If you have a passion for Gaeilge and you are interested in studying business, IT and enterprise, this degree course is for you.
No other degree in Ireland offers such an advanced course of studies in business, management and information technology, taught through the Irish language.
The programme is linked with national and international employers who favour graduates with superior business and IT skills who are also innovative leaders.
You’ll have the opportunity to test-drive your business skills with an optional one-year INTRA work placement before you enter your final year.
This is a broad academic and practical education, suited to today's business environment.
Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge will provide you with a modern, dynamic learning environment and will help you to cultivate your leadership potential.
In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the University (see page XX), the following entry requirements apply: minimum of O1 or H4 in Irish.
Careers & Further Options
Today’s employers look for people with high-calibre business and information technology skills, but they also require people who can think and work ‘outside the box’.
They want dynamic individuals, people who can manage and who possess leadership qualities, and that’s what this degree is all about.
There is no comparable degree which offers students such an advanced course of studies in business, management and information technology, all through the medium of Irish. Employers support this approach, and the course has strong links with national and international companies and organisations.
These links offer an impressive advantage over other graduates.
Sna Réimsí Seo / Related Industry
- an Earnáil Phoiblí / Public Sector
- an Earnáil Phríobháideach / Private Sector
- Earnáil an Chultúir / Cultural Sector
- Teicneolaíocht na Faisnéise / IT
DCU graduates are highly sought after by employers. Our Graduates work in environments ranging from large multinationals to SMEs, family businesses and start-ups across every sector.
DCU Careers Service has a number of learning and development initiatives in place for our students, giving them the skills they need for a successful career path.
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Applications are welcomed from students who have studied at Level 6, Level 7 and Level 8 in relevant areas. Transfer students may be exempt from certain modules. Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.
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.
This is a broad academic and practical course suited to the modern business environment. There is particular emphasis on business, management, information technology and Irish, which are supported by modules in Marketing, Strategic Management and Human Resources Management. You will develop your understanding of Irish and further your communication skills in written and spoken Irish. You will gain valuable experience working on group projects while also developing personally by using your imagination in a creative business context.
You’ll spend Years One and Two of this course, in DCU, covering three main areas:
- Business and Management
- Business Information Technology
- Modern Irish
You can then choose whether to either complete a one-year INTRA work placement or to go directly into your final year.
You will have an option to apply for a year-long paid work placement as part of DCU’s INTRA placement programme in Year 3 and complete the final year of your degree in Year 4. INTRA provides you with a chance to work in a real world environment giving you a unique opportunity to enhance your CV, increase your employability and experience the relevance of your study. For more information on the INTRA programme at DCU, please visit www.dcu.ie/intra
Irish is the language of instruction on the course.
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- Cúrsa Teanga 1 / Language Skills 1
- Fiontraíocht agus Cruthaitheacht /Enterprise and Creativity
- Córais Eacnamaíochta agus Pholaitíochta /Economics and Political Systems
- Teicneolaíocht na Faisnéise / Information Technology Skills
- Margaíocht / Marketing
- Scéal na Gaeilge / History of the Irish Language
- Na hIlmheáin / Multimedia
- Meáin Chumarsáide na Gaeilge / Irish-Language Media
- Bainistíocht agus Iompar Eagraíochtaí / Organisational Management and Conduct
- An Scéalaíocht Thraidisiúnta agus an Gearrscéal / The Storytelling Tradition and the Short Story
- An Nuafhilíocht agus na hAmhráin / Modern Poetry and the Song Tradition in Irish
- Cúrsa Teanga 2 / Language Skills 2
- Aistriúchán agus Eagarthóireacht / Translation and Editing
- Bainistíocht Acmhainní Daonna / Human Resources Management
- Bainistíocht Acmhainní Airgeadais / Financial Resource Management
- Dlí agus Rialachas Corparáideach / Corporate Law and Governance
- Líonraí agus Gnó Digiteach / Business and Digital Networks
- Teangeolaíocht na Gaeilge / Linguistics and the Irish Language
- Bainistíocht Straitéiseach / Strategic Management
Modúil Roghnacha / Optional Modules
- An Nuafhilíocht 2 / Modern Irish Poetry 2
- An Béaloideas / Folklore
- Ainmeolaíocht na Gaeilge / Irish Place-names
- Litríocht an 17ú & an 18ú hAois / 17th & 18th century Irish literature
- Acmhainniú Fiontar / Strategic Management
- Modhanna Taighde / Research Methods
- Ríomhthráchtáil / E-commerce
- Bunú Fiontair / Enterprise Start-Up
- Cúrsa Teanga 3 / Language Skills 3
An Cúrsa Taighde Modúil Roghnacha / Research Course Optional Modules
- Athbheochan agus Athnuachan / Irish Language Revival and Renewal
- An tSochtheangeolaíocht / Sociolinguistics
- Nuaphrós na Gaeilge / Modern Irish Prose
- Téarmeolaíocht na Gaeilge / Terminology and the Irish Language
For more information on the course structure click here
Fees and Funding
How To Apply
Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May
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.
