Business School

Digital Business and Innovation

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The BSc in Digital Business and Innovation is a new four-year programme designed to prepare you for the future world of work, one infused with digital technologies. The programme will give you the competencies and skills to make the most of digitalisation to innovate and transform businesses. 

This programme, designed in conjunction with industry, will help future proof you, giving you an innovation mind-set and industry-relevant knowledge and skills in emerging technologies such as cloud computing, big data, virtual reality and much more.

Along with a foundation in business and management, you’ll also gain:

  • an understanding of key enabling technologies and their business, economic, and social impacts
  • practical knowledge and experience in applying digital technologies in a range of contexts to achieve business objectives and address societal challenges
  • an innovation mind set providing insights into how to create value  through leveraging digital technologies
  • the ability to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to support digitalisation and digital transformation initiatives
  • a capacity to explore, understand, develop and enhance the basis of personal achievement.

Unlike more conventional undergraduate programmes, the BSc in Digital Business and Innovation will give you the opportunity to learn about and through technology. You'll have regular opportunities to apply your digital knowledge and skills in projects with real-world clients, including a full-year immersion experience through INTRA work placement in Year 3.

The programme will equip you with the highly in-demand skills of innovation and digital agility so you’ll graduate able to exploit the ever-increasing opportunities in digital businesses.    You’ll be incredibly well prepared for an exciting, dynamic and rewarding career developing smart and connected products, experiences and services.

View the current course structure

Life on Campus

We have three academic campuses close to Dublin City centre - they are located in Glasnevin and Drumcondra, and can be reached by public transport (Dublin Bus).

Each campus has libraries, study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. Sports facilities are located on two of the academic campuses. We also have a dedicated sports campus in the form of St Claire’s. 

Exceptional facilities

DCU students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. 

These include modern learning theatres, research centres, new media and TV studio, radio/podcast studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.

Construction on our FutureTech building on the Glasnevin campus will get underway in 2022. Once completed, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science and health, computing and engineering disciplines. It will have the capacity to accommodate an additional 3,000 STEM students on the university’s Glasnevin campus.

Campus life

DCU student facilities boast a fully equipped sports complex with a 25-metre pool, three libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.

Our purpose built, state-of-the-art new student centre known as 'The U' serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body of 18,500. It is home to the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub.

DCU Students' Union and the Office of Student Life are also based in the U.  The centre is a space for students where they can meet, with lots of charging points and isolation booths. Clubs and Socs avail of meeting rooms here and it's also home to DCUfm. NuBar, Londis and the Venue are also located here.

There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year.

Student Supports

We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.

Student Advice Centre: Offers a wide range of supports and services to students and advice 

The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year 

Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules 

Student Learning: facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence. 

Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.

Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.


The BSc in Digital Business and Innovation will prepare you for key roles in digital business and to succeed in a dynamic, uncertain and global marketplace.  You’ll gain the knowledge and skills to use emerging digital technologies to develop or re-imagine products and services and transform business processes.


Leaving Cert

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

GCE A Level

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.

FET Level 5

For details of QQI requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go. 

EU Transfer Applications

While transfer applications are welcomed from holders of qualifications in Business Studies, Marketing or related subjects for admission to first year of this course, there is no advanced entry path into second year.

International Applications

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. For further information on international applications click here.

Next Steps

Mature Applicants

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

Applicants presenting EU school Leaving Examinations

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations:

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

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

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

EU Transfer Applicants

No Advanced Entry into Year 2

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at