Business Studies

Business Studies

Course Details

CAO Code:
Course Type:
NFQ Level:
8 - Please see for further information
Delivery Modes
Minimum Points
3 or 4 Years
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Would you like to be part of the fast-moving world of business? This degree is for students who want the skills, knowledge and experience needed to succeed in a wide range of careers including E-Commerce, Financial Management, HR, Economics, and more.

Real World Business Experience
The Business Studies degree course is designed to give you an introduction to the foundations of business and guide you to a specialisation in economics, management, finance, marketing, HR or business analytics.

The four-year course includes an optional 11-month paid work placement that gives you the opportunity to experience working in a real business environment. Alternatively, you can opt to spend a year at one of our partner universities in Europe.

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Entry Requirements

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In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply: Minimum of O4 or H6 in Mathematics.

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply: GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level C or GCSE C Mathematics.

Please visit our Admissions webpage for details on course requirements or how to apply to DCU.

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Applicants that have completed at least one year of study at NFQ Level 6, 7 or 8 at another institution may apply to continue their studies on a similar programme at DCU. There should be substantial overlap in content between the two programmes to be considered for a transfer. Results and other supporting documentation must be submitted to CAO by the closing date of 1st July. This is a competitive application process for a small quota of advanced entry places. Offers are made on a rolling basis until all places are filled. Early application is advised. Please note: Applicants should also consider applying through the appropriate route for first year entry to the programme they are interested in. This application process is only for advanced entry.

Additional Criteria

Due to the highly competitive nature of applications and limited number of places for this programme priority will be given to students as follows: 

- Students who achieve a minimum of 6 distinctions at NFQ level 6, who can present a direct overlap with BBS Year One course content. 

- Students who achieve first class honours at NFQ level 7 or in the first year at NFQ level 8 who can present a direct overlap with BBS Year One course content. 

It should be noted that meeting these requirements is not a guarantee of a place. 

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. Click here for further information on international applications.

Course Structure

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  • ​​Economics 
  • Accounting 
  • Marketing 
  • IT Skills 
  • Psychology in Organisations 
  • Business Mathematics
  • Law 
  • Critical Thinking for Business 
  • Learning Innovation for Enterprise 
  • Business Analytics
  • Core Modules Business Law 
  • Operations Management 
  • Human Resource Management 
  • Statistics 
  • Digital Marketing 
  • Information Systems 
  • Financial Management 
  • Industrial Economics 
  • Industrial Relations 
  • Ethics 
  • Financial Markets 
  • The Changing Consumer 
  • Applied Business Analytics 
  • Critical Thinking for Business 
  • The Innovators Toolkit

INTRA Year (For those opting for a four-year degree) INTRA (11-month paid work placement) 
OR Study Abroad Year (For those opting for a four-year degree) One year abroad at one of DCU Business School's top partner universities in Europe

Optional: Summer School module run by the DCU Placement (you can register for a pre-approved Summer School and may be eligible to receive exemptions for ten credits of options in your final year)

  • Business Strategy 
  • New Enterprise Development 
  • Choice of Specialism 

Final year students specialise in one of the following areas: 

  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Economics 
  • Finance 
  • Marketing 
  • Management of Operations 
  • Business Analytics

For more information on the course structure click here

Fees and Funding

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Student Contribution.
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€5,922 per annum
Non EU Fee.
€15,000 per annum

How To Apply

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Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations:

Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

To apply for this programme:
Candidates should apply directly here. Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.

Please provide 

  • Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.
  • If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.


All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 6th November to 1st July.

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Do I need to have studied Business Subjects in my Leaving Cert to complete this course? If not, how difficult will it be to study Business Studies?
No, you don't have to have studied business studies for this course.  Actually, it is better if you haven't as the first semesters modules introduce you to the world of business.and is taught at a beginners level