UCD international management course named third best in world ranking

Smurfit School result in Financial Times ranking highest ever achieved by Irish university

A UCD international management course has been named third best in the world in the highly-regarded ranking by the Financial Times (FT). It is the highest FT ranking achieved by an Irish university.

The full-time MSc in international management at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School was also ranked top masters in management programme worldwide in the international mobility of its alumni in the years after graduation.

"This placing in the prestigious Financial Times ranking is the highest ever achieved by a UCD Smurfit School programme and sets a new standard of excellence in business education in Ireland, " said Prof Anthony Brabazon, dean of the UCD College of Business.

“Not only is this a reflection of our outstanding students, alumni and faculty, but it further elevates our reputation as a global centre of excellence for postgraduate business education.”



It is the fourth year in succession that the management programme has been ranked among the top-10 globally but a jump of five places on its ranking of eighth last year.

The programme offers a dual degree, with graduates awarded an MSc in international management from UCD Smurfit School and a masters in international management from CEMS – a global alliance of 34 top business schools, more than 68 multinational companies and seven non-profits.

Associate professor Andrew Keating, academic director of the programme, said its structure "supports our aspiration to inspire the next generation of impactful business leaders".

The FT ranking analyses a number of criteria, the most significant of which are post-graduating salary and how this compares to pay before the course which between them account for 40 per cent of the ranking. Graduates of the Smurfit School course reported an 81 per cent increase in their salaries.

Trinity Business School and DCU Business School also participate in the FT masters in management programme rankings. Trinity jumped 10 places in the rankings released on Monday to 28th for its masters programme in international management while DCU's ranking for its masters in management just retained its top 100 position, slipping 13 places on 2020 to 99th.