Higher Diploma in Business Studies (part-time)

NUI Galway 285

Organisation profile

Established in 1845, NUI Galway is one of Ireland's foremost centres of academic excellence. With over 17,000 students and more than 2,200 staff, NUI Galway has a distinguished reputation for teaching and research excellence. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas of international standard, which provide students with opportunities for personal and academic development, as well as giving them the knowledge and skills they need to pursue successful careers.

Training aim

The Higher Diploma in Business Studies (part-time) is an NFQ Level 8, two-year part-time postgraduate course delivered online.Applicants require a Level 8 honours degree of H2.2 standard or above to meet the entry requirement. This course is open to graduates of any discipline who wish to acquire a grounding in business practices.

The Higher Diploma Business Studies is designed to provide non-business graduates with a well-rounded understanding of business. Students will be educated in the fundamental skills of business administration, enabling them to play an active role in the management and development of business enterprises. All modules assume no previous knowledge of the subject.Subjects studied as part of this course include Accounting, Business Information Systems, Economics, Marketing and Management.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of the Higher Diploma in Business Studies (part-time) it is expected graduates will be able to:

  • Apply effective decision making to global business problems
  • Demonstrate skills in Accounting and Finance, Management, Marketing, Economics and Business Information Systems
  • Identify, analyse and solve applied problems in individual and team-based settings
  • Effectively communicate with peers and business using a range of media relevant in global business
  • Work effectively as an individual, in teams and in multi-disciplinary settings together with the capacity to undertake lifelong learning

Course outline

The objective of the Higher Diploma in Business Studies (part-time) postgraduate course is to provide an orientation for graduates, other than graduates in business, towards the commercial and industrial environment, and to provide training in the fundamental skills of business administration that enables graduates of the course to play an active and fruitful role in the development and management of business enterprises. Core to the realisation of this objective is the building of competencies in Accounting, Economics, Management, Marketing, and Business Information Systems together with team and management focused competencies such as teamwork and communications. Emphasis is placed on individual and group assignments, focusing on developing both applied skills and key interpersonal skills.

Trainer's profile

The Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development aims to advance the lifelong learning needs of adult learners. CALPD provides continuing professional development opportunities to the region through the delivery of higher education qualifications and stand-alone CPD modules. We serve four groups of people: professionals who wish to upskill; employers who want to develop the skills of their staff; professional bodies that manage accreditation for their members; and course coordinators who deliver training.

Course duration

Two years part-time and online.

Assessment & certification

Higher Diploma in Business Studies (Postgraduate qualification) from NUI Galway

Who should attend

This course is open to graduates of any discipline who wish to acquire a grounding in business practices.It will also be of interest to individuals who are interested in progressing to further postgraduate study in business and require a Level 8 business qualification to do so.