Diploma/Bachelor of Business Studies

BBS (NFQ Level 7/Level 8)

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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).

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

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 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.


“I decided to enrol in the BBS course late in my career, partly as a personal objective and partly to focus on career progress. With more than 20 years of business experience behind me, I was unsure as to how much knowledge I would gain from the course. However, the past 4 years has been a fantastic journey of learning and forging new friendships. The course content is designed to perfectly match the needs of a modern business leader and each module has the right balance of lectures, course work and project work to enable you to fit it in with a busy work schedule. The lecturers are great with a wealth of knowledge from both real world business experience and academia. My own personal growth from the course was far beyond my expectations. It was relevant, enjoyable and challenged my thinking throughout.”

Peter O’Rourke, Graduate

Contact Information

UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business
Dublin 4

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

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