Diploma/Bachelor of Business Studies

BBS (NFQ Level 7/Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

This part-time programme is designed for mature students, with work experience, who wish to return to education to complete a diploma or degree in Business Studies while continuing to work.

You can combine work, study and family commitments through a more flexible approach to your learning here at UCD. Our business diploma and degree courses involve a blend of home study and monthly campus attendance, underpinned by an infrastructure of student supports.

Attendance on campus is scheduled in twoday blocks (Fridays and Saturdays) over six weekends in each academic year.

After the first two years, successful participants will be awarded a Diploma in Business Studies (NFQ Level 7) and, after a further two years, a Bachelor of Business Studies Hons (NFQ Level 8).

What Will I Study

You will develop a solid, conceptual understanding of business and organisational management, along with the knowledge application, communication and leadership skills necessary in a modern business environment.

First and Second Year

In the first two years, you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of management. You will gain a thorough understanding of the main business disciplines and the principles of management in an Irish and global context. This stage of the course introduces you to the key business functions, including:

  • Management
  • Future of Organisations and Work
  • People Management
  • Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Economics
  • Digital Business & Social Media Strategy
  • Marketing Management
  • People Management
  • Business Environment

We also have two academic skills modules, designed specifically to help and support you as you return to education.

Third and Fourth Year

In the Degree stage, you will be introduced to the functions of strategic management. You will explore key aspects of modern business organisation, including:

  • Business Strategy
  • Supply Chain Management & Sustainability
  • HRM
  • Enterprise & Innovation
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Financial Management
  • Global Business

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a major project in a self-selected management area of business management which allows you to develop industry specific knowledge in your selected field.


Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates will progress to rewarding and challenging employment in industries including, administration, banking, insurance & financial management, education/training, engineering & construction, healthcare, hospitality & tourism, IT & telecoms, marketing & media and retail, sales & customer services.

Roles may include technical, operational or managerial positions.

On completion of the Bachelor of Business Studies, graduates are eligible to apply for postgraduate study in a range of areas including business strategy, project management and education.

Student Support

We recognise the needs of part-time students. As a result, a dedicated Programme Manager who is well placed to provide real academic and administrative support is available to students.

This programme manager also delivers a number of practical academic skills modules to support those returning to education.


“Choosing this degree is the best professional decision I have made in my 20 plus years of working. It has unlocked my potential and opened my mind to new possibilities. The value of learning while working cannot be underestimated and has given me a much deeper understanding of the organisational environment. I work for a large multinational company, so all the content has been relevant to me. I enjoyed economics and found change management a fascinating topic that will help me navigate the ever-changing business environment. The programme structure is supportive of individuals trying to maintain a work-life-study balance and staff are always available to help. I found the student forums very helpful for discussing ideas and creating a shared understanding.”

Rory Holohan, Graduate

Contact Information

UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 4833
Email: quinnschool@ucd.ie

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