Business and Management COURSES

Higher Diploma in Business (HRM)

Overview

Awarding Body:
Quality & Qualifications Ireland ( QQI)-formerly Higher Education & Training Awards Council (HETAC)
Award Level:
Level 8 (Postgraduate Diploma)
Title of Award:
Higher Diploma in Business
Award Type:  Major 
Duration:
Full-time: 1 Year
Part-time: 16 Months

Suited to:
Non business, non HRM graduates

Aims of the Programme

The central objective of the Higher Diploma programme is to prepare graduates for employment in a Human Resource Management (HRM) related business context. It combines an intensive introduction to core business disciplines and ab-initio coverage of the fundamental HRM concepts and applications most relevant to the modern business environment. The course is designed for non business and non HRM graduates who wish to pursue a career in this field or to further develop significant knowledge of HRM.  This intensive programme presents a significant challenge to participants. The intention is to provide students with an appropriate combination of academic theory, practical business applications and skills to assist their transition to the world of business. This will be accomplished through the content of courses offered, the range of learning processes employed and the mix of lecturers contributing to the programme. The lecturing team will consist of persons who combine appropriate academic qualifications with a wealth of practical experience in business and HRM.

The initial focus of the programme will be on providing a basic business and HRM education combined with parallel development of practical skills in business. At this intensive foundation stage, concentration will be on the combining of conventional ‘theory’ teaching techniques with hands on practical workshops to develop essential interpersonal, communication, analytical and computing skills. 

The programme will continue to develop conceptual knowledge and understanding of business and HRM disciplines, but with a greater emphasis on the practical application of such knowledge to real world business scenarios. In this way it is intended that students will systematically develop the ability to blend conceptual understanding with practical application particularly in HRM related areas.

Key Features of the Programme

  • Exposure to the academic foundation of business principles 
  • Fosters strong analytical skills 
  • Develops soft transferable skills 
  • Encourages deeper insight into organisational processes 
  • Provides students with models of good business practice 
  • Identifies for students the challenges and demands arising from both the internal and external environments 
  • Opportunity to gain 4 months practical work experience

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.

Programme Content

Full-Time Course Content

The Higher Diploma in Business (Human Resource Management) with optional Work Placement programme has the following content.
Semester 1
  • Psychology of Work 
  • Management & Strategy 
  • Marketing Principles 
  • Business Information Systems 
  • The Regulatory Environment 
  • The Economic Environment 
Semester 2
  • Human Resource Management 
  • Communication Skills 
  • Accounting & Finance 
  • Training & Development 
  • Employment Law 
  • Industrial Relations 

Part-Time Course Content 

Semester 1
  • Psychology of Work 
  • Management & Strategy 
  • The Regulatory Environment 
  • The Economic Environment 
Semester 2
  • Employment Law 
  • Marketing Practice 
  • Business Information Systems 
  • Accounting & Finance 
Semester 3
  • Human Resource Management 
  • Communication Skills 
  • Industrial Relations 
  • Training & Development 

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 and HRM knowledge and skills required to commence employment in a variety of business and management areas such as management, business administration, marketing and finance within a wide range of industry sectors.

Fees

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.

Fee Structure at DBS

The course fees for the next academic year are €7,900 full-time or €4,950 per annum part-time for Masters programmes or €5,990 for both full-time and part-time (16 months) higher diploma programmes.  This covers the cost of tuition, registration and examinations. 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. Fees are typically payable in three installments. 50% of the annual fee is due upon acceptance of the programme and prior to course commencement in September with the balance payable in two installments at the end of November and the end of December. You can download our DBS feeinformation sheet for more information or contact our admissions team who would be happy to discuss the options available for you.

Next Steps

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Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about DBS and learn more about the Higher Diploma in Business (Human Resource Management) 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.

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.  

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“Starting postgraduate studies was not an easy decision to make especially while being not a native speaker and working full time, however the time I have spent in DBS was very rewarding and definitely worth the effort. I have widely broadened my knowledge and insight into different aspects of economical, social and organisational principles, which came very useful while defining my professional career. I have changed my job since completing the course and I’m working now in the area of the Human Resource Management that was always my goal. Apart from well presented lectures and extremely helpful staff DBS was also a place where I have met people from different countries and also made long lasting friendships. In hindsight I can say now that studying in DBS was the best decision I have made as it enhanced my perspectives on the professional level and also enriched my personal life.”

Dorota Medycka

Higher Diploma in Business (HRM)