Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH411

CAO Points : 357

Closing Date : 01 July 2019

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  • Entrepreneurship is the conversion of ideas to action. We emphasise both elements, but especially the ideas by spending time helping students scan the horizon for promising new ideas – we boost their business creativity and their creative confidence.
  • You will learn how to develop and deliver ideas using the latest business models and frameworks.
  • You work on projects and enterprise competitions with other students but also with businesses and entrepreneurs to sharpen your skills and develop your abilities to manage teams and deliver objectives.
Why choose this degree?
  • Our degree takes the appropriate elements of the business degree and overlays it with key skills like creativity, innovation and social enterprise.
  • Our lecturers are really accomplished entrepreneurs – people who have experience of starting and running businesses – as well as having impeccable academic credentials.
  • Get involved in our dedicated Centre for Entrepreneurship called EDEN - EDEN is our Centre for Entrepreneurship, Design and Innovation. EDEN is here to help all students develop their creative confidence and turn their creative ideas into action that will add value to the world.

1st year: you’ll study the fundamentals of business, innovation, the digital economy and enterprise.

2nd year: financing, designing business models, protecting intellectual property and maximising revenue.

> Optional 10 credit Electives

3rd year: you’ll lift-off with your business idea - studying strategy, innovation, negotiation and managing social media marketing.
Course Duration: 3 years (BBS) or 4 years (BBA)

This is a business degree that sparkles on your CV: it shows that you are enterprising and innovative. Businesses today are looking for imaginative, creative people who can help them spot and deliver on new opportunities for their organisations. You can enter business, public or third sector jobs. Careers in consulting, public service and not-for-profit organisations are also common.
Over the past three years, over 80,000 jobs were created in Ireland and 90% of these came from small, start-up businesses. Social entrepreneurship is also a thriving area with high profile success stories ranging from Coder Dojo to the Grameen Bank transforming the landscape of social enterprise, so there has rarely been a better time to study entrepreneurship.
Many of our graduates choose to specialise further with a postgraduate degree. We offer an award winning MSc in Design Innovation. Other options are available from our Business School.
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 2019. 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 2019.
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 the written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2019 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 2019

Additional Information

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