Programme Details

The programmes listed lead to awards in the NFQ. The provider that offers the programme will have full details.




Higher Diploma in Business

Programme Purpose

The Higher Diploma in Business is a one year full-time (two academic semesters) or eighteen months (three academic semesters) part-time programme with 11 taught modules (60 ECTS). The learner will take ten 5 ECTS modules with one 10 ECTS module, Business Strategy, which acts as a capstone on the Higher Diploma in Business. The programme is designed as a conversion course for graduates of a Level 8 non-cognate degree who aspire to enter the business world and to enter a management role. Graduates will be eligible for general management roles or management roles within a specific subfield of business complimenting their previous experience and learning. The programme is designed with an interdisciplinary focus reflective of the opportunities and challenges as well as the changing needs of today’s business environment. Modules on the programme range from Management and Organisational Behaviour, Marketing, Business ICT, Legal Issues for Business, Economics, Human Capital Management, Strategic Marketing, Business Finance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy and Professional skills for Personal Development. Modules comprise of formative and summative assessment as well as group work and presentations. The programme is aimed at both domestic and international learners who seek an underpinning in key business theories, concepts as well as business processes, strategies and skills. The programme ensures learners acquire an integrated, balanced, and dynamic business education enabling the development of business knowledge, including previously acquired knowledge and experience. The programme engenders an awareness of the importance of transferable and cross enterprise skills required of competitive organisations and which stimulate sustainable and diverse careers in business. The Higher Diploma in Business also permits entry to further Higher Education Institutions or to a number of Level 9 Business programmes such as the MSc Management Practice, MSc Marketing and Master of Business Administration.

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Centres offering Higher Diploma in Business

Name Address Contact Website
Dublin Business School Exams Office, 13/14 Aungier Street,, Dublin 2 , D02 WC04. 01 417 7500