Entry Points (2014)

Course Overview

The B Comm degree is a three-year programme which gives students a foundation in business subjects and allows them to specialise in their chosen business field in final year. The areas of specialization are Accounting, Economics, Management of Human Resources, Marketing, and Management Information Systems.

Students will study accounting and accounting-related subjects, positioning them for a career in accountancy and related areas. Depending on the subjects 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 accounting programmes in other universities.

Students can apply their economic theory to courses as diverse as the economics of globalisation, the transition from centrally-planned to market economies, the economics of money and finance, and health and environmental economics. Economicsspecialist 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/or those intending to develop a career in the HR management area.

This specialisation provides an excellent foundation in a range of key and popular marketing topics such as Media and Marketing Communications, Brand Management, Marketing Research, 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.

Management Information Systems
This specialisation focuses on the implementation, use and management of information systems (IS) within business. It contains practice-based subjects that teach students how to create IS using database technology, web design technology and computer programming languages. It also provides subjects that enable students to investigate how to manage IS within business. Students will be well positioned to secure jobs as management consultants specialising in IS or to work within the IS department of a business.

Law in Bachelor of Commerce
A range of law subjects, including Business Law, Company Law and European Community Law, is offered in the B Comm programme. A number of B Comm graduates who have taken the required number of Law subjects may be admitted to the full law degree (LLB), and exempted from first year. Interested students should apply to the CAO for a place on one of the B Comm programmes and note the entry requirements. For further information on the B Comm programmes, see the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics section of the prospectus.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

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.

Additional Requirements


3 years

Next start date

September 2017

A Level Grades (2014)

AAB or equivalent combination

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September 2017

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




PAC code

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
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Management
  • Choice between a language (Spanish, German) or Business Law 1 and Skills for Success

Course Outline - Year 2

  • Statistical Methods for Business
  • Action Marketing
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Managerial Economics
  • Management Accounting 1
  • Skills for Work Life
  • Business Finance 1
  • Employment Relations
  • Macroeconomics
  • Information and Operations Management
  • Plus two optional subjects from the following:
    • Financial Accounting I
    • Introduction to Financial Economics or Economics of Public Policy
    • Consumer Behaviour
    • Information Systems Management
    • Advanced Statistical Methods for Business
    • Management of Organisational Change
    • Quality Management
    • Business Law II
Optional International Experience Year
  • One semester studying abroad in the USA or Europe
  • One semester on work placement

Course Outline - Final Year
  • Ireland in the Global Economy
  • Strategic Management
  • Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise
  • Specialise in a business discipline:
    • Accounting
    • Economics
    • Management of Human Resources
    • Management Information Systems
    • Marketing
  • Students may take additional optional courses in Law and Operations/Logistics.

Further Education

Graduates of the B Comm programme can select from a range of postgraduate programmes in their chosen business discipline at NUI Galway.

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.  

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be very well-positioned to pursue a career in accountancy and other related areas such as:

  • Accounting
  • Management Consultancy
  • Taxation
  • Public service
  • Commercial Advisory Services
  • Economic Policy advice
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems Management
  • Finance (including Banking & Insurance)
  • Personnel Management
  • Teaching and/or research

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

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
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What Our Students Say


Siobhan Allaeddini |   Bachelor of Commerce

...I chose to study Commerce because essentially, it is the core of any career. Everything revolves around business and economics and I know that in studying this course I will be more than equipped to enter the working world, no matter what field I may end up in...

Siobhán McGinty |   Bachelor of Commerce

...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...