Entry Points (2020)
497 *including interview points

Course Overview

This programme is delivered at the Shannon College campus in Co Clare. 

In 2015 Shannon College of Hotel Management became a College of NUI Galway. The BBS in International Hotel Management at Shannon College of Hotel Management gives students the unique opportunity to combine professional practical training, language development, extensive business studies theory and hands on work experience in the international hotel industry. This combination of practical learning and theory creates a dynamic, confident graduate who is well equipped to begin their career in business management in the hotel industry or in a host of other industries. Students will gain international experience during their studies, making them highly sought after graduates. This has been reflected in the 100% employment record on graduation day since the college was founded. This is the perfect qualification for a student who is interested in a global profession that is varied, unpredictable, exciting and challenging, with boundless opportunities for career growth and progression.

All applicants must attend a selection interview, for which up to 300 points may be awarded. Shannon College will contact all students directly by post after CAO closing dates to arrange their interview. Please notify Shannon College’s Admissions Office if you do not receive correspondence from the college shortly after the CAO closing dates. Interviews are normally held in April and also in July as the course is not restricted.

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

Including interview points. See www.shannoncollege.com for more details.

4 years and 9 months

Next start date

September 2021

A Level Grades (2020)

See www.shannoncollege.com for minimum A Level grades

Average intake


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Mode of study

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Course Outline

Year 1 · Study at Shannon College
Professional, practical training forms an essential part of the Year 1 studies as students rotate between seven professional classes every two/three weeks. Business modules such as Accounting and Management are also introduced and students study their second language (French, German, Spanish, English or Intercultural Communication).

Year 2 · Professional Operative Work Placement
The Year 2 work placement is a 12 month professional operative work placement in leading European hotels to reinforce the training in Year 1 and improve knowledge of industry practice and systems.

Year 3 · Study at Shannon College
In Year 3, students advance from the practical training and the introduction in Year 1 and instead focus on modules improving their industry knowledge, such as Rooms Division Management and Hospitality Law. The language module is continued and more advanced business modules such as Business Finance and Marketing Principles are studied.

Year 4 · Study at Shannon College
Students concentrate on advanced general business modules such as Performance Management & Control and Research Methods. Important strategic subject areas such as Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management prepare students for their future careers in hotel management. In Year 4, students will have the opportunity to choose elective subjects in both semesters. Electives include Culinary Arts, Event Management and Wine Appreciation.

End of Year 4 · Trainee Management Work Placement
At the end of Year 4, students commence a trainee management work placement for at least nine months until graduation (normally a 12 – 18 month contract). International hotel companies visit Shannon College to recruit students onto management development programmes and as direct hires in properties around the world. After nine months, students complete a Viva Voce examination before graduating.

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

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Required Core Subject
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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 4 (60 Credits)

Optional SC4131: Advanced Beverage Studies - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional SC4132: Advanced Culinary Studies - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional SC4133: Spanish - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional SC4134: Facilities Management - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional SC4115: Management of Organisational Change - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional SC4108: English as a Foreign Language - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional SC4126: English for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional SC4109: German - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional SC4107: French - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required SC4129: Performance Management and Cost Control - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required SC4100: Applied Research Methods - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required SC4102: Strategic Management and Hotel Simulation - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required SC4103: Marketing Management - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required SC4118: Revenue Management - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional SC4128: Intercultural Communication and Management - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional SC4113: Event Management - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional SC4119: Asset Management - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional SC4112: Organisational Behaviour for Managers - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional SC4135: Final Year Research Project - 10 Credits - Semester 8
Optional SC4136: Public Speaking for Hotel Professionals - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required SC4106: Enterpreneurship - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required SC4130: Head of College Keynote Speaker Programme - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required SC4105: Principles of Tourism - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required SC4104: International HRM - 5 Credits - Semester 8

Further Education

Upon completion of the BBS degree, Shannon College graduates find that there are many postgraduate opportunities open to them in the business, hospitality and tourism disciplines. Postgraduate programmes in the business discipline that are popular among Shannon graduates include marketing, human resources management, accounting and business information systems.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Shannon College has strong partnerships with industry, working with over 100 Hotels across 16 countries worldwide. Students will work for a total of 21 months during their degree programme, gaining invaluable international experience within the hotel industry while also improving their language and communication skills. 

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,874 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Tuition

€4,450 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student levy

€424 p.a. 2019/20*

Fees: Non EU

€13,924 year 1. 2019/20


- 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 maybe paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- *Student Levy €224 and Meal Charge of €200- payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Find out More

Shannon College of Hotel Management
Shannon Airport
Co Clare 
T + 353 (0)61 712 210 

Admissions Officer
Joan Markham 
T + 353 (0)61 712 590
E joan.markham@nuigalway.ie

What Our Students Say


Philip Egan |   BBS in International Hotel Management

The lecturers at Shannon take a personal interest in the development of each individual student. This approach has given me the confidence to set goals for myself in the industry and has equipped me with the tools to achieve them. This has led me to securing my current position as Assistant Accommodation Manager at Fairmont St. Andrews Hotel, Scotland.


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