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Professional Management & Leadership

Are you currently working as a manager or interested in becoming a manager?

Aim of Programme
This programme is suitable for those with previous degrees at level 7 (as a minimum) who wish to gain a formal qualification in Professional Management and Leadership.

The Higher Diploma in Business is a 12 month part-time- programme which is aimed at developing the range of managerial and leadership skills required of an effective manager.

The programme is designed for those who have decided they wish to develop knowledge, skills and behaviours that will assist in developing or enhancing leadership and management techniques, either wholly or as part of their work role. The Level 8 Special Purpose Award is a professional qualification with a syllabus that comprehensively covers all aspects of the participant's role and is based around practical experience and reflective practice. The programme is designed with strong industry input with a view to producing more efficient and effective managers and leaders. All modules assume no previous knowledge of the subject. This programme provides you with the fundamental skills to work in a management and leadership role and will complement your existing degree. It also provides you with an opportunity for further postgraduate study.

The programme is ideal for anyone without a business qualification wishing to develop key management and leadership skills. It has been designed with management and leadership skills as a dominant focus.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Level 7 Qualification Duration 12 Months: Tuesday and Thursday 6.00pm to 10.00pm. (Subject to change if in blended learning format) Plus scheduled Saturdays per semester. Final Project is due in August 2019. Date to be determined.


12 months - Tuesday and Thursday 6 - 10pm
(Subject to change if in blended learning format)
Plus scheduled Saturdays per semester. Final Project is due in August 2019. Date to be determined.

Saturday Dates
Semester 1 2018
22, September
6, 27 October
17, November
1, December

Semester 2 2019
26, January
16, February
9, 30 March

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Once you graduate, you will gain an established and nationally recognised qualification that will equip you for employment as a manger in a wide range of business settings. The skills needed for modern organisations are constantly and this programme will seek to address the modern skills needs in business management and leadership.

Further enquiries

Jenny Cooper

t:+353 (0)90 648 3050

Subjects taught

Programme Content
• Reflective Practice in the Workplace
• Leadership and Management Development
• Aligning Resources and Plans
• Customer Relationship Management
• Developing People
• Project
*Note: Athlone Institute of Technology advise that modules may be subject to change over the duration of the programme.

Application date

Closing date for applications is 4.00pm Wednesday 12 September 2018

Course fee


Enrolment and start dates

Commencing 18th September 2018

You can apply through the use of the application form at the end of the Evening & Part-time prospectus 2018/2019 (or download via link below).

For assistance with this please contact us on 090 6483050 or email and we will guide you through this process.

An information and registration evening will take place at the Institute from 5.30pm to 8.30pm on:
Thursday 6 September 2018

Institute staff and representatives of Professional Bodies will be available on this evening to provide additional information on programmes, answer queries and to offer guidance and assistance. However be aware that we invite you to contact us anytime during the year for guidance and advice.
Alternatively, students may forward a completed application/registration form (see back of this prospectus), including the appropriate fee, to the Department of Lifelong Learning.

Please note that postal application and enquiries are welcome by the Department from April 30th to September 12th 2018.

Closing date for applications is 4.00pm Wednesday 12 September 2018

Please note: AIT Induction is on Saturday 22 September 2018 from 9.30am to 5.00pm. Students will be given guidance on all AIT regulations and operating systems on this day. Attendance on that date is compulsory.

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