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Higher Diploma in Business Analytics - SPRINGBOARD+

Discipline: Business

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: One year

Mode of Study: Online delivery

Entry Requirements: Level 7 Certificate in Business Analytics or equivalent.

Places: 30


Free to unemployed applicants. €250 for employed applicants (10% of full fee).

Why Study?

The Higher Diploma in Business Analytics is a conversion course for graduates of Level 8 programmes in any discipline.

This programme will enable you to apply data analysis and business intelligence techniques to your own discipline.

You will explore how data is created, stored and accessed as well as how to extract, interpret and present data. You will use tools and techniques to predict future behaviour and ultimately help business gain useful insights and make better decisions.

The course will give you a high-level familiarity with databases and you will learn how to use powerful techniques to extract information of interest, work with large data sets (Big Data), and create interactive dashboards for visualising data.

Programme Modules

  • Database Design and Development (5ECTS): Introduction to database design and development techniques, schemas, relational tables, queries.
    Already completed in the Certificate in Business Analytics
  • Post-relational Databases (5 ECTS): Study of Databases that are appropriate for the modelling, design and operation of a Big Data environment. 
    Already completed in the Certificate in Business Analytics
  • Statistics for Business Analytics (5 ECTS): Introduction to statistical and analytical techniques which underpin business analytics. 
    Already completed in the Certificate in Business Analytics
  • Business Analytics (5 ECTS): Tools for data-driven activities of a business to draw inferences/make calculated decisions.
    Already completed in the Certificate in Business Analytics
  • Business Intelligence (5 ECTS): Analytics tools and business intelligence methodologies to build solutions for decision-making. 
    Already completed in the Certificate in Business Analytics
  • Decision Theory & Data Visualisation (5 ECTS): Decision theories, tools and data analytical and visualisation methods. 
    Already completed in the Certificate in Business Analytics
  • Professional Practice (work placement) (5 ECTS): Application of knowledge and skills gained throughout the course in a relevant work-place setting.
    Already completed in the Certificate in Business Analytics


These following modules, when added to the above modules from the Certificate in Business Analytics, make up the Higher Diploma in Business Analytics:

  • Cloud Infrastructure & Enterprise Services (5 ECTS): Cloud computing fundamentals, infrastructure components, service management activities and security.
  • Programming and Scripting (10 ECTS): Introduction to automating computer tasks & problem solving using scripting languages. 
  • Information Systems Development (5 ECTS): Design, development and application of information systems.
  • Business Informaton Systems Analysis (5 ECTS): Databases for modelling, design and operation in a big data environment. 

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Credits Delivered:

25 credits will be delivered which when combined with the Certificate in Business Analytics is the 60 credit Higher Diploma in Business Analytics


Delivery Method:

Fully Online


Application Process:

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To complete your application process you must upload the following

  •     A scanned copy of your EU Passport, or a scanned copy of your non-EU Passport with a copy of your Stamp 4 visas since 2017.
  •     A copy of your Curriculum Vitae.
  •     A copy of your Level 7 Degree/ Major Award or highest other qualification. Translated if not in English

You must also supply ONE of the following

  •     A scanned copy of a recent payslip if employed showing your PPSN, OR
  •     A scanned copy of a recent payment slip if in receipt of jobseekers allowance/benefit, OR
  •     A copy of a recent bank statement showing receipt of a different, eligible, Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection payment, OR
  •     A letter from your accountant confirming that you are self-employed, OR
  •     An affidavit signed by you and the appropriate third-party confirming that you are a homemaker.


The Springboard+ Programme is operated by the Higher Education Authority on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills and is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union under the European Structural and Investment Funds Programme 2014-2020.

Contact Us

Peter Butler
Graduate & Professional Development
Dublin Road

Phone +353 (0)85 805 3691


Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020