Why DBS?

1. Reputation as Ireland’s Leading Independent College 

DBS is Ireland's largest independent third level college. With over 9,000 students, DBS provides a comprehensive range of full-time and part-time undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and executive education programmes. Established in 1975, the College quickly gained an excellent reputation for teaching quality and standards, offering flexible and innovative learning opportunities that reflect and match the needs of students and employers. 

2. Recognition and Accreditation

Our certificate, degree and postgraduate programmes are awarded by Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI). All of these awards are recognised by the Department of Education, employers and all of the major higher education institutions for postgraduate study. Additionally, for those graduates wishing to seek professional qualifications, DBS relevant degrees are awarded recognition and exemption from professional bodies such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA),the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI),  the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and the Library Association of Ireland (LAI).


3. Commitment to World Class Teaching

As an institution we focus our main research activity on the constant improvement of the learning experience of our students. Evidence of the success we have achieved has come in many different ways. One particular example of this is the success achieved by our students in the examinations of the professional accountancy bodies where over 960 DBS students have achieved worldwide and national individual prizewinner success.

4. Ladder of Opportunity / Flexibility of Award Progression 

Our certificate, degree and postgraduate programmes have been designed to allow students flexibility in their career choice as we offer a range of Arts, Business and Law programmes at certificate level (level 6), ordinary degree level (level 7), honours degree level (level 8), postgraduate diploma level (level 8) and masters level (level 9) of the National Qualifications Framework. At DBS we have created a ‘ladder of opportunity and progression’ for students who can create their own study pathway to achieve their individual educational goals.  


5. Student Support Services

Feedback from students indicates that they value the student focus that our lecturers and support staff offer. At DBS, this is the key factor in our service delivery. We recognise that you may need different types of support as you progress through your studies, be it academic direction, career advice, mentoring or personal attention. We offer a comprehensive service in these areas to all our students.

6. Dedicated Programme Management 

On all of our full-time and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the appointed Programme Leader will assist and facilitate student development during their period of academic study.

7. Internationally Recognised Education Experience 

Over the last 47 years DBS has established a considerable international reputation for the quality of its programmes. This recognition has been achieved both at government level and on an individual student basis. The College has created a unique learning environment with students from over 70 countries participating in its programmes. 


8. Career and Personal Development Focused Education 

All our programmes have been designed and developed in collaboration with industry and the professional bodies so that on graduation in addition to your academic qualifications, you will have the skills and knowledge for a successful career.

9. Student Centered Approach

In DBS we take a holistic view of college life. Academia should be integrated with a stimulating social scene. The work/study balance is something we regard at DBS as being important. Accordingly we organise, through our dedicated student services department, a range of social, sports and developmental activities for students. 

10. City Centre Location

A mere two minute walk from St. Stephens Green, the Luas and all main bus routes, DBS is truly in the heart of Dublin city. Our educational sites in the prime city centre locations of Aungier Street and George's Street are within a few minutes walking distance of each other and provide students with access to all of the infrastructure capabilities of a vibrant modern capital city.