Dr Martin Quinn and Dr Brid Murphy, DCU Business School, yesterday marked the launch of their book on the history of The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA Ireland), titled “The History of CPA Ireland 1926-2016: 90 years accounting for Business“. The book is a practitioner oriented output of on-going research collaborations with CPA Ireland, and charts the foundation and growth of the body.

CPA Ireland is one of the main Irish accountancy bodies representing 5,000 members and students. CPA Ireland CEO, Eamonn Siggins commented “CPA Ireland’s foundation occurred against the backdrop of a newly founded State attempting to recover from a War of Independence and a Civil War which had wrought incalculable damage to the fabric of the country’s economy”.

Today, the CPA designation is the most commonly used designation worldwide for professional accountants and the Institute’s qualification enjoys wide international recognition. Its current membership operates in public practice, industry, financial services and the public sector and CPAs work in 48 countries around the world.

CEO, Eamonn Siggins noted “Ninety years of history is well worth celebrating and on behalf of our membership I want to thank Dr Bríd Murphy and Dr Martin Quinn for placing CPA Ireland’s development and growth in the context of nine decades of change in Ireland”.

Photo L-R, Dr. Martin Quinn DCU Business School, Richard Bruton, Minister for Education and Skills, Nano Brennan, President CPA Ireland. Dr Brid Murphy DCU Business School

It’s always been in you, that natural ambition to succeed.

So when it comes to choosing the right Business School for your Masters, you’ll need a university bursting with ambition for your future.

At DCU Business School, we’re placed in the top 5% in the world with our AACSB accreditation, getting our students ready for success. We’ve also been the longest running provider of some of the leading postgraduate programmes in Ireland, building a strong reputation in the industry.

If you’re looking to open doors to new knowledge, career and business opportunities, we’ve got the ambition to get you there.

We offer a range of full time Masters for business and non-business graduates. View full programme details here.

Join us on the 19th of April to meet with current students, alumni and faculty to answer all your queries about our Postgraduate Programmes and find out why you should choose DCU for your Masters. 

Register to attend by clicking here.

DCU Business School is expanding its Global Business USA degree, by adding the option to study in the University of San Diego.

The highly popular course, which attracts the brightest Leaving Certificate students, allows participants to complete half of their courses at DCU and the other half at the partner university. Students graduate with a business degree from DCU and another from the partner institution. This is the only degree of its kind in Ireland.

From 2017, there will be a common entry to Global Business USA (DC116), after which students will indicate a preference to study at Northeastern University in Boston or the University of San Diego, located on the west coast of the USA.

DCU Business School is a proud member of the International Partnership of Business Schools (IPBS), a consortium of 12 leading business schools in Europe, the United States and Latin America. DCU currently offers dual degree programmes in Ontario (Canada), Madrid (Spain), Reims (France), and Reutlingen (Germany). A signature component of programmes is that students have the opportunity to complete an internship in each country. This provides an opportunity for students to apply their business knowledge in real companies while gaining valuable international cultural experience.

“We are excited about extending our footprint to the west coast of the United States and building a strong partnership with USD,” says Professor Anne Sinnott, Executive Dean of DCU Business School.

“Both our business schools are committed to developing socially responsible leaders with a global mindset through academically rigorous, relevant education. Like DCU, the degree programmes at USD’s School of Business have achieved the highest level of international recognition by being fully accredited by AACSB International so San Diego was a natural fit for us.”

“USD’s business students are both extremely entrepreneurial and focused on acquiring international business skills that will uniquely differentiate them in the 21st century marketplace,” says Jaime Alonso Gómez, Dean of the USD School of Business.

“Our new dual degree program will provide unprecedented opportunities to do this. We’re excited to offer such value-added experiences for our students.”

Dr. Martin Quinn, Head of Accounting at DCU Business School and Dr. Ruth Mattimoe (who organised today’s seminar) were delighted to welcome Prof. Maria Major, Associate Professor of Management Accounting and Control at Nova School of Business and Economics, Lisbon, a triple accredited school, to DCU Business School to give a presentation entitled “When Power Relations fail; the case of Responsibility Centres in Portuguese Hospitals“. This was part of the Research Seminar Series led by Dr. Martin Quinn.
Maria studied for her doctorate at the Manchester School of Accounting and Finance with Professor Trevor Hopper on the topic “ABC in a Portuguese Telecommunications Company”, which was subsequently published in Management Accounting Research, 2005.  She has published in academic journals such as ‘Management Accounting Research’, ‘European Accounting Review’, ‘Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal’, ‘Accounting, Organizations and Society’ and ‘Total Quality Management and Business Excellence’, among others. Maria is also the author or co-author of several books and international book chapters. She is on the editorial board of Qualitative Research on Accounting and ManagementJournal of Accounting and Organizational Change and previously the European Accounting Review.

