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 newly launched International Business degree is ideal for students with a global outlook who wish to work either in local firms competing abroad or in subsidiaries of foreign multinationals, located either here or abroad.
International Business students at Maynooth are offered unrivalled choice and flexibility. We offer modules that will develop both core business management knowledge as well as modules that provide a more specialist understanding of the international aspects of business. You will also have the option of taking a four year degree with a work placement or study year abroad, thus combining what you learn in university with insights into industry or another culture.
Choose this degree if you are interested in
  • Global economic and business climates - how business is conducted across the globe;
  • Understanding how to manage diverse teams in a range of industries and organisations;
  • How organisations of all sizes internationalise their operations to exploit opportunities in the global market;
  • The challenges faced by Irish subsidiaries of multinational corporations;
  • Learning key skills for lifelong learning, including how to analyse and think critically about solving business problems in an international environment;
  • Availing of the opportunity to take a work placement in a multi-national or Irish firm for a year (subject to availability) – providing you with practical business work experience that can enhance your employment skills upon graduation.
Note: if you would like to study a language with Business (International) you will choose MH101 ATS instead. Available languages are Chinese, French, German, Nua-Ghaeilge and Spanish.
1st year
  • The fundamentals of business including Management, Marketing, Innovation and Business Ethics.
2nd year
  • Concentrate on managing people and organisations when doing business in international environments. In addition to core modules in
    International Business, a wide range of Business options will be available to you, including Marketing, Information Systems, and Operations Management
  • After 2nd year you can apply for a placement year or a year studying abroad, in which case you will take final year when you return to Maynooth (and graduate with a BBA award).
Final year
  • Customise your degree – international business topics including how multinational businesses operate at a strategic level, and choose from a wide range of options including Business, Management, Marketing, and Management Information Systems
Course Duration: 3 years (BBS) or 4 years (BBA)

  • Employment in the Irish operation of a major multinational, working with Irish companies who supply to international customers, helping organisations to internationalise and grow, and managing a diverse workforce.
  • Opportunities at a policy level, working for national organisations to promote Ireland as a destination for inward investment, and for internationalising Irish business.
  • Today’s business world transcends traditional borders and one of the most important things to understand is that business is conducted differently in different cultures. The broad range of business skills and topics studied in your degree can lead to just about any career.
  • Building or running a business certainly takes some natural talent, however understanding how international business works through this degree can take that talent to the next level. With business being ever more global, completing this degree could literally take you anywhere in the world!
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 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.

01 February 2018

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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