Life On Campus
Students of Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge play an active role in University life and have participated in programmes such as the Washington Irish Programme, the Fulbright Scholarship programme, Enactus and Enterprise Ireland Competitions, as well as University-supported competitions and bursaries. You can also join the Irish language society in DCU - An Cumann Gaelach.
This is a unique space on campus for Gaeilge-loving students! You can:
- use your language in an authentic intercultural atmosphere
- get to know fellow students from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds
- share your curiosity/passion for new cultures and languages
At DCU, our students can expect a unique campus experience. We are known for our excellent teaching and learning facilities, our active clubs and societies, and our great social and sporting facilities. All this makes DCU an exciting place to be.
DCU has three academic campuses; Glasnevin, St. Patrick’s and All Hallows (both in Drumcondra), all close to Dublin City centre.
They can be reached by public transport, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann, with our Drumcondra campuses a ten minute walk from Drumcondra Train Station. Glasnevin is a 20 minute walk from St Patrick’s and All Hallows. They are also linked by Dublin Bus.
Each campus has a library (O’Reilly, Cregan and Woodlock Hall), study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. There are sports facilities on Glasnevin and St. Patrick’s, and there is a dedicated sports campus, St Claire’s, located near Glasnevin on the Ballymun Road.
DCU’s 19,000 students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses.
These include modern learning theatres, research centres, a new media and TV studio, radio/podcast studios, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of Languages, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and Biotechnology, as well as a Sports Performance centre and a training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.
We continue to improve and update our facilities. For example, construction of a new world-class STEM facility is underway on the Glasnevin campus. With capacity for an extra 3,000 STEM students, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science and health, computing and engineering disciplines.
Studying in DCU isn’t just about course work. The university is rich in student life and activities.
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. They span everything from rugby to rock climbing, anime to jazz.
For many students, sport is an important part of the DCU experience. DCU’s Sports Complex boasts a 25 metre swimming pool, fitness centre gym, all-weather pitches and squash courts, as well as soccer, GAA and rugby pitches. DCU Dóchas Éireann, the university’s GAA club, is the largest third level Gaelic Games club in the country. Meanwhile, DCU Athletics has been Ireland’s highest achieving university club for many years. And DCU has dozens of other clubs to get involved in, from Archery to Weightlifting.
The Glasnevin campus is home to our purpose built, state-of-the-art student centre, The U, which serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body. Here, you will find the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub. Also located on our Glasnevin campus is The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.
On our St Patrick’s campus, we have the Java Student Hub, a vibrant, warm and welcoming space where students can meet for coffee, play music, use the projector to watch events, or just relax. The walls of the Java Hub were designed based on the cultural history of St Patrick’s Campus, including the special references to the notable sporting history and history of the arts.
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.
Do I need special equipment for this course?
Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge has laboratories for students to use which have state-of-the-art tools and applications.
Is DCU all one campus?
DCU is a multi campus university - the Glasnevin, St Patrick's and All Hallows campuses. The St Patrick's campus is where the Education courses are taught and some of the subjects from the BA Joint Honours degree. There is a 20-25 minute walk between the campuses but there are buses and bikes available to go between them also.
If I'm studying on the St Patrick's campus, can I use the library and sports centre on the Glasnevin campus?
Yes, all facilities such as sports and accommodation are open for all DCU students to avail of.
Are there libraries in DCU and if they have wifi and work stations?
We have a brand new state of the art four floor library on our St. Patrick's Campus which complements the existing library on the Glasnevin campus. There is free wifi, work stations as well as desktop computers.
Does DCU provide accommodation?
DCU does have on-campus accommodation for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and you can find out more and apply via the Accommodation Office webpage.