Entry Points (2016)

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Commerce (Global Experience) degree is a new four-year comprehensive business course, where students complete modules from all different areas of business in the first two years of the degree. In year three students undertake a work placement, study abroad or a combination of the work placement and study abroad. In final year students specialise in one stream, from Accounting & Performance Measurement, Economics & Public Policy, Management of Human Resources, Marketing Management, Digital Business & Analytics, Finance, Business Law or International Business. The aim of the programme is to give students the necessary knowledge, skills, networks and experience to succeed in the business world, but also in their workplace, work-life and communities.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

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.

Additional Requirements


4 years

Next start date

September 2017

A Level Grades (2016)

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September 2017

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting




PAC code

Course Outline

Year One

  • Introduction to Management Accounting/Financial Accounting
  • Business Information Systems andInformationManagement for Business
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Business
  • Foundations of Marketing Thought
  • Contemporary Management Thought
  • Choice between a language (Spanish, Germanor Italian) or Skills for Success and Business Law I

Year Two

  • Inferential Statistical Methods for Business
  • Marketing Management
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Applied Microeconomics for Business
  • Management Accounting I
  • Skills for Business
  • Business Finance I
  • Work and Employment Relations
  • Macroeconomics and the Business Environment
  • Information and Operations Management

Plus two optional modules from the following:

  • International Financial Reporting I
  • Introduction to Financial Economics
  • Economics of Public Policy
  • The Psychology of Consumer Behaviour
  • Information Systems and Project Management
  • Advanced Statistical Methods for Business
  • Management of Organisational Change
  • Business Law II
  • Doing Business in China - Chinese Language & Culture I

Year Three

  •  One semester studying abroad in the USA, Australia, China/Hong Kong or Europe and one semester on work placement in Ireland, or
  • Full academic year of study abroad,or Full academic year of work placement 

 Year Four

  • Ireland in the Global Economy
  • Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Business Strategy
  • Innovation: Creativity and Enterprise

Specialise in a business discipline/stream:

  • Accounting & Performance Measurement
  • Economics & Public Policy
  • Management of Human Resources
  • Digital Business & Analytics
  • Marketing Management
  • Finance
  • Business Law
  • International Business

In addition to the above listed disciplines/streams, students may take optional modules from a list of electives.

Modules are assessed by means of continuous assessment/assignments and/or final/terminal exam. 

Further Education

Graduates can take specialist postgraduate programmes, which are available in all of the core business disciplines.

Accounting graduates may be eligible for admission to the Master of Accounting programme at NUI Galway or elsewhere.  Graduates of the Masters of Accounting programme are eligible for significant exemptions from the professional examinations of Chartered Accountants Ireland, and are required to pass only the Institute's Final Admitting Examination prior to being admitted to Associate membership of the Institute.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates are highly successful and sought after in all areas of business,  including Accounting, Management consultancy, Taxation, Public service, Commercial advisory services, Economic policy advice, Marketing, Human resource management, Information systems management, Finance, Personnel management, Teaching and/or research. The work placement and international study experience increases the career opportunities, both at home and abroad. 

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Students taking the B Comm (Global Experience) (GY209) undertake work placement in year 3 of the programme.

Study Abroad

Students taking the B Comm (Global Experience) (GY209) undertake study abroad in year 3 of the programme.. Our current partner universities offer students the opportunity to study through English in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia. Hear what some of our students thought of this year here

International Study Abroad Partner Universities

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Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,822 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Non EU

€12,750 p.a. 2016/17
EU Fees 2016/17:
- 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.

Find out More

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What Our Students Say


Patrick Hynes-Foy |   Sales Analyst at Aerogen

Choosing to do the BComm International Experience year has undoubtedly been one of the best decisions of my young life. I was fortunate enough to have an amazing internship which has led to me securing a full-time position with the company in Chicago. Being able to move to the United States to work with an Irish company from Galway combines the best of both worlds and it will allow me to travel home on business and see my family and friends. Everyone who took part in the international year gained invaluable professional and personal development and not one person would have changed their decision if given a second chance. Read more about Patrick’s Work Placement experience:

Ryan Ludden |   Marketing Specialist, Aviva

The work placement provided me with an incredible amount of confidence and drive to enhance my career in Marketing going forward and the learnings taken from this programme are still being applied first hand today in my current marketing role.

What Employers Say


Majella Mungovan |   B Comm, Facebook EMEA Finance Director

...I am a huge advocate of the new four year Commerce degree. At Facebook we have a saying ‘fortune favors the bold’ - be bold. Take the opportunity to experience new cultures or work environments and come back with stories to tell. Our world is changing at an unprecedented speed, to flourish future graduates will need to adapt to an ever more global work environment. Since leaving NUI Galway my career has taken me to Deloitte, Microsoft & Facebook but I look back fondly on those years...