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Business Studies (HDip)
**Business Conversion Programme Available to Non-Business and Business Graduates**
This Higher Diploma in Business Studies (DBS) programme is designed to provide you as a non-business graduate with a well-rounded understanding of business. It is a skills conversion graduate programme for individuals who hold a primary degree in another discipline (e.g., Arts, Engineering, Science) and would like to enter into business-related career or progress into a postgraduate business programme. You will be educated in the fundamental skills of business administration, enabling you to play an active role in the management and development of business enterprises. All modules assume no previous knowledge of the subject.
This programme provides you with the fundamental skills to work in business, and will complement your existing degree. It also provides you with an opportunity for further postgraduate study, with exemptions provided from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) exams.
For engineering graduates, the programme is approved as part of the Engineers Ireland’s Registered Training Providers Programme.
This conversion programme can be the first step to a postgraduate business degree programme, such as the MSc in Human Resource Management, MSc (International Marketing and Enterpreneurship) or standalone qualification in its own right, and is highly valued by employers. It can also provide an opportunity if you didn’t feel you reached your full potential at undergraduate level to redress the balance.
Applications and Selections
Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System.
Who Teaches this Course
AY5123 Accounting & Financial Analysis—Natasha Caulfield
AY872 Financial Management—Cathal O’Curraoin
EC5133 Principles of Economics for Business—Breda Lally
MG524 Management—Geraldine Grady
MK204 Marketing Principles—Tina Flaherty
MS873 Management Information Systems—Lorraine Morgan
Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise—Johanna Clancy/Michael Campion
AY209 International Financial Reporting—Mary Barrett
AY874 Accounting for Management Decisions—John Currie
AY875 Financial Management II—Cathal O’Curraoin
EC2101 Macroeconomics and the Business Environment—Ger Turley/Jason Harold
LW190 Business Law I—Nicola Murphy
LW428 EU Law—Anna-Louise Hinds
MG2101 Entrepreneurial Venture Development—Jonathon Levie
MG3102 Work in a Global Context—Maria Batischeva
MG325 Employment Relations—Deirdre Curran
MK203 Buyer Behaviour—Maura O’Connell
MK303 Global Marketing—Sheila Malone
MK341 Brand Management—Tina Flaherty
MS2100 Cybersecurity—Michael Lang
MS319 Enterprise Systems—Murray Scott
MS4101 Implementing Digital Innovation—David Kreps/Lorraine Morgan
Requirements and Assessment
Semester One exams: December.
Semester Two exams: April/May. A range of assessment methods are applied throughout the programme. These include essays, projects, reports, presentations and case studies.
The programme is open to degree holders from a university or other recognised degree-awarding body. Applicants should hold an NFQ Level 8 qualification or equivalent; IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent, if applicable.
1 academic year (September–May)
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Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.
Mode of study
This programme includes core modules on Accounting, Financial Management, Economics, Management, Marketing Principles, Management Information Systems, and Communications in Organisations. A wide range of optional modules (may be subject to change) are also available to students in Semester Two, which include Accounting for Management Decisions, Macroeconomics, Employment Relations, Global Marketing, Cybersecurity, and Business Law. The range of modules available allows students to either specialise in a particular discipline or to study a broad range of business subjects.
Students will enjoy these modules alongside other business students in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics.
Curriculum InformationCurriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (60 Credits)Required EC5133: Principles of Economics for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required AY5123: Accounting and Financial Analysis - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MG524: Management - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MK204: Marketing Principles - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required AY872: Financial Management I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MS873: Management Information Systems I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MG325: Employment Relations - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MK341: Brand Management - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MK303: Global Marketing - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MK203: Buyer Behaviour Analysis - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW190: Business Law 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional AY209: International Financial Reporting I - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW428: European Union Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional AY874: Accounting For Management Decisions - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional AY875: Financial Management II - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MG2101: Entrepreneurial Venture Development - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EC2101: Macroeconomics and the Business Environment - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MS2100: Cybersecurity - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MS4101: Implementing Digital Innovation - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MS319: Enterprise Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MG3102: Work in a Global Context - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required SBE3001: Innovation: Creativity and Enterprise - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MS203: Information Systems Management - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MS412: Information Systems Innovation - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional AY206: Financial Accounting I - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW160.DB: Business Law - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Why Choose This Course?
