BA (Hons) in Business Studies

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QQI Award for Business Studies Course

Awarding Body

The BA (Hons) Business Studies programme provides each student with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of modern business studies subjects and establishes a firm foundation for the development of a career in the business professions.

The programme is structured in a way which provides each student with the opportunity to study for either a general or a specialist Honours degree in Business Studies. The programme offers students the choice of four options for the completion of their Honours Degree.

These pathway study options are:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business Studies – ( without specialism )
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business Studies – (with Accounting and Finance specialism)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business Studies – (with Marketing specialism)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business Studies – (with Management – Human Resource Management specialism)

Importantly each student has the opportunity to emphasis their choice of study as they progress from the first to the second and to the third year of studies. Individuals therefore have great flexibility in their choice of business studies subjects and in planning the development of their own individual undergraduate business education.

As they progress through the programme each student is able to make informed decisions about their growing personal areas of business interest and business expertise and is able to match these to their selection of business studies subjects and to their professional career intentions.

Additional pathways of specialist study are being regularly added to the programme framework in order to meet the future needs of different types of business organisations and the particular career needs of our students.

Protection of Enrolled Learners

Independent College has approval to offer students learner protection insurance. Learner Protection insurance is only in place when each student receives their Insurance Policy.’ Each learner should ensure that they receive a Learner Protection Insurance Policy in their name. Learner Protection insurance is provided by O’Driscoll O’Neil and underwritten by Hiscox Insurance Company Limited. The learner protection policy provides for a refund of fees as specified in the 2012 Act. In some circumstances, it may be possible for a learner to transfer to a similar programme in another provider. In such circumstances, the learner may opt to receive the cost of an alternative similar academic programme. Transfer to another programme is always only a second option. The learner protection insurance policy is governed by s. 65(4)(b) of the 2012 Act.’

Year 1


Corporate Cultures (Professional Growth)

Business Law 1

Principles of Marketing 1

ICT and Business Communications

Principles of Management

Financial Account 1


Corporate Cultures (Organisations)

Business Law 2

Principles of Marketing 2

Introduction to HRM

Principles of Economics

Data Analysis and Statistics

Year 2

Core Subjects (Semester 1 & 2)

Management Accounting

Operations & Supply Chain Management

Contemporary Marketing

Semester 1

Business Information Management

Corporate Finance

Organisational Behaviour

Semester 2

Financial Accounting

Market Research

Contemporary Management Issues

Year 3

In addition to Common Core Modules final year students also agree with their tutors the specialist subjects that they wish to study for their degree. These are studied in the final year

Core Subjects (Semester 1 & 2)

Business Strategy
Innovation & Change Management
Business Project

Accounting Stream (Elective)
*Financial Reporting
*Audit & Assurance

Marketing Stream (Elective)
*Services Marketing
*Brand Management
*International Marketing

Management/HR Stream (Elective)
*Information Systems for Competitive Advantage
*Project Management

Students are required to achieve a minimum of Grade H5 at higher level in two subjects and four O6s in ordinary level subjects (to include Maths and a language)in the Leaving Certificate. Mature applicants are welcome and do not need to meet these requirements.

  • Completion of Independent College Dublin application form
  • Copy of applicant’s passport
  • Copies of any other previous academic qualifications
  • Copy of GNIB card if already resident in Ireland
  • English language requirements:

    if English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you will be able to study at degree level English. You will be required to show that your use of English is equivalent to IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550/213

    Start Date

    September 2019

    EU citizen/Irish resident: €4400

    International/Non-EU: €6300

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    Contact Details

    The Admissions Office:
    Phone:+353 1 877 3900