Diploma/Bachelor of Business Studies
BBS (NFQ Level 7/Level 8)
Part Time - Undergraduate studies
Course Information

Length of Course: 2 Years (DBS) + 2 Years (BBS)

Eligibility for the programme is considered on the basis of mature years (a minimum age of 23 years on 1 January of the year of entry) or on the basis of matriculation (a minimum age of 21 years on 1 January of the year of entry with students having fulfilled the Matriculation requirements of the National University of Ireland). Exemptions from the Diploma in Business Studies may be granted in the case of holders of a HETAC Higher Certificate, or Ordinary Degree in Business Studies (with Merit or Distinction) or an equivalent qualification.

The “Free Fees Initiative” does not apply to this course. Please see www.ucd.ie/fees for information.

Why is this course for me?

Why not combine work, study and family commitments through a more flexible approach to your learning? Our business diploma and degree programmes involve a blend of home study, occasional campus attendance and online learning, underpinned by an infrastructure of student supports.

The course is delivered through both part-time weekend attendance on campus and home study. Attendance on campus is scheduled in two-day blocks (Fridays and Saturdays) over six weekends in each academic year.

After the first two years, successful participants will be awarded a Diploma in Business Studies (NFQ Level 7) and, after a further two years, a Bachelor of Business Studies (NFQ Level 8).

What will I study?

You’ll develop a solid, conceptual understanding of business and organisational management, along with the knowledge application, communication and leadership skills necessary in a modern business environment.

In the first two years you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of management. You’ll gain a thorough understanding of the main business disciplines and the principles of management in an Irish and global context. This stage of the course introduces you to the key business functions, including:

  • Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • People Management
  • Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Economics
  • ICT
  • Marketing

We also have two study skills modules designed specifically to help you in returning to education.

In the Degree stage you will be introduced to the functions of strategic management. You will explore key aspects of modern business organisation, including:

  • Business Strategy
  • Change Management
  • HRM
  • Economics
  • Project Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Accounting Information for Managers
  • Financial Management
  • International Business

You'll also have the opportunity to undertake a major project in a self-selected management area of business practice.

Student Support

We recognise the needs of our mature students who are returning to learning, so a personal tutor is assigned to you during your studies. This tutor, or Learning Support Officer, is your first point of contact and they can advise you on any academic or administrative queries you may have.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including office administration, junior management, craft and non-craft manual categories, and professional occupations. Many join the course with a view to improving their prospects for career advancement or career change.

Student Profile

Des Donohoe

The main benefit of the part time DBS/BBS degree at UCD is that I don’t have a daily commute to UCD and, with my work and personal schedule, this aspect stands out the most. Having the ability to work online and remotely from any place in the world with access to UCD online library resources is a fantastic facility for part time students. The programme provides a weekly study schedule on each module and on what topics should be covered. I feel the mixture of the online resources and class lectures is well balanced.

Des Donohoe

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Contact Information

Centre for Distance Learning
UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business
Belfield, Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 4738/4821
Email: bbs@ucd.ie