Diploma in International Business & Financial Markets (with a language)

College of Business, Public Policy, & Law
School of Business & Economics

Course overview

This programme provides students with comprehensive knowledge and skills in a range of multidisciplinary business subjects.  Students will gain expertise in the principles and practices of marketing, management, financial markets and economics in preparation for a career in international business. Students will gain language skills in a choice of European languages, Chinese or Russian. Through their participation in the programme, students will develop the skills to be become business leaders in national and international markets.


This is an ideal programme for students who wish to:

  • Gain a critical understanding of a number of business functions in international markets;
  • Understand the influence of international markets on business and management in today’s global economy;
  • Develop analytical skills in relation to international finance and the essential technical skills used in applied financial analysis;
  • Develop basic language skills in a chosen area of interest;
  • Develop key transferable skills of critical thinking,  problem-solving, decision-making and communications skills;
  • Improve their employability opportunities by re-skilling in the area of international business with a language;

Key facts

Entry requirements

The Diploma programme is open to diploma and degree holders of all disciplines, from a University or other recognized third level educational institution. Applicants should hold a NQAI level 7 qualification (minimum), or equivalent. 

Entry requirements and other information for international students are set out at: http://www.nuigalway.ie/international-students/why-nuigalway.html

 Applicants should note that IT skills are not a prerequisite for entry to the programme.

Duration: 1 year, part-time

Next start date: Please contact the Programme Co-ordinator

ECTS weighting: 30

Awards: Diploma in International Business & Financial Markets, NUI Galway

Closing date: Please contact the Programme Co-ordinator

NFQ level: 8

Mode of study: Blended learning and classroom-based learning modules

Course outline

The Diploma in International Business & Financial Markets is divided over two semesters. Students will study two business modules per semester worth 5 credits each and a year-long language module (10 credits) in their chosen area. Students attend language classes on a weekly basis throughout  the academic year while the business modules will be taught via blended learning.


Using the blended learning mode students receive easy to follow course materials and attend monthly seminars on a Friday or Saturday (approximately four times per term). Students will also have access to the online learning system which supports students in between face-to-face classes where they can engage with the module tutor and fellow students in the virtual learning environment. 


Students choose four business modules and one language:

Business modules (modules may require a minimum enrolment number)


International Financial Markets (compulsory)

Management Skills

Electronic Commerce

Ireland in the Global Economy

Financial Markets Project

Innovation & Entrepreneurship


Students also have a choice of one of the following language options:

Business Chinese

Business French

Business Spanish

Business Russian


Students with prior learning in Spanish or French will have the option of taking either of these languages at intermediate level.


Applications and selections

Applications are made online via (check list for all supporting documentation required). Please contact the Programme Coordinator for further information.



- Supporting documents include form of ID (birth cert/passport/drivers licence) and transcript of degree results obtained)

First round offers will be made in early August. If all places are not filled in the first round, applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed up to mid-August.

Requirements and assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of written assignments during the semester and a formal examination at the end of each semester.


Find out more

Maria McHugh

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway
T: 091 492144
E: maria.mchugh@nuigalway.ie

W: www.nuigalway.ie/adult-education/courses/business



Mary Coyle
Programme Co-ordinator
JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics
NUI Galway 

T: 091 493104
E: mary.coyle@nuigalway.ie

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €1,950 for the 2013/14 academic year
Non-EU (Total): €2,450 for the 2013/14 academic year