Business Studies

The Higher Diploma in Business Studies can provide you with the theory and skills required to realise your career goals in a business-related environment. It will provide you with an opportunity to develop the fundamental skills of business administration. This course will equip you with the concepts, skills and knowledge necessary to play an active role in the management and development of business enterprises. The course provides non-business graduates with a pathway to progress to level 9 postgraduate studies in business.

This course is suitable for those who have completed a level 8 degree in a non-business discipline and want to obtain a business qualification to further their careers.

This course is delivered through a virtual learning environment using live online lectures, podcasts and presentations, reading material, assignments and online discussions. Two accountancy modules include an end-of-semester on-campus examination; all other modules are examined by continuous assessment.

Accountancy examinations are held on-campus. Students domiciled overseas should contact the Course Administrator regarding exam arrangements in advance of applying for the course

Subjects taught

You will study a range of business modules delivered by the following core business disciplines:

- Accountancy and Finance
- Business Information Systems
- Business Law
- Economics
- Marketing and Management

Other modules include:
- Negotiation Skills
- Leading & Managing People
- Business Strategy
- Information Management for Business

All modules assume no previous knowledge of the subject areas

Entry requirements

Applicants require a level 8 honours degree of H2.2 standard or above. This course is open to graduates of any discipline who wish to acquire a grounding in business practices. Applicants are expected to possess a good level of computer literacy.


Duration: 2 years, part-time
Mode of study: Online learning

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Career Opportunities
Graduates can progress in a diverse range of industries, such as marketing, financial services, information systems and human resources. Graduates can also pursue further postgraduate study at Master's level, such as the MSc Marketing, MSc Industrial Relations and HR Management courses.

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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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