Postgraduate Diploma in International Business Management

Type
Postgraduate
Duration
1 Year Full-Time / 2 Years Part-Time
Validated by
QQI
Mode
Full-Time / Part-Time / Blended Learning
Campus
Dublin / Limerick
NFQ Level
9
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Course Overview

An innovative postgraduate diploma programme designed to prepare graduates for further study and enhance a career in international business.

The Postgraduate Diploma in International Business Management develops students' practical skills in a range of component business disciplines in a dynamic learning environment, with the option of a further study path and progression onto the MSc or MBA award.

Why Study Business at Griffith College?

Our Postgraduate Diploma in International Business Management programme is available on a part-time basis over one calendar year. The course is specially designed to prepare graduates for the world of international business by providing an educational experience which is strongly vocational, academically rigorous and intellectually challenging, providing a key stepping stone to greater success in international business management.

  • All part-time evening classes are available online with the opportunity of some face to face weekend workshops (pending social distancing regulations).
  • Students will develop the skills and knowledge necessary for further study in International Business.
  • Students will learn through an interactive teaching style that encourages significant contributions and presentations in class in order to promote the exchange of ideas and build confidence.
  • Students will have the opportunity to display their managerial ability and the application of skills and knowledge in the workplace through the completion of individual management competency reports.
  • flexible study model gives students the option of part-time study with class size, structure and assessment tailored to each individual module.
  • Students will have the option to further their studies with progression onto our MSc in International Business Management or, for eligible applicants, our MBA.
  • Delivered from Dublin but available to applicants nationwide.

Intake Dates

We run two intakes for this course commencing in Autumn and Spring.

  • February*
  • September*

*subject to sufficient numbers

Meet the lecturers

Rachel Gallagher
Rachel is Digital Director at Drury and lectures in E-business. Learn more
Rachel Gallagher

Course Details

Core Subjects

The module provides the learner with a well-rounded financial understanding of the role and goals of financial accounting, management accounting and financial management. The module also aims to provide learners with the analytical tools necessary for determining the financial implications of business activities and decisions in an entrepreneurial context. 

This module introduces and develops the concepts, perspectives, and tools associated with the discipline of strategy formulation and development within the complexities of undertaking business in different industrial and market contexts, countries and cultures. As well as providing the learner with a core body of knowledge of strategy, the module aims to go beyond the prescriptive “toolbox” approach to strategy making and develop and instil in the learner an appreciation of the complexities, subtleties and behavioural factors that fundamentally shape what businesses do and why. 

Research Methods introduces the learner to the purpose and role of research in business and the different qualitative and quantitative traditions and approaches practiced in research. These research abilities are central to improving business decision making through solid research and data collection. The majority of learners on the PGDip will progress to MSc or MBA programmes and this module ensures they are well prepared for the dissertation by the development and production of a solid, well informed research proposal that provides them with a sound basis for carrying out independent research under supervision. 

This module is concerned with the nature and scope of human resource management and the strategic application of human resources activities and techniques. It examines Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) from a management science perspective, enabling learners to know and improve how they contribute to the strategic process of management of human resources. It aims to provide knowledge to understand the external environments and internal capabilities, resources and processes that underpin SHRM. 

This module provides learners with a solid underpinning of the theories, frameworks, and models of international marketing combined with a strong sense of global awareness and cultural sensitivity essential for today’s business world. It gives them the skills to discriminate between markets and enable them to select those that present the greatest opportunities. It also provides learners with the knowhow for developing appropriate marketing plans and programmes and to determine whether a global, local or global approach to marketing is best. 

This module examines the role played by leadership and management in organisations (commercial, public and voluntary) and in determining organisational culture. There are contested and competing views (both in theory and in practice) about management and leadership: what they are and about how leadership affects management. The main purpose of the module is to encourage learners to critically examine leadership and management models. Learners gain knowledge and understanding of new models, which allows consideration in how they might modify their own current or future leadership and management behaviours. It recognises the importance of continuous development in leadership and management roles. 

This module increases learners’ awareness of societal expectations that businesses act in a socially responsible way and enables them to consider business solutions to social problems. The learner is equipped with a greater understanding of the concept of corporate governance and the principles underpinning corporate governance codes and examines the need for corporate governance in developed capital markets. Learners will have a deep understanding of the effect of law on the structure, role, and functioning of business including its substantive role, its social and political role, and its global regulatory role. The learner will develop the ability to apply legal and ethical reasoning skills in order to make responsible business decisions. 

This module introduces and improves learner’s knowledge and understanding on the interrelationships of entrepreneurship, technology and business innovation. Within this module, aspects of managing a start-up or a mature enterprise as well as change and innovation are covered. The module draws on material from the resource-based view of organisations and strategic and innovation management more generally, to produce a multi- layered, professional and practical, approach to business creation, corporate development and management of technological and business innovation. 

