Dublin Business School

Dublin Business School (DBS) incorporating Portobello College is the largest independent college in Ireland. With over 9,000 students, DBS provides a range of full-time and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, with courses for 2016/2017 in subject areas such as business, law, accounting, event management, IT, arts, media studies and psychology. The colleges undergraduate and part-time degrees are recognised by QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland). It provides a one-year MBA program with the opportunity to specialize in finance, marketing, Information Systems, Project Management, Cloud Computing or HRM.
DBS was founded in 1975 and was originally known as Accountancy and Business College.
In 2006, DBS bought European Business School Dublin (EBS), a collective of eight independent business schools located throughout Europe.
Portobello College, a well-established law school, was taken over by DBS in 2007. It allowed DBS to incorporate a law school offering both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to its students.
The amalgamation of the two institutions creates Ireland’s largest independent third level institution with a student population of more than 9,000 and an ability to deliver over 100 accredited programmes. DBS also has a number of non-accredited programmes on offer that have been designed in conjunction with industry.
“Dublin Business School (DBS) specialises in the provision of career-focused business and law education as well as the delivery of contemporary programmes in the areas of arts, media, social science, humanities and psychology. This is an exciting time for you as you lay the foundations for the rest of your life. At DBS we will do all that we can to help you to make the right choices for your future and a programme of study at DBS will give you the best possible start in your career.”
Ireland’s Leading Independent College
DBS is Ireland’s largest independent third level college. With over 9,000 students, DBS provides a wide range of full-time and part-time Diploma, Degree and Postgraduate courses. Established in 1975, the College quickly established an excellent reputation for teaching quality and standards, offering flexible and innovative learning opportunities that reflect and match the needs of students and employers.
Commitment to World Class Teaching
Over the last 40 years, DBS has built a considerable reputation for the quality of its teaching. As an institution, we focus our main research activity on the constant improvement of the learning experience of our students. Evidence of the success we have achieved has come in many different ways. One particular example of this is the success achieved by our students in the examinations of the professional accountancy bodies where over 960 DBS students have achieved worldwide and national individual prizewinner success.
Smaller Class Sizes
Our courses feature smaller class sizes. This makes our lecturers more accessible to the students and helps facilitate more personal interactions between them.
Career and Personal Development Focused Education
All our programmes have been designed and developed in collaboration with industry and the professional bodies so that on graduation in addition to your academic qualification, you will have the skills and knowledge for a successful career.
Dedicated Programme Management
On all of our full-time and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the appointed Programme Leader will help and nurture student development during courses.
Student-Centered Approach
In DBS we take a holistic view of college life. Academia should be integrated with a stimulating social scene. The work/study balance is something we regard at DBS as being important. Accordingly, we organise, through our dedicated student service department, a range of social, sports and developmental activities for students.
Enhance Your Employability
At DBS we’re committed to ensuring our graduates have a wide range of knowledge and skills that make them ready for the first day of their careers. That’s why all our level 8 Business Degree programmes contain an Employability Pillar of modules that complement the different courses.
We consulted with over 70 employers to determine the skills they are looking for in graduates. The IBEC Education and Skills Survey Report (2010) also provided direct feedback that employers are now expecting colleges to embed employability skills more fully into their courses.”
  • During the Employability modules, students will develop transferable skills and undertake projects in ‘real-life’ situations so as to assist in taking ownership of their own career management.
  • They can develop realistic career plans and initiate and sustain professional networks and relationships to encourage opportunities for employment and internships.
  • Students will develop the necessary skills to compete effectively for a broad range of employment, postgraduate study options and innovative opportunities available to them and further develop lifelong learning and continuous professional development.
The Employability Pillar has identified specific skills to be cultivated in DBS students and graduates including communication skills, IT proficiency, problem-solving skills, teamwork and leadership as well as innovation and enterprise for the global marketplace. These skills ensure that on graduating, your degree will make a real difference to your career prospects.
If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Alternatively, come and visit us. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to DBS.

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