Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

College of Business, Public Policy, & Law

Accounting (Lecturer)

Accounting (Lecturer)

Accounting (Student)

Accounting (Student)
Studying Accounting

Course overview

The B Comm (Accounting) degree at NUI Galway combines a broad-based business education with the advantage of a specialized programme for those interested in a career in accounting or a related discipline. Students on the programme particularly like the small class size, which really helps them to settle in. This programme offers significant exemptions from professional accounting examinations.

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. A HC1 in Accounting is also a requirement.

Additional requirements

For Leaving Certificate - HC1 in Accounting
For A-Levels - Grade C in A-Level Accounting

Duration: 3 years (4 year with 'International Experience Year' option)

Next start date: September 2016

Entry points(2015): 460

A Level Grades (2015): AAB (A-Level) & b(AS) or equivalent combination

Average intake: 30

NFQ level: 8

Course outline

Course Outline - Year 1

  • Principles of Microeconomics/Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Management Accounting/ Financial Accounting
  • Business Information Systems and Management
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Business
  • Business Law I and Skills for Success
  • Introduction to Management
  • Introduction to Marketing

Course Outline - Year 2

  • Statistical Methods for Business
  • Managerial Economics
  • Audition, Assurance and Governance
  • Management Accounting
  • Skills for Work Life
  • Financial Accounting
  • Business Finance I
  • Macroeconomics
  • Information and Operations Management
  • Plus one optional subject from the following:
    • Information Systems Management
    • Employment Relations
    • Introduction to Financial Economics
    • Consumer Behaviour
    • Economics of Public Policy
    • Quality Management
    • Advanced Statistical Methods for Business

Optional International Experience Year
  • One semester studying abroad in the USA or Europe
  • One semester on work placement
Course Outline - Final Year
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Business Finance II
  • Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Law
  • Plus three optional subjects from the following areas:

Further education

Many graduates of the B Comm (Accounting) go on to study on Master of Accounting programmes at NUI Galway and, depending on their choice of optional subjects during their degree, may also choose to study a Master of Economic Science, Master of Finance, Postgraduate Diploma in Education, an LLB or other postgraduate programmes across business disciplines.

Find out more

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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

Orlaith Sherlock

Year Three B Comm (Accounting).

"...I am enjoying the B Commerce (Accounting) course.  I find the subjects interesting and the focus on accounting is particularly beneficial as I want to be an Accountant. I really enjoyed this year as I went to SUNY University in Albany, New York for a semester. This was an experience of a lifetime. I am currently working with KPMG Galway for the second semester which is a great opportunity to gain work experience in accounting.... "