Maynooth University School of Business


Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH405

CAO Points : 357

Closing Date : 01 July 2020

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  • This is a comprehensive Business degree with an Equine Business specialism. This unique degree focuses on the development of professional management skills for the equine industry and has been designed for students who would like to pursue an exciting and rewarding management career in this dynamic sector.
  • Students study equine business as a specialism throughout their degree, including themes such as: thoroughbred racing and equestrian sport and its management here in Ireland and internationally.
  • This degree enables you to develop an understanding of equine leisure and tourism, and stud farm management sectors of the industry, as well as the functions of a business, including marketing, management, information systems, and operations.
Why choose this degree?
  • Horse Racing Ireland and Maynooth University offer four Michael Osborne Equine Business Scholarships each year for the three years of the Equine Business degree. The objective of the scholarships is to promote Irish and international horse racing.
  • Students have the opportunity to take a one-year work placement (subject to availability) or spend third year studying at either the University of Arizona on the Racetrack Industry programme or the University of Kentucky (subject to availability).
  • Graduates are likely to be primarily focused on careers in the equine industry but will also be well qualified to work in other sectors, such as in banking or financial services, business and management, marketing, or the public sector.
  • A range of equine, business and management subjects are taken across the three years of the programme.
  • Each year you develop your understanding of the business and how to manage within the equine industry and a wider appreciation of business, marketing and management.
  • Students who opt in 2nd year to take a placement in 3rd year (subject to availability) are conferred with a BBA in Equine Business after four years.
Course Duration: 3 years (BBS) or 4 years (BBA)

  • Business graduates are consistently among the most employable in the Irish education system.
  • Equine graduates typically enter careers in stud farm management, racetrack management, regulatory organisations, bloodstock sales, marketing/promotions, the betting sector, equine leisure and tourism sector, and ancillary businesses (e.g. feed, transport, veterinary services, equipment, insurance, accountancy, and teaching), here in Ireland or abroad.
  • The School of Business also offers a range of postgraduate programmes for Equine graduates.
This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H7
English Yes O6 H7
Language No N/A N/A
Math Yes O4 H7
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

A mature student is 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time degrees the mature age is 21. Admission is based on your application. Written assessment and/or interview. 
O4/H7 Leaving Certificate Mathematics or equivalent is required.
Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2020. Late applications from mature students may be accepted after this date - consult the Undergraduate Studies website for updates. Application may not be made to the CAO after May 1st 2020.
Mature students must complete the CAO section for mature applicants fully, indicating clearly past or current studies, and outlining educational goals and objectives. Applicants are assessed on the basis of the information provided on their CAO application form. All questions should be answered in full.

Mature student applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for any required written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2020 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

01 February 2020

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7, O6/H7 in Irish, English & O4/H7 Mathematics.
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Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students
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