TeamDCU Podcast Series

TeamDCU Podcast Series

The DCU Student Recruitment team brings you a series of podcasts with DCU students talking about their course of study. Each podcast goes through a number of areas that may help you in your own research on choosing a college course.

TeamDCU podcast host, Leanne Hanafin, is an Alumna of DCU graduating with a BA in Communication Studies in 2019. During her undergraduate studies, she was a Student Ambassador, as well as being involved with DCU clubs and societies including the Media Production Society, DCU Ladies Football club and the Mental Health Society. Leanne can be heard presenting on SPIN1038 and FRQ.fm, and does the sound operating for Off The Ball.

Leanne expertly hosts each podcast in an easy to listen to way that makes you want to keep tuned to hear what’s coming next!

Topics covered include:

  • Why DCU?
  • Researching your course
  • Requirements for course
  • What to expect year by year
  • How to cope if you are struggling
  • The importance of work placements
  • Exams and assessments
  • Getting involved outside of your course
  • Life after DCU

We hope that you enjoy the podcasts and that they help you in your future decision-making. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: studenthelp@dcu.ie

 

 

 Sinead McCrohan, Final year DCU Business Studies student (13mins 50secs) 

Bachelor of Business Studies

Providing you with the essential toolkit for the world of business

This is DCU’s largest, most flexible and popular business degree, offering you a strong foundation in all aspects of business with the chance to specialise in your final year. It is designed to build your understanding in the foundations of business and guide you to a specialisation in economics, management, finance, marketing or HR over the course of 3 or 4 years. You’ll also have the option to spend 11 months on work placement as part of our INTRA work placement programme.

We’ve recently updated our curriculum with a number of new elements such as a new two-week introductory programme in Business Studies at the start of a first year. Our new Learning Innovation for Enterprise programme lasts all of first year and students get to join lots of entrepreneurship events throughout the city as part of Start-Up Week Dublin and even get to do a Hackathon.

This programme has something for everyone and will give you a great career foundation no matter which industry or sector you choose (in case you hadn’t heard, DCU is 19th in the world for our rate of graduate employment in the latest QS Employability report!).

 

 

 

 

 Rory Keenan, Second year DCU Accounting and Finance student (11mins 18secs)

Develop an interest in business and solving problems.

DCU’s BA in Accounting and Finance course is one of DCU’s longest-running and most popular courses.

The course takes you from an introduction to accounting basics, through to more complex theoretical and practical accounting studies. You’ll also explore a myriad of other topics, including issues concerning business, law, IT, taxation, auditing, professional ethics, economics, corporate finance, investments, psychology, marketing, HR, management, and communications.

Graduates are granted generous exemptions from the examinations of professional accountancy bodies. In terms of employers you can choose from professional accountancy practices, industry, financial services and the public service, nationally and internationally.

Many students will do a summer internship in an accountancy firm to further enhance employment prospects (in case you hadn’t heard, DCU is 19th in the world for our rate of graduate employment in the latest QS Employability report!)

 

 

 Kate Goodman, Third year Aviation Management student (15mins 51secs)

BSc in Aviation Management (Pilot Studies or Air Traffic Control Specialisms)

We will educate you for the exciting world of aviation! 

The BSc in Aviation Management course is designed so that the first three years of the course provide you with a general introduction to business analysis, the aviation sector, technical aspects of piloting and industry relevant work experience through our famous INTRA programme.  In your final year, you can opt to enter either flight training to qualify as a commercial pilot or choose to follow more specialist studies in aviation management. Additionally, this year we have also developed a pathway to become an air traffic controller through this programme.

In partnership with the Irish Aviation Authority, we also offer a new undergraduate scholarship which you might be interested in https://business.dcu.ie/iaa-scholarship-2/

This sector is rapidly expanding and our graduates are in high demand, across airlines, the airport, government departments and private firms specialising in profressional services in aviation (in case you hadn't heard, DCU is 19th in the world for our rate of graduate employment in the latest QS Employability report!).

 

 

 Laura Foody, Second year Business Studies International student (15mins 9secs)

Bachelor of Business Studies International

Be unique. Take a degree in International Business AND be proficient in a second language!

Studying a language along with your business degree is one of the most valuable things you can do in a world where business is ever more globally connected. The Business Studies International degree is designed to create dynamic and resourceful business people who are confident working across cultures. You’ll study a range of business, language and cultural topics, and develop essential business skills in communication, information technology, teamwork, and problem solving—all vital for success in today’s global business environment.

You’ll also acquire proficiency in the foreign language of your choice (French, German, Spanish, Chinese or Japanese) and spend a year studying in a country where your chosen language is spoken. We’re particularly proud of the calibre of our international exchange partners who rank among the top academic institutions in their respective countries.

The combination of business knowledge, language proficiency and cultural competence will make you stand out in the global workforce of today (in case you hadn’t heard, DCU is 19th in the world for our rate of graduate employment in the latest QS Employability report!).

 

 

 Jeanne Englert, Second year Global Business student (11mins 59secs) 

BA Global Business

Two business degrees, two countries, two work placements. Plus proficiency in a second language!

