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The Higher Diploma in Business programme is designed primarily for both non-business graduates and international students. This higher diploma is structured as a conversion programme allowing students from non-business disciplines to develop and focus their career paths in the business environment with a view to pursuing a career in business or gaining valuable business skills to complement existing skills sets. Graduates of the programme may also wish to pursue further studies in business at post graduate level. This programme is also suitable for International Students from both business and non-business disciplines.

The Higher Diploma in Business offers an opportunity for students to gain a level 8 (NFQ) qualification in business with a further opportunity to progress to our level 9 (NFQ) Masters in Business programme.

Course Schedule

Classes take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 6-10pm.

To facilitate students who are working, some subjects will be a blended delivery of a live online classroom along with face to face lectures throughout the semester. Online lectures will be delivered each Monday and Wednesday night from 6pm – 10pm except for four evenings per semester when classes take place on campus. Tuesday classes take place on campus.

Students must have access to a PC and broadband internet access in order to engage fully in an online classroom environment. Computer labs will be available for students to use during these times. Students can also access recordings of the online lectures at their own convenience.

Please note: Examinations are held during the day

Entry requirements

Entry Route into programme:
Ordinary Bachelor Degree (NFQ level 7) with pass grade in a non-related disciplines (or equivalent qualification).

Minimum Entry Requirements
Application for admission to this programme will be considered from graduates of an Ordinary Degree (NFQ level 7 or equivalent) with a GPA of 2.0 or above. Applicants must also successfully complete the bridging programme BSST H3888 Business Fundamentals.


1 year part-time.

Schedule: Monday 6pm-10pm (on line except for four evenings per semester when classes take place on campus ) ; Tuesday 6pm - 10pm ( on campus) Wednesday 6pm-10pm (on line except for four evenings per semester when classes take place on campus )

Number of credits

60 @ NFQ Level 8

Further enquiries

For further details please contact the marketing team on 01 885 1530 or e-mail:

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Management Skills and Practice
Financial Management
Business Economics
Project Management
Management Info Systems

Semester 2
Strategy and Change
Creativity and Enterprise Development
Accounting for Decision Making
Regulatory Environment
Operations Management
Human Resource Management


Award title: Higher Diploma in Business
Awarding Body: ITB

Course fee


Enrolment and start dates

How to Apply: Apply Online (see Application Weblink below).

Stgart Date: September 2018.

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