Courses at DCU
Business School

Business Studies

Business Studies
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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.


Since the 1980s, the programme has continually adapted to reflect business studies theory and, especially, developments in business practice in the real world. Through elements such as business simulations and new enterprise development projects, we set out to stimulate and foster imaginative thinking among our graduates, giving you the skills to arrive at solutions to business problems.

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.

I chose Business Studies at DCU because I wanted a dynamic course which would meet the needs of today's ever changing business environment and which would offer me a solid understanding of the foundations of business today.

The Business Studies degree gives you a solid grounding in the many skills required to pursue a successful career in business. The greatest strength of the course is its entrepreneurial focus and relevance to management practice. 

In Year One and Two, you'll take modules from a range of business areas including accounting, economics, IT, marketing, management, finance, psychology and law. 

In Year Three, you can opt to do a year-long work placement or study abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe. 

In your final year, you'll take a number of key modules including Business Strategy and New Enterprise Development, while specialising in an area of business that interests you. Students can opt for business economics, finance, management, marketing , human resource management or business analytics.

DCU Business School, accredited by AACSB, has a strong international reputation for the quality of its programmes and graduates
Specialise in a key business area (economics, management, marketing, HR or finance) in final year
Develop skills in communications, IT, teamwork and problem solving
Choose between an option work placement or study abroad programme in Year 3
Strong entrepreneurial focus encourages innovation and creativity
DCU’s unique modules like DICE (Digital Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise) and NED (New Enterprise Development) will expose you to multiple, innovative modes of learning, including online e-learning, live webinars and mini-conferences
View the current course structure

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.


Exceptional Facilities

DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.


A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment.

Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.

Cliona Doyle, Projects Manager, American Ireland Fund

I chose Business Studies at DCU because I wanted a dynamic course which would meet the needs of today's ever changing business environment and which would offer me a solid understanding of the foundations of business today.

Career Areas
Human Resource Management
International Management
Starting Your Own Business

While demand for graduates with general management skills remains strong, your career choice is likely to be influenced by your choice of final year specialism.

Or, inspired by your work experience during the course and by the entrepreneurial spirit fostered in the degree, you may choose to start you own venture.

This course is also suitable for those who ultimately wish to pursue a career in teaching.

Career Tags
E Commerce
Financial Services
Human Resource Management


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

Holders of a Higher Certificate/National Certificate in Business Studies with Distinction may be considered for admission into second year. Holders of a Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree/National Diploma in Business Studies with Merit or Distinction may be considered for admission into second year. No additional exemptions will be awarded from 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

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at

Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here