Course Overview

This  programme gives you maximum flexibility to study anytime, anywhere to achieve a Bachelor Degree in Commerce.  This part time Bachelor of Commerce is a four-year programme in business education, delivered mostly online.  The programme will help students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to adapt to new business methods and contexts throughout their working life. Graduates will have a sound knowledge of the fundamentals of business and management and will have an opportunity to gain a more comprehensive grounding in specialist areas such as marketing, business analytics, innovation, entrepreneurship and E-Business.


Applications and Selections

The next intake for this programme will be for September 2019. Applications will open in Spring 2019.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

While this course is primarily delivered online, on-campus attendance is required for induction and end of year exams.  On-campus support in the form of workshops and tutorials will also be available in certain modules. The majority of learning will take place online.

Applicants should have a minimum of pass Mathematics at Leaving Certificate level or equivalent. 

Proficiency in the use of computers and the internet is recommended.  E-mail, internet and NUI Galway's virtual learning environment (VLE), Blackboard are in use throughout the course.

All applicants, whose first language is not English, or who have not been educated through the medium of the English language during their two most recent years of study, must present one of the following qualifications in the English language: IELTS: 6.5 or TOEFL (IBT): 92. Please see this webpage for further information:

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of pass Mathematics at Leaving Certificate level or equivalent. Applicants are normally expected to have satisfied the matriculation requirements of the University either on the basis of mature years, aged 21 or over by 1st of January of the year of entry, or by meeting the normal minimum entry (matriculation) requirements of the University. All students who have passed the Foundation Course in Business/Commerce are eligible for admission. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Requirements


4 Year Degree

Next start date

September 2019

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September 2019

NFQ level

8 (Degree)

Mode of study

Mode of Study: Online learning with limited campus attendance requirement for workshops/tutorials, induction and end of term examinations.

ECTS weighting

180 ECTs (Degree)



PAC code

Course Outline

Provisional Outline

Year 1 : Contemporary Management Thought, Economics, Introduction to Management Accounting, Introduction to Financial Accounting, Information Management for Business, Mathematics and Skills for Learning.

Year 2: Management Accounting, Managerial Economics, Macroeconomics, Business Law I, Foundations of Marketing Thought, Marketing Management, Organisational Psychology and Analysis and Statistics.

Students receive an online resource pack via Blackboard for each module, containing core learning materials. Some modules will require students to purchase a prescribed text. Students communicate with dedicated module lecturers and tutors via Blackboard. E-mail and telephone support is also available.

Further Education

On completion of the part-time Bachelor of Commerce, graduates are eligible to apply for a place on a broad range of postgraduate programmes at NUI Galway and further afield.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Bachelor of Commerce graduates are highly successful and go on to work in a wide variety of careers in business. Most of our current students have already started a career in business or hope to do so in the future. This course is particularly suited to those who wish to progress within their chosen field or move towards a different area of business with flexibility to study anytime, anywhere. It is also suited to managers who would like to develop their professional knowledge and skills, and entrepreneurs who wish to establish their own business.


Who’s Suited to This Course

This course is aimed at mature students who currently work in business or hope to in the future. The flexible way in which this course is delivered, allows mature students with work and/or family commitments to study at times that suit their needs.

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€3,055 p.a.

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€3,555 p.a.

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment.  Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: 

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

Please download the 2017_18 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

Louise Coyle
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
Nuns’ Island
NUI Galway
Tel: + 353 91 495786

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