Business School

Business Studies

Business Studies
CAO Code:
DC111
Course Type:
Undergraduate
NFQ Level:
8
Delivery Modes
Full-Time
Minimum Points
510
Duration
3 or 4 Years
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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.

New for 2021 is the Business Analytics specialism designed to provide students with business analytical capabilities that are in high demand in every sector.  Find out more about this specialism here: https://business.dcu.ie/business-analytics-stream/

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. 

New for 2021 is the Business Analytics specialism designed to provide students with business analytical capabilities that are in high demand in every sector.  Find out more about this specialism here: https://business.dcu.ie/business-analytics-stream/

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, finance or business analytics) in final year.
- Develop skills in communications, IT, teamwork and problem solving.
- Choose between an optional work placement or study abroad programme in Year 3.
- Strong entrepreneurial focus encourages innovation and creativity.
- DCU’s unique modules like LIFE (Learning Innovation for 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

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.

 

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
Commerce
Education
Finance
Human Resource Management
International Management
Marketing
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
Economics
Financial Services
Human Resource Management
Management
Marketing
Teaching

Requirements

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. Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May

 

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.

Fees

Full time

Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€5,922 per annum
Non EU Fee
€14,000 per annum

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 through our International Office. 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

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.