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The Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies is a three-year (180 credit) Honours Degree programme which is positioned at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

The programme has two primary streams: business management and accounting, allowing learners choose (in the final award year) one stream. These two streams differentiate those learners who wish to submit applications to the accounting professional bodies for exemptions and continue their career within the accounting domain, while the management stream facilitates learners who wish to continue their career within the general field of business.

The programme aims to equip business professionals with relevant tools to navigate the evolving business landscape in Ireland, and instil dispositions enabling learners to implement the most effective and efficient responses to business challenges, while being able to think critically about their roles as professionals within these working contexts.

The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Business Studies provides the learner with a general education in business related subjects and includes an opportunity to choose either an ‘accounting’ or ‘management’ stream in the award year. The chosen modules provide a solid foundation, prepares them for a career within the accounts department and/or progress further with one of the professional accounting bodies to qualify as an accountant. Or, having chosen the management stream prepares them for a career within business. The programme sets the foundation for progression to study at postgraduate level within a specific field of accounting or business.

More specifically, the programme aims to provide the learner with the knowledge, skills, and competence to:

  1. Successfully gain employment in the general business area as a trainee manager/supervisor.
  2. Apply models, techniques of accounting to assist the accounting function within a small to medium business.
  3. Gain exemptions from the professional accountancy bodies.
  4. Further their education at Level 9 in accounting, general business, or a related discipline (in Ireland or abroad) or register with one of the professional accounting bodies.

The objectives of the programme are to:

  1. Support learners to develop the social and communications skills necessary to develop a career in business;
  2. Develop the learner’s ability to investigate, critique, evaluate and analyse theories, concepts, techniques and models to identify and implement solutions to business related problems.
  3. Enhance the learner’s knowledge of the interrelationships and inter dependences of the various business functions;
  4. Provide a learning environment that encourages and supports education at honours degree level;
  5. Provide learners with the opportunity to progress to further education at Level 9 or seek exemptions from one of the professional accounting bodies;
  6. Broaden the learner’s knowledge of business to include international markets for business growth;
  7. Provide learners with an environment that develops and supports time management, reflection, learning to learn skills that are necessary in business.
StageManagement StreamAccounting StreamPersonal & Professional Development StreamIT StreamMarketing Stream
1ManagementEconomics 1 Financial AccountingAcademic Writing Skills/Personal DevelopmentIT EssentialsMarketing
2Organisational Behaviour HRM Operations ManagementManagement Accounting Financial Management Economics 2Business EthicsInformation Systems  Digital Marketing
3Strategic Business Management Project ManagementPrinciples of Taxation Financial Reporting Audit Performance ManagementPrinciples of Entrepreneurship Enterprise: Design and Innovation

Applicants will be admitted onto the programme once they have produced evidence to satisfy the following entry criteria:

  • A grade H5 or above in two higher level leaving certificate subjects together with a minimum of O6/H7 in four other subjects. This should include:
  • A grade of O6/ H7 or above in Leaving Certificate English,
  • A grade O6/H7 or above in Mathematics;


  • Holders of a FETAC/QQI major award Level 5 Certificate in Business (or equivalent) or QQI/FETAC major award Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business (or equivalent) can apply for entry onto the programme.
  • English language competency to CEFRL B2+ (IELTS 6) for international students whose first language is not English.

Job Role examples include:

  • Billing Administration Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Financial Reporting Specialist
  • Business Advisor
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Social Media Specialist
  • Strategic Management
  • Financial Analyst

Graduates are eligible to progress to a Master’s Degree in Business or related area at one of the Universities or Institutes of Technology.

Hannah Linehan – Project Management

Hannah Linehan

Hannah is an Innovation & Creativity Consultant, Neuroscience-based Executive Coach, Mentor and Trainer helping
businesses and individuals think differently to excel and reach their potential. Specialising in the areas of Innovation,
Innovativeness, Creativity, Continuous Improvement and helping businesses and individuals excel and reach their
potential. Hannah is a highly driven and results-oriented Innovation Manager and Project Manager with significant
Process Improvement, Innovation Management and Innovation Delivery experience across the public sector, utilities and
Hannah possesses strong business acumen, commercial awareness and technical knowledge gained through working
with high profile global companies and through academic learning. Hannah has a proven track record in collaborative
leadership, project planning and delivery. An excellent communicator, well recognised for relationship building,
negotiation and influencing skills, Hannah has a demonstrated ability to coach and support cross-functional teams across
geographies to achieve company and project client objectives.
Hannah is now an independent Business Consultant, Coach and Trainer helping businesses be more Innovative and
successful with their Innovation. Specialising in Innovation Management and Process Improvement, Hannah provides the
right processes and strategies to put structure, speed and effectiveness on Innovation, in addition to Project
Management and Time Management Training, all tailored to clients’ needs.
Hannah designs and facilitates Workshops in Creativity, Ideation and Problem-solving, enabling businesses to be more
creative, generate better ideas and fill their Innovation pipeline.
As an accredited neuroscience-based coach, Hannah works with professionals to help them think differently, develop
their leadership capabilities, improve communication, strengthen their emotional intelligence, and enhance overall team

Mark Forman – Principles of Entrepreneurship

Mark Forman

After graduating with a Distinction in Management & Industrial Relation from the National College of Ireland, Mark began his almost twenty-year career in recruitment. This journey took him to work for some of Ireland’s leading recruitment companies, before he founded The Achievers Group in the mid-1990s. During this time, Mark grew a team of over twenty professional recruiters, and served on the committee of the National Recruitment Federation, where he played a lead role in the development of the National Certificate in Recruitment Practice. He wrote and developed content and taught on this certificate course, in the Irish Management Institute. It was in this role that Mark discovered his passion for mentoring the next generation of recruiters.

After experiencing the highs and lows of running a business, Mark eventually sold The Achievers Group, and made a career pivot into Financial Services, by studying at UCD. He became a Qualified Financial Advisor and specialised in company exit planning and investments. He also project managed the funding for several successful Irish start-ups.  In 2018, along with his business partners, Mark founded Irish Whiskey Assets and McCarthy’s Irish Whiskey, in response to the global renaissance in Irish whiskey.

Mark is really looking forward to teaching the next generation of entrepreneurs through the Principles of Entrepreneurship module in City Colleges.  

Alison Mc Donnell – Strategic Business Management, Business Maths

Alison McDonnell

Alison McDonnell is a marketing professional and has taught in a number of colleges and schools in Dublin. She has over 20 years’ experience in marketing, business development and teaching in both the not-for-profit and for-profit sector. She has worked with organisations such as Diageo Ireland, CDETB, Dublin College of Advance Studies, Amnesty International, Marriage Equality, Pavee Point, TENI, SVP Ireland and the Irish Wheelchair Association. Alison holds a B.Sc in Business Management from IT Tallaght, a MFA in Photography from Ulster University, and a Executive Masters in Marketing from DCU.