Key Features

  • Designed by retailers for retailers
  • 50% funding available – learner only pays €1500 per year (if more than one learner from same organisation then further discounts may be available)
  • Delivered by experienced work based learning lecturers from LYIT
  • Highly respected subject matter experts from retail industry providing guest lecturers
  • Assessments linked to making improvements in the workplace
  • Recognition for learning achieved in the workplace
  • Delivered on “Retail Friendly” dates  – no class December and January)
  • Study skills and learning techniques provided
  • An opportunity to engage with other retail employees from some of Ireland’s most respected stores

The Retail Management Practice Degree is a 3 year part time Level 7 programme developed and delivered by Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) in conjunction with Retail Ireland Skillnet. The programme will provide learners with the practical skills, knowledge and competence required to manage successfully in a challenging retail environment. The programme is delivered 2 days per month (10am-4.30pm) between September and May (no class in December and January).

The philosophy of the programme centres on developing learners into professional retail managers, an integral part of this is action learning within the learners own workplace; enhancing the use of specialist knowledge in practice and recognising the reciprocal relationship between management theory and professional practice.

The programme incorporates modules that focus on the practical capabilities required by retailers and addresses the lack of professional management expertise among graduates.

Programme Delivery

The degree is delivered at:

  • Dublin: city centre location


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For further information, the brochure can be downloaded here. An application form can also be downloaded here or click on the images below.


Application Form 2015


“The retail management degree has given me a detailed insight into the ever-changing retail sector. The course so far has proven to be informative and enjoyable and given my experience to date in running my own store, I’m satisfied that the modules are both practical and relevant to the industry as a whole. The lecturers delivering the programme are extremely approachable, very supportive and helpful and the environment is at all times conducive to a positive learning experience.”

Claire Finnegan, Owner: XL shop and Topaz, Roscommon
(currently completing the Degree in Retail Management Practice in Dublin)

Programme Structure

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1 Learner Development & Study Skills (5)
Principles of Marketing (10)
Retail Information Technology (5)
Legal Issues in Retail (5)
Communications (10)
Retail Marketing (10)
Work Placement (30-15 credits per academic year)
Year 2 Human Resource Management (10)
Business Organisation & Management(5)
Economics (5)
Psychology & Work (5)
Business Information Systems (5)
Retail Management (10)
Store Design, Atmospherics & Merchandising (5)
Work Placement (30-15 credits per academic year)
Year 3 Financial Accounting in Retail (10)
Buyer Behaviour (5)
Operations Management (10)
Purchasing with Supply Chain Management (5)
Entrepreneurship & Innovation (10)
Work Based Project (20)

Application Process

Applicants should have relevant retail experience (one-year full time or part-time equivalent) AND one of the following:

  • A Grade D3 in ordinary level English, Mathematics and three other subjects of the Leaving Certificate Examination (or approved equivalent) OR
  • Holders of a full FETAC Level 5 Award OR
  • Mature Students i.e. over 23

For More Information


If you need further assistance please contact:
Nora Young
Retail Ireland Skillnet
Phone: 074 9176 853

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All the training is 50% funded

from the National Training Fund, through the Department of Education and Skills.

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