Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH411

CAO Points : 356

Closing Date : 01 July 2018

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99% of all businesses in Ireland are small, medium and micro enterprises (often called SME’s). The same is true for Europe with over 5 million businesses contributing the majority of all the economic activity in the EU. Setting up your own business and working for yourself to accomplish your personal goals and aspirations is an increasingly realistic ambition for today’s students. Entrepreneurs are the new patriots whose ideas are powering Ireland’s economic recovery.
Choose this degree if you are interested in
  • Learning the skills and frameworks that will equip you to develop your career through innovation;
  • Getting involved in our dedicated Centre for Entrepreneurship called EDEN;
  • Being actively coached to be more creative, more imaginative and more entrepreneurial;
  • Taking courses in creativity; brainstorming; visualisation; sketching; story-telling and creative writing (as well as the conventional courses in Business);
  • Learning from really accomplished entrepreneurs - people who have experience of starting and running businesses – as well as having impeccable academic credentials;
  • Using great facilities including a fully functioning design studio with 3D printing, AutoCad and all that you might need to develop prototypes of your new ideas.

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.

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)

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. The School of Business currently offers the following range of postgraduate programmes:
  • MSc in Strategy and Innovation
  • MSc IT - Enabled Innovation
  • MSc in Business and Management (for non-business graduates)
  • 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 the written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 1 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. Points not listed for 2016 as this is a new entry route for 2017.
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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