Higher Diploma (Business Studies)

J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics

Course overview

This HDip programme is designed to provide you as a non-business graduate with a well-rounded understanding of business. 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.

Key facts

Entry requirements

The programme is open to degree holders other than holders of the BComm. degree (or equivalent) from a university or other recognised degree awarding body. Applicants should hold a NQAI Level 8 qualification or equivalent. International applicants who are not native speakers of English may be required to provide evidence of fluency. The minimum requirement is IELTS score of 6.5.

Duration: 1 academic year (September to May)

Next start date: September 2016

ECTS weighting: 60

Average intake: 50 (45 for EU citizens and 5 for non-EU citizens)

Closing date: Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

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 are also available to students in Semester Two, which include Accounting for Management Decisions, Macroeconomics, Employment Relations, Global Marketing, eBusiness, 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.

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre(PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who teaches this course?

Ms Breda Lally

Dr Geraldine Robbins

Mr Cathal O'Curraoin
Ms Patricia Martyn
Mr Shane Durcan
Ms Maura O'Connell 
Dr Adele Smith 
Dr Gerard Turley

Prof Willie Golden

Dr Garry Lohan

Dr Edel Doherty

Dr Hugh Kelley

Dr Josephine Igoe

Mr Martin Hughes 

Dr Elaine Wallace
Ms Maureen Maloney
Dr Deirdre Curran
Dr Natasha Evers
Mr Chris Barry
Ms Anna-Louise Hinds

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.

Find out more

Eoin Whelan
T: +353 91 494 224
E: dbs@nuigalway.ie

PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €5,965 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €5,741 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2015/16

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.