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Business Studies

Your course
This Higher Diploma programme is designed to provide you as a non-business graduate with a well-rounded understanding of business. You will be educated in the fundamental skills of business administration, enabling you to play an active role in the management and development of business enterprises. All modules assume that the student has no previous knowledge of the subject.

This programme includes core modules in Accounting, Financial Management, Economics, Management, Marketing Principles, Management Information Systems, and Communications in Organisations. A wide range of optional modules are also available to students in Semester Two, which include Accounting for Management Decisions, Macroeconomics, Employment Relations, Global Marketing, eBusiness, and Business Law. The range of modules available allows students to either specialise in a particular discipline or to study a broad range of business subjects.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
The programme is open to degree holders other than holders of the BComm. degree (or equivalent) from a university or other recognised degree awarding body. Applicants should hold a QQI Level 8 qualification or equivalent. International applicants who are not native speakers of English may be required to provide evidence of fluency. The minimum requirement is IELTS score of 6.5.


1 academic year (September - May).

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
Graduates get jobs in a diverse range of industries, such as marketing, financial services, information systems and human resources. Graduates have been employed by Allied Irish Banks (Credit Management), First Derivatives and Zurich Treasury Services. Every year a number of graduates pursue further postgraduate study at master’s level, such as the MSc Marketing, MSc Industrial Relations and HR Management programmes.

Further enquiries

Breda Lally
T: +353 91 493 635


1. This programme provides you with the fundamental skills to work in business, and will complement your existing degree.

2. It also provides you with an opportunity for further postgraduate study, with exemptions provided from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) exams.

3. For engineering graduates, the programme is approved as part of Engineers Ireland’s Registered Training Providers Programme.

Application date

NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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