Higher Diploma in Business

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps

Overview

Higher Diploma in Business

Key Features of the Higher Diploma in Business

  • Conversion style programme for non-business graduates 

  • Students may choose to specialise in one of the following areas: Business, Information Systems or HRM.

  • The primary objective of the course is to improve the job prospects of graduates and to help with the continuation of their academic careers. It helps to prepare and assist students in securing employment in a range of national and international organisations.

  • The development of appropriate skills and knowledge and the students understanding of the world of business and management in the workplace.

  • One of the most attractive aspects of the full-time programme is the opportunity to gain practical work experience over a four month period. The opportunity of a full time position may arise, and graduates of this programme are at a distinct advantage in terms of future employment prospects.

  • The provision of a combination of academic theory, practical business applications and skills to assist in the transition to the world of business. This will be accomplished through the content of courses offered and the range of learning processes employed.

  • Upon completion, graduates will have the business knowledge and skills required to commence employment in a variety of business areas such as marketing, finance, management, and HRM within a variety of industry sectors.

Aims of the Programme

This programme has been designed to address the needs of students and employers in a dynamic and ever changing business environment. This course is designed for graduates of all disciplines except business who are interested in pursuing a career in business or who wish to develop significant business knowledge. The primary objective of the course is to improve the prospects of its graduates in the job market and or to help with the continuation of their academic careers. The course also helps to prepare and assist students in securing employment in a range of national and international organisations.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must hold:

  • A primary Honours Degree award of at least pass level in a non-cognate discipline from a recognised third level institution or equivalent qualification 

  • An IELTS score of a minimum 6.0 or equivalent, where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English.  

Course Content

The Higher Diploma in Business with optional Work Placement programme has the following content.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Core Modules

Marketing

Economics

Business ICT

Legal Issues for Business

Management and Organisational Behaviour

Lifelong Learning

Core Modules

Human Capital Management

Business Capital Management

Business Finance

Strategic Marketing

Professional Skills for Personal Development

Business Strategy

Digital Media Strategies

Assessment

Student assessment will be based on a combination of continuous assessment and end of semester examinations. Continuous assessment will involve a number of assessment methods, including research essays, analysis of case studies, practical assessments and projects. For the purpose of continuous assessment students will be required to work individually and in groups. End of semester examinations will usually be closed book, timed constrained written examinations, which will feature a range of question styles.

Structure

Full-time

For full-time students, delivery of the programme is structured over two semesters with an optional four months work experience from June to September.

Work placement (Optional)

One of the most attractive aspects of the full time programme is the opportunity to gain practical work experience over a four month period. The opportunity of a full time position may arise, and graduates of this programme are at a distinct advantage in terms of future employment prospects.

Part-time

For part-time students the programme is structured over three semesters, each of approximately four months duration. Each semester covers four subjects on an intensive and challenging basis. During each semester, students are typically required to attend lectures on two evenings per week and occasional weekend workshops.

Career Opportunities

On completion of this programme graduates will have the business knowledge and skills required to commence employment/career development in a variety of business areas such as marketing, finance, management and business administration within a variety of industry sectors.

Fees

The course fees for the next academic year are €​6,300 full-time, and €6,300 ​for 16 months. This covers the cost of tuition, registration and examinations.

Click here for a full list of DBS Postgraduate fees. You can also contact our admissions team who would be happy to discuss the options available for you.

Please note also that there is tax relief for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €1,000 and up to €7,000. 

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration offered by Dublin Business School (DBS) are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby in the event that DBS ceases to provide the programme, for any reason, after learners have started on that programme, Kaplan Inc., as guarantor, will refund the moneys most recently paid by or for the learner.   More details are included in the terms and conditions of learner admission to DBS (http://www.dbs.ie/terms-and-conditions) and on programme handbooks provided at induction.

Improve your employability

All of our postgraduate courses offer strong links with industry and the professional world and often carry accreditation from professional bodies. By choosing to study at postgraduate level, not only do you gain valuable skills and experience but you also demonstrate your determination to succeed in a chosen career. Far from being a postponement to employment, postgraduate study can help you progress further and faster in your chosen career. And, if you're not certain what direction you would like your future to take, further study can provide a secure and structured space to help you find out through exploring your strengths and interests.

Get your foot on the career ladder

A large number of our postgraduate programmes include a work placement option, giving you the opportunity to gain vocational experience, make valuable contacts and gain transferable skills. It is also worth considering that some postgraduate qualifications are essential requirements to getting on the career ladder.

Gain skills for success

During your undergraduate degree you will have developed a strong foundation of transferable skills. Postgraduate study will build on this base, giving you the opportunity to put these highly valuable skills in to practice. You will also gain invaluable practical working examples that you can go on to use at interview to set you apart from other candidates.

Next Steps

Visit Us

Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about DBS and learn more about the Higher Diploma in Business with optional Work Placement. As well as experiencing our outstanding facilities, you'll have the opportunity to receive personalised advice from academics from your subject area, meet current postgraduate students and also have your questions answered on general subjects such as entry requirements, student support and the admissions process.

EU Applicants

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation:

  • Academic Transcripts (Original & Official English Translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS need not provide this documentation. 

  • Proof of Identification (Birth Certificate, Drivers Licence or Passport) 

  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae 

  • Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English 

  • Academic/Business References - Ideally one Academic & one Business 

Please see programme content for any course-specific additional application procedures.

In addition to the above, in the instance of Non-EU applicants who have residency in Ireland:

  • A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) Card, Work permit (if applicable) & Passport.

  • The letter that was issued to you by the Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform stating why you were provided with the above documentation 

International Students/ Non EU Applicants

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation: 

  • Academic documents

  • Academic transcripts

  • Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent)

  • A Curriculum Vitae

  • References from your employer/school/college

  • A statement of purpose

  • A copy of your passport

Please note that copies of all documentation must be submitted, and that it must be translated into English where issued in another language. Please do not send original documents as these will not be returned.

Dublin Business School has a number of overseas offices and representatives worldwide. Please contact us if you wish to receive further details on your closest DBS representative.

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Course overview

COURSE OVERVIEW 2017

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
QQI AWARD LOGO (1)
Award: Postgraduate Diploma
NFQ Level: 
Level ​8
Award Title: 
Higher Diploma in Business
Award Type:
 Major
Duration: 
Full-time: 1 Year
Part-time: 16 Months

Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2017. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: admissions@dbs.ie
Phone: 01 417 7500
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