Higher Diploma in Business

IAU, 1 year Higher Diploma

The Higher Diploma in Business is designed for graduates with a non-business primary degree who wish to gain a comprehensive understanding of business. The programme is designed to provide students with skills and competencies in doing business across a wide range of disciplines. Graduates of the programme may gain entry to the Master of Business in International Business or the MBA programme. The Higher Diploma in Business will benefit non-business graduates who have practical experience in the world of business and wish to improve their skills.  It is also suitable for those wishing to retrain for a new career or as a springboard to postgraduate programmes worldwide. 

Year 1

  • Business management
  • Economics
  • Financial accounting
  • Marketing
  • Business communications
  • Economic policy
  • Finance
  • Business law
  • Business theory & policy
  • Fundamentals of business research

Entry requirements

American College Dublin has two intakes per year: in September and January.  

A prospective student may submit an application for all other courses directly to the Admissions Office at American College Dublin.

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent).

Further education students

The College accepts students from further education colleges to all of its courses.  Students must have gained three distinctions in a cognate area of the degree programme that they wish to study. Students must have a full level 5 or level 6 award and this award may have been taken over a number of years. Students with a FETAC qualification can gain access to both American College Dublin and American College Delaware.

Mature student application

Mature applicants can apply through the CAO for the September intake or make a direct application for the College‚Äôs other intakes. Mature applicants must be 23 years of age on 1 January of the year that they wish to begin their course. Mature applicants must be interviewed by one of the admissions team.  All applicants must submit a CV and a personal statement to the College.

Other EU applications

Every student who has taken examinations in an EU member state is expected to have completed mathematics and English in his or her final year.  The only exception to this is students who have completed the A-Levels. These students must have taken mathematics and English for their O-Levels.   Please refer the Admissions section for full listings of entry requirements for non-EU students. 

More information is available in the Admissions section or by contacting the Admissions Office, Tel: +353 1 6768939; Email: admissions@iamu.edu

Along with academic knowledge that students receive throughout the duration of their chosen subject, students will also acquire and develop transferable career skills from their degree discipline. These skills along with potential career paths are provided below to give you a well-rounded view of what the course has to offer. 

These skills include:

Foundations of: 

  • Analytical skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Strategic thinking
  • Strong presentation Skills 
  • Problem solving
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Leadership
  • Team work 
  • Interpreting statistical data
  • Time management

Graduates from the Higher Diploma in Business provides students with the opportunity to work after their studies in areas including:

  • Accountancy/Finance 
  • International Finance
  • Advertising
  • Banking
  • Human resource management 
  • Management 
  • Marketing 

Graduates of the programme may gain entry to the Master of Business in International Business or the MBA programme.

Do you have a question? Need some advice? Contact the Admissions Office.