Graduates get jobs in a diverse range of industries, such as marketing, financial services, information systems and human resources. Graduates have been employed by Allied Irish Bank, Bank of Ireland, HSE, Medtronic, AVIVA, Salesforce and Morgan McKinley. Every year a number of graduates pursue further postgraduate study at master’s level, such as the MSc Marketing Practice, MSc Information Systems Management, MSc International Management and MSc Human Resources Management.
Who’s Suited to This Course
The Higher Diploma in Business studies is suitable for you if you:
- have an interest in business
- would like to pursue a career in business
- wish to pursue a Masters degree in business and you do not have a business undergraduate degree
- wish to complement your undergraduate degree with a business qualification
- like working in teams
- wish to develop your communication skills
The Higher Diploma in Business equips students with knowledge of the fundamentals of business that can be applied in any organisational setting. Upon graduation you will:
- have acquired skills in Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, Economics and Information Systems
- be able to work effectively as an individual, in teams and in multi-disciplinary settings together with the capacity to undertake lifelong learning
- display mature literacy and comprehension of business subject matter
- be able to apply the concepts and skills learnt in a variety of business contexts
- identify, analyse and solve business problems
- be able to communicate effectively using written, oral or presentation skills
Transferable Skills Employers Value
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
What Our Students Say
Mark Towey | MSc in Business Analytics student
What I really enjoyed about the programme was that it gives you a great introduction to all aspects of business. In the first semester you study the core modules, and in the second semester you can branch off into the subjects and modules that you found most interesting or were best at. I found the programme very well laid out, there was a clear structure for every module. A lot of the modules had tutorials which I found very helpful. The lecturers for each module were also very helpful and accessible. I found the course gave me great clarity as to what path I wanted to take in my career. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is considering it.
Michelle Murray | Buyer/Planner at Medtronic
The DBS came at the perfect time as I wanted a career change from the education sector and business was something I really wanted to try my hand at. This course gave me the opportunity to completely change my path, challenge myself and excel in an area I hadn't worked in before.
Kevin Armstrong | Principal Consultant at Morgan McKinley
Graduating from an undergraduate degree at NUI Galway, the HDip in Business Studies program was an easy choice for me. Like many others, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Geography but was unsure of what to do next. The HDip in Business Studies provides an accessible route into the world of Business for non-business graduates, it also qualifies graduates to go on and pursue the vast majority of Business Masters programs. My favourite aspect of the program was the wide array of Business areas that are covered, it provides a solid grounding in disciplines such as Marketing, Economics, Management and much more. I believe this course is invaluable preparation for working in any sector, not just Business. It would furnish any undergraduate degree to provide a well-rounded education, as well as opening doors to new areas.
Damien Gunning | Regional Sales Manager at Land O'Lakes, Inc. Connect Messag
I feel that the DBS will be a stepping stone in my academic life and firmly believe it will help contribute greatly to my study of another strand of the business learning curve.
Sarah Gilchrist | Analyst, Investor Services
I have gained invaluable experience in working as part of a team and communicating effectively. The size of the class is relatively small (approx. 50 students) so we all got to know one another quite well, which made the course and year even more enjoyable. The focus on group assignments and team work has provided invaluable experience and developed my ability to work as part of a team, a skill which is valued highly by all potential employers.
Mark Naughton | Business Development Associate at Salesforce
I chose NUIG because of my love for Galway city accompanied by the great experience I had here throughout my undergraduate degree. This degree appealed to me because I wanted to gain a broad knowledge of the various aspects of business and increase my overall business acumen.
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