Diploma in International Business Studies

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



Click here to view provisional September 2019 timetable.

This multidisciplinary Diploma offers a comprehensive programme of business subjects that will give students a thorough understanding of business and marketing principles nationally and internationally. The Diploma in International Business Studies also highlights how business integrates with national and international environments and can be used as a stepping stone to those seeking supervisory/management roles in the future.

Programme Aims and Objectives

On completion of the programme students should have acquired the skills to:

  • Understand a range of business functions and the multi-disciplinary nature of business

  • Apply appropriate academic theories and concepts to a range of business issues

  • Develop their learning skills to meet the demands the modern business environment through the study of economics, finance, marketing, management and business research

  • Understand the influence of the international context on business and management

  • Acquire practical business and management experience to their working lives.


To be awarded the Diploma in International Business Studies, students will be required to successfully complete a final examination (100%) for each subject at the end of each semester. There is no continuous assessment element to this programme.

Programme Content

Semester I


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.

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 Communications, Enterprise, Human Resource Management and the overall business environment.

Marketing Principles

This module is designed to provide the students with an understanding of the fundamental principles of marketing and to introduce them to the application of marketing thinking to business decisions.


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.

Semester II 

International Trade & Finance

The course aims to familiarise students with the core issues surrounding international trade and finance, including areas such as settlement of transactions, financing, the foreign exchange markets and the financial instruments used within international trade.

International Business & Finance

This is a wide-ranging module, which aims to give students an overall understanding of
international business challenges and opportunities. The module includes a review of the current international trade theories, the structure of the international financial marketplace and the international organisations which support it.

International Marketing Communications

Given the importance of the single global economy, understanding how to effectively
communicate across different cultures is fundamental to business success. This module will provide students with the ability to effectively use marketing communications skills in an international environment; explore the diversities that exist across different cultures and understand the key elements of marketing communications.

International Marketing Practice

This module aims to provide students with an overall understanding of the basic practices of international marketing. The rapid change of global business, how to assess the global market and how to develop strategies for market entry will be core to this module. The use of case studies to further enhance learning will also be integral to this module.


This programme is divided into two semesters with each semester consisting of four modules. The eight modules are delivered over one academic year with exams held in January and May. Generally students complete the programme within one academic year. The programme is designed to provide students with well-developed and broad business knowledge across several key disciplines including accounting, international marketing and trade and finance. This course aims to produce rounded students who are well placed for business advancement in a corporate environment, with the ability to travel and transfer their skills within the international markets.  

Career Progression 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 and international business including business management, administration, finance or business research.

Further Study Options

For students interested in further study, the Diploma in International Business Studies will entitle them to exemptions at Level 1 of some of the Evening Business Degree programmes at DBS. 

Student Profile

Typically, students participating on this programme are 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 suit non-business students 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.

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Course overview


Awarding Body: 
Institute of Commercial Management 
Schedule: 2 evenings per week, 6.15-9.30pm
Intake: September
Duration: 1 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