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 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.

Lecture attendance is once a month on a Friday 9 am – 5.30 pm with an additional two hours online each month. Students on the Diploma and Bachelor of Business Studies attend the UCD Belfield Campus for six Fridays over the academic year (excluding exams).

Our students travel from all over Ireland, and abroad, to attend campus lectures given by leading experts. The campus experience is considered a key component of the programme where our students can interact with their classmates and lecturers, and avail of the University’s facilities.

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
  • Academic and Transferable Skills
  • Marketing Management
  • Accounting
  • Skills for Higher Education
  • People Management
  • Business Environment
  • Digital Business & Social Media Strategy
  • Business Economics
  • Business Law
  • Introduction to Finance

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:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Project Management
  • Supply Chain Management and Sustainability
  • Management Practice
  • Strategic Decision Making in the Digital World
  • ELECTIVE: Global Business and Intercultural Skills
  • ELECTIVE: Accounting Information for Managers
  • Business Research Project
  • Strategy
  • Business and Social Enterprise
  • Enterprise and Innovation
  • ELECTIVE: Financial Management
  • ELECTIVE: Managing People in Multinationals

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.


Contact Information

UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business
Dublin 4

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

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