Institution / Waterford Institute of Technology


What is the Higher Diploma in Business in Management?

The Higher Diploma in Business in Management is a one-year, 60 credit degree programme which is aimed at developing the range of cross-enterprise skills required of modern competitive organisations. It has been designed with business management skills as a dominant focus. With strong industry links the programme encompasses workshops, seminars, online learning and the traditional classroom environment where participants develop key business and management skills over three semesters.

The programme is flexibly-delivered utilising a block-release mode (2 days per month) and blended approach for delivery. In Semester 1 and 2, the student does mandatory modules and chooses one module from a list of electives. The participant will undertake an applied project as part of the credit provision in Semester 1 & 2.

The programme is ideal for anyone without a business qualification as it incorporates modules like Strategy, Leadership, Project Management, Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Innovation, this programme provides a bedrock for anyone hoping to pursue careers in team leadership, operations management or supervision in a wide variety of contexts.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
•Interested applicants must hold at least a Level 8 qualification or equivalent. Candidates without a level 8 qualification should have 2 years verifiable experience in a supervisory or managerial role and may be considered for the programme.
•Applicants from non-business disciplines will be required to demonstrate evidence of a strong interest in business in an academic or practical context. An Honours result in their respective qualification is required.
•Applicants may be required to undertake an interview with the programme panel.
•Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details


1 year part-time
The programme is flexibly-delivered utilising a block-release mode (2 days per month) and blended approach for delivery.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

The programme equips participants with core knowledge of operational excellence, project management, supply chain management, innovation and change management. The skills needed for modern manufacturing have changed significantly over the past 30 years and this course will seek to address modern skills needs in business and operations management. The cross-enterprise skills requirements identified in a number of government reports are reflected in the design of module content and in the assessment of course material.

A number of individuals in a range of companies in the South East have been consulted and provided an input to this programme. These include Lake Region Medical, Teva, Genzyme, Eistech and Cartamundi. Graduates of this programme have initiated the development of a new business (Eistech) which has led to significant job creation in the South East. In particular executives from Lake Region Medical have been involved in co-delivering some of the modules on the programme.

The collaboration with Lake Region is mirrored by similar support from TEVA (Pharmachem) and DePuy (Johnson and Johnson) which is a medical device company.

All students attend the WIT Annual Lean Management Forum event which is organised for May of each academic year – see link


Speakers have included executives from Toyota, Genzyme, Enterprise Ireland, Lake Region Medical and Cartamundi. The learning event also includes collaboration with the Irish Centre of Business Excellence and the South East Lean forum. The event is used to showcase the skills of students on business programmes in WIT.

Further enquiries

Course Leader(s)
Dr. Chris O'Riordan
Phone:051 845610

Prof. Denis Harrington
Phone:051 302427

Subjects taught

Semester 1(Mandatory Modules)
Managing People: Theory and Practice
Strategy & Leadership
Applied Project in Management Development

Elective Modules (Participants select ONE of these; Availability of each is subject to demand):
Operations Management & SCM
International Business Environment
Customer Service Innovation Management
Place Branding
Service Design Competencies & Prototyping
Business Research Methods

Semester 2 (Mandatory Modules)
Managing Change
Project Management
Applied Project

Elective Modules (Participants select ONE of these; Availability of each is subject to demand):
The Management of Innovation
Business Process Mapping & Improvement
Service Strategy & Development
Digital Marketing Strategy
Accounting for Business Managers
Exploring Organisational Behaviour
Research Project


Qualification: Higher Diploma in Business in Management (60 credits, Level 8)

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