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.
Accounting & Performance Measurement: Students study accounting and accounting-related modules, positioning them for a career in accountancy and related areas. Depending on the modules chosen, exemptions are available to successful students in the professional accountancy bodies’ exams. In addition, students may apply for entry, on a competitive basis, to the Master of Accounting (MAcc) programme at NUI Galway or equivalent postgraduate accounting programmes in other universities.
Economics & Public Policy: Students can apply their economic theory to modules as diverse as the economics of globalisation, the economics of money and finance, and health and environmental economics. Economics specialist students are well placed to undertake either postgraduate research at home or abroad, or to embark on a variety of careers in business and economic policy analysis.
Management of Human Resources: This specialisation focuses on the management of the human factor in organisations, exploring the nature of the employment relationship and the rights and obligations of the parties involved. It also focuses on the theoretical bases for the best utilisation of human resources (HR). It is targeted at students with a particular interest in the human aspect of organisations and those intending to develop a career in the HR management area.
Marketing Management: This specialisation provides an excellent foundation in a range of key and popular marketing topics, such as media and marketing communications, brand management, marketing analytics and research, digital marketing planning, the marketing of services and global marketing. The discipline’s research programme enhances each subject’s content, ensuring it is taught to world-class standards.
Digital Business & Analytics: This specialisation focuses on the implementation, use and management of information systems within business. It contains practice-based modules that teach students how to create IS using database technology, web design technology and computer programming languages. It also provides modules that enable students to investigate how to manage IS within business. Students will be well positioned to secure jobs as management consultants specialising in IS or to work within the IS department of a business.
Finance: This specialisation focuses on a diverse range of important contemporary topics in national and international finance, including international monetary systems, banking, exchange rates, financing and investment decisions, taxation, financial reporting, investments and issues of financial management inherent in managing multinational corporations and institutions. Students will be readily employable in private sector financial services firms as well as both Irish and international public sector financial institutions.
Business Law: This stream focuses on law specifically in a business context. It is targeted at students with a particular interest in the legal aspects of business. Students who successfully complete this stream and wish to further specialise in law will be eligible to apply for the LLB.
International Business: This specialisation focuses on managing people, diversity in culture and how to effectively lead and manage in a global marketplace. The specialisation focuses on developing knowledge and expertise in international business and cross-cultural management and provides students with the knowledge and skills required for a career in international management and multinational corporations as well as other organisations. Using a multidisciplinary approach, students develop their cultural awareness skills and understand how to operate effectively in a dynamic global business environment.
The programme provides students with a mix of large lectures and smaller group tutorials where they can ask further questions and get help with coursework. Our lecturers’ links with industry ensure that the programme is up-todate, relevant and useful to today’s graduates and employers. Specially tailored modules such as Skills for Business which is now taken by second year students. This one–semester module is designed to improve student employability and preparation for the workplace by developing a set of practical skills that form the basis for effective working life. The programme allows students to work individually and in groups on different projects which are relevant to the ever-changing and dynamic business environment, thus developing their business and interpersonal skills
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.
Plus two optional modules from the following:
Specialise in a business discipline/stream:
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.
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.
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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.
Graduates can also go on to select from a range of postgraduate programmes in their chosen discipline at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics.
Final year students in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics are provided with the opportunity to put the business knowledge they have gained through their studies into practice through a module in Innovation: Creativity and Enterprise (ICE). Developed in conjunction with entrepreneur Pádraig O’Céidigh, the module involves partnering with local business leaders to provide opportunities for all students to engage in projects, requiring them to innovate in a variety of interesting areas in a business or community setting. More than 30 local business and community leaders get involved each year, mentoring students in group-based projects, requiring them to innovate in a variety of interesting areas.
Students taking the B Comm (Global Experience) (GY209) undertake work placement in year 3 of the programme.
Work Placement partners include: • DHKN • Corrib Oil • Grant Thornton • KPMG • Accenture • Abbott • Wayfair • ESB Group • Medtronic • Shelbourne Hotel • Boston Scientific • Alkermes • PwC • Aviva • Aerogen • Zurich • Creganna.
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLmDkCF6Tvo
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: https://jecairnes.wordpress.com/2016/12/13/bcomm-global-experience-patrickss-placement-blog/
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. https://jecairnes.wordpress.com/2016/12/13/bcomm-global-experience-ryans-placement-blog/
...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...