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This one-year programme is designed for people wishing to pursue careers in team leadership, operations management or supervision in a wide variety of modern competitive manufacturing or services organisations. 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 two semesters.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a degree qualification or equivalent. Candidates without a degree qualification who have 2 years verifiable experience in a supervisory or managerial role 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.

English Language Competency
Applicants must demonstrate that they have sufficient competency in spoken and written English language in order to take part in the course. Please see the Student Information section of the website for more information.

Evidence of Existing Academic Qualifications
All undergraduate and postgraduate applicants are required to provide evidence of their existing academic qualifications in order to demonstrate that they meet the course entry requirements. Undergraduate applicants are required to submit a copy of their leaving certificate results/ transcript of results/ scanned copy of any further or higher education parchments to along with an up to date copy of their CV for review. Please note this can be a photo or scanned copy of the original document – you do not need to post in certificates.

Please include your name, the online application reference number and course title in the email subject field. Students cannot be registered for WIT awards until their qualifying documents are submitted for review.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is the term used to describe the system for giving formal recognition to a range of relevant learning that you may have gained prior to entry onto a particular course.

RPL can be used by applicants to:
• Gain admission to a course of study by helping candidates to demonstrate that they have met the entry requirements;
• Gain exemption(s) from a module(s) within a programme of study where students can formally demonstrate that they have already met the learning outcomes for the module(s) concerned. In order to make a valid application for an exemption applicants must first pay the full fee applicable for the module. If the RPL application is successful applicants will be refunded 50% of the fee.

Prior learning includes both formal and Non-formal learning. Formal learning is gained through completing courses/ modules in further/ higher education or other certified courses. Non-formal learning may be attained through work, voluntary activities or private study but for which no certification may have been obtained.

It is important to remember that any RPL application must focus on learning attained and not simply, for example, on time spent in a particular job. All RPL decisions must be validated by the Academic Department expert in the relevant area.

Please see the Student Information section of the website for more information.


1 year
2 days per week from 3.00pm -10.00pm over 2 semesters.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

On successful completion of the programme, graduates may progress to level 9.

This programme fills a need for middle to executive management in modern competitive manufacturing or services organisations. Our engagement with employers has identified significant employment and promotional opportunities for executive managers and for individuals without a business qualification who have a keen interest in developing business and managerial capabilities and assuming greater responsibilities in an organisational context.

Further enquiries

Dr. Patrick Lynch/Prof. Denis Harrington/Ms. Margo O’Dowd
Phone: +353-(0)51-302424

Subjects taught

Semester 1
• Marketing for Managers
• Operations Management & Supply Chain Management
• Managing Change
• International Business Environment
• Organisational Strategy

Semester 2
• Accounting for Non-Specialists
• Exploring Organisational Behaviour
• Project Managing People
• The Management of Innovation


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

Application date

Closing Date: 25 August 2017

Course fee

Full programme €4,300 / 5 credit modules: €360 / 10 credit modules: €720

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