be available for commencing students.

Existing students studying these specialisations will continue with their studies as normal, however a teach-out period will be in effect. The teach-out of these specialisations ends in Term 2 2021.

Students who are unable to successfully complete their specialisations within the teach-out period, will be allowed to transfer to a generic MBA without any specialisation or transfer to their specialisation under the new course structure.

Any subjects completed under the previous course structure will be credited towards the new course structure, with the exception of discontinued subjects. Students who have transferred to the new course structure will be required to undertake any outstanding subjects under the new course structure.

Students who wish to transfer to a new course structure earlier can do so by following standard request for transfer/change of specialisation.

Subject rename/revision

Strategic Human Resource Development (9015SHRD) will be revised and renamed as Organisational Learning and Development (9015OLAD), effective Term 5 2019.

Addition of new elective subjects

The following subjects will be added to the MBA course:

  • 9026BC Business Consulting* (available from Term 6 2019)
  • 9024CSM Cyber Security for Managers* (available by mid-2020)
  • 9025ABDM Artificial Intelligence and Big Data for Managers* (available by mid-2020)

*available to students regardless of course version.

Other changes

Maximum duration of MBA course for students who commence from Term 5 2019 onwards is 48 months (before registration extension is required). Maximum duration of GCM course for all students is 16 months (before registration extension is required).