Bachelor of Business Degree in Galway, Ireland

The programme

Welcome to Galway Business School's Bachelor of Business degree programme.

You will study our Bachelor of Business degree programme in the amazing city of Galway, on the west coast of Ireland.  The degree programme is awarded by the Galway Business School on behalf of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).

This programme is designed to give you a clearly structured, yet innovative education in business which will provide you with a solid foundation for success in your future career. 

  • Duration

    3 academic years

  • ECTS

    60 ECTS per year, 180 ECTS over 3 years

  • Next Start Date

    21 September 2020

  • Accrediting Body

    Quality and Qualifications Ireland

  • Mode

    Full-time Day
    Part-time Evening

  • Level

    National Framework of Qualifications Level 7

  • Assessment

    Continuous Assessment

  • Minimum English Level

    IELTS Level 6.0 or equivalent

Why study a business degree?

As a business graduate, you will be progressing from an in-high demand sector. Many students are drawn to this typical business degree programme because of the diversity and multitude of careers available upon successfully completing the course.

The Bachelor of Business degree programme is designed to give you a clearly structured, yet innovative business education.

Here are some reasons to study a Bachelor of Business degree:

  • develop employment-focused, transferable skills necessary to perform in a business environment
  • learn to effectively communicate information, ideas and solutions
  • gain the ability to critically analyse and comprehend the latest thinking and best business practice through real world scenarios

The Bachelor of Business degree reflects both best practice in business education and relevance to the real world. As a graduate of our programme you’ll emerge confident and work ready. 

Programme Learning Outcomes

During this undergraduate programme you will:

  • Acquire knowledge of key business frameworks, models and concepts to enhance your skills in today’s dynamic business environments
  • Grow your confidence in analysing and planning business strategies in areas of management, finance and information systems
  • Learn key problem-solving abilities that will allow you to sort and interpret data which ensures you can plan, design and implement effective business processes
  • Enhance your communication techniques so you can communicate competently, confidently and informatively with your peers and business managers
  • Be prepared to partake effectively in any organisation's multidisciplinary settings due to the group work and assignments.

Programme Content

Whilst this cutting edge programme is an intensive one, it is designed to ensure that you are working to the required appropriate standard at a Level 7 degree.  It is hoped that this will be a period of personal growth and development for you and that you’ll enjoy your time here at Galway Business School. 

The course places emphasis on the practical application of theory. This is supported by problem-based learning through various mediums, such as:

  • case studies
  • group activities
  • research-based learning (such as business research projects).

You will experience on-line business simulations and participate in new business planning projects which will foster imaginative thinking among you and your classmates.

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Learn to Learn
Computer Applications
Introduction to Business Management
Principles of Economics
Quantitative Methods
Introduction to Marketing 
Introduction to Accounting Business Communications
Consumer Behaviour
Business Information Systems
Contemporary Global Management
Marketing Research
Business Law
Financial Accounting
Entrepreneurship OR Digital Marketing
People & Change Management OR Sales Management

Strategic Management
Human Resource Management
Business Data Analysis
Financial Management
Business Research Project 
Project & Service
Management OR International Marketing

If you want to study individual modules to give your career a boost in Ireland or internationally, you can also sign up to selected semester programmes. Some of the modules above are available as part of our Short Certificate Programmes

"I am forever grateful to the helpful staff and inspiring lecturers who delivered the material so professionally and made learning so enjoyable" Jeanette Dooley, Bachelor of Business Graduate

Delivery Modes

Our Bachelor of Business degree programme is delivered in both a full-time (day) and part-time (evening) basis. 

Full-time mode

As a full-time student, you will study over four days during the week with classes usually starting at noontime. You will benefit from blended learning which incorporates both Face-to-Face lectures and online activities. In addition to this, throughout the semester you can take part in workshops and demonstrations that will lead you towards a better understanding of your coursework.

Part-time mode

As a part-time student, you will study over two evenings per week during the academic year.  The course is developed to provide blended learning, so course material is delivered through Face-to-face learning and online e-tivities.

