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Athlone Institute of Technology Higher Diploma in Business
Athlone Institute of Technology

Higher Diploma in Business

Co. Westmeath, Ireland

1 Years


Full time

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This higher diploma programme provides formal education and training in business disciplines for graduates with a non-business background. Holders of the qualification will normally be expected to enter employment with a strong business studies background, which will complement the qualification(s) already acquired. The course emphasises the importance of practical/project work across all modules.

The course will provide you with the conceptual framework, knowledge and skills which will enable you to understand a complex and changing business environment. It will also give you an understanding of the respective importance and the interrelationship between the different disciplines and functions represented in the modern business, with a focus on enterprise development and project management. You will gain an enhanced understanding of the finance function and its importance in a modern business environment; and of marketing and its role in effectively supporting business development. The modules on management and organisational behaviour will build on your prior qualification(s) and will focus on business settings.

Minimum Entry Requirements

A Bachelor degree (Level 7) or a Bachelor degree (honours, Level 8) in any non-business discipline is required.


Management, Strategy and Change, Economics and the Business Environment, Financial Statement Analysis, Marketing Management. Human Resource Management, Enterprise Development and Project Management, Business Law, Business Applications.


As a graduate of this Level 8 programme, you are eligible to be considered for the Master of Business one-year, full-time programme at AIT. Alternatively, you may decide to pursue postgraduate study at another institution. Full details of postgraduate opportunities at AIT are contained in the postgraduate prospectus.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this programme, you will have a wide range of skills and will be well suited to gain employment across a broad range of industries building on your original qualification(s), but now enhanced with this business qualification.

Additional Information

For the academic year 2014/2015, the fees are €3,500 for EU students. These fees are subject to an annual review.

Online application for direct admission to this programme in September 2015 is now open.

For further information or for queries contact: Siobhán Kelly, Admissions Office, AIT Tel 090 646 8131

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