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Dublin Business School (DBS)

Dublin Business School (DBS)

Dublin Business School (DBS) incorporating Portobello College is one the leading independent colleges in Ireland and provides a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional programmes in the Schools of Business, Arts and Law. The College was established in 1975 and today has a student population of over 9,000 and the potential to deliver over 100 accredited programmes. In 2003, Kaplan Inc., the education division of The Washington Post Company, acquired Dublin Business School. Kaplan is a leading provider of higher education, professional development and lifelong learning programmes with headquarters in New York city and locations throughout the U.S. and internationally. In the U.S. it has over 70 campus-based schools in 15 states offering a range of degree and diploma programmes in areas such as business, information technology, healthcare and law. Kaplan brings a wealth of expertise and experience that will enable DBS to consolidate its leading position in the third level education sector.

Programme Listing by Mode of Study:

  • Full-time Undergraduate Programmes
  • Postgraduate Programmes
  • Professional Accountancy
  • Evening Degree Programmes
  • Evening Diploma Programmes
  • English Programmes for International (Non EU) Students

Programme Listing by Subject Area:

  • Business & Management
  • Law
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Marketing & Event Management
  • Arts
  • Media & Journalism
  • Psychology & Social Science


Recognition & Accreditation

HETAC is a public body established under the Qualifications (Education and Training) Act, 1999. It is the national awarding body in Ireland for higher education and training qualifications outside of the university sector at all levels up to doctoral award. All HETAC awards fit in to the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) which was launched in 2003. The NFQ was designed to create a single, coherent and more easily understood qualifications system for all levels of education and training in Ireland. It also accords with European and international developments to enhance learner mobility within and between national systems. In association with DBS, HETAC confers awards to students of the College at Higher Certificate, Degree and Postgraduate levels.

In 1989 Dublin Business School formed a partnership with Liverpool Business School, part of Liverpool John Moores University. The University can trace its origins back to 1823 and is one of the largest Universities in the U.K.. The relationship developed very positively over the years and in 1995 DBS was awarded accredited status by Liverpool John Moores University. As an accredited institution, the College can design and develop its own degree programmes. In recent years, further developments have taken place between the two institutions with the launch of a range of postgraduate masters programmes. In association with Dublin Business School, Liverpool John Moores University confers awards to students on a range of Undergraduate Degree and Postgraduate Master programmes.

Founded by the Royal Charter in 1893 the University of Wales is the second largest University in the UK, after the University of London, with around 80,000 students enrolled on courses leading to its degrees and other qualifications. Altogether, more than a quarter of a million students have been awarded degrees from the University of Wales since it’s establishment. The LL.B (Hons) in Irish Law at DBS is jointly awarded by the University of Wales and the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC). The MSc in International Business and the MSc in E-Business Management are also awarded by the University of Wales.

All of our degrees are recognised for exemption purposes by the Association of Chartered Accountants (ACA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Certified Public Accountants (CPA). Our BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance Degree programme receives the maximum number of exemptions available from the professional accounting bodies.

The School has established an excellent reputation for success in professional examinations, particularly the professional accounting examinations. DBS was amongst the first tuition providers in Ireland to be awarded the status of Platinum Approved Learning Partner, the highest and most prestigious level of tuition provider status. from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Success throughout our 34 years has been based on a commitment to excellence in all aspects of teaching and student support and on the dedication of our highly qualified staff. The Professional School at DBS maintains a consistent record of exceptionally high pass rates, far in excess of international norms, and outstanding individual performances, including prizes for 1st Place in the world on several occasions.

Application Procedures

There are two main intakes each year. All programmes are offered in late September while some programmes have another intake in late January of each year.

Upon receipt of the fully completed application form plus supporting documentation, the College will assess your suitability and eligibility for your chosen course and advise on your options.

Careers & Appointments Service

The DBS Careers & Appointments Service will provide you with relevant, up-to-date career guidance in order to help you navigate the myriad of options available to you. Programmes containing a work experience element will are facilitated by a dedicated Employer Liaison Officer. The Employer Liaison Officer will endeavour to secure student work placements with employers during their academic studies to enhance student employability. This gives students an essential competitive edge by putting their academic knowledge to the test in a real working environment.

Student Services

Central to the college’s educational ethos is the importance we place on the holistic development of the individual students. Activities such as sport and social events play a crucial role in this development. We have teams for the following activities; Cricket, Football, Basketball, Sailing, Rugby, Golf. Social events include: Freshers Week Events, Halloween Ball, Christmas Party, and the Annual Ball. We also organise tours to historic places of interest such as Book of Kells, National Art Gallery and Powerscourt.

Library & Information Services

The DBS Library and Information Service comprises: the Undergraduate Library at Aungier Street, the Postgraduate Library at Dame Street and the Law Library at Portobello.

All students at DBS have access to an extensive range of networked computer facilities on campus, which are constantly upgraded to incorporate the latest computing technology. We have 8 Computer labs that have recently been upgraded with the latest PC hardware specification and we also use Apple Mac’s for our Film and media courses. We also provide Wireless access for students with personal laptops.

The College’s objective is to replicate the highest standards found in any advanced technology environment. DBS students are therefore able to develop their computing skills throughout their college experience.