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Business Information Systems
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Requirements and Assessment
Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
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A Level Grades (2017)
ABC & a(AS) or equivalent combination
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Mode of study
Modules for 2017-18Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics.
- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (60 Credits)Required AY104: Introduction to Financial Accounting - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MS113: Information Systems Technology - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MS110: Business Systems Analysis - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EC139: Principles of Microeconomics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MS111: Business Application Development I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MS115: Business Information Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EC141: Principles of Macroeconomics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MS119: Business Data Communications - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MS114: Business Systems Design & Implementation - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MS112: Business Application Development II - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required AY105: Introduction to Management Accounting - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MS117: Information Systems and Project Management - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Year 2 (60 Credits)Optional MK204: Marketing Principles - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional FA2206: Skills for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required AY207: Management Accounting I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required MS321: Web & Interactive Media Design - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required MS220: Advanced Application Development I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required MA208: Quantitative Techniques for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required MS218: Database Technologies - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional MS230: International Study Programme - 30 Credits - Semester 4
Required AY208: Business Finance I - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required MS222: Decision Modelling and Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required MS217: Information and Operations Management - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required MS221: Advanced Application Development II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required MS223: E-Business Strategy and Practice - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required MS319: Enterprise Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Year 3 (60 Credits)Required MG524: Management - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required MS314: Applied Systems Analysis - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required MS216: Networks & Communications - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required MS322: Advanced Database Technologies - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required MS320: E Business Technologies - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required MS325: Contemporary Project Management - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MS3101: Additional International Study - 30 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MS3103: Professional Experience - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MS3102: Professional Development - 20 Credits - Semester 6
Year 4 (60 Credits)Optional MK314: Media & Marketing Communications - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional CI300: Doing Business in China - Language & Culture 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional IE309: Operations Research - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional EC2100: Applied Microeconomics for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required MS323: User Experience Design - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required MS403: IS Strategy & Planning - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required MS414: Business Intelligence and Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional EC247: Introduction to Financial Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional IE319: Operations Strategy - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional CI301: Doing Business in China - Language & Culture 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MK303: Global Marketing - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional FA318: Innovation, Creativity & Enterprise - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional EC259: Economics of Public Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional IE345: Logistics and Transportation - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MG2101: Entrepreneurial Venture Development - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional EC2101: Macroeconomics and the Business Environment - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MG3102: Work in a Global Context - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required MS413: Cloud Computing - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required MS405: Project - 10 Credits - Semester 8
Required MG334: Strategic Management - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required MG323: International Business - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Further EducationGraduates can go on to study in many postgraduate programmes like a Masters degree in Business Information Systems or Electronic Commerce. Past graduates are currently employed in companies such as Google, Accenture, Deloitte, Microsoft, SAP and Storm.
Why Choose This Course?
Our graduates are employed by Accenture, Avaya, CISCO, Google, KPMG, Deloitte, Intel, Lawler Developments, Lionbridge, Pramerica and IBM to name just a few.
98% of BIS graduates are now in degree-related employment. The mix of business acumen, technical skills and management knowledge combined with communication and team skills makes Business Information Systems graduates valuable assets to any organisation. Our graduates pursue careers across a wide spectrum of job titles. Many choose to focus on their business skills and pursue careers as diverse as entrepreneurship, sales, management, or non-business careers such as teaching or law enforcement.
Other graduates focus more on their technology skills and pursue more specialist careers such as:
- Business analyst - defining the optimal technology to drive business.
- Software tester/ developer - application development and testing.
- eCommerce consultant - leveraging internet related technologies for business.
- e-Business specialist - managing supply chains or customer relationship management systems.
- IS manager - managing the range of hardware, software and networking equipment in any organisation.
- Specialist IS consultant - working with enterprise systems such as SAP or Oracle. BIS gives you the flexibility to define your career.
The BIS Industry Engagement Initiative includes a paid work placement, site visits to leading multinational companies and our membership of the SAP and Microsoft University Alliance provides our students with access to the latest industry software while our Industry Advisory Board ensures that the skills, methodologies and theories that you learn are consistent with industry needs.
BIS students have the option to study abroad in our partner universities in year 2. Some of our partners include Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Kogod School of Business (Washington DC, USA), Montana State University (USA), Lehigh University (NY, USA), and ESC Rennes (France). This opportunity is offered on a competitive basis.
The BIS Global Learning Initiative
Delivered in partnership with prestigious foreign universities, is designed to incorporate an international learning experience into the programme and includes an opportunity to study abroad, foreign work placement, participation in international virtual teams and learns from guest international speakers.
Who’s Suited to This Course
Related Student Organisations
Fees: Student Contribution
Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy: €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.
What Our Students Say
Brian Barrins | Technology Analyst, Accenture
The BIS undergraduate degree is the perfect blend of business and computers. Having the opportunity to learn about programming languages, databases & new and emerging technologies helps to make you really well informed student. This, coupled with an understanding of management principles, accounting and economics let’s you mix and bring together all your other learnings in each module. The course and classes themselves are very personable. The small class sizes really helped with my learning, and by having small numbers ensures you don’t get left behind, and can have a personal relationship with each lecturer. Through the study abroad option in second year of the course, I got to study in Villanova University with the help of a scholarship programme in place. While there, I got to study new modules, increase my knowledge in areas I liked, and even made long lasting connections and friends which I still use today. My current role is with Accenture where I am working in the Cyber Security field helping clients devise state of the art strategies to protect and secure payments.
Kathleen Garrity | AdWords Community & Social Manager, Google
Kathleen graduated with a BSc in Business Information Systems (2011) from NUI Galway. "I choose to study Business Information Systems at NUI Galway because of the wide range of topics and career options that it offered. I was exposed to a wide variety of subjects which allowed me to find my strengths and areas of interest. This suited me because I didn’t know what kind of job or career I wanted to pursue. The industry experience was an invaluable feature of this degree."
Paul O'Flynn | BSc (Business Information Systems)
I have a keen interest in IT and I also wanted to do a course that incorporated business studies in some way; the obvious answer was Business Information Systems. One of the best things that a BIS student is equipped with when they graduate is the employability factor. You learn about business, economics, and marketing all side by side with IT such as programming, information systems, and so much more. Along with this, a student is put on an eight-month internship. Most graduates are snatched up by multinational companies.
Undergraduate Prospectus 2018 PDF (12.3 MB)
Quick Guide to Courses PDF (989 KB)
A Level Quick Guide PDF (408 KB)
CAO Brochure PDF (1.3 MB)
Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2018 PDF (7.2 MB)
Postgraduate Research Prospectus 2018 PDF (4.6 MB)
International Prospectus 2016 PDF (3.6 MB)
Business Undergraduate Prospectus 2018 PDF (1.57MB)