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What is the Higher Diploma in Business in Management?
The Higher Diploma in Business – Management Studies is a one-year programme which is aimed at developing the 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 encompasses workshops, seminars, online learning and the traditional classroom environment where participants develop key business and management skills over two semesters. Each participant will have the opportunity to undertake an internship as part of the credit provision of this programme. The student will be supported in finding a placement with an employer and will undertake an action oriented project to support their learning while on placement.

The programme is ideal for anyone without a business qualification who has a definite interest in leadership, operations management, teamwork and personal development. Incorporating modules like Project Management, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Innovation, International Business and Accounting for non-specialists this programme provides a bedrock for anyone hoping to pursue careers in team leadership, operations management or supervision in a wide variety of contexts.

The course is designed with strong industry input and leading experts on areas such as lean management, operational excellence and project management contribute in delivering content, sharing their expertise and increasing networking opportunities. Industry partners in the South East and beyond have been very enthusiastic about the development of the programme and have played a key role in it throughout its duration. In the delivery of this programme there has been collaboration with a range of companies including Hasbro Ireland, Lake Region Medical, EMC and Genzyme (A Sanofi Company).

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 Full / Part-time

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 Hasbro. 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 or Speakers have included executives from Toyota, Genzyme, Enterprise Ireland, Lake Region Medical and Hasbro. 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.

Student Testamonial
“Overall, I am so glad I completed this course. Thanks to it, I got the job I always dreamed of. Before the course I was working as a floor manager. After five years I was made redundant and was unemployed for six months. During the course I got a job as a weekend manager. I applied for a job a couple of weeks ago for a position as store manager and this morning I got it. I know that the course gave me the tools to be a professional manager and for that I would like to thank all of my mentors and the staff involved”.
Katarzyna KowalCzyk - Retail Manager, Carlow.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of completing the course I did, a Higher Diploma in Business (Management), and cannot recommend it highly enough. There are excellent supports in place such as study courses and guides, academic writing lessons, teamwork lessons. The course is very achievable for people with relevant life and work experience who are willing to work hard. Yes, the hours can be long, however it is only for a few months and the outcome is well worth it”.
Caroline Summers - Senior Manager, Harvey Norman Ireland, Kilkenny (published in the HEA Changing Voices Changing Ireland).

Further enquiries

Course Leader(s)
Dr Patrick Lynch
Phone: +353-(0)51-302424

Head of Department: Prof. Denis Harrington
Phone: +353-(0)51-302427

Subjects taught

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

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


Campus: Cork Road

Application date

Closing Date: 30/September/2017

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