Diploma in Event Management

Learn how to successfully run events

11 weeks, one evening per week
Start Date:
18th September 2019
Wednesdays, 6.30-9.30pm
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Why Event Management

The events industry is a young and exciting industry that has expanded rapidly in the last decade, giving rise to an ever increasing demand for professional event managers.

The industry now includes events of all sizes from the Olympics down to business breakfast meetings. Many industries, charitable organisations, and interest groups hold events in order to market themselves, build business relationships, raise money, coordinate events abroad or celebrate achievement. This course will give you a broad understanding of event management, from concept to delivery.

This Diploma aims to provide you with a broad understanding of event management, specifically the event proposal, event planning from concept through to event delivery and post event evaluation.

You will be given the required theory, know-how and practical examples to support you gaining employment in the event management industry. You will be taught by lecturers that have a mix of academic and industry background, which give you a practical, career-focused experience.

The course will equip you with the necessary tools to develop an event from proposal, through planning, to completion stage. This will include preparing an event proposal, stakeholder management, sponsorship and other vital essentials required to host an event. You will practice and look at best practice examples through case studies, and an opportunity to visit or volunteer at a real-world event management experience.

Recent classes have utilised their event management skills to support events such as the National Sustainability summit, at exhibitions in Croke Park, Aviva and RDS, work at sports marketing events through the Lecturer’s networks, and organise events such as the IBAT College Open Evening.


  • The Event Proposal
  • Quality Assuring an Event
  • Marketing an Event
  • The Event Management Industry
  • Legal Aspects of an Event
  • Evaluating an Event


  • To be awarded this Diploma you will be required to successfully complete coursework (40%) and a final presentation at the end of the course (60%).

Career Opportunities

On completion of this programme you will have a strong understanding of the event management industry, and the skills required to support running an event. This will help you to seek employment as a co-ordinator in the event management industry, working in collaboration with a team or independently, or enhance your skill-set within your current employment.

You should be equipped to contribute to the organisation of a range of events, from catering and charity events, to sports and political events.

In April 2018, there were approximately 1,229 Events Management jobs available in County Dublin on Indeed.com

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.


I always wanted to learn how to organise events, as this is something I always enjoyed doing. The lecturer had a lot of experience, so the course was fun, interesting and each class full of useful information. After the course, got a job at the Women’s Mini Marathon. It was a great being able to use my skills and knowledge in my first job in event management
Raquel Event Management Student, Women’s Mini Marathon Event Assistant
The lecturer was great, able to impart lots of her personal experience in event management. It was a great course, I'm now much better at managing and promoting events and I've also improved my presentation skills.
Pia Stofner Event Management Student

Lecturer Profile

Emma Olohan
Emma Olohan/ Lecturer Event Management /
Emma is the founder of United Events Global, an event and marketing project management company. Emma is contracted to manage local and global event and marketing projects. In 2017,Emma was elected to the global fed board of PWN Global, a non-for-profit organisation for accelerating gender balance leadership initiatives in the workplace. Emma has been a key contributor in communicating, creating, devising and delivering innovative campaigns and event support across Europe. Her client base includes a plethora of global companies. Emma has mentored and supported new business owners and SMEs in their start-up phases and co-launched the Women in Aviation chapter in Ireland. Emma holds a Master's degree, among a number of other education qualifications. A member of the Dublin Chamber and PR Institute of Ireland, a keen education advocate, mother to her little boy, and a Linkedin enthusiast, you can find Emma at local PWN Dublin events, the Dublin Chamber of Commerce network, or contributing to a sustainable development project in the Algarve.
Gerry Dawson
Gerry Dawson
Gerry has extensive event management experience in both planning and event delivery, working across the British Isles and EMEA territories. Currently he is Director/Co-Founder of London based Sport Legends Events Limited, a B2B experiential events business, as well as Partner with Destination Marketing BSL, an event development and sports tourism consultancy. Since 1997 he has mostly been immersed in the international events sector, with hands-on experience on major events including Olympic, professional and amateur sport formats. Other major sports event management experience include: • Cycling (road, track and MTB) • Distance running (Marathon, HM and 10k) • Triathlon and duathlon • Adventure sports - sailing, surfing, windsurfing and snowboarding. His agency experience also includes event activation in soccer, rugby and inline skating - historic motor racing and Le Mans 24, international corporate team building, multi-sport lifestyle festivals and jazz, food & drink events.

Entry Requirements

You should have an interest in event planning and management and a wish to expand you knowledge in this area.

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