Entry Points (2021)

Course Overview

Commerce is a very flexible programme that covers all business areas before a student chooses a specialism in final year in one of the following:

Accounting & Performance Measurement: Students study accounting and accounting-related modules, positioning them for a career in accountancy and related areas. Depending on the modules 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 postgraduate accounting programmes in other universities.

Accounting Exemptions from Professional Accounting Bodies. 

Economics & Public Policy: Students can apply their economic theory to modules as diverse as the economics of globalisation, the economics of money and finance, and health and environmental economics. Economics specialist 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 those intending to develop a career in the HR management area.

Marketing Management: This specialisation provides an excellent foundation in a range of key and popular marketing topics, such as media and marketing communications, brand management, marketing analytics and research, digital marketing planning, 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.

Digital Business & Analytics: This specialisation focuses on the implementation, use and management of information systems within business. It contains practice-based modules that teach students how to create IS using database technology, web design technology and computer programming languages. It also provides modules that enable students to investigate how to manage IS within business. 

Finance: This specialisation focuses on a diverse range of important contemporary topics in national and international finance, including international monetary systems, banking, exchange rates, financing and investment decisions, taxation, financial reporting, investments and issues of financial management inherent in managing multinational corporations and institutions. Students will be readily employable in private sector financial services firms as well as both Irish and international public sector financial institutions.

Business Law: This specialisation focuses on the legal aspects of business. Students taking this stream will study core aspects of the law as it relates to commercial activity, such as Company Law. It is also possible to go into depth on topics that are central to many businesses, such as intellectual property, information technology law, and international trade law. Students who complete the stream can progress to the LLB degree and can then go on to qualify as solicitors or barristers. Training in law and business also opens up many other careers, such as journalism, public service, and senior management.

International Business: This specialisation focuses on managing people, diversity in culture and how to effectively lead and manage in a global marketplace. The specialisation focuses on developing knowledge and expertise in international business and cross-cultural management and provides students with the knowledge and skills required for a career in international management and multinational corporations as well as other organisations. 

  • The programme provides students with a mix of large lectures and smaller group tutorials where they can ask further questions and get help with coursework.  Our lecturers’ links with industry ensure that the programme is up-todate, relevant and useful to today’s graduates and employers.  
  • Specially tailored modules such as Skills for Business which is now taken by second year students. This one–semester module is designed to improve student employability and preparation for the workplace by developing a set of practical skills that form the basis for effective working life. 
  • The programme allows students to work individually and in groups on different projects which are relevant to the ever-changing and dynamic business environment, thus developing their business and interpersonal skills.c


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


3 years (4-year option)

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades (2021)


Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

20 (More Info)

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Course Outline

- Please note that Spanish is an optional module in 1st year, despite not currently appearing below.

Further Education

Graduates can take specialist postgraduate programmes, which are available in all of the core business disciplines.

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.

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Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be very well-positioned to pursue a career in many business related areas such as:

  • Accounting
  • Management Consultancy
  • Taxation
  • Commercial Advisory Services
  • Economic Policy Advisory Services
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems Management
  • Finance (including Banking & Insurance)
  • Personnel Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Public Relations

Depending on subject choices, exemptions are available to successful students in the examinations of the professional accountancy bodies. Business Information Systems graduates are well-positioned to secure jobs as management consultants specialising in information systems or to work within the IS department of a business.

Graduates can also go on to select from a range of postgraduate programmes in their chosen discipline at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics.

Partnership with PwC

NUI Galway is pleased to announce that it has partnered with PwC on the University’s B Comm Skills Pathway, which comprises of three modules; Skills for Success, Skills for Business, Innovation, Creativity & Enterprise (ICE). This exciting new strategic partnership focuses on developing students outside of their core academic work. It includes the enhancement of student employability skills, building resilience, and mentoring students to understand the progression of ideas from concept to marketplace. The support from PwC, one of the world’s leading professional services firms, and largest graduate recruiters, will bring business expertise and valuable insights to NUI Galway students preparing them for the Irish and International workplace.

Innovation: Creativity and Enterprise – ICE A partnership with business to drive innovation with students

Final year students in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics are provided with the opportunity to put the business knowledge they have gained through their studies into practice through a module in Innovation: Creativity and Enterprise (ICE). Developed in conjunction with entrepreneur Pádraig O’Céidigh, the module involves partnering with local business leaders to provide opportunities for all students to engage in projects, requiring them to innovate in a variety of interesting areas in a business or community setting. More than 30 local business and community leaders get involved each year, mentoring students in group-based projects, requiring them to innovate in a variety of interesting areas.

Global Experience Transfer Option

The B Comm can be extended from three to four years. We offer students a competitive opportunity based on student performance and merit to enhance their studies, spending one academic year studying abroad or one semester studying abroad along with a one-semester work placement. In third year students will study a range of business courses through English at an international partner university in North America, Australia, Asia or Europe, providing students with invaluable experience and graduating with a BComm (Global Experience) degree. Students will return to NUI Galway to complete their final year.

Work Placement partners include: 

• DHKN • Corrib Oil • Grant Thornton • KPMG • Accenture • Abbott • Wayfair   • ESB Group • Medtronic • Shelbourne Hotel • Boston Scientific • Alkermes • PwC • Aviva  Aerogen • Zurich • Creganna.

Hear what some of our students thought of this year.

Accounting Exemptions - we are recognised by:

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Who’s Suited to This Course

Is Commerce for me? In attempting to answer this question, you should ask yourself whether you enjoyed business-related subjects or enterprise projects at second level? Are you curious about how firms, markets and economies operate? Might you have a flair for decision-making or sales in organisations? Are you interested in accounting or possibly setting up a business? Are you innovative, entrepreneurial or creative? If your answer to some of these questions is ‘yes’, then Commerce is for you.

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,738 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€16,666 p.a. 2021/22

*EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy

Student Levy:
  €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.  Further detail here https://su.nuigalway.ie/

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What Our Students Say


Nargis Dewji |   USI International Student of the Year

I picked the university because it was different to me. I had never lived in a smaller city and I wanted something different from London. It was the best decision I ever made. There are so many opportunities and things to do. Also after visiting UK, USA and Malaysia, It was a dream to complete my studies and work in Ireland.

Cara Hegarty |   Management Consultant, Accenture

I chose to study Commerce at NUI Galway as the course enabled me to establish a solid foundation in different areas of business whilst also allowing me to specialise in an area of my interest. What I enjoyed most about this course was the fantastic opportunities afforded to students. For example, in second year, students participate in a “Skills to Succeed” module. This gives students an opportunity to contribute to projects in the wider community. My group and I travelled to Club-Napoca in Romania where our panel bid for Galway to become European Youth Capital in 2017. It was an honour to represent the city of Galway as well as NUIG. Another enjoyable experience arose from the Innovation Creativity and Enterprise (ICE) module. My team created "TipToTheTop", an Irish Dancing aid to assist beginners. Our winning prize included funds and an office space to start up our business. I would strongly recommend anyone with a passion for Commerce to participate in this course. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of my time in Galway – the best three years of my life!

Siobhan McGinty |   Principal Marketing Manager at HubSpot

...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...

Richard O'Brien |   Senior Manager, HR Talent, Adidas Group

Richard graduated with a BComm (2011), specialising in Human Resources. He then went on and did an MSc (Strategy Innovation and People Management) "Commerce equipped me with the communication, team-working and problem-solving skills needed to excel in business. After graduating, I was well-positioned to pursue an exciting and successful career in Human Resources."

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