Diploma in Strategic Business Management

Learn how to shape a business

11 weeks, part-time, one evening per week, 6.30-9.30
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Back on-campus Feb 22
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Strategic Business Management

According to LinkedIn, in January 2018, despite the prominence of technical jobs and skills, soft skills like management, leadership, and strategy are considered equally as important. In a survey of 2,000 business leaders, the soft skills of leadership, communication, collaboration, and time management were identified as most in-demand. In fact, 57% of the respondents indicated that these soft skills are more important than hard/technical skills.

The development of these soft-skills within the workforce is therefore vitally important. BR Suresh, Senior Vice President and Country Head - Human Resources, Bosch India, writing in Entrepreneur.com (in April 2018), stated that leading experts today state that due to the pace of the industry, the time required to create ‘leaders’ has significantly reduced, by almost half in some cases. In such a scenario, the ability to deal with a high degree of uncertainty and to resolve challenges within short time frames have become essential qualities to be inculcated in all employees. The championing of critical thinking and business acumen that allows for short, medium and long-term planning has also become highly important.

This programme will benefit you if you are in, or seeking, a staff management or leadership role. It will also facilitate you to improve your own performance through the implementation of key theories, techniques and practical application of leadership styles.

This course is designed for you:

  • If you want to develop business management skills consistent with the current principles and strategic practices.
  • If you want to formalise your management skills with best in practice and improve your career and job prospects.
  • If you want to differentiate your company and yourself in your ability to strategically manage its' business unit's.
  • If you want to gain the skills to structure, formalise and implement a leadership style.

Course Overview

This business leadership programme introduces you to a range of business management and leadership frameworks. It explores what organisations are looking for in modern management. Key leadership and management issues will be discussed and you will develop your own leadership style to get results. Your confidence and ability as a manager will be enhanced, and you will understand how relationships impact on leadership.

Throughout the programme, you will build up a toolbox of approaches for business planning and performance management, and discover new leadership concepts and begin to understand your own leadership style. You will be enabled to enhance your own personal effectiveness and become equipped with best practice and innovative thinking on strategy and leadership. The programme will support you to extend your professional network through meeting other practicing managers, and sharing your experiences.

What is a Professional Diploma?

An IBAT Professional Diploma is a focused, short duration practical course that consolidates, upskills and/or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications  that do not lead to an award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Course Content

The programme is structured to develop your confidence, even if you have no formal training in management, by providing a comprehensive toolkit that covers the key aspects of management, and provides a solid foundation for your career as a team leader, supervisor or front-line manager.

You will become empowered to use enhanced staff management concepts and theories, develop plans and practice strategic leadership and future planning.


  • Strategic Management Principles
  • Making Strategy Everyone’s Job
  • Tools for Business Planning and Performance Management
  • Understanding Leadership
  • Developing leadership styles and the need to be strategic
  • The Leader Within
  • Leading successful change – improving performance
  • How to Communicate as a Leader
  • Motivating the Team
  • Dealing with conflict, poor performance and problems


The Diploma in Strategic Business Management is assessed through a project (by continuous assessment), which may include assessment on one’s own leadership style and the application of this style to a typical business challenge (through case study).

Career Opportunities

On completion of this programme you will have a greater understanding of your own strengths as well as those of your colleagues. You will have gained the skills to structure, formalise and implement a leadership style and align your management skills with best in practice to improve your career and job prospects.

This means that while this programme may not necessarily set you up for a profession in its own right it should provide you with skills and competencies to support your career development within you own field, in roles such as:

  • (Assistant/Trainee) Manager
  • Head of Function
  • Operations Manager
  • Production Supervisor
  • Team Leader

On the Indeed.com website, in mid-August 2018, there were approx 4,300 vacancies requiring leadership skills, across various professions.

Why IBAT College?

Career Potential
Maximise your career potential as you remain working while obtaining a professionally relevant, career enhancing, qualification at the same time.

Excellent Lecturing Staff
Learn from friendly and highly qualified academic staff, with industry experience, in small class-sizes, and guest lecturers who are experts in their fields.

Student Experience
Being part of a culturally diverse student nationality mix at IBAT College Dublin, with learners from over 30 different countries, gives you the opportunity to learn culturally different working methods first-hand, and the fundamentals to succeed in a globally connected network once you graduate.

City Centre Location
With our campus located in Dublin city centre, in Temple Bar, you are close to all major transport hubs making it easy to attend classes in between work and home.

Programme Material
Printed course notes are supplied for the first lecture. All subsequent notes are then available to download/view/print through the student virtual learning (Moodle) platform.


Indepth structure around processes. Change Management was my favourite aspect of the Course. John L. - Diploma in business Analysis

Sandra Eaton Diploma in Strategic Business Management Graduate
This course formalised and helped me to develop my skills in strategy formulation and implementation, as well as my leadership skills. Case studies of other industries also really broadened my horizons.
Lisa O Connor Diploma in Strategic Business Management Graduate
This course helped me better understand my leadership style and also helped me better understand the impact of change and how to manage it.
Sean Finlay Diploma in Strategic Business Management Graduate


I found the teacher to be very professional, informative and has made the course very interesting and relevant with specific examples that resonate

The course content has been extremely relevant to my current role and I have been able to implement certain aspects of this course already. I can see the course being of significant value to me in the future.

I have enjoyed my experience with IBAT and would be very happy to look at additional courses. It to be very efficient and professional from registering to date 


Paul Savage Strategic Business Management Graduate

Lecturer Profile

Trevor Fisher
Trevor Fisher/ Lecturer Diploma in Strategic Business Management /
Trevor has 15 years business management experience within the retail sector across a number of companies, Trevor brings real working environment experience and scenarios to the classroom. He holds a first class honours degree in business management as well as a Level 3 qualification from the WSET in London for whom he is also a certified educator of their qualifications.

Meet Trevor Fisher, Lecturer for Diploma in Strategic Business Management

Entry Requirements

Entry is based on each applicant's own merits and work experience.

No prior academic qualification or professional experience in human resource management or leadership is required.

The programme is ideally suited if you wish to develop your organisational and/or staff leadership practices to better manage your team and/or organisation.

How to Apply

Don’t miss out because you’re unsure.

You can contact or apply to us directly using the the "Contact Us" or "Apply Online" options below or at the top of the page, this will reserve your place and also give us the key details to start your application, a member of our admissions team will then contact you with further details, or alternatively you can simply "Ask us a Question" using the form below.

You can also "Book a One-to-One" with one of our course specialists who will provide you with additional guidance on your application, you can set up a meeting by:

  • Calling us at:  +353 1 8075 055 
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We also have flexible payment plans, please contact us to discuss your options or visit the college anytime and our course specialists will be more than willing to discuss any queries you may have.

We look forward to meeting you.


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Student Benefits

Discover the additional support services and facilities we have to help you thrive; from IT Labs, a Career Service, Networking Evenings and more..

Meet Trevor Fisher, Lecturer for Diploma in Strategic Business Management

Trevor teaches the Diploma in Strategic Business Management which covers all the basics of business management and leadership for students.

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