Your Passport to Performance

The Master of Business framework gives you the flexibility to choose the subjects that are right for your needs, while building up to a Masters. Each element of your journey promises to be an energising learning experience leading to a world class qualification.

The Masters qualification requires you to complete two Professional Diplomas before undertaking a final capstone programme to bring your learning together in an integrative experience, that will positively impact your professional career and your organisation.

The capstone programme is focused on rigour and imbued with relevance, and will help to improve confidence and self-perception, hone knowledge and skills, and emphasise reflective practice.

All programmes are validated and awarded by University College Cork, and are at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications. You can complete the taught element of each Professional Diploma on a modular basis over a 6-month period, and have up to six years to complete all elements of the Framework.


Master of Business Framework Pathway

The first step on your Master of Business journey is choosing an IMI Professional Diploma. Using our High Impact Transformation philosophy, these Professional Diplomas will challenge your mindset and push your perspective.

The Advanced Performance Programme is for professionals who want to bring their leadership capabilities to a new level. Through a blended focus on the environment, the organisation, and the individual, the APP serves to synthesise the learning outcomes of your IMI journey.

Master of Business Framework Pathway
Entry Requirements

A candidate’s eligibility for each Professional Diploma or the Professional Master of Business Studies will be determined by a combination of their academic qualifications and/or relevant professional experience.

A primary degree from a recognised third-level institution (NFQ level 8), with a minimum classification of Second Class Honours, will typically be required with five years relevant work experience, at least 3 of which must be at managerial level, however, prior workplace learning will be recognised where applicants do not meet the academic requirement.

This experience may come from a general business or organisational background, or experience working at a management level or in the area specifically related to the Diploma.

Each candidate will meet with the Programme Directors, who will interview applicants in person virtually or physically.

The IMI Office of the Registrar will oversee all applications, and the final decision on any application shall remain with the Registrar. All applicants whose first language is not English will be required to show evidence of the successful completion of an IELTS or TOEFL test or equivalent as specified here. The English language requirement when using IELTS is a score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each individual section or equivalent.

Capstone Programme

Combining IMI’s High Impact Transformation learning methodology, expert global faculty and inputs from world-class thought leaders, this programme acts as a synthesizing capstone for leaders completing the Master of Business.

The Advanced Performance Programme empowers and enables high performance – positioning you to lead from the front in driving your organisation’s future achievements.

Through this highly applied and experiential programme, you will develop expertise, tools and insight across a range of contemporary themes that are central to success in a world of ever-greater uncertainty and opportunity. By completing the Advanced Performance Programme you will be equipped to take the next step as a future-fit, high-performance executive.


Over 90% of surveyed professionals feel more prepared to lead their organisations into the future having completed an IMI programme.


In the past 5 years, over 14,000 senior professionals have shifted their mindsets through IMI programmes to deliver powerful impacts for their organisation.


Nearly 500 SMEs have energised their performance and advanced their innovation potential through IMI programmes since 2014.


IMI has empowered 2,500 organisations to deliver transformational change since 2014

Carol Andrews
“The IMI Master of Business was truly a terrific journey for me both personally and professionally. A different way of learning, especially for very busy people. The style of learning really suited me, hugely supportive lecturers and best in class speakers. Flexible, innovative and very real diplomas, grounded in my unique business and personal needs. For me personally it gave me a new sense of confidence in my own leadership style together with a new set of skills to enhance how I work every day. Each of the three parts of the Masters knitted together a real blend of what I needed, and also gave me a much broader perspective on other businesses. I developed incredible relationships with my fellow students that will last forever!”
Carol Andrews
Global Head of Client service Delivery, BNY Mellon
Paul Diver
‘‘The flexible format afforded me the opportunity to complete a Masters at times and at a pace that best suited my work and personal life. The range of complimentary diplomas allowed me to choose a path that was tailored to my learning needs and interests. The quality of lectures and materials provided was of a very high standard but what I most enjoyed was the interaction with like-minded professionals from a wide range of industries and roles. Overall this was a great experience and I’m glad I chose IMI.’’
Paul Diver
Principal HR Business Partner, Amazon Web Services


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