Course Overview

This course gives you maximum flexibility to study anytime, anywhere to achieve a Bachelor Degree in Commerce. This part time Bachelor of Commerce is a four-year course in business education, delivered mostly online. The course 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 marketing, business analytics, innovation, entrepreneurship and E-Business.

Visit our Business Students Launchpad for sample learning material, tips for online learning & time management and further information on getting started with NUI Galway as a part-time learner.

Applications and Selections

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Applications for this course run on a two-year cycle. There is no intake in September 2020. Applications will open for this course in April 2021.

Applicants must have a minimum of pass Mathematics at Leaving Certificate or equivalent and need to submit a Leaving Certificate or equivalent document when submitting an application. Applicants should also possess a good level of computer literacy as this course is taught online.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

While this course is primarily delivered online, on-campus attendance is required for induction and end of year exams. On-campus support in the form of workshops and tutorials will also be available in certain modules. The majority of learning will take place online.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of pass Mathematics at Leaving Certificate or equivalent and need to submit a Leaving Certificate or equivalent document when submitting an application. Applicants should also possess a good level of computer literacy as this course is taught online.

Entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, English language requirements etc.).

All students who have passed the Foundation Course in Business/Commerce are eligible for admission. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Requirements


4 Year Degree

Next start date

September 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date


NFQ level

8 (Degree)

Mode of study

Online learning

ECTS weighting

180 ECTs (Degree)



Course code

Course Outline

Provisional Outline

Year 1: Contemporary Management Thought, Economics, Introduction to Management Accounting, Introduction to Financial Accounting, Information Management for Business, Mathematics and Skills for Learning.

Year 2: Management Accounting, Managerial Economics, Macroeconomics, Business Law I, Foundations of Marketing Thought, Marketing Management, Organisational Psychology and Analysis and Statistics.

Year 3: Business Law II, Ireland in the Global Economy, Information & Operations Management, Economics of Public Policy, Management Accounting 2, Work and Employment Relations, The Marketing of Services, Qualitative Marketing Research, Marketing Analytics and Research.
Year 4: Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Management of Organisational Change, Business Strategy, Cases in Marketing Strategy, Integrated Marketing Communication, Implementing Digital Innovation, Business Intelligence and Analytics.

Course Delivery

The course is delivered through a combination of:

  • Podcasts
  • Screencasts (a digital recording of computer screen output)
  • Live online lectures
  • Reading material and assignments
  • Online discussions

Electives: Students also select two electives (2 x 5 ECTS) in Year 4. Electives are subject to change for each cycle e.g. Negotiation Skills, Financial Economics Research Project, Leading and Managing People, IS Strategy and Planning.

Note that the curriculum for the Bachelor of Commerce Online is revised and updated on a regular basis.

Students receive an online resource pack via Blackboard for each module, containing core learning materials. Some modules will require students to purchase a prescribed text. Students communicate with dedicated module lecturers and tutors via Blackboard. E-mail and telephone support is also available.

Further Education

On completion of the part-time Bachelor of Commerce, graduates are eligible to apply for a place on a broad range of postgraduate courses at NUI Galway and further afield.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Bachelor of Commerce graduates are highly successful and go on to work in a wide variety of careers in business. Most of our current students have already started a career in business or hope to do so in the future. This course is particularly suited to those who wish to progress within their chosen field or move towards a different area of business with flexibility to study anytime, anywhere. 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.


Who’s Suited to This Course

This course is aimed at mature students who currently work in business or hope to in the future. The flexible way in which this course is delivered, allows mature students with work and/or family commitments to study at times that suit their needs.

The Bachelor of Commerce Online is designed for people interested in exploring the fundamentals and dynamics of business; for those seeking to develop professional knowledge and skills; for ambitious people who want to up-skill and progress within current careers or change career pathways; and for motivated entrepreneurs who plan to establish their own business. In addition, graduates will develop the following skills that are considered essential for today’s workforce:  

  • Critical and analytical thinking 

  • Time and task management 

  • Problem solving and decision making 

  • Editing, research and report writing 

  • Communication; oral and written 

  • Digital literacy 

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€3,155 p.a.

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€3,655 p.a.


A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment.  Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: 

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

Please download the 2020_21 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

Louise Coyle
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
Nuns’ Island, NUI Galway, Galway
Tel: 091 495786


What Our Students Say


Liam Geraghty |   Graduate

I would highly recommend the online Bachelor of Commerce at NUI Galway to anyone with an interest in business studies and who may not have the opportunity to attend full-time college. It has allowed me to vastly improve my skills and knowledge in the area of business studies, whilst simultaneously progressing in my current career. The online delivery and learning activities are perfectly catered for anyone who has a demanding work schedule.

Seosaimh Ó Fatharta |   Graduate

The different modules allowed me to use my professional experience and understand how they all complemented each other. The course work that I undertook was immediately relevant to my work life and I found my performance at work improving as a result. The continuous assignments mean that you really learn because it is based on real life examples and case studies.


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