Entry Points (2018)
420

Course Overview

The B Comm degree is a three-year programme which gives students a foundation in business subjects and allows them to specialise in their chosen business field in final year. The areas of specialization are Accounting, Economics, Management of Human Resources, Marketing, and Management Information Systems.

Accounting
Students will study accounting and accounting-related subjects, positioning them for a career in accountancy and related areas. Depending on the subjects 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 accounting programmes in other universities.

Economics
Students can apply their economic theory to courses as diverse as the economics of globalisation, the transition from centrally-planned to market economies, the economics of money and finance, and health and environmental economics. Economicsspecialist 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/or those intending to develop a career in the HR management area.

Marketing
This specialisation provides an excellent foundation in a range of key and popular marketing topics such as Media and Marketing Communications, Brand Management, Marketing Research, 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.

Management Information Systems
This specialisation focuses on the implementation, use and management of information systems (IS) within business. It contains practice-based subjects that teach students how to create IS using database technology, web design technology and computer programming languages. It also provides subjects 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.

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.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

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.


Additional Requirements

Duration

3 years

Next start date

September 2017

A Level Grades (2018)

AAB or equivalent combination

Average intake

285

Closing Date

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

Award

CAO

GY201

Course code

Course Outline

Year 1

Year 2

Final Year

Principles of Microeconomics/Macroeconomics Statistical Methods for Business  Ireland in the Global Economy
Introduction to Management Accounting/Financial Accounting Action Marketing  Strategic Management
Business Information Systems and Management Organisational Behaviour Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise
Mathematics and Statistics for Business Managerial Economics  
Introduction to Marketing Management Accounting 1
Specialise in a business discipline:
Introduction to Management Skills for Work Life Accounting
  Business Finance 1 Economics
Choice between a language (Spanish, German) or Business Law 1 and Skills for Success
Employment Relations Management of Human Resources
  Macroeconomics Management Information Systems
  Information and Operations Management Marketing
     
 
 Plus two optional subjects from the following:
 Students may take additional optional courses in Law and Operations/Logistics.
   Financial Accounting I  
  Introduction to Financial Economics or Economics of Public Policy  
  Consumer Behaviour  
  Information Systems Management  
  Advanced Statistical Methods for Business  
  Management of Organisational Change  
  Quality Management  
  Business Law II  
Optional International Experience Year after Year 2
  • One semester studying abroad in the USA or Europe
  • One semester on work placement

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
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.
Module
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. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Subject
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.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
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.
Semester
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 3 (60 Credits)

Optional AY308: Taxation I - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional EC369: Money And Banking - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional AY325: International Financial Reporting II - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW427: European Union Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional EC357: Development Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional EC345: Health Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MS403: IS Strategy & Planning - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MK3101: Cases in Marketing Strategy - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MK3100: Qualitative Marketing Research - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional IE309: Operations Research - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MK311: The Marketing of Services - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MG328: Human Resource Management - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MG326: Employee Relations: Rights And Obligations - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW423: Advanced Business Law - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional AY321: Management Accounting II - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MK314: Media & Marketing Communications - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MS218: Database Technologies - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MS414: Business Intelligence and Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MS325: Contemporary Project Management - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional CI300: Doing Business in China - Language & Culture 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MS323: User Experience Design - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MS321: Web & Interactive Media Design - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional EC3101: Microeconomics and Public Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional EC388: Environmental And Natural Resource Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional ME5102: Quality Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional EC3105: Econometrics - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MG3101: Contemporary Issues in Work and Organisations - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW229: Company Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional SBE3002: Entrepreneurship - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MS222: Decision Modelling and Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW333: Comparative Competition Law - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required SBE3000: Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required EC423: Ireland in the Global Economy - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW3105: Medical Device Law and Regulation - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MK303: Global Marketing - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional IE345: Logistics and Transportation - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MK341: Brand Management - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional EC429: Marine Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional CI301: Doing Business in China - Language & Culture 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional AY319: Taxation II - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional AY314: Business Finance II - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional EC362: Economics Of Financial Markets - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional EC386: Public Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional EC382: International Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW428: European Union Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional AY326: International Financial Reporting III - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional IE319: Operations Strategy - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MG323: International Business - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MS319: Enterprise Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional AY322: Management Accounting III - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW364: International Trade Law - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW374: Banking Law - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW356: Industrial And Intellectual Property Law - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MK3102: Marketing Analytics & Research - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MK3103: Digital Marketing Planning - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional EC3102: Macroeconomics and Public Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MG3100: Human Resource Practice - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MG3102: Work in a Global Context - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW231: Company Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MS4101: Implementing Digital Innovation - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MS4100: Advanced Research Topics in Information Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional EC3104: Agricultural and Food Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Required SBE3001: Innovation: Creativity and Enterprise - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Required MG3103: Business Strategy - 5 Credits - Semester 6

Further Education

Graduates of the B Comm programme can select from a range of postgraduate programmes in their chosen business discipline at NUI Galway.

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 will be very well-positioned to pursue a career in accountancy and other related areas such as:

  • Accounting
  • Management Consultancy
  • Taxation
  • Public service
  • Commercial Advisory Services
  • Economic Policy advice
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems Management
  • Finance (including Banking & Insurance)
  • Personnel Management
  • Teaching and/or research

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,822 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€12,750 p.a. 2018/19
EU Fees 2018/19:
- 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

The JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics
T + 353 (0)91 492 612
F + 353 (0)91 494 546
E business@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/commerce

What Our Students Say

Siobhan

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

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...