This module focuses on the subject of economics, with a strong emphasis on key macroeconomic and microeconomic principles, global trade, supply markets, competition and regulation. It seeks to develop a broad knowledge base and an in-depth understanding of the interconnectivity of economies and the impact this has in global trade and international business. The module increases the learners’ understanding of global and regional economies, of the economic cycle and of the interconnectedness and inherent tension in global trade and global business. It also focuses on key business-level issues that are relevant to business development, including understanding market competition. The inclusion of behavioural economics provides an opportunity to explore a relatively new area of the economic discipline, which has a direct, practical impact on business development and commercial success. 

Elective Modules

The module offers an understanding of digital skills within the workplace of a contemporary business environment. The module is aimed at individuals that want to acquire or improve their knowledge on how to plan and implement effective digital campaigns using digital assets at management level for accountable results. Centred on digital marketing and strategy, combined with trends that are shaping modern Ebusiness, it explores how digital marketing fits in with the overall business strategy at a practical level. 

The learner will analyse Asian markets from the perspective of investing firms. This will include assessment of the risks and benefits from such investment and the appropriate entry strategies for the market. The learner will investigate how to adapt and expand current business strategy for success, taking into account the intricacies of alternative approaches to internationalisation. This module explores the role of national and regional environments in Asian business. The learner will explore how macro-characteristics such as factor endowments, institutions, politics, and culture affect country- and firm-level economic outcomes in Asia. 

The aim of this module is to develop learners’ understanding of leading edge thinking in the area of strategic procurement and to guide on procurement strategies that bring together methods and tools used by global purchasers across different industries. Learners will be able, at the end of this module, to adapt the strategic procurement perspective of procurement thus adding increased value to organisations in which they will operate. 

This module builds learners’ understanding of the four dominant Marketing methods and mind-sets currently in evidence among marketing professionals. Learners develop an understanding of the methodologies used during the eras of Product, Consumer, Brand and Concept Marketing. The learner will understand the different mind-sets that are brought to the marketing challenge. They will understand how those mind-sets translate into practical methodology and get a sense of the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. 

Course Contacts

Timetables

The Postgraduate Diploma in International Business Management will consist of two/three semesters that will take place over 12 to 18 months.

Full-time

The full-time programme is delivered over two semesters and classes will take place Monday-Friday, between 9am and 6pm.

Part-time

The part-time programme is delivered over three semesters. Each semester will follow this structure: 

  • Initial six weeks – three evenings per week, 6.30pm-9pm; online
  • Following six weeks – three weekend workshops, Saturday 10am-4pm (subject to change); on campus

 

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for this programme is a minimum of 2.2 honours undergraduate degree (level 8) in a business-related discipline. 

Non-business graduates with relevant work experience may apply on the basis of their experiential learning. Please contact the admissions team to find out more.

Accreditation of Prior Learning and Prior Experience (APL/APEL)

The Graduate Business School welcomes applications from those with prior academic and/or professional learning experience which may be relevant to the PGDip in International Business Management programme. Applicants who wish for their prior academic and/or professional learning experience to be considered are requested to indicate this at the time of application and we will be happy to examine all of the relevant documentation accordingly.

English Language

Students who are not native English speakers will be required to provide proof of English language proficiency. A minimum score of IELTS 6.5, 575 TOEFL or equivalent is required. Griffith College is accepting the online Duolingo English Test (DET) as valid proof of English proficiency. This is a temporary measure for our intakes up to and including September 2022. Please see here for further details.

How to Apply

Applicants should apply directly to Griffith College. 

As part of your application, you may be asked to provide supporting documents, including:

  • Proof of ID (passport) 
  • Undergraduate Degree Award and Transcripts 
  • Up to date and detailed CV 
  • Documents supporting funding eligibility

If applicable: 

  • Translation of both degree award and transcripts 
  • Current GNIB 
  • Proof of English proficiency

Fees

For purposes of fee calculation, residence is counted from time of application.

Tuition Fees

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin 

EUR 7,750.00

Study Mode: Part-Time

Dublin

EUR 7,750.00

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Please refer to the Irish/EU Living Abroad Fees section.

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Non-EU students: a Student Services and Administration fee of EUR200 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin 

Non-EU living in Ireland or abroad: Please refer to our Non-EU Tuition Fees section.

Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please view our Fees information page to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.

Sponsorship

Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]

2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

QQI Award Fee

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.

Progression

Academic Progression

On completion of the level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in International Business Management students may progress onto the MSc dissertation stage of the programme, or, for eligible applicants, the MBA.

You can contact our admissions team to discuss what progression options are available to you.

Career Progression

Through the Postgraduate Diploma in International Business Management you will have gained valuable professional experience, built a strong foundation of communication and presentation skills, and covered a diverse range of topics. There is a wide range of career options for our graduates including:

  • Business Development Specialist
  • HR Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Product Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Global Brand Advertising Manager
  • Management Analyst
  • International Accountant
  • Global Economist

Ready to take the next step?