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Higher Diploma in Business



What will I learn?

The Higher Diploma in Business is a conversion course for non-business graduates who wish to acquire core business skills which will enable graduates play an active role in the management, sustainability and development of commercial enterprise. Graduates will, upon completion of this programme, enter the business world and/or progress to a management role within a general or specific field or sub-field of business. Throughout the course learners will have acquired the necessary skills and business acumen to strategically appraise business opportunities and challenges and effectively integrate into decision-making roles with an organisation. The Higher Diploma in Business will see graduates being capable of dealing with diverse intrinsic and extrinsic opportunities and challenges in the business world and do so in a creative fashion promoting business sustainability and growth. Graduates will be also be in a position take up further Level 9 postgraduate studies.

Aims of the Programme

The specific programme objectives are to:

  • Equip learners with an understanding of the theory and principles underlying business function(s) and administration.

  • Advance in learners an appropriate expertise in the major aspects of business, and an awareness of core disciplines.

  • Develop a range of key interpersonal skills, characteristics and attitudes to learners to work professionally, individually and in a team.

  • Cultivate in learners a range of key skills, personal qualities and attitudes essential to
    support progression to a career in business or to further academic study.

  • Develop learner capacity to organise diverse information, arguments, and conclusions and present them in a clear coherent way.

  • Relate business principles, concepts and theories and frameworks to a wide range of
    business and industry settings.

  • Understand the various functions of business and demonstrate this awareness by producing a multi-faceted and innovative business strategy.

  • Enable learners to apply their learning through in their professional lives reflecting their professional and personal development.

Which department am I in?

Dublin Business School

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€10,050.00 (US$ 10,599) per year
Start date

Expected September 2023


Dublin Business School

13/14 Aungier Street,


Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide English Proficiency.

For international students

The minimum entry requirements for the Higher Diploma in Business are:

A Level 8 primary undergraduate honours degree with a minimum Pass classification from a recognised third level institution in a non-cognate area.

For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language test such as IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, PTE or DBS English Assessment. Test certificates should be dated within the last two years to be considered valid.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the minimum English language requirement for entry to the programme is IELTS score 6.0 (or equivalent).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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