Higher Diploma in Business in Management

Higher Diploma in BusinessManagement

Cork Road
1 year
31 Aug 20

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The Higher Diploma in Business in Management is a one-year, 60 credit degree programme which is aimed at developing the range of cross-enterprise skills required of modern competitive organisations. It has been designed with business management 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 three semesters.

The programme is flexibly-delivered utilising a block-release mode (2 days per month) and blended approach for delivery. In Semester 1 and 2, the student does mandatory modules and chooses one module from a list of electives. The participant will undertake an applied project as part of the credit provision in Semester 1 & 2. 

The programme is ideal for anyone without a business qualification as it incorporates modules like Strategy, Leadership, Project Management, Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Innovation, 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 in lean management, operational excellence and project management contribute in delivering content, sharing their expertise and increasing networking opportunities.

Special Feature

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 Cartamundi, Lake Region Medical, EMC and Genzyme (A Sanofi Company).

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In order to facilitate the delivery of programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, module outline and order may change slightly for the academic year 2020/2021.

Semester 1(Mandatory Modules)

Semester 2 (Mandatory Modules)

Managing People: Theory and Practice Managing Change
Strategy & Leadership Project Management
Applied Project in Management Development Applied Project 

Elective Modules (Participants select ONE of these; Availability of each is subject to demand):

Elective Modules (Participants select ONE of these; Availability of each is subject to demand):

Operations Management & SCM The Management of Innovation
International Business Environment Business Process Mapping & Improvement
Customer Service Innovation Management Service Strategy & Development
Place Branding Digital Marketing Strategy
Service Design Competencies & Prototyping Accounting for Business Managers
Marketing Exploring Organisational Behaviour
Business Research Methods Research Project

Entry Requirements

  • Interested applicants must hold at least a Level 8 degree qualification, or equivalent. 
  • Applicants without at least a Level 8 degree qualification may be considered for the programme under the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning Process.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details.


Programme fee details are available on the Postgraduate Fee Schedule displayed on our website at www.wit.ie/pgfees

How to Apply

Applications for this programme are made online by going to www.pac.ie

This course is expected to run in September 2018

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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 http://www.wit.ie/news/details/business/learning_about_lean_at_major_wit_forum or www.wit.ie/lean  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.

Student Testimonials

 “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). 

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Course Leader

  • Dr. Chris O'Riordan

    BA FCA MBA PhD - Lecturer in Accounting

    Tel: 51845610 Email: [email protected]

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