Recognition & Accreditation

Since 1975 DBS has established itself as a leading third-level institution in Ireland. The following milestones in its development have been of immense significance in this recognition.

  • Recognised as a Designated Institution under the NCEA Act in 1992

  • Became an institution with accredited provision status of Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) in 1995

  • Recognised as an Associate College of Henley in 1996

  • Courses approved for tax purposes by the Department of Education in 1997

  • Approved for inclusion on the CAO listing in 1998


QQI & the National Framework of Qualifications

DBS Degree, Postgraduate Higher Diploma and Masters programmes are accredited by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). QQI was established on 6 November 2012 under the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012. The new Authority was created by an amalgamation of four bodies that have both awarding and quality assurance responsibilities: the Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC), the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC), the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) and the Irish Universities Quality Board (IUQB). The new Authority has assumed all the functions of the four legacy bodies while also having responsibility for new or newly-statutory responsibilities in particular areas.

Ten Level System

The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is a ten-level system (1–10) giving an academic or vocational value to qualifications obtained in Ireland. NFQ levels help indicate how an award can be used for training, education and employment opportunities (see fan diagram). Each level is based on nationally agreed standards of what a learner is expected to know and be able to do after receiving an award.

QQI is Ireland's guardian of the NFQ system. They are responsible for the quality assurance of providers of education and training. They also have responsibility for the validation of qualifications and also make some awards themselves.

NFQ serves several purposes:

- It ensures awards obtained in Ireland are quality-assured and recognised internationally
- It is part of a system for comparing Irish and international awards
- It supports lifelong learning by recognising knowledge and skills within a comparative framework even if they are not recognised by a formal award
- It provides a system of establishing eligibility in learning processes for access, transfer and progression
- It recognises awards made by professional bodies 


NFQ is linked to similar frameworks in Europe. This helps people considering employment or study opportunities outside Ireland.

There are two qualifications frameworks at European level:

1. The Framework for Qualifications of the European Higher Education Area also known as the 'Bologna Framework'. This deals with higher education awards (NFQ 6-10). 
2. The European Qualifications Framework (EQF), which deals with all NFQ levels including schools, Further Education and Training, and Higher Education. 

NFQ Fan Diagram 2020


For students who are contemplating a career in Secondary School teaching, we were the first independent college whose degrees were fully recognised by the Department of Education for admission onto the Higher Diploma in Education programmes, offered in various universities throughout the country. Many of our graduates have been accepted onto postgraduate and masters programmes offered by the main universities in Ireland and abroad.

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All of our degrees are recognised for exemption purposes by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Our BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree programme receives the maximum number of exemptions available from the professional accounting bodies. The School has established an excellent reputation for success in professional examinations, particularly the professional accounting examinations. Success has been based on a commitment to excellence in all aspects of teaching and student support and on the dedication of our highly qualified staff. Success is evident in our consistent record of exceptionally high pass rates, far in excess of international norms, and outstanding individual performances, including prizes for 1st Place in the world on several occasions. 
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The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM) was founded in 1979. ICM is now one of the leading professional examination bodies in the field of business and entrepreneurial education in Ireland and the UK, with corporate and student members throughout the world. The institute is committed to providing a range of global education, training and consulting services which raise standards for business and enable lifetime learning and professional status for individuals. Visit ICM website

The BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy degree at Dublin Business School is recognised by the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) has been established since 1981 in response to the perceived need by practitioners to have a National Association to set standards and criteria for the practice of counselling and psychotherapy. The IACP represents the interests of both client and counsellor in Ireland. Accreditation by the IACP helps to ensure that practitioners are appropriately qualified and work to recognised standards of professional competence. At present IACP membership exceeds 2,500.

The MA in Psychotherapy offers a postgraduate qualification which meets requirements for professional training for individuals interested in training as humanistic and psychodynamic psychotherapists in the integrative model.

For instance, the Masters in Psychotherapy combined with our Higher Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy is recognised as a 4 year training by IAHIP (Irish Association for Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy). 