For decades now, we had a window to the west: we looked to the US and Silicon Valley for emerging trends in global business, innovation and business development. This year’s DCU Business School Executive MBA class took a different route; taking a path less travelled, embarking on a trip to Hong Kong to examine, first-hand, the nuances of global business developments through a very different lens.

A recent piece I read cites a relevant analogy, describing China not as an emerging market, but as a sleeping Dragon; awakening from a long slumber following a hiatus from its heydays under various dynasties. To prove such an analogy true, one has to look no further than Hong Kong to see that the dragon has already had her morning coffee.

Few global cities can rival the dynamism and resilience of a city like Hong Kong; with one step in China and the other firmly seeking to grow trade with the west. An established global finance hub, Hong Kong has cemented its place as a conduit for facilitating and doing business with China. Espousing an exciting ‘open for business’ mantra, the city, which is currently ‘under new management’ serves as the new silk road between east and west.

The Executive MBA class were exposed to a wide diversity of Multinational and indigenous firms including global consultancy organisations, insurance providers, local manufacturers, creative marketing firms, executive search agencies, hoteliers and social ventures. Insights were gained on the intricacies and opportunities of doing business within the region and more specifically on tapping into the global behemoth that is China.

Among the highlights, the Executive MBA class were invited to visit the Irish Consulate based in Hong Kong and to learn about the scale of cross-border trade currently being conducted within the region. In the evenings we sampled some of the finest cuisine Asia has to offer while taking in the bright lights of this vibrant city. Among the growing expat community we heard more than once an old adage that ‘a New York minute is a Hong Kong second’. One thing remains certain; I’d happily go back for seconds.

Dr Marty Reilly, Lecturer in Management

Learn more about the DCU Business School Executive MBA here

The Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia is a triple crown Business School with which DCU Business School enjoys a close working relationship in teaching, research and school development.

Recently, participants from the University’s Executive MBA Programme enjoyed a very successful International week in Dublin.  A highlight of their visit was a Masterclass on Leadership with Professor Patrick Flood which they shared with our own Executive MBA students.This provided both groups of students with the opportunity to network and share perspectives on Leadership.

Dr John McMackin, Lecturer in Human Resource Management

DCU Business School’s Master’s in Management (Aviation Leadership) degree, launched in 2015, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Academic Education category of the 2016 Aviation Industry Awards. The Awards will be announced on 7th December at the Hilton Hotel Dublin.

The Aviation Master’s degree, the only qualification of its kind in Ireland, is offered by DCU Business School, an AACSB-accredited business school at a top ’50 under 50’ university.

The degree aims to integrate aviation knowledge from across all the main sectors in aviation – including airlines, airports, and air traffic control – with an education in strategic management. The course is open to graduates with relevant work experience and is offered part-time over two years to accommodate the schedules of working managers. The degree is taught by the academic staff of DCU Business School along with experienced aviation managers, including from Dublin airport, Aer Lingus, Ryanair and Emirates, the Air Corps, and the Irish Aviation Authority. The Programme Director is the former Commissioner for Aviation Regulation in Ireland.

The two year part-time executive Master’s degree is offered under the auspices of the Dublin Aviation Institute (DAI), a joint venture between DCU and the daa (formerly the Dublin Airport Authority), an initiative to bring together the educational and academic resources of DCU, on the one hand, and the airport training and operational expertise of the daa, on the other.

In a related development, DCU has launched a new Aviation Guest Lecture series, in which senior aviation managers are invited to give DCU students the benefit of their senior managerial expertise.  The first speaker in this series Kevin Toland, Dublin airport CEO (pictured)spoke to DCU aviation students at both undergraduate and Master’s level, and DCU Business School academics about aviation management.

Future speakers in the DCU Aviation Guest Lecture series will include the CEOs of many international and Irish airlines, finance and leasing companies, as well as senior public servants and policy makers.

A bunch of DCU Business School students took part of the Creative Minds Hackathon in association with the US Embassy and DCU Ryan Academy over the weekend, with some securing the winning ideas.

