This is a one-year programme which is aimed at developing a range of cross-enterprise skills required of modern competitive manufacturing or services organisations. It has been designed with business skills as a dominant focus. With strong industry links, the programme is delivered using a blended learning approach and encompasses lectures (online on a weekly basis and face-to-face for two full days per month), workshops, discussion boards, videos, case studies and the traditional classroom environment, where participants develop key business and management skills over two semesters.

Entry requirements

Interested applicants must hold at least a Level 8 qualification or equivalent. Applicants without a Level 8 qualification should have 2 years verifiable experience in a supervisory or managerial role and may be considered for the programme under the Institute's Recognition of Prior Learning Process. 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.


One year, part-time, blended learning (online/block release)

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

Further Information Dr. Chris O'Riordan/Prof.
Denis Harrington
/Ms. Margo O'Dowd 051 302424,

Subjects taught

Course Structure

Semester 1
Managing People: Theory & Practice
Strategy & Leadership
Applied Project in Management Development
Students select ONE further elective module
from a list (availability is subject to demand)

Semester 2
Managing Change
Project Management
Applied Project
Students select ONE further elective
module from a list (availability is
subject to demand)


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

Application date

Closing Date 31 July 2018

How to Apply
Applications for the programme are made online via

Course fee

Cost €4,300

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