Diploma/Bachelor of Business Studies

Course Information

BBS (NFQ Level 7/Level 8)

Part Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: Non-CAO
Length of Course: 2 Years (DBS) + 2 Years (BBS)

Leaving Certificate:

Eligibility for the programme is considered on the basis of mature years (a minimum age of 23 years on 1 January of the year of entry) or on the basis of matriculation (a minimum age of 21 years on 1 January of the year of entry with students having fulfilled the Matriculation requirements of the National University of Ireland). Exemptions from the Diploma in Business Studies may be granted in the case of holders of a HETAC Higher Certificate, or Ordinary Degree in Business Studies (with Merit or Distinction) or an equivalent qualification.

The “Free Fees Initiative” does not apply to this course. Please see www.ucd.ie/fees for information.

Why is this course for me?

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

The course is delivered through both part-time weekend attendance on campus and home study. Attendance on campus is scheduled in two-day 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).

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 in: retail, customer services, leisure, hospitality, banking and finance, amongst other key sectors.

On completion of the Bachelor of Business Studies, graduates are eligible to apply for postgraduate study in business strategy, project management, education, etc.

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.

What Will I Study

You’ll 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’ll 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
  • ICT
  • Marketing

We also have two academic skills modules, designed specifically to help you in returning to education.


Third and Fourth Year

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

  • Business Strategy
  • Change Management
  • HRM
  • Project Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Accounting Information for Managers
  • Financial Management
  • International Business

You’ll 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.


“I have been managing in retail for years before commencing this programme. The world of business is fueled by change and creativity and I was looking to develop further. This programme allowed me to pursue my academic goals while being full-time employed and I couldn’t be happier with my choice. DBS offers great support, which was much appreciated. The modules are delivered in an excellent format and the flexibility of home study suits my current position and it is also immensely rewarding. The relevance of the modules to the workplace made them very applicable. I would recommend this to anyone working in a business environment and for those looking to pursue a career in business.”

– Tatiana Gutu, Student

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