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DBS was the first college outside the University sector to receive accreditation from the Psychological Society of Ireland for its BA (Hons) Psychology degree. The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) is the professional body for psychology in Ireland. As such, it seeks to promote the science and profession of psychology in Ireland and beyond. PSI membership now stands at over 2000 members and includes practitioners, educators and researchers, professionals and postgraduate students, as well as undergraduate subscribers. Its Divisions and Special Interest Groups represent key areas from across the broad spectrum of psychology.

The PSI liaises with all third-level institutions offering psychological training in Ireland, developing and setting criteria against which training can be evaluated, and operating systems for the accreditation of professional training programmes. For those working in psychology, it provides professional registration for practitioners in all areas. Visit for more information.

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The MSc in Information and Library Management at Dublin Business School is accredited by the Library Association of Ireland (LAI).  The Library Association of Ireland was founded in 1928 as the professional body representing libraries and librarianship in Ireland.  The objectives of the LAI include the promotion and development of high standards of librarianship and of library and information services in Ireland and to maintain the profession of librarianship in a proper status among the learned and technical professions by requiring the observance of strict rules of personal professional conduct as a condition of membership, and by ensuring that a qualification in librarianship is an essential requirement for all professional posts in libraries.

The LAI also promotes a high standard of education for librarianship in Ireland by evaluating and giving recognition to degrees, diplomas or other professional qualifications in librarianship, thereby ensuring that graduates of the MSc in Information and Library Management meet the standards required within the information and library sector in Ireland. More information can be found on the LAI website: 

International Partners 

ISEG, France


DBS has a close strategic alliance with ISEG, a prestigious group of 7 business schools located in Paris, Lille, Strasbourg, Lyon, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nantes. Students from the ISEG group have the opportunity of taking the final year of the BA (Hons) Marketing or a number of Masters programmes at DBS as part of their studies. 

EGC (Ecoles de Gestion et de Commerce), France

EGC is a network of 28 reputable French business schools. The network was first established by the French Chambers of Commerce in the 1980’s and the schools are still administered by the regional Chambers of Commerce and fully recognised by the French state. Each one of the 28 schools offers several high quality three-year undergraduate business courses in marketing and (international) business management. The schools have extensive business links, and several international links with schools around the world, thus offering their students both practical business experience, as well as an international study experience. EGC live up to their slogan "in the heart of life, in the heart of business" as EGC graduates go on to have very successful and rewarding business careers. Since 2002, Dublin Business School and EGC have formed close links, where DBS welcomes students from EGC every year to be part of their international study experience.Visit website.

IHM Business School, Sweden


IHM Business School was founded in 1968 and today offers advanced business programmes in Marketing, Leadership, Communication and Economics for enterprises and professionals who want to develop their careers in the business community. An IHM education leads to new expertise and skills that can immediately be applied in a professional role.

Since starting over 35 years ago, IHM has educated more than 20,000 students and is one of the top ranked schools for business professionals in the Nordic region, with around 2,000 students, 200 academic staff and 80 employed co-workers.

IHM has educational facilities in Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö. IHM Business School is the first private business school in Europe to be accredited by the NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) and works with universities, colleges and industry organizations both in Sweden and internationally in order to be involved in developments and open up new possibilities for their students. DBS established links with IHM in 2002 and has since received a number of IHM students who have successfully completed their undergraduate studies at DBS.

Kolej Poly-Tech MARA (KPTM)


DBS has a transnational collaboration with a strategic partner in Malaysia, Kolej Poly-Tech MARA (KPTM).   Along with KPTM, DBS runs a Level 8 BA (Honours) in Accounting & Finance at the Bangi campus, just outside Kuala Lumpur.   The full 3-year programme is delivered in Malaysia with over 100 students graduating each year.   The programme has exactly the same content as the programme delivered in Ireland, other than local variants on law and taxation.   The quality of provision in Malaysia is overseen by DBS' Irish QA system, and programme management in Malaysia is undertaken by a DBS appointed Director of Studies, operating out of Bangi.   Students of the BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance graduate with a Level 8 degree awarded by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and receive their award parchment each year at a Graduation ceremony in Kuala Lumpur.