Course Overview

This HDip programme is designed to provide you as a non-business graduate with a well-rounded understanding of business. You will be educated in the fundamental skills of business administration, enabling you to play an active role in the management and development of business enterprises. All modules assume no previous knowledge of the subject.

This programme provides you with the fundamental skills to work in business, and will complement your existing degree. It also provides you with an opportunity for further postgraduate study, with exemptions provided from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) exams.

For engineering graduates, the programme is approved as part of the Engineers Ireland’s Registered Training Providers Programme.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre(PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who Teaches this Course

Ms Breda Lally
Dr Geraldine Robbins
Mr Cathal O'Curraoin
Ms Patricia Martyn
Mr Shane Durcan
Ms Maura O'Connell
Dr Adele Smith
Dr Gerard Turley
Prof Willie Golden
Dr Garry Lohan
Dr Edel Doherty
Dr Hugh Kelley
Dr Josephine Igoe
Mr Martin Hughes
Dr Elaine Wallace
Ms Maureen Maloney
Dr Deirdre Curran
Dr Natasha Evers
Mr Chris Barry
Ms Anna-Louise Hinds

Requirements and Assessment

Semester One exams: December.
Semester Two exams: April/May. A range of assessment methods are applied throughout the programme. These include essays, projects, reports, presentations and case studies.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

The programme is open to degree holders other than holders of the BComm. degree (or equivalent) from a university or other recognised degree awarding body. Applicants should hold a NQAI Level 8 qualification or equivalent. International applicants who are not native speakers of English may be required to provide evidence of fluency. The minimum requirement is IELTS score of 6.5.

Additional Requirements


1 academic year (September to May)

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

50 (45 for EU citizens and 5 for non-EU citizens)

Closing Date

Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting




PAC code


Course Outline

This programme includes core modules on Accounting, Financial Management, Economics, Management, Marketing Principles, Management Information Systems, and Communications in Organisations. A wide range of optional modules are also available to students in Semester Two, which include Accounting for Management Decisions, Macroeconomics, Employment Relations, Global Marketing, eBusiness, and Business Law. The range of modules available allows students to either specialise in a particular discipline or to study a broad range of business subjects.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates get jobs in a diverse range of industries, such as marketing, financial services, information systems and human resources. Graduates have been employed by Allied Irish Banks (Credit Management), First Derivatives and Zurich Treasury Services. Every year a number of graduates pursue further postgraduate study at Master’s level, such as the MSc Marketing, MSc Industrial Relations and HR Management programmes.

Who’s Suited to This Course

The Higher Diploma in Business studies is suitable for you if you:

  • have an interest in business
  • would like to pursue a career in business
  • wish to pursue a Masters degree in business and you do not have a business undergraduate degree
  • wish to complement your undergraduate degree with a business qualification
  • like working in teams
  • wish to develop your communication skills

Learning Outcomes

The Higher Diploma in Business equips students with knowledge of the fundamentals of business that can be applied in any organisational setting. Upon graduation you will:

  • have acquired skills in Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, Economics and Information Systems
  • be able to work effectively as an individual, in teams and in multi-disciplinary settings together with the capacity to undertake lifelong learning
  • display mature literacy and comprehension of business subject matter
  • be able to apply the concepts and skills learnt in a variety of business contexts
  • identify, analyse and solve business problems
  • be able to communicate effectively using written, oral or presentation skills

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,965 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Tuition

€5,741 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Non EU

€13,250 p.a. 2015/16

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

Find out More

Breda Lally
T: +353 91 493 635

What Our Students Say


Damien Gunning |    

I feel that the DBS will be a stepping stone in my academic life and firmly believe it will help contribute greatly to my study of another strand of the business learning curve.

Sean Daly |   DBS Graduate 2009

I found the DBS course to be an excellent all-round informative introduction to business and finance, which offered a broad and challenging range of modules. It was extremely beneficial to progressing towards a career in business.