Course Overview

The Diploma in Critical Business Skills aims to enable those with non-business backgrounds, to fulfil their potential and progress to middle management roles. The course is designed to develop critical business skills required to contribute to economic development and productivity within their organisation or elsewhere.

The syllabus will use methods of self-reflection to evaluate personal performance and professional development. Participants will assess personal strengths, characteristics and skills that impact on workplace performance. They will design strategies to enhance personal and organisational strengths and manage weaknesses. Graduates will develop valuable leadership and management skills required to maximise their team's contribution to the organisation. Negotiation skills are a key skill in a wide range of business contexts, such as contracts, deal-making, employment discussions, team building, and disputes. This course will enable graduates to understand, accommodate and manage individual differences through constructive negotiations.

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The Diploma in Critical Business Skills is approved by Engineers Ireland as a CPD learning opportunity for engineers.

Applications and Selections

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Please visit our How to Apply page for Application tips and Supporting Documents information.

NB: Applicants must have a level 7 award in any discipline of no less than 90 ECTS.

This course is also available through Springboard, find out more here.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of written assignments, online activities and a block release workshop in semester 2 for the module Negotiation Skills.

Notice: with the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 coronavirus, we have decided to move classroom-based courses and blended learning seminars to a fully online teaching mode for Semester 1 of the academic year 2020/21. The Semester 2 teaching schedule will be reviewed over the coming months in line with government restrictions and social distancing guidelines. This decision has been made to ensure the safety of students & staff and our desire to continue to provide upskilling and professional development opportunities for all. If you have any queries regarding the format of online delivery mode, please contact your course administrator for further details.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a level 7 award in any discipline of no less than 90 ECTS. Three years of industry experience is desirable, but not essential. General entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, English language requirements etc.).

Additional Requirements


1 year, part-time

Next start date


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Average intake


Closing Date

18th September

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Course code

Course Outline

The modules in this Diploma are as follows:
Semester 1
Business Law 1
Organisation Psychology and Analysis
Leading and Managing People
Semester 2
Management Skills
Critical Thinking
Negotiation Skills

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Further Education

Graduates may go on to select from a range of level 8 and 9 postgraduate courses at NUI Galway or further afield.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates can progress in a diverse range of industries, such as marketing, financial services, information systems and human resources.

Who’s Suited to This Course

This course is suitable for those with non-business backgrounds. This course is designed to develop digital, transversal, management and leadership skills within graduates. Graduates should also develop the fundamental skills necessary to adapt to market trends and prepare for the future.

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates should be able to: 

  • Understand the relevant business regulations and legislation
  • Achieve key analytical, critical thinking, negotiating and leadership skills required for business success
  • Critically examine the national and global business environments to identifying market needs and trends

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€2,400 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Tuition

€2,288 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Student levy

€112 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Non EU

€2,900 p.a. 2020/21

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment. Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: 

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

Please download the 2020_21 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

Louise Coyle
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
Nuns’ Island, NUI Galway, Galway
Tel: + 353 91 495786



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