Diploma in Management Studies

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


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This diploma provides student with an in-depth knowledge of five key management areas including communications, finance, human resource management and marketing and sales. It is delivered in an efficient and flexible timescale and is a beneficial stand alone diploma or can act as a gateway to further academic endeavour.

Programme Aims and Objectives

The Diploma in Management Studies aims to provide students with both academic knowledge and practical management skills. Students will apply appropriate academic theories and concepts to a range of business and management issues. During the course, students have the opportunity to add value to both their employers and themselves on a daily basis. In addition to providing a comprehensive knowledge of each of the major management disciplines, the programme is designed to ensure that students will have the widest range of career and further education opportunities open to them upon completion of the programme.


To be awarded the Diploma in Management Studies, students will be assessed differently throughout the modules.
Management Principles - 100% CA
Communication Skills - 100% CA
HRM - 100% CA
Marketing & Sales Management - 100% CA
Interpreting Financial Information - 100% in class exam

Course Content

Areas Covered Include:

Management Principles

In this module, a comprehensive review of management theory and practice will be provided and students will gain an understanding of the complexities of modern management. The module will begin with an environmental analysis. The module will then familiarise the student with the process of management decision making and organisational  design.  

Interpreting Financial Statements

Through this module students 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. 

Marketing and Sales Management

In this module, students will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for the motivation and management of an effective marketing and sales function. Emphasis will be placed on such areas as marketing management, incentives and the planning of sales and marketing activities.

Human Resource Management

In this module, participants will develop the skills essential to the management of an effective team. In addition to broadening the understanding of motivational factors, leadership and delegation skills will be developed.

Communication Skills

This module demonstrates the techniques of evaluation and applying communication methods such as evaluating the relevance and quality of information. Students will develop a strategy for the utilisation of communication skills.


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  Progression 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 add a valuable business related dimension to a presently non business related role/occupation. It can also be beneficial for small business owners to gain an understanding of the importance of marketing, financial and human resource strategies for organisations.

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. 


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: 1 evening per week, 6.15-9.30pm
Intake: September & January
Duration: February: 17 weeks Part-time (intensive)
October: 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