Bachelor of Commerce

College of Business, Public Policy, & Law
J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics

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What our students say
Studying Commerce

Course overview

Commerce is a very flexible programme that covers all business areas before a student chooses a specialism in final year in one of the following:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Management of Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Business Information Systems

The accounting specialism covers all accounting to an advanced level and includes modules in financial and management accounting, taxation and auditing. Graduates may gain generous exemptions from the professional accounting bodies.

The economics specialism covers Ireland in the Global Economy comprehensively. The module includes the economics of globalisation, the transition from centrally-planned to market economies, the economics of money and finance, and health and environmental economics.

Management of Human Resources
The Human Resources specialism 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 covers the theoretical bases for the effective utilisation and practices of human resources within a firm.

The marketing specialism covers topics such as Media and Marketing Communications, Brand Management, Marketing Research, the Marketing of Services and Global Marketing.

Business Information Systems
The Business Information Systems specialism focuses on the implementation, use and management of information systems within business. The course teaches students how to create and manage information systems using database technology, web design technology and computer programming languages.

Law in Bachelor of Commerce
A range of law subjects, including Business Law, Company Law and European Community Law, is offered in the B Comm programme. A number of B Comm graduates who have taken the required number of Law subjects may be admitted to the full law degree (LLB), and exempted from first year. Interested students should apply to the CAO for a place on one of the B Comm programmes and note the entry requirements. For further information on the B Comm programmes, see the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics section of the prospectus.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate, including: Irish, English, another language, Mathematics and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Duration: 3 years

Next start date: September 2015

Entry points(2014): 380

A Level Grades (2014): ABB or equivalent combination

Average intake: 285

Course outline

Course Outline - Year 1

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Business
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Choice between Spanish, German, Italian (new for 2014) and the combination of Business Law (semester II)/Skills to Succeed (semester I).

Course Outline - Year 2

  • Statistical Methods for Business
  • Action Marketing
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Managerial Economics
  • Management Accounting 1
  • Skills for Work Life
  • Business Finance 1
  • Employment Relations
  • Macroeconomics
  • Information and Operations Management
  • Plus two optional subjects from the following:
    • International Financial Reporting I
    • Economics of Public Policy
    • Introduction to Financial Economics
    • Consumer Behaviour
    • Information Systems Management
    • Advanced Statistical Methods for Business
    • Management of Organisational Change
    • Quality Management
International Experience - Optional Year
After second year students can apply to spend an additional year on internship/work placement and studing abroad through English in the USA, Europe or Asia.

Course Outline - Final Year
  • Ireland in the Global Economy
  • Strategic Management
  • Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise
  • Develop concentration in one of the following business disciplines:
    • Accounting
    • Economics
    • Management of Human Resources
    • Management Information Systems
    • Marketing
  • Optional courses are also available in Law, Operations/Logistics.

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.

Find out more

The J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics
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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €5,822 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €2,598 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student contribution: €3,000 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €12,750 p.a. 2015/16

EU Fees 2015/16:
- 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.

Current Students

Siobhan Allaeddini

Bachelor of Commerce

"...I chose to study Commerce because essentially, it is the core of any career. Everything revolves around business and economics and I know that in studying this course I will be more than equipped to enter the working world, no matter what field I may end up in..."

Siobhán McGinty

Bachelor of Commerce

"...I studied Commerce and specialised in Marketing. I really enjoyed it as the class was small and the lecturers got to know you individually, which I feel really aids your learning. I hope to work in advertising, and have recently received the GlaxoSmithKline Prize for Excellence in Marketing. Life at NUI Galway is amazing and I love every minute of it! There are so many social outlets on-campus, the clubs and societies are a great way of developing social skills and getting to know people..."