Business - The Science of Decision Making - Microcredential

These short, online courses give you an in-depth understanding of a key area of business in a very focused way. These accredited, postgraduate programmes are all delivered online by experienced faculty. Programmes are assessed using innovative continuous assessment elements and final exams. As these courses are drawn from our MBA and business masters’ programmes, should you later decide to progress to a full master’s award, you will get credit for this module. If you need to get quickly up to speed in these emerging areas of business, these programmes are for you.

This programme introduces the student to the science of decision making and is designed to help students become more effective decision makers. The programme draws on the latest research in the field of decision making and draws on work in areas such as psychology, economics, marketing, and HR. Students will learn to understand and use their two modes of thought, ‘system 1’ which allows us to make fast intuitive decisions and ‘system 2’ which is slower and more analytical.

Subjects taught

Topics covered:
• The psychology of a decision
• Modes of decision making under risk
• Heuristics and cognitive biases
• Group decision making
• How to improve decision making

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree in either a cognate or non-cognate area at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. The college operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) scheme meaning non-graduates with extensive professional experience and other prior qualifications may also be considered for the course.

Laptop Requirement
All students applying to NCI must have access to a laptop that will allow them to attend classes online and, where relevant, to participate in on-campus learning. Some students may be able to avail of the Student Laptop Loan Scheme, subject to eligibility.

Application dates

Application: Apply online at


30 hours contact time: 6 hours per week over 5 weeks.

Blended delivery: online delivery with one in-person half day introductory session.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: Throughout the year, see for more information.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Minor Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Blended,Part time

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