Three MINT students, Orla Ainsworth (MINT1), Jack Brophy (MINT1) and Ellen Harkin (MINT2) and Olaide Oladimeji (INTB1) were on one of the winning teams ‘Líonra (@LionraHq), a peer-to-peer platform that facilities refugee integration through skills exchange and knowledge sharing’. The aim of project is for newly located refugees to develop a network and create friends in their area through social events during an 8-week programme. Such events would be tailored to the refugees’ interests and would always include locals in the area to ensure that a network of friends is being developed. This also ensures the refugees work on developing their English.

Daniel Kyne from the group ‘Future Roots’ and Oisin Beaudelot from ‘RefReach’ both MINT1 students also took part.

This is only the start of their projects. Congratulations to all our students and wish them luck as they progress their ideas further!

DCU Accounting, Finance, Business & Law Fair 2016

Thursday, September 29th from 12-3pm in The Helix

This is your opportunity to meet top Irish and international employers who are keen to recruit DCU graduates. You will also have the chance to meet graduates who are now working with these companies and can tell you about their experiences in their new careers.

You don’t have to be a business student to attend! Many employers are looking for applications from students of all academic disciplines, so if you want to find out about pursuing a career in Accounting, Finance, Business or Law, don’t miss this event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

List of Exhibitors
Accenture,  A&L Goodbody,  ACCA,  Aer Lingus,  Aldi Stores (Ireland) Limited,  Apex Fund Services (Ireland) Limited,  Arthur Cox,  Aryzta,  Bank of Ireland,  BARBRI International (Friary Law),  BDO,  Calor Gas,  Chartered Accountants Ireland,  Crowe Horwath,  Cruncher,  DAA,  Davy Group,  DCU Business School Postgraduate,  DCU Post Graduate Law & Government,  Deloitte Ireland,  Deutsche Bank,  Dillon Eustace,  Duff & Phelps,  Enterprise Ireland,  ESB,  EU Careers,  EY,  Fidelity Investments,  First Derivatives plc,  Glanbia plc,  Goodbody Stockbrokers,  gradireland,  Grant Thornton,  HedgeServ,  Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard,  Irish Tax Institute,  Kerry Group,  KPMG,  LHM Casey McGrath,  Lidl Ireland Gmbh,  Local Enterprise Boards,  Maples and Calder,  Mason Hayes & Curran,  Matheson,  Mazars,  McCann FitzGerald,  Moore Stephens,  Musgraves,  P&G,  Pepper,  Public Appointments Service,  PwC,  RSM,  Russel Brennan Keane,  RyanAir,   Savills,  Sherry FitzGerald,  SMBC Aviation Capital,  Smyths Toys,  State Street,  Susquehanna International Group Limited,  The Institute of Banking

DCU Business School is delighted to announce that it has been ranked for the first time by the Financial Times.

The ranking, which places the MSc in Management among the top 90 in the world, makes  DCU the youngest university to feature. As the Financial Times is considered one of the leading ranking system for business programmes it is a very significant achievement and another international endorsement of DCU’s quality as a young, dynamic university.

The MSc in Management at DCU is a well established programme with a reputation for excellent career development and already has a large community of successful alumni. It is renowned for its innovation and its creative approach to the postgraduate learning experience as seen in its multi-project Next Generation Management and the Practicum industry project.

Professor Anne Sinnott, Executive Dean of DCU Business School puts the success down to DCU Business School’s innovative approach to teaching and extensive industry links, “The ranking indicates that we are placed among the top universities in the world which deliver an MSc in Management Programme and further confirms our position as an innovative and quality business school, which prepares our graduates to be work-ready.

This success also highlights the strong relationship between DCU Business School and its alumni as their endorsement was critical to this outcome.

DCU Business School is accredited by the AACSB which is the leading international accrediting body for Business Schools and the Financial Times MSc in Management ranking is another acknowledgement of the quality and success of its programmes and graduates.

For more information about the MSc in Management click here.


Closed for Applications

Bord Bia is delighted to announce that the next Talent Academy MSc Insights & Innovation with DCU will commence on 1st October 2024.  


