Higher Diploma in Business in International Business

  • Higher Diploma in Business in International Business
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Full details available on the Admissions-Postgrad pages
  • For full details, go to Admissions- Recognition of Prior learning
  • 1 Year Full-time/1 Year Part-time
  • Carlow/Wexford/Wicklow
  • Not applicable
  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Further Study & Careers
  • PAC Codes & Fees
  • How to apply
  • Contact


This one-year graduate diploma programme has been designed for graduates of business and non-business disciplines in order to equip them with the necessary knowledge and competencies required in international business. 

International business is concerned with contemporary issues in business from both a national and international perspective. Learners will have leading knowledge of contemporary theories, concepts and issues concerning international business in today’s society. In addition, the modules blend both theory, practice and policy to ensure that the learner will be able to manage, develop and lead organisations in the sector.

The programme will also provide learners with critical thinking tools to enable them to succeed in the field of business. It will provide learners with a critical understanding of concepts and approaches to enable individuals and groups to realise their potential.

What will I be able to do when I finish this course?

Graduates will be equipped to manage and lead teams in multinational organisations. They will also be able to contribute to and develop the strategy of that organisation.

Graduates of this programmes will find employment in a variety of settings that promise a wide choice of flexibility and variety. Many graduates of this programme may start their career in the domestic operations of an organization and then progress to managing and coordinating global operations.

Some examples of potential job opportunities include:

  • Banking
  • International marketing and sales
  • Customer service
  • Importing and exporting enterprises.

What subjects will I study?

Semester One

  • Global Market Assessment & Selection
  • Business Finance 
  • International Business
  • Strategic Analysis
  • The Global Economy 1

Semester Two

  • Applied Business Solutions
  • Strategic Positioning
  • The Global Economy 2
  • Global Marketing Strategy 

Elective Subjects

  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility & Business Practice
  • New Product Innovation

Entry Requirements

Applicants require an NFQ 8 or equivalent for entry to this programme.

Other applicants will be considered on an individual basis in accordance with the SETU Carlow policy on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Study & Career Opportunities

This qualification will allow the participant to apply for the MBA or Master of Business, depending on his/her business experience, and continue to develop and extend his/her skills base and knowledge at Level 9.

Programme Codes & Fees

Programme Code Programme Title Campus Location Schedule Fees Closing date for applications
SE41D Higher Diploma in Business in International Business Carlow Full-time €3,000 Full details available on the Admissions-Postgrad pages
SE43U Higher Diploma in Business in International Business Carlow Part-time €2,500 Full details available on the Admissions-Postgrad pages

How to apply

  1. Research & choose your course from our wide range of postgraduate offerings on our website or in our prospectus.
  2. Check all of the relevant course information including entry requirements, course code and closing dates, taking time to read the Application Instructions.
  3. Get started on your postgraduate journey at SETU Carlow!

For admissions queries from Irish or European applicants, please email: graduatestudies.cw@setu.ie.

All Non-EU international applicants should refer to the International section of the website for further details or email: international.CW@setu.ie.


Dr Sharon Harris-Byrne
BA, MBS, MA (T&L), PhD
Programme Director
E: sharon.harrisbyrne@setu.ie

International (Non-EU) applicants may contact:
E: international.CW@setu.ie      
P: 00353 59 9175205