Diploma in Business Studies

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

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Click here to view provisional 2020 timetable.


This programme is designed to give the student an understanding of the practical skills necessary for success in a fast-paced dynamic business environment. The broad philosophy of this programme is to provide students with an appropriate base of relevant business knowledge and tools to promote personal development and business career advancement. Students have the opportunity to study many key areas in the business world and acquire critical skills to further their careers.

Aims and Objectives


The Diploma in Business Studies aims to equip students with the skills to work in a range of business functions and the tools to progress in a fast-paced dynamic business environment. 

On completion of the Diploma, students should be able to:

  • Understand to the complexity of modern business organisational structures

  • Develop the necessary skills to meet the demands of the business environment

  • Acquire tools and techniques that can deliver significant return on investment in an organisation

  • Learn how technology changed the modern business environment and acquire some foundational skills

  • Understand contemporary issues in key business areas



To meet the requirements of the Diploma in Business Studies, a student must complete:

  • Business Functions: group assignment & presentation (100%)

  • Economics: final examination (100%)

  • Accounting: final examination (100%)

  • Marketing, Communications and Digital Media: group project and presentation (100%)

  • Information Technology Applications: practical lab-based  project (100%)

  • Human Resource Management: individual written assignment (100%)

  • Business law: final examination (100%)

  • Fundamentals of Management: individual written assignment (case study report) (100%)

Course Content

Business Functions: This subject will introduce the student to the complexity of modern business organisational structures and give the student a sound knowledge of the major functions and service activities within a business. Topics covered include Communications and Teamwork, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy and Lifecycle and the overall business environment. It will also help to build students’ awareness of problems and challenges that the modern business might encounter.

Economics: This module is designed to give the student an excellent grounding in the fundamentals and functions of economics in today’s business environment. This module covers a wide range of topics from supply and demand theory to national and international trade issues. A large part of this module focuses on national banking, inflation, income, unemployment and fiscal issues.

Accounting: The fundamental aim of this subject is to introduce the student to the basic principles of financial and management accounting. The programme will enable the student to develop basic skills in respect of recording, summarising and interpreting accounts.

Marketing, Communications and Digital Media: This module explores the skills and knowledge necessary for the planning and management of effective marketing communications. This module is designed to provide students with an foundational understanding of marketing, its tools and associated digital skills.

Information Technology Applications: A fundamental understanding of the MS Office Suite of software programmes is a basic requirement for everyone in the world of business. This module allows students to gain foundational knowledge and practical experience in MS Office Suite Applications to enable them to meet the expectations of employers and to use the software effectively in the completion of course assignments.

Human Resource Management: Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the role of the Human Resource Department within an organisation. In addition to broadening the understanding of employee engagement, human resource planning and development, the role of Human Resource Information Systems, payroll and GDPR compliance will be covered.

Business law: This module will provide participants with an overview of the Irish Courts System and the Irish Constitution. It includes an introduction, together with a broad approach to EU Law. The Law of Contract, Tort Law, and Employment Law are also introduced together with Consumer Protection Legislation. Company Law outlining the role of Directors, Sole Traders and Liquidators are also included in this Module.

Fundamentals of Management: The Fundamentals of Management module aims to provide students with a comprehensive review of management functions and practical management skills. The module explains the aspects of contemporary management and details the most important elements of management, including leadership, change management and ethics.


The Diploma in Business Studies is offered as a part-time programme over one academic year. Students will engage with weekly topic areas through short, faculty led presentations, lab work and guided discussion that will be reinforced by case studies and group work. Moodle will be used to facilitate student engagement with resources, as well as provide an interactive space for learners. Learners will develop an array of transferable skills key to the business environment, including report writing, presentations, problem solving, teamworking.

Career Opportunities 

On completion of this programme students will have the knowledge and skills to work in a variety of positions which require knowledge in the areas of business, administration, and accounting/finance or business research.

Student Profile

Typically, students participating on this programme have come from a variety of backgrounds from those starting out in the business world to those for whom business skills are an advantage, in areas such as health, education, IT, engineering, hospitality etc. The programme can also be beneficial to business professionals who are seeking supervisory/management roles in the future.


The fee for this Diploma is €2,000. This is inclusive of tuition, registration, exam fees and DBS library membership. View all DBS Evening Diploma Fees here.



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Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about your course of interest. The open day will give you the opportunity to receive one on one advice and direction from leading academics in your chosen subject area, meet current students and also have your questions answered on entry requirements, student support and the admissions process. Find out when our next Open Event is taking place. The Admissions Office is located in our Aungier Street campus and you are welcome to visit the college to speak with a member of our admissions team from Monday to Fridays, 8:45am – 5:15pm. Alternatively, you can contact us by email.

DBS Student Facilities

DBS Diploma students can also avail of a wide range of facilities to assist them in every aspect of their studies, please see below for more details.

  • Online Notes System (DBS Moodle)- is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS. 

  • DBS Library Aungier Street- the Library provides a programme of classes in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies.  

  • DBS Careers and Appointment Service- which provides a range of services for Diploma students such as career advice and workshops in CV writing and interview skills. 

  • Subsidised Parking- DBS provides subsidised parking arrangements for students, which provides easy access to all main public transport routes in and out of the city centre. 

  • Subsidised Student Canteen- Diploma students can avail of the Student Canteen which is open in the evenings and offers a wide variety of choices on its menu.

  • Business & Management
  • Part-Time
  • Professional Evening Diplomas

Course overview


Awarding Body:
Institute of Commercial Management (ICM)
Schedule: 2 evenings per week, 6.15-9.30pm
Intake: Sept & Jan
Duration: 1 academic year (part-time)

Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2020. Contact our admissions team for more information

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