If you’re someone with a real, demonstrable passion for food and you’d like a career in that industry where innovation and entrepreneurship are at the core of what you do – then we have a life-changing opportunity with your name written on it.  As part of the Bord Bia Talent Academy, the DCU MSc Insights and Innovation offers a fully-funded Masters qualification and a unique, extensive placement in an innovative and dynamic food or beverage company.  You’ll also receive a monthly bursary and, once qualified, you’ll join an elite, in-demand, professional group of innovation specialists who are revolutionising the industry.

Founded to accelerate innovation to create and capture value in the exciting food and beverage industry, the Bord Bia DCU Msc Insights and Innovation has already been the launchpad for many successful careers and we are now once again open for applications for the next intake. This unique full time programme combines an immersive work placement, in a dynamic food or beverage company, alongside an exciting, professional and contemporary Masters qualification in Insight and Innovation delivered in person in DCU’s Business school.

The programme, which is endorsed and supported by the largest food and beverage companies in Ireland, is designed with three guiding principles: insight, sustainability and innovation. 

Jointly designed by Bord Bia and DCU, this programme’s vision is to forge the next generation of world-class innovators to join the food, horticultural and beverage sectors where they will use their creativity, talent and skill to drive sustainable, scalable, profitable and insight-led growth for their host companies and for their industry.

Run over a total period of 15 months (i.e. October 2024 to December 2025), this programme combines study and work placement in a Bord Bia client company. It begins with an intensive academic element, with modules taught by experienced thought-leaders in the field of innovation and sustainability in the food industry. Following this, the focus moves to experiential learning, as participants are given work placements for 10 months (i.e. February 2025 to November 2025) at the headquarters of dynamic food companies where they work side-by-side with leading Insight and Innovation practitioners to discover, develop and deliver new products and services.

This combination of academic content and work placement enables participants to directly apply the insights gained from DCU Business School coursework to their placement company, with immediate and direct benefit to host companies.

Successful applicants will be fully funded and will a bursary over the total period of the programme (paid in monthly instalments) to cover living and some travel expenses.

“Having collaborated with Bord Bia over the years we jumped at the opportunity to work with a student from the Bord Bia DCU MSc Insights and Innovation programme for over a year.  We gained access to a fresh pair of eyes focussed on the innovation process which is core to our fast-paced dynamic business, and we provided the student the freedom to take ownership of a wide number of projects important to our business growth.  It was a very positive experience, and we were especially delighted with the delivery of new packaging innovation and a new product launch.  

I recommend other Irish food and drink businesses to consider partnering with Bord Bia and DCU and gain access to fresh perspectives about building their innovation capacity.” 

Pat Rigney, Managing Director & Founder, The Shed Distillery


Types of Applications

There are two entry pathways to participate in the MSc Insights and Innovation Programme.

1. General Entry:  This route is for people who are applying to participate in the programme themselves.  If successfully selected for the programme, these individuals will receive a bursary from Bord Bia, undertake a placement in a Bord Bia client company in the Food, Drink or Horticulture industry nationwide and complete the academic MSc programme.

2. Company Sponsored: This route is for people who are currently working in a Bord Bia client Food, Drink or Horticulture company, and whose company will sponsor them to participate in the programme. If successfully selected for the programme, these people will similarly undertake the full academic MSc programme and will also be required to complete a special insight-led innovation project within their employer’s business.  These individuals will maintain their salary and other conditions with their company.


Application Process
Applicants are asked to apply by submitting two digital files.

1. A single PDF document that includes 3 elements:
1a. A Personal Statement: This should outline why you believe you are suitable for the programme and should be considered. If applying under the General Entry pathway you should confirm that you understand that you can be placed in a Bord Bia client company anywhere in the country and that you have resources to support yourself beyond the bursary payments, in line with your own circumstances and needs.
1b. CV: This should outline your academic achievements and their relevant experience. All applicants must have a minimum 2.1 undergraduate honours degree, be proficient in English and must be resident in Ireland for the duration of the programme.
1c. 2 Written References: These can be from current or former employers where you have worked full- or part-time, or if an employer reference is not possible, from an academic institution that outlines the applicants’ academic abilities.

Note: If people are applying under the Company Sponsored route, you need to provide details of their Manager and their organisation’s commitment to your participating in the programme.

2. An optional 2-minute Personal Video: This should provide some further insight into you – the applicant-  outlining your commitment to the Irish Food, Drink and Horticulture industry, your ambition and the kind of roles or work you would aspire to upon completion of the programme.

DCU will share information about the Selection Process at a later date with applicants.

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MSc Insights and Innovation Testimonial from Lakeland Dairies