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

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). Exemptions from first year 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.

Why is this course for me?

Our course is delivered part time, through distance learning, so the programme is ideal for those working full time or living outside Dublin.

You will develop a solid, conceptual understanding of business and organisational management, and you will develop knowledge application, communication and leadership skills that are necessary in a modern business environment.

The course covers a total of four years and is delivered through a blend of 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).

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.

What will I study?

In the first two years you will be introduced to the 'Fundamentals of Management'. You will gain a thorough understanding of the main business disciplines and the principles of management in an Irish and global context. This stage of the programme introduces you to the key business functions, including:

  • Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Law
  • Employee Relations
  • 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 will also have the opportunity to undertake a major project in a self-selected management area of business practice.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including office administration, junior management, craft and noncraft 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

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

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