Diploma in Business Studies

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

Diploma in Business Studies


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:

  • Appraise the complexity of modern business organisational structures

  • Enable learners to develop the necessary skills to meet the demands of the business environment

  • Provide learners with tools and techniques that can deliver significant return on investment in an organisation

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

  • Appraise contemporary issues in key business areas



Click here to view provisional timetable.



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

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

  • Economics: written assignment (100%)

  • Accounting: final examination (100%)

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

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

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

  • Business law: final examination (100%)

  • Principles of Management: individual written assignment and group presentation (100%)

Please note this programme is not on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

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 Business Strategy and Lifecycle, Business Plan Design, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Productions and Operations. 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. Students will gain an understanding of sales management within marketing, communications and digital media. Specially, how important it is for marketing professionals to measure conversion rates to measure effectiveness and justify marketing spend.

Information Technology Applications: This module will equip learners with practical digital skills. Learners will gain an understanding of collaborative technologies in the workplace. They will apply best practice for File Management, storage and security. Learners will build key digital skills for business in current software tools such as Word Processing, Spreadsheets and cloud storage systems.

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, diversity in the workplace,  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, Employment Law and Intellectual Property 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.

Principles of Management: The Principles 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, people management, 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.


Click here to view provisional timetable.

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.

Progression to DBS Programmes

For students interested in further study, the Diploma in Business Studies will entitle students to exemptions at Level 1 of some of the Evening Business and Marketing (Hons) Degree programmes at DBS. View our Evening Degrees.

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

Certification: Dublin Business School
Schedule: 2 evenings per week, 6.15-9.30pm
Next Intake: September 2024
Duration: 1 academic year part-time

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We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2024. Contact our admissions team for more information

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Phone: 01 417 7500
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