Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH404

CAO Points : 405

Closing Date : 01 July 2018

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Our management degrees offer students insights into all of the major functions of business and the most opportunities to choose from a range of optional modules in second and third year. This structure is because managers are generalists and organisers. They need to know the fundamentals of all major aspects of business: from thinking about the business as a whole and its strategic direction; to organising the workforce, how information technology can be managed to organise work effectively; how supply chains can be managed locally and globally; ensuring that we manage costs and revenues effectively so that we can achieve our goals.
Choose this degree if you are interested in
  • A business degree that gives you a broad understanding of business, coupled with opportunities to deepen your knowledge through work placement and specialist options in management, marketing, international business, operations, innovation and entrepreneurship amongst others;
  • Understanding the principles and practices through which business is organised to create and capture returns for different types of stakeholders;
  • Gaining an excellent appreciation of the functional areas that are the engine of a business including: marketing, management, operations and supply chains, information technology, strategy and leadership;
  • Learning key skills for life including analysis and critical thinking;
  • Availing of the opportunity to take a work placement in a multinational or Irish firm for a year (subject to availability) – providing you with practical business work experience that can enhance your employment skills upon graduation
1st year
  • The fundamentals of Business including Management, Marketing, Innovation, and Business Ethics

2nd year

  • The emphasis changes to understanding the core functions of business and how to use the structures of organisations to achieve outcomes for clients. Students take a combination of core and optional modules
  • Optional 10 credit Electives

Some students may choose to complete a work placement or study abroad year between 2nd and 3rd year and graduate after the 4th year

Final year

  • We examine how functions and theories tie together at the strategic level, as well as enabling you to choose advanced optional modules to deepen your understanding of business in general, or a specific functional area
Course Duration: 3 years (BBS) or 4 years (BBA)

Typically business graduates do one of three things: enter employment as a general management graduate trainee in a service or manufacturing organisation; work as a functional specialist in areas such as marketing, sales, operations, management information systems, or human resource management; or undertake a specialist masters in one of these disciplines.
Careers in consulting, public service and not-for-profit organisations are also common.
Many of our graduates choose to specialise further with a postgraduate degree. The School of Business currently offers the following range of postgraduate programmes for Business graduates:
  • MSc in Strategy and Innovation
  • MSc IT - Enabled Innovation
  • PhD in Management
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 2018. 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 2018.
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 2018 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.

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7, O6/H7 in Irish, English & O4/H7 Mathematics.
New Maynooth Education
Click here for details about 1st year optional Critical Skills courses and 2nd year optional Electives and degree pathways. 
DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.
HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.


The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.

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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