Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH404

CAO Points : 433

Closing Date : 01 July 2024

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If you are fascinated by business in the complex and diverse world around us, then this is the degree for you!

An essential challenge for businesses in Ireland is how they can connect the capabilities of our workforce to contribute to solutions for people who are largely in markets outside Ireland, across the EU and the wider global community. Business needs graduates who can both understand the fundamentals of how to create value for customers (which our business subjects provide) and how to translate them into solutions and services that fit the needs of diverse cultures.

  • Students on this degree can choose from one of three Business subjects (Management, Marketing or International Business) which they can combine with an array of Global Cultures modules, covering topics such as exploring cultures in global contexts, urbanisation, science and technology in society, security, crime and policing, and user experience and service innovation.
  • There is a possible transfer option to this degree in second year for students who have completed the first year of the Bachelor of Arts degree (MH101) taking Business and Anthropology.

Why choose this degree?

  • Unique degree in Ireland enabling you to combine three business subjects with insights into how culture impacts on the choices people make and how they live.
  • Combine insights from Ireland’s youngest and most dynamic School of Business and the Maynooth University Department of Anthropology - the only anthropology department in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Optional work placement/study abroad enable you to apply theory in practice, significantly improving employability upon graduation.
  • Our faculty are a blend of international and local industry experts and academics, who bring profound insights into the practicality and complexity of both Business and Global Cultures.
  • Highly employable skill set: recent employer surveys (AHECS 2020) found that business skills are the second highest in demand by employers, from the private and public sectors.

1st year   
You will take 30 credits of the business subject of your choice. This will provide you with a foundational knowledge of your business subject. You will also take 30 Global Cultures credits to develop inter-cultural skills through an understanding of human diversity and difference.

2nd year
Second year is about learning the functional capabilities of your business subject, including some optional choices. You will also learn how to systematically observe, interpret and describe the world around you.

Optional additional year
Paid work placement or study abroad in a European or international university (subject to availability).

Final year
In your business subject this is the year in which you will develop your understanding of the strategic aspects of running a business or service, as well as advanced skills in your chosen subject. This will be complemented by studying the transnational flows and mobilities of culture, ideas, media, technology, and finance, which impact on people’s lives.

Possible transfer option from Bachelor of Arts degree MH101.

Course Duration: 3 years (BBS) or 4 years (BBA)

Head of Department

Department of Anthropology

Department of ALL Institute

Department of International Development

Anthropology - Jamie Saris - Maynooth University


Department of Anthropology

Department of ALL Institute

Options after graduation?

  • A combination of excellent skills in both business and global cultures means that you are highly employable in all sectors of business and many international organisations. The 2020 Graduate Market Survey 2020 (AHECS) of employers in Ireland found that more employers were seeking business skills than any other graduate knowledge set, with the exception of engineering.
  • Graduates typically join large multinational employers in graduate programmes, public service, or in small and medium sized organisations where you are able to work on contributing to the growth of businesses domestically and on the international stage.
  • This degree would qualify you for a wide range of postgraduate degrees that are offered by the School of Business in Maynooth and in the Department of Anthropology.
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

Mature Applicants

Mature applicants are assessed separately to school-leavers. Mature applicants are 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time/flexible degrees the mature age is 21. 

Click here to be taken to our mature applicant information page - tab 3 on that page outlines application steps for this degree.

Mature applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for any written tests that may be required, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2024 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 2024

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate Applicants 

Required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7, O6/H7 in Irish, English & O4/H7 Mathematics. MH404 points 2023: 401

Transfer option available into this degree from the Bachelor of Arts Degree MH101 - subject to meeting requirements.

The Maynooth Education

Click here for details about optional Critical Skills courses, 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.

Contact the Access Office for more information about these access routes.



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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