Diploma in Management Studies

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

Diploma in Management Studies 


This diploma explores key areas in modern management theory and practice. The course will provide newly appointed managers, the self-employed and those interested in enhancing personal performance with the key skills and knowledge required of a today’s professional manager. Students will be introduced to the principles of management, human resource management, organisational communications and finance, and acquire foundational skills in key information technology applications that are used in the contemporary work environment.


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Programme Aims and Objectives

The Diploma in Management Studies aims to provide students with key skills and knowledge required of a modern professional manager. 


  • Equip learners with competencies across a range of key business functions.

  • Enable learners to develop foundational skills for human resource management.

  • Apply tools and techniques for effective organisational communications.

  • Appraise the significance of financial management to effective business operations.

  • Advance ability in the use of current office software applications.


To meet the requirements of the Diploma in Management Studies, students will be required to complete the following assessments:

  •  Principles of Management: group presentation (100%)

  • Information Technology Applications: lab project (100%)

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

  • Contemporary Management Practice: individual written assignment (100%)

  • Organisational Communications: group assignment and presentation (100%)

  • Financial Management Principles: weekly assignments (30%) and final exam (70%)

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

Course Content

Areas Covered Include:

Principles of Management: The Principles of Management module aims to provide students with an introduction to the complexities of modern management. This module explores key areas in modern management and allows students to develop an understanding of the management environment and organisational structure and culture.

Information Technology Applications: This module will equip learners with practical digital skills. Learners will gain an understanding of key technologies in the workplace. Learners will build practical skills in databases, spreadsheets and data analysis and presentation. Learners will also contextualise the role that computer technologies have played in facilitating the evolution and development of business systems, and the legal and ethical issues that have emerged through this process.

Human Resource Management: This module will provide the student an insight into HRM and the role HRM plays in an organisation. This module will appeal to someone new to leadership or to build on existing knowledge and skills and learn how to coach and mentor staff. The module presents current trends in the field and provides the students with the foundational tools for Human Resource Management.

Contemporary Management Practice: The Strategic Principles of Management module aims to provide students with both academic knowledge and practical management skills. This module explores key areas in modern management and allows students to develop key competencies required of a modern professional manager.

Organisational Communications: This module aims at providing students with the skills and techniques to communicate effectively. It introduces communication strategies for specific contexts, focusing on the use of different styles depending on the medium and the public. It is a highly practical module that provides the learners with both oral and written communication skills relevant in any type of business.

Financial Management principles: Through this module student will learn the basic financial and management principles in use in the modern organisation and understand the construction and use of both financial and management accounting techniques adopted.


This programme is divided into five modules. In order to be awarded the Diploma in Management Studies, students must attend and pass all five modules.

Students will attend class for one evening per week over two semesters, or for a 17 week period during the intensive course held in the spring intake. To be awarded the Diploma in Management Studies, students will be required to complete 100% written assignment at the end of each module.

Career opportunities 

On completion of the programme students will have the knowledge and skills required to work in a variety of business and management roles. The diversity of the programme can also enhance the career profile of non-business candidates. This programme can also be beneficial for small business owners to gain an understanding of the importance of marketing, financial and human resource strategies for organisations

Progression to DBS Programmes

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

Student profile 

This programme is particularly suited to the aspiring or newly appointed Manager, the Section Leader, the self-employed and those interested in enhancing personal performance. Potential careers include: Administration Assistant, Office Manager, Accounts Administrator, business start-up.


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.

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

Course overview

Dublin Business School

Schedule: 1 evening per week, 6.15-9.30pm
Next Intake: September 2024
Duration: 1 academic year (part-time)

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