The BA in Global Business courses offer a unique, competitive and highly rewarding opportunity to participate in two work placements and earn two business degrees in two countries. In your four years, you’ll gain the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the diverse world of business by immersing yourself in another culture and developing a global business outlook.

You spend your first two years at DCU, gaining an understanding of the principles of business by studying subjects such as accounting, finance, economics and marketing. On transferring to the partner institution in Year Three, you will focus on international business and in Year Four, you have the opportunity to specialise in a variety of business areas.

The world is your oyster in terms of careers after completing the Global Business degree with graduates going on to work internationally or to build successful careers based in Ireland across many industries (in case you hadn’t heard, DCU is 19th in the world for our rate of graduate employment in the latest QS Employability report!).

Check out this video of our recent Global Business graduate Sorcha Killian and her experiences in Canada in the past two years https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeO2kkkDdSs

 

 Jennifer O'Connell, Final year Analytical Science student (13mins 23secs)

BSc in Analytical Science

Analysis, detection and measurement – solve problems of critical importance.

The BSc in Analytical Science is one of DCU’s longest running offerings here in the Faculty of Science and Health. 

The course is delivered by academics from the School of Chemical Sciences, one of Ireland's most progressive and highest achieving Schools with outstanding facilities. 

We employ an interdisciplinary approach, educating you on both theoretical and practical aspects of chemical, biochemical and microbiological analysis and we will prepare you to use principles of several branches of chemistry and advanced equipment to measure and interpret matter.

Our INTRA work placement programme provides students with unrivalled industry experience and we have a close relationship with our industry partners, particularly as many of our graduates are now employed in the companies where they completed their INTRA placement. 

Our graduates are equipped with a broad and versatile range of skills and are highly sought after by employers globally. (in case you hadn’t heard, DCU is 19th in the world for our rate of graduate employment in the latest QS Employability report!).

 

 

 

 

Mary Walsh, Final year Science Education student (13mins 2secs)

BSc in Science Education

Be part of the next generation of inspiring second level science teachers.

Mathematics and science play essential roles in our everyday lives, and we are proud to say our graduate teachers work every day to secure Ireland’s future by educating young citizens to be informed decision makers and scientists that are innovative and creative.

DCU’s Science Education course is unique in providing students with the opportunity to participate in a STEM Teacher Internship Programme, a paid industry placement, which aims to prepare young teachers to educate their future students about career paths in STEM.

On successful completion of the programme, graduates can directly register with the Teaching Council as qualified to teach two subjects from Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry, to Leaving Certificate Level.  Job opportunities are global (in case you hadn’t heard, DCU is 19th in the world for our rate of graduate employment in the latest QS Employability report!).

 

 

 

 Gary Quinn (Second year/Mature student) and Gavin Doyle (Final year) Physical Education with Mathematics students (14mins 40secs)

BSc in Physical Education 

Physical Education: make it an essential part of our children’s education and development.

The BSc in Physical Education with Mathematics course is one of DCU’s most popular offerings. The course is delivered through a mix of applied physical education classes, laboratories, lectures, tutorials and seminars and small classes allow for individual attention from attentive, approachable staff.  This gives you the opportunity to work closely with some of Ireland’s most prominent experts in the area of PE. 

To put everything you learn into practice and provide you with experience, you’ll be placed in schools during Years Two, Three and Four.

Graduates are qualified to teach general science to Junior Certificate level, and PE and Mathematics to Leaving Certificate level, and a number go on to careers in coaching, sports development or further education.  Opportunities for those with a teaching qualification are global and in case you hadn’t heard, DCU is 19th in the world for our rate of graduate employment in the latest QS Employability report!

 

 

 

 Sarah Moorhead, Third year Psychology student / Mature student (13mins 35secs) 

BSc in Psychology

Applying science to the study of the human mind and behaviour: how we think, act, react and interact.

The BSc in Psychology is consistently one of DCU’s most popular courses. Running since 2010, the course is delivered by the staff of our new School of Psychology.  Our School is student-centred, research-intensive, globally engaged, collaborative and inclusive and we offer an innovative and exciting environment in which to pursue your studies. 

What sets us apart is that we take the time to work with each of our students to ensure that they receive maximum benefit from the facilities in the School and our aim is to enrich each student’s education through real-world experience. 

We pride ourselves on equipping our students with the skills and competencies to have a successful career in psychology and related areas and our graduates are in high demand, (in case you hadn’t heard, DCU is 19th in the world for our rate of graduate employment in the latest QS Employability report!).

 

 

 

 

 Tara Dromgoole, Third year Enterprise Computing student (11mins 54secs) 

BSc in Enterprise Computing

Digital Transformation – Manage Enterprise Information Systems

DCU’s BSc in Enterprise Computing course gives you the foundation for a career in managing business information systems and information technology for innovative enterprises.  It will provide you with an understanding of how software addresses real-world computing problems. It will also teach you how you can best use computing technology to help people work together and give companies a competitive edge in the marketplace. You will learn to understand how software and information systems address real-world business problems.  As well as learning about the IT/business interface, you will develop the personal skills that allow you to work in creative and innovative IT/business teams.

