Understanding International Business (Leading to a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development) (Understanding International Business (Leading to a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development))

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Key Programme Details

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development (Understanding International Business)

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Part Time

ECTS Credits



School of Business

General Information

Alison McKeon






Irish Times Training,
24 / 28 Tara Street,
D02 CX89


Course Administrator / Student Support

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About this Course

Delivered online over two semesters combining live interactive workshops and self-directed learning, the course aims to develop management and leadership skills within a global environment. As an advanced qualification the course is useful to those who wish to upskill or reskill to help them seek employment or re-evaluate their current business practice in light of the changing, post-Brexit business environment.


1. Understanding International Business
Exploring key concepts/theories in global business, and contemporary global business environment. Understanding global business operations, considering both large and small firms, and reflecting 'real world' activities.

2. Strategic Digital Transformation
Learning concepts that underpin business intelligence and data analytics as part of a digital transformation strategy. Creating a data management strategy with an evidence-based performance management dashboard to aid data manipulation and decision-making.

3. Understanding Global Strategy
Developing an understanding of the strategic management of an enterprise engaged in international business including its competitive position based on analysing structure, country-based sources of advantage and their distinctive competencies.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have gained:

(a) (i) an Honours or non-Honours degree from a University of the Republic of Ireland or the United Kingdom, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or

(ii) an equivalent standard in a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification; and

(b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent).

In exceptional circumstances, as an alternative to (a) (i) or (a) (ii) and/or (b), where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

Participants may be required to submit a letter / statement signed by a Commissioner for Oaths confirming their recent employment history.

Long Description

The post-Brexit business environment is proving challenging for individuals, teams and organisations; what worked in the past may not prove fruitful in the future and businesses are faced with new ways of working, new technological developments and new collaborative practices. The Digital Transformation module of this course specifically addresses the need to adapt and utilise technology as a tool for future business sustainability.

The demand for these skills is evident in all sectors across Ireland, and relevant to all organisations who are impacted by Brexit and involved in export to, and engagement with international markets. The course will benefit those who have a responsibility and interest in pursuing business growth and strategy in organisations or have ambition to sell products and services into UK or overseas markets. Practical skills are also emphasised throughout this course; outcomes for students include the ability to formulate solutions to a range of international business problems and issues, and effectively communicate in a variety of forms, prepare reports for various stakeholders, including business practitioners, and solve problems in the international business environment.

Modules reflect the changes in a post-Brexit business environment. A range of assessments include essays, case studies, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports and presentations. Participants will be encouraged to apply their learning to the workplace by basing module assessments and projects on relevant organisations, ensuring they develop workplace readiness alongside lifelong skills and applied assessment.

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Delivery Notes

8 hours

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Alison McKeon


Irish Times Training
24/28 Tara Street
D02 CX89





Application Procedures

Based on applications received through the HEA Springboard database Irish TImes Training:

- Conduct a phone interview to assess suitability
- Gather evidence to confirm eligibility and aptitude, including previous academic records
- Review of documentation provided by the applicant

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