Higher Diploma in Business | Part-Time

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Eligibility and Fees
  • Next Steps
  • Apply

Postgrad Skills Provision | DBSHigher Diploma in Business | Part-Time 

Overview

The Higher Diploma in Business is a conversion course for non-business graduates who wish to acquire core business skills which will enable graduates play an active role in the management, sustainability and development of commercial enterprise. Graduates will, upon completion of this programme, enter the business world and/or progress to a management role within a general or specific field or sub-field of business. Throughout the course learners will have acquired the necessary skills and business acumen to strategically appraise business opportunities and challenges and effectively integrate into decision-making roles with an organisation. The Higher Diploma in Business will see graduates being capable of dealing with diverse intrinsic and extrinsic opportunities and challenges in the business world and do so in a creative fashion promoting business sustainability and growth. Graduates will be also be in a position take up further Level 9 postgraduate studies. 

Aims of the Programme

The specific programme objectives are to: 

  • Equip learners with an understanding of the theory and principles underlying business function(s) and administration.

  • Advance in learners an appropriate expertise in the major aspects of business, and an awareness of core disciplines.

  • Develop a range of key interpersonal skills, characteristics and attitudes to learners to work professionally, individually and in a team.

  • Cultivate in learners a range of key skills, personal qualities and attitudes essential to 
    support progression to a career in business or to further academic study.

  • Develop learner capacity to organise diverse information, arguments, and conclusions and present them in a clear coherent way.

  • Relate business principles, concepts and theories and frameworks to a wide range of 
    business and industry settings.

  • Understand the various functions of business and demonstrate this awareness by producing a multi-faceted and innovative business strategy.

  • Enable learners to apply their learning through in their professional lives reflecting their professional and personal development. 

     

     

    Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the Higher Diploma in Business are:

  • A Level 8 primary undergraduate honours degree with a minimum Pass classification from a recognised third level institution in a non-cognate area.

  • For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language test such as IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, PTE or DBS English Assessment. Test certificates should be dated within the last two years to be considered valid.

Applicants who do not have a Level 8 qualification at a pass award level and who have at least 3 years’ work experience may also be considered through the college’s normal RPL procedures.  Relevant professional experience may be taken into account and individuals will be assessed on a case-by-case basis through DBS RPL procedures.

 



Course Content

 

Core Modules

Management and Organisational Behaviour

Marketing

Business ICT

Legal Issues for Business

Economics

Professional Skills for Personal
Development

Human Capital Management

Strategic Marketing

Business Finance

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Business Strategy (Capstone)

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

The Higher Diploma in Business programme comprises 60 ECTS. The programme has ten 5 ECTS module and one 10 ECTS module with the latter acting as a capstone. In part-time mode, 60 ECTS be delivered over eighteen months, three academic semesters. 

Semester one lays the groundwork for the programme. This semester encompasses foundational modules such as Management and Organisational Behaviour and Marketing as well as Business ICT and focuses on providing a solid and comprehensive understanding of the relevant concepts, such as a proficiency in the use of ICT and the interpretation of the Legal Issues in Business and the economic backdrop to the business environment. 

Semester two builds on this by covering Human Capital Management, Strategic Marketing, Business Finance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship as well as Business Strategy in which the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in the first semester can be employed. Soft skill or competency based modules are found in Semester 1 namely Professional Skills for Personal Development, specifically from a business-oriented perspective. The modules when taken together provide key skills for enabling the execution of strategic changes based on insights from interdisciplinary outputs such as marketing or ICT to ensure agility within the market. 

Business Strategy is proposed as a Capstone module capture the learning acquired in semester one as well as previous learning and experience. To synthesise learning into a strategic report is a key graduate attribute and ensures the diversity of modules on the programme are linked and interrelated as they would be in a contemporary business organisation within a global business environment. 

Taken together these skills will enable graduates to secure job positions in industry in the diverse field of business. 

 


Career Opportunities

Graduates, upon completion of this programme, will be able to enter the business world and/or progress to a management role within a general or specific field or subfield of business. Throughout the course learners, acquire the necessary skills and business acumen to strategically appraise business opportunities and challenges and effectively integrate into decision-making roles with an organisation. The Higher Diploma in Business produces graduates capable of dealing with diverse intrinsic and extrinsic opportunities and challenges in the business world and do so in a creative fashion promoting business and commercial enterprise sustainability and growth. Graduates therefore, are in a position take up further Level 9 postgraduate studies as well as enter the field of business professionally. 

graduates will have the skills necessary to move into a management role within a variety of business functions such as marketing, people management or management of a department such as ICT within an organisations. They will have the business expertise to take a strategic view of business opportunities and challenges, and graduates will effectively integrate cutting edge analytics into decision-making in their company. In this way, the Higher Diploma in Business offers a consolidated and emphasised focus on strategic business decision-making fully integrated with personal and professional skills development as an effective means to improve business performance, productivity and efficiency. 

 


Eligibility

People in the following categories are eligible to apply for courses on the Postgraduate Skills Provision 2020/2021 academic year (subject to the applicant meeting all residency and nationality/visa requirements and any academic requirements):

Recent Graduates

(Level 8 qualification holders 2020 Graduates) Please note that under the Postgraduate Skills Provision Initiative, 90% of the fees are funded by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college for this category of applicants.

The fees for the part-time Higher Diploma in Business is €7,250, of which you pay 10% = €725

Note:
These fees must be paid prior to enrolling on your programme.

People in Employment / Previously Self-Employed

Please note that under the Postgraduate Skills Provision 2020/2021 Initiative, 90% of the fees are funded by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college for this category of applicants. They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria.

The fees for the part-time Higher Diploma in Business is €7,250, of which you pay 10% = €725

Note:
These fees must be paid prior to enrolling on your programme.

Returners

Returners are those who are not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection but who have been out of the work environment due to childcare or other caring obligations. Courses are fully funded for these applicants. They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria.

PUP payment

People in receipt of PUP or a jobseekers payment can participate on approved  July Stimulus part time postgraduate courses only. These will be 100% funded for these participants.

 

Further Information

Applications are currently being accepted.  Due to the limited number of places available, early application is recommended. Please submit your application via the Apply button on the selected course page

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office directly on (01) 4177500 or by email to admissions@dbs.ie
 
*Eligibility and entry requirements apply.

 

 Next Steps


Apply via our online application form.





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Course overview

COURSE OVERVIEW 2020

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Awarding Body | QQI
Award: Postgraduate Diploma
NFQ Level: 
Level 8
Award Title: 
Higher Diploma in Business
Award Type:
 Major
Duration: 
Part-time: 12 months



Contact

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2021. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: admissions@dbs.ie
Phone: 01 417 7500
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Monday to Friday: 8:45am to 5:15pm