Some of past graduates are now systems analysts, business analysts, network engineers, project managers working in various sectors from banking and finance, consulting companies and e-commerce based companies (in case you hadn’t heard, DCU is 19th in the world for our rate of graduate employment in the latest QS Employability report!).

With state of the art labs, small class sizes and industry-relevant modules, create your own tomorrow with one of our trailblazing computing courses from DCU.

 

 

 

 Seana McGrade-McKeever, Final year Early Childhood Education student (13mins 48secs) 

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Provide high-quality early education and care for young children.

Gaining a qualification in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with DCU can help you to make a positive difference to the lives of children and their families and provide you with a broad range of career opportunities.

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education students enjoy a great mix of academic and social life on the DCU St Patrick’s Campus. Students have whole class lectures but also experience a lot of work in small groups, so you get to know everyone and we get to know you. It also gives you an opportunity to have some hands-on experiences - building with Lego and Bee-Bots in early maths, visiting parks as part of your outdoor play module, exploring science activities, engaging in art experiences and creating music resources that support you in working with young children.

Much of the assessment on the course is continual and while we have some examinations, students are encouraged to undertake ongoing project work, contribute to online discussion forums, create literacy resources, design and present posters, as well as developing curriculum and play plans over the term.

Students say that one of the best things about the course is placement. From Year One, you will put your learning into practice by working as part of a professional team in early childhood settings. You will also have opportunities to undertake placement in policy and support organisations, family support agencies, special needs schools and statutory bodies where you will learn about the important behind-the-scenes work related to children’s wellbeing, learning and development. You can study and gain invaluable experience as part of DCU’s Erasmus experience abroad in Year Three - from Norwegian outdoor Kindergartens or full day care settings in the historic city of Ghent in Belgium.

Some of DCU’s current graduates are using their pedagogical or teaching skills here at home as well as abroad in places such as the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. Our Alumni are working in the areas of Special Needs, Child and Family Support, Early Intervention programmes and Childcare Committees. Some have gone on to take up highly coveted internships in Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and others have pursued Master’s programmes for primary teaching, psychology and family support.

This programme has something for everyone and will give you a great career foundation no matter which industry or sector you choose (in case you hadn’t heard, DCU is 19th in the world for our rate of graduate employment in the latest QS Employability report!)

 

 

 

 Thomas Ward, Final year International Relations student (10mins 43secs) 

BA in International Relations

Calling all curious, open-minded, independent thinkers who want to know how the world really works (and how to change it) – this is the degree course with global career opportunities for you.

The International Relations degree will give you insight into the major world issues that challenge and fascinate us today. You will examine the forces that shape contemporary societies, such as globalisation, international law, third-world debt and American foreign policy. You will also study key institutions like the European Union and the United Nations.

You will learn from staff with expertise in areas such as Terrorism and Counter-terrorism, European Union studies, Middle-Eastern studies, International Security and Conflict Studies, International Law and Aid, and Development Studies.

The programme also prepares you for the workforce by imparting broader abilities, such as oral and written communication skills, the capacity to think analytically, teamwork skills, and research techniques.

The BA in International Relations is normally a three-year course. However, you may elect to spend an extra year abroad in one of our partner universities in China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the USA. You can also opt to apply for a year-long INTRA work placement in year three.

In the meantime, you may want to have a look at what our degree looks like in this video.

 

 

 

 Aisha Siwar, Second year Economics, Politics and Law student (14mins 42secs) 

BA in Economics, Politics and Law 

Understand the political, legal and economic institutions that shape the current global environment

The BA in Economics, Politics and Law (EPL) is an exciting degree that will give you a strong foundation in all three disciplines of economics, politics and law and will prepare you to work in a number of associated fields.

The EPL degree will challenge you to explore how its key disciplines interact in contemporary Irish society and how they shape the current global environment. You will also gain an understanding of how economics, politics and law are inextricably bound together and how they can be applied to real world situations. This extremely versatile degree can be exercised in a number of professions.

The course can be completed in three years or in four with an optional third year abroad in the US, France, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Denmark, Sweden or a one of a selection of other locations. You can also opt to apply for a year-long INTRA work placement in year three.

In the meantime, you may want to have a look at what our degree looks like in this video.

 

 

 Dylan Mangan, Final Year Communication Studies student (11mins 41secs)

BA in Communication Studies

People, society, media – explore the world of communications!

The BA in Communication Studies will give you a thorough understanding of the role communications play in local, national and international settings by teaching you how to think critically about communication in its various forms. It will also introduce you to the varied careers available to graduates and help you decide which interests you most.

The degree includes foundation, core, production and optional modules in performance, audio, imaging and video, giving you a grounding in critical understanding of communication as well as hands-on experience.

DCU’s School of Communications is an internationally-focused centre for excellence in teaching and research in the areas of media, communications and journalism. We are the top school in Ireland for media and communications.

With a tradition stretching back almost 40 years – and a long-established reputation as Ireland’s leading centre for communications – the School has been consistently ranked in the top 200 of almost 4,500 universities worldwide in the area of communications.

In the meantime, you may want to have a look at what our degree looks like in this video.