Business / Commerce (Degree/Diploma)
College of Business, Public Policy, & Law
The part time Bachelor of Commerce is a four-year degree programme in business education. A Diploma in Business is awarded upon successful completion of the first two years. The programme will help students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to adapt to new business methods and contexts throughout their working life. Graduates will have a sound knowledge of the fundamentals of business and management and will have an opportunity to gain a more comprehensive grounding in specialist areas such as Services Marketing, Human Resource Management and E-Commerce.
Who is this course intended for?
The Diploma and Degree are aimed at mature students who may currently work in business or hope to in the future, but who could not avail of third level education immediately following second level. The programme is delivered online and by blended learning to allow mature students with work and/or family commitments to study at times that suit their needs.
Applicants should have a minimum of pass mathematics at Leaving Certificate level. Applicants are normally expected to have satisfied the matriculation requirement of the University either on the basis of mature years, aged 21 or over by 1st of January of the year of entry, or by meeting the normal minimum entry (matriculation) requirements of the University. All students who have passed the Foundation Course in Business/ Commerce are eligible for admission. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.
2 years (Diploma)
Next start date: September 2015
ECTS weighting: 90 ECTs (Diploma); 180 ECTs (Degree)
Average intake: 60
Closing date: Closing date Summer 2015 (TBC)
NFQ level: 7 (Diploma), 8 (Degree)
Year 1 : Introduction to Learning, Economics, Accounting, Management Information Systems, Introduction to Management, Mathematics
Year 2: Management Accounting, Business Finance, Managerial Economics, Macroeconomics, Business Law I, Introduction to Marketing, Action Marketing, Management Skills and Organisational Behaviour
Year 3: Business Law II, Ireland in the Global Economy, Information and Operations Management, Statistics, Innovation and Entrepreneurship , Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, Marketing Research and Services Marketing
Year 4: Business Taxation, Strategic Management, Marketing Management, E-Commerce and
Management of Organisational Change.
Year 4 options, choose two from: Financial Reporting, Quantitative Methods, Economic Theory, Information Systems Strategy and Planning, Business Negotiation, Health Economics, and Policy and Marketing Communications
Students receive a resource pack for each module, containing core learning materials. Some modules will require students to purchase a prescribed text. Students communicate with dedicated module lecturers online using Blackboard, a virtual learning tool. E-mail and telephone support is also available.
Requirements and assessment
Bachelor of Commerce graduates are highly successful and go on to work in a wide variety of careers in business. Most of our students have already started a career in business or hope to do so in the future. The part-time Bachelor of Commerce is particularly suited to those who wish to progress within their chosen field or move towards a different area of business. It is also suited to managers who would like to develop their professional knowledge and skills, and entrepreneurs who wish to establish their own business.
Graduates can also go on to select from a range of postgraduate programmes in NUI Galway or further afield.
Fees for this course
Diploma in Management
"...Returning to third level education after 25 years was daunting. However, through a combination of integrated course design, excellent tutorials, and the internet-based learning management system Blackboard, learning has become a pleasure and I have never felt that I am on my own..."
Graduate of B.Comm., 2010
"...On-line support, through the Blackboard learning system, has made this course much easier than I expected. Information is accessible when it suits me so I can work at my own pace, fitting it in around my own lifestyle. Between the dedicated lecturers and the combined workplace experiences of the class, there is a wealth of knowledge to absorb. Everything I have learned is relevant to my job and has broadened my understanding of the workplace..."