If you are already living and working in Ireland, in the Galway area, you can study through our evening programme. The overwhelming advantage of this comprehensive degree programme is that you can work through the modules of the degree in the way that best suits your personal circumstances.

If you are an international student, coming to Galway specifically to follow the Bachelor of Business degree, you can follow a daytime programme.

Regardless of how you choose to study our business degree programme here at Galway Business School, you will benefit from a practical application of the theory through the mediums of case studies, group activities and research projects.

What additional resources are available?

All students are welcome to use GBS campus facilities. These include:

- access to our robust learning platform (Moodle)

- technology enhanced classrooms

- an on-line library EBSCO

- a campus with spectacular views of the ocean

- library with a collection of materials and sources of information

- school cafeteria

- a range of additional services including accommodation, social programme, airport transfers etc.

Furthermore, you will benefit from our additional workshops, tutorials and company visits that are scheduled throughout the year to enrich your learning experience. This will be supported by business simulations and projects on new business development to promote creative and innovative thinking.

"Our small class sizes ensure you have close interaction with our industry experienced academic team who are passionate about motivating you to achieve your best." Martin Ronan, Bachelor of Business Graduate

Entry requirements

Irish & EEA Students

The entry requirements for the Bachelor of Business degree programme requires applicants to hold a minimum of 5 passes in the Leaving Certificate O6 /H7 or a High School equivalent. For more information visit the CAO website.

GBS welcomes Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme LCVP Holders and applicants who hold a full FETAC Level 5 award (8 modules). Please apply in the normal way through the CAO system, course code GB001.

Part-time EU students must apply directly to the Galway Business School at

We advise any students who may have any questions on the course or entry requirements to contact us.

You can contact is by email or phone 091 529000 and we can arrange to meet you to answer any questions you may have and assist you through the application process. 

Non-EU Students

International learners can study only during a full-time delivery mode to meet their visa requirements.

The Bachelor of Business Level 7 for Non- EEA require students to hold a High School diploma equivalent to the Leaving Certificate – Minimum 5 passes O6/H7s or equivalent.

We would advise all international students to visit the NARIC website to get advice on the academic recognition of your International qualification by comparing it to the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

English Language requirements for international students

If you are a non-native speaker of English, you must have an English language level of IELTS 6.0+ or its equivalent for all business degree programmes.

4-week pre-sessional business English

All international learners must complete a mandatory 4-week extensive pre-sessional business English course prior to the beginning of all Galway Business School academic programmes.

The pre-sessional business English programme will provide you with an intense focus on academic English. You will also gain the analytical tools needed to study a full undergraduate course at Galway Business School.

This is a mandatory requirement and the course will take place in our language school Galway Cultural Institute.

If you're not sure of your level now, you can take this quick online English level test.

Mature Students

Mature applicants must have qualifications and experience deemed equivalent by the College’s QQI approved Recognition of Other Learning (ROL) and Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) policies.

Mature students who wish to apply using their Leaving Cert results can do so through the CAO system.

However, mature students can also be considered based on their previous education, work experience and demonstration of their competence to undertake the programme.

If you wish to apply based on these requirements please contact the college directly at


You will be assessed through a combination of continuous assessment and examinations throughout the programme. Continuous assessment can take the form of written examinations, individual or group projects, mock interviews and presentations.

Academic Career & Progression Routes 

You may be asking "What can I do with a Bachelor of Business Degree?"

The answer is that several options are open to graduates who complete a Bachelor of Business Level 7 degree:

  • you can continue to our one-year Bachelor of Business (Honours) with International Business, Level 8, degree programme
  • you may choose to apply for courses in other higher-level colleges based in Ireland and worldwide 
  • is the first step towards a successful career in business
  • you can move forward to higher levels of academic achievement.

The job roles that are open to graduates of Bachelor of Business degree programme after completion their course are various positions and roles in multinational and small to medium-sized enterprises in Ireland and around the globe in sectors such as:

  • Marketing
  • Business Development
  • Finance
  • HR
  • IT 

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