Postgraduate Level Single Module

As a Postgraduate Single Module (PGSM) student, you will undertake Master's-level (level 9 on the national framework of qualifications) modules for personal achievement or continual professional development (CPD) without having to commit to study towards an exit award. This means you can study online, on your own schedule, for one semester in a topic of interest, including Information Technology, Management of Operations or Environmental Management.

Whether you are interested in up-skilling, for example, you already have a Masters qualification in business, but wish to learn more about information technology, or are seeking to study for personal achievement, the DCU Postgraduate Programme Single Module (PGSM) (Level 9) programme provides you with the means to achieve your goals. This programme's strength lies in its flexibility, in terms of the time, place and pace of study. The Postgraduate Programme Single Module (PGSM) offers you the opportunity to study, at Masters Level through distance education, without having to commit to a full-time, or part-time, campus-based programme.

Dublin City University has been offering postgraduate level education at a distance since 1990. Our programmes are targeted at working professionals, who wish to achieve a deeper understanding in a specialist area and to provide a sound basis for their long-term career, without disruption to their career or other commitments. As a graduate from our programmes, you will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and flexibility for suitable senior managerial positions in your chosen specialist area.

All modules are taught on line in a virtual classroom, Loop, where you can interact with your fellow students and tutors through email, chat, skype, at whatever time suits you.

Assessment is continuous with no examinations.

IT Equipment and Skills required:

You should have regular access to a computer (with Microsoft Office), a broadband Internet connection, a printer and a basic headset and a webcam. Specifically, you will need access to Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.You can find detailed information on the IT skills and equipment required for this programme under the section 'Technology Requirements'

Accreditation information

This Postgraduate Programme recently participated successfully in the accreditation process conducted with DCU Business School by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world's oldest and most prestigious global accrediting body for business schools. AACSB accreditation is widely recognised as the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business schools.

Subjects taught

Programme Structure:

You can choose the module of your choice from the list of 15 credit modules shown below.

OSC10: Management of Operations (15 credits)

The aims of this module are to provide an in-depth understanding of the role of services in meeting customer needs, providing customer satisfaction and to develop a firm foundation in the concepts and principles of modern operations management. This module consists of three elements (Management of Operations, Operations Strategy and Service Management) with one assignment per element.

OSC11: Information Systems Strategy (15 credits)

The aim of this module is to provide the manager with an in-depth understanding of the strategic role which information systems play in the organisation, operation and management of the business enterprise and an appreciation of their shared opportunity for re-engineering their management responsibilities to maximize the benefits such systems can provide.

OSC12: Management of Internet Enterprise Systems (15 credits)

This module will enable you to confidently manage internet systems in the knowledge of their technology, architecture, protocols and contemporary applications. This module consists of three elements (Internet Technologies including Cloud and Web 2.0, Internet Systems Infrastructure and Internet Applications) with one assignment per element.

OSC14: Management of Sustainable Development (15 credits).

The overall aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of the challenges involved in current best practices for the delivery of sustainable management practices across a range of operational issues specifically, waste and environmental management, energy and water management and procurement management.

OSC15: Management of Clean Technologies (15 Credits)

The main philosophy of this module is that for a business to be successful and competitive in the long-term, the whole of the business resources, including environmental, economic and social resources, must be managed from a perspective that integrates the growing importance of clean technologies and the contribution they have to make to economic competitiveness. The module consists of the clean management of water waste and energy. This is primarily aimed at those with an engineering or technical background.

All Postgraduate Single Modules run from mid/end September until mid/end January on a part-time basis.

As a PGSM student you will have access to learning materials and are supported through online tutorials using the most current, online, 'live' classroom technology, a virtual learning environment called Loop, email etc and a dedicated postgraduate support service. The format of assessment will depend on the module being studied, but typically will include contributions to online discussion fora, case studies and individual assignments.

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements

There are five entry routes to the programme:

•A Level 8 or higher degree in a relevant discipline (Engineering, Science, Business or Information Technology) from a recognised higher education institution.

•Chartered membership of an engineering institution such as the Institute of Engineers of Ireland or a professional accounting body such as the Institute of Chartered Accountant.

•A Level 7 qualification in a subject in a relevant discipline or non-chartered membership of a professional body, along with at least three years relevant work experience.

•A level 8 qualification in a non-relevant discipline along with at least three years relevant work experience.

•Evidence of substantial relevant work experience. Such applicants will be required to submit a CV in support of their application and may be required to attend for interview.

In the case of all applicants to Dublin City University evidence must be provided of competence in the English language.

Application dates

Make an Application

Applications Deadline: The closing date for applications is the 30th of September.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Please see the list of Frequently Asked Questions we have prepared for all applicants.

You can also email us with any questions to: or telephone us directly on 01 700 5481 for further assistance.


1 year Online Distance Learning.

Post Course Info

The Postgraduate Programme Single Module (PGSM) allows students to undertake study at university masters degree level for personal achievement or continual professional development (CPD) purposes without having to commit to study towards an exit award. The studying of individual modules will develop skills such as critical thinking, high quality written expression, and transferable skills such as organisation and time-management. The knowledge, abilities and skills you will develop are highly valued by employers. In addition, if you wish to pursue further study in this area, you will have achieved 15 ECTS credits towards a Postgraduate qualification.

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