Higher Diploma in Business

Key Features of the Higher Diploma in Business

  • Conversion style programme for non-business graduates. 

  • The primary objective of the course is to improve the job prospects of graduates and to help with the continuation of their academic careers. It helps to prepare and assist students in securing employment in a range of national and international organisations.

  • The development of appropriate skills and knowledge and the students understanding of the world of business and management in the workplace.

  • One of the most attractive aspects of the full-time programme is the opportunity to gain practical work experience over a four month period. The opportunity of a full time position may arise, and graduates of this programme are at a distinct advantage in terms of future employment prospects.

  • The provision of a combination of academic theory, practical business applications and skills to assist in the transition to the world of business. This will be accomplished through the content of courses offered and the range of learning processes employed.

  • Upon completion, graduates will have the business knowledge and skills required to commence employment in a variety of business areas such as marketing, finance, management, and HRM within a variety of industry sectors.

Aims of the Programme

This programme has been designed to address the needs of students and employers in a dynamic and ever changing business environment. This course is designed for graduates of all disciplines except business who are interested in pursuing a career in business or who wish to develop significant business knowledge. The primary objective of the course is to improve the prospects of its graduates in the job market and or to help with the continuation of their academic careers. The course also helps to prepare and assist students in securing employment in a range of national and international organisations.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must hold:

  • A primary Honours Degree award of at least pass level in a non-cognate discipline from a recognised third level institution or equivalent qualification 

  • An IELTS score of a minimum 6.0 or equivalent, where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English.  

Course Content

The Higher Diploma in Business with optional Work Placement programme has the following content:

Stage 1

Core Modules

Marketing

Economics

Business ICT

Legal Issues for Business

Management and Organisational Behaviour

Lifelong Learning

Core Modules

Stage 2

Human Capital Management

Business Capital Management

Business Finance

Strategic Marketing

Professional Skills for Personal Development

Business Strategy

Digital Media Strategies

Assessment

Student assessment will be based on a combination of continuous assessment and end of semester examinations. Continuous assessment will involve a number of assessment methods, including research essays, analysis of case studies, practical assessments and projects. For the purpose of continuous assessment students will be required to work individually and in groups. End of semester examinations will usually be closed book, timed constrained written examinations, which will feature a range of question styles.