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MSc in Electronic Commerce (Business)

Master of Science in Electronic Commerce (Business)

  • PAC CodeDC506
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Duration 1 Year
  • € Course Fees

Course Fees

  • Delivery ModeFull Time
  • EU Status Fee€7,955
  • Non EU Fees€16,000
About fees & requirements

The MSc in Electronic Commerce is designed for graduates of business and computing degrees who want to advance their careers in the growing ICT industry in Ireland and abroad.

The programme is designed to produce the kind of digital business technologists, managers, entrepreneurs and innovators in greatest demand by the information economy.

Jointly delivered by DCU Business School and the School of Computing, you will be equipped with a powerful combination of technological and business skills by working on applied projects in electronic commerce.

Why do this course?

  • This programme is ranked in the World's Top 20 Master's in Electronic Commerce by Eduniversal and has been awarded the prestigious EPAS accreditation.
  • Designed and continually updated in conjunction with both leading industry and academic experts.
  • Our capstone Next Generation Management module offers you flexibility in learning opportunities, personal to you and your career aspirations
  • Students have the opportunity to undertake a 3 week summer school at a leading international university
  • DCU Business School is accredited by AACSB, a standard reached by only 5% of business schools worldwide reflecting its established international reputation for high quality graduates.

Graduate View

This Masters has helped develop my career and I apply the knowledge and skills I gained from the programme to my work on a daily basis. I would definitely recommend the MSc in Electronic Commerce to anyone with an interest in the ICT industry. To anyone who is considering it, be ready to dedicate all your energy to this programme. It requires a lot, but it might be the best investment you make.

André Bastié, CEO & Co-Founder, Happy Scribe Ltd.


Students will take a number of key management based modules, with a specific focus on electronic commerce. Digital Business equips students with a strong conceptual foundation by studying in detail the concepts underpinning the electronic marketplace and the associated business, technological and societal implications. The challenges organisations face when introducing information technology and the choices management make when leading such large-scale IT-enabled change initiatives are explored in the Organisation and Management in the Networked Era module. Students will analyse and select the most appropriate business modelling tool or technique for problem situations in Business Process Innovation. Students will have the unique opportunity to learn and practice the skills and expertise involved in the successful commercialisation of new ICT technologies by developing a commercialisation plan for a product, process or service idea in E-Commerce and Entrepreneurship.

Students will also take a number of computing based modules. Information Access aims to familiarise students’ with aspects of information management which impact the way we create, organise, manage and use information in society today. eCommerce Infrastructure introduces students to the principles and techniques for the development of software applications supporting eCommerce sites and activities. Risk, Regulation & Ethics in e-Commerce gives students an understanding of the challenges that managers encounter in the digital realm and gives them an increased ability to make sound business judgements in managing the digital enterprise. The Object Orientated Programming module aims to give the students a foundation in Java Programming, while students are introduced the tools and techniques for constructing, optimising and maintaining websites as part of the Web Design & Implementation module, addressing web usability, design guidelines and user experience.

The unique and highly regarded Next Generation Management module provides students with the opportunity to develop the competencies required for successful management and leadership careers. It focuses on four key themes: personal and career development; research skills; global and societal awareness; and digital media and communication. Particular emphasis is placed on reflective and critical thinking, collaborating with people, creating and sharing knowledge and dealing with complexity. 

Finally, the Practicum, which is completed over the summer months, affords students opportunity to exercise their creative, questioning, analytic, and writing skills in a focused and practical manner. It is intended to expose the student to an analysis of a real-world problem in the ecommerce area, putting into practice the theoretical materials covered in earlier modules.

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Dublin City University has forged a reputation as Ireland's University of Enterprise, through its strong, active links with academic, research and industry partners both at home and overseas.

Our solid industry relationships have allowed us to instil an enterprising culture into our postgraduate courses which has resulted in DCU Business School’s reputation as being Ireland’s most innovative business school. The quality of our teaching, small class sizes and high levels of industry engagement make us stand out.

We provide a unique learning environment where students are encouraged to develop their creativity and skills as innovators.

As well as being recognised by AACSB, the oldest and most prestigious global accrediting body for business schools, DCU Business School is also ranked in the top 90 European Business Schools by the influential Financial Times Ranking.

DCU graduates are highly sought after in the job market, with many going on to pursue leadership and management roles in organisations both at home and abroad.


Graduates have pursued a variety of careers in the information economy as managers, consultants, business analysts, e-marketing specialists and e-business technologists. Many graduates are employed by multinationals based in Dublin including Google, Facebook, Linkedin and Adroll. Other graduates are working in specialist e-commerce organisations and as e-commerce consultants in IBM, PWC and PA consulting.  Some students have developed their entrepreneurial talents, setting up their own companies and have won awards for their work.



General Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the programme are:

A second class honours grade 1 degree in Business, Computing or a related discipline, or an equivalent international qualification


A primary degree in some other discipline, combined with significant professional experience in e-commerce or the ICT sector.

If you have achieved a second class Honours grade 2 Honours degree in one of the above mentioned subjects, you may still obtain a place. This will depend on the availability of places. You may be invited for interview.

If, as is normally the case, demand from qualified applicants exceeds available places, applicants will be ranked for admission purposes on the basis of prior academic performance, professional experience and, where relevant, performance at interview. Candidates who have not received their degree results by the application closing date may receive conditional offers.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

All Applicants must submit

  • Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English Translation if applicable
  • CV
  • Personal Statement 300 words

 EU Applicants

Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( by 31st July 2018 for the September 2018 intake.

Non-EU Applicants

Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( by 11th July 2018 for the September 2018 intake.

Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible.

Applying through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (

Commencement of Programme

The programme commences with a compulsory Immersion Week, which takes place one week before the standard University commencement date.

Please check at this link for the standard University commencement date: (

Please note that the running of the programme is subject to a minimum enrollment number

Queries on completed applications to be emailed to

Fees & Payments

E-Payments are the most efficient way to pay your fees — just register on on our payment platform at and you can pay from there. All credit cards/debit cards, except American Express, are acceptable. Please note however a daily limit of €1,500 applies to all debit cards. For complete information about payment methods & schedules, download the DCU fees booklet 2017/18.

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Master of Science in Electronic Commerce (Business) Course Fees

Course Delivery Mode EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
DC506 Master of Science in Electronic Commerce (Business) Full Time €7,955 €16,000