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?

Why not combine work, study and family commitments through a more flexible approach to your learning? Our business diploma and degree programmes involve a blend of home study, occasional 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

Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many join the course with a view to improving their prospects for career advancement or career change.

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.

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
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • People Management
  • Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Economics
  • ICT
  • Marketing

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

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 practice.


“My concern before I began the BBS was would I be able for it? The BBS has improved my CV. There were students from a wide variety of sectors and industries, each with valuable and relevant experience, resulting in great interaction and debate during many of our modules. The support from programme managers (and the CDL team) throughout the four years made life easier – it is a challenge to complete part time study while working, so anything that makes life a little easier is very welcome.”

Sid McDonnell BBS Graduate 2015

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