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Business Studies (Level 6 IPA/UCD Diploma)

Programme Aims

This is a two-year programme with four elective streams – Accounting, Marketing, Human Resource Management and Information Systems Management. This programme is a good choice for those who want to further their understanding of the fundamentals of business and obtain specialised knowledge about a particular area in which they are interested or involved. It will be of interest to those, who do not want, initially, to commit themselves to a four-year programme.

Entry Requirement

Leaving Certificate with minimum of grade C in two Higher Level (Honours) papers, and grade D (Higher or Ordinary) in four other subjects. Subjects passed must include Irish, English, Mathematics and a Third Language. Learners of mature years, that is, learners who are 21 years of age on the 1st January of the calendar year of entry may be matriculated by the IPA for the purpose of entering a programme of study. Learners attending lectures at LIT should apply to the IPA and then register with LIT.

How to Apply

LIT offers this programme in partnership with the Institute of Public Administration (IPA). To apply for this programme, an application must first be submitted to the IPA. You can download the IPA application form at the following link:
Successful applicants should then register to sit classes in the LIT Moylish Campus. The LIT registration form can be downloaded from the Apply Now section on this page. Completed registration forms should be submitted to the Flexible Learning Department of LIT, along with a copy of proof of acceptance by the IPA.


Learners are assessed by means of assignments given through the year and final examinations. Examinations are held twice yearly in April and August (Supplementary).

Subject Accumulation

If a learner does not wish to take all the subjects in any year, he/she may study one, two or three subjects on a phased basis. Learners taking the business programme by subject accumulation pay €780 per subject. The fee due to the IPA for subject accumulation learners taking tuition in LIT is €390 per subject and the fee due to LIT is €390 per subject.

Total per annum
First Installment on or before 9th September 2016
Second Installment on or before 23rd January 2017
Lectures at IPA €2980 €1490 €1490
Distance Education €2980 €1490 €1490
Lectures at LIT €2980 €1490 €1490
Subject Exemptions / Subject Accumulation per subject €780 €390 €390


Examining Body

The Institute of Public Administration, 57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4. The Diploma in Business Studies is accredited by UCD. It is equivalent to a qualification at Level 6 Major on the National Qualifications Framework. Learners who successfully complete year one of the programme will receive an interim award of a UCD Certificate in Business Studies.


2 years, 22 weeks approximately per year
Tuesday and Thursday from 6.00pm-10.00pm
Commencing Tuesday 13th September
Plus two compulsory weekend seminars and three optional tutorials at the IPA in Dublin


Learners who successfully complete this Diploma programme can progress to the relevant stream in the third year of the BBS (Hons).

Special Case

Prospective participants who do not meet the entry requirements detailed above, but who may qualify for admission by meeting certain other equivalent criteria, should apply for Special Case Registration form to: The Registrar, Education Division, Institute of Public Administration, 57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4. Telephone: 01 2403600 or email:


Graduates and those with other relevant awards may apply for an exemption from a subject in the first year of the Diploma Programme. Only those who have studied relevant disciplines will be considered. Learners must take all subjects in year two of the Programme if they wish to avail of the Diploma Award. Application forms for exemptions, which should be completed and returned no later than early-October 2016, are available from the IPA (01) 240 3600 or by emailing Applications must be accompanied by proof of qualifications (transcripts of results for each year of previous 3rd level studies)


Year One
Financial Accounting
Quantitative Methods
Managing Human Resources / Managing IT
Business Administration & Marketing
Year Two – Core Subjects
Cost Accounting
Business and Company Law
Year Two – Streams
Accounting Stream – Financial Accounting
Marketing Stream – Marketing Information Analysis
Human Resource Management Stream – Organisational Behaviour (Subject to viable numbers)
Information Systems Management Stream –Information Systems Design & Development (By distance education only)
The subjects studied are the same as those studied by learners in the first two years of the Bachelor of Business Studies. This means that participants take and are examined in eight subjects – four in year one and four in year two. The Diploma programme takes two years to complete. After first year there are four elective streams: Accounting, Marketing, Human Resource Management and Information Systems Management.
In 2016/2017 the Core Subjects for all streams will be available in the Department of Business Management at Limerick Institute of Technology. The Elective Subjects in the Accounting Stream and the Marketing Stream will also be available. The Elective Subjects in the Human Resource Management Stream will be available subject to viable class numbers (Minimum number 12 learners). The Elective Subjects in the Information Systems Management stream will not be provided. Where lectures are not provided by LIT in any given stream learners can pursue their elective subjects through Distance Education directly with the Institute of Public Administration.
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