Entry Points (2017)

Course Overview

This four-year degree programme examines the use and management of technology in business environments. The programme is fully accredited by EPAS.* It mixes business subjects such as Accounting, Economics and Marketing with technology focused subjects such as Databases, Systems Analysis and Networks. It provides knowledge and skills in traditional business organization and management together with skills and abilities in the enabling and underlying technologies on which organisations are becoming more reliant.

*EPAS accreditation is by the European Foundation for Management Development and confers that the BSc. BIS meets the highest international standards for management education.


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 2018

A Level Grades (2017)

ABC & a(AS) or equivalent combination

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




PAC code

Course Outline

Course Outline - Year 1

  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Business Information Systems
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Information Systems Technology
  • Business Data Communications
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Business Systems Analysis
  • Business Application Development I and II
  • Information Systems in Organisations
  • Business Systems Design and Implementation

Course Outline - Year 2

  • Quantitative Techniques for Business
  • Management Accounting I
  • Business Finance I
  • Information Systems Management
  • E-Business
  • Enterprise Systems
  • Web and Interactive Media Design
  • Advanced Application Development I and II
  • Information and Operations Management
  • Database Technologies
  • Management
  • International Study Abroad Programme

Course Outline - Year 3

  • Marketing Principles
  • Skills for Work Life
  • Applied Systems Analysis
  • E-Business Technologies
  • Advanced Database Technologies
  • Networks and Communications
  • Professional Experience Programme  

Course Outline - Year 4

  • Management Decision Systems
  • Strategic Management
  • Management of Organisational Change
  • Contemporary Issues in Information Systems
  • Information Systems Strategy and Planning
  • Information Systems Project Management
  • Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise
  • Economics of Technological Change
  • Information Systems Innovation
  • Project
  • Plus additional subject options

Modules for 2017-18

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

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.
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.
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.
A module you may choose to study.
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.
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'.

Further Education

Graduates can go on to study in many postgraduate programmes like a Masters degree in Business Information Systems or Electronic Commerce. Past graduates are currently employed in companies such as Google, Accenture, Deloitte, Microsoft, SAP and Storm.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

There are excellent career opportunities for BSc BIS graduates. Many students receive employment offers prior to graduation. Past graduates are currently employed in companies such as Google, Accenture, Deloitte, Microsoft, SAP and Storm. Your degree will give you a particular relevance for start-up enterprises, telecommunications, software companies, management consultancy and business and financial industries.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Through the Professional Experience Programme in year three, students are given the opportunity to apply their skills in a real business environment for six to nine months. The BIS degree also offers the opportunity of an International Study Abroad programme in the US in year two.

Study Abroad

The BIS degree offers the opportunity of an International Study Abroad programme in the US in year two.

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,822 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Non EU

€12,750 p.a. 2017/18
EU Fees 2017/18:
- 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


What Our Students Say


Brian Barrins |   Technology Analyst, Accenture

The BIS undergraduate degree is the perfect blend of business and computers. Having the opportunity to learn about programming languages, databases & new and emerging technologies helps to make you really well informed student. This, coupled with an understanding of management principles, accounting and economics let’s you mix and bring together all your other learnings in each module. The course and classes themselves are very personable. The small class sizes really helped with my learning, and by having small numbers ensures you don’t get left behind, and can have a personal relationship with each lecturer. Through the study abroad option in second year of the course, I got to study in Villanova University with the help of a scholarship programme in place. While there, I got to study new modules, increase my knowledge in areas I liked, and even made long lasting connections and friends which I still use today. My current role is with Accenture where I am working in the Cyber Security field helping clients devise state of the art strategies to protect and secure payments.

Paul O'Flynn |   BSc (Business Information Systems)

I have a keen interest in IT and I also wanted to do a course that incorporated business studies in some way; the obvious answer was Business Information Systems. One of the best things that a BIS student is equipped with when they graduate is the employability factor. You learn about business, economics, and marketing all side by side with IT such as programming, information systems, and so much more. Along with this, a student is put on an eight-month internship. Most graduates are snatched up by multinational companies.

Kathleen Garrity |   AdWords Community & Social Manager, Google

Kathleen graduated with a BSc in Business Information Systems (2011) from NUI Galway. "I choose to study Business Information Systems at NUI Galway because of the wide range of topics and career options that it offered. I was exposed to a wide variety of subjects which allowed me to find my strengths and areas of interest. This suited me because I didn’t know what kind of job or career I wanted to pursue. The industry experience was an invaluable feature of this degree."