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Bachelor of Arts (HONS)
  • Bachelor of Business Honours Degree programme which is positioned at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications
  • QQI Accredited
  • Delivered On Campus or Live Online
  • Flexible Study options
  • 3 Years – Full-time or Blended Online
  • Starts 23rd September
  • NFQ, Level 8, Major award

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Embark on Your Career with Our Bachelor of Business Degree

Explore the world of business with our Bachelor in Business Studies, a comprehensive three-year (180 credit) Honours Degree programme awarded at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. This business course is designed to open doors for students in the dynamic field of business and is ideal for those looking to make a mark in business management or accounting.

Tailored Streams in Business Management and Accounting

Our program offers two distinct streams: Business Management and Accounting. This unique structure allows you to tailor your education to fit your career aspirations perfectly. In the final award year, students can choose their preferred stream based on their professional goals.

Accounting Stream: Ideal for students aiming to gain credentials necessary to apply for exemptions from accounting professional bodies and pursue a career in accounting.

Business Management Stream: Perfect for those who aspire to roles in various business sectors, providing the skills needed to navigate and lead in the global business environment.

Our Bachelor of Business Courses aim to:

Equip aspiring business professionals with the essential tools required to navigate through the evolving business landscape in Ireland.
Foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills, enabling graduates to develop innovative responses to complex business challenges.
Instill a deep understanding of the role of a professional in business contexts, encouraging proactive and informed decision-making.

Bachelor of Business: A Gateway to Your Future in Business

Our Bachelor of Business offers a comprehensive introduction to the world of business, preparing you for a successful career in either the corporate or accounting sectors. This flexible program includes an opportunity to specialize in your final year with a choice between an ‘Accounting’ or ‘Management’ stream.

Tailored Education Paths in Accounting and Management

Choose your path to success in the business world:

  • Accounting Stream: This track lays the groundwork for a career in accounting, providing the essential skills needed to work within an accounts department or to continue your studies with a professional accounting body and qualify as a certified accountant.
  • Management Stream: Opt for the management route if you aspire to leadership roles within business settings, equipped with the knowledge and skills to manage teams and projects effectively.

Bachelor of Business Course Aims and Career Opportunities

Our bachelor of business degree is designed to:

  • Equip learners with a broad base of business knowledge, enabling them to secure positions as trainee managers or supervisors immediately after graduation.
  • Provide practical accounting models and techniques to support business operations within small to medium-sized enterprises.
  • Offer pathways to gain exemptions from professional accountancy bodies.
  • Prepare students for further education at Level 9 in accounting, business, or a related discipline, either in Ireland or internationally.

Objectives of Our Bachelor of Business Degree

  • Skill Development: Enhance social and communication skills essential for a thriving career in business.
  • Critical Analysis: Develop your ability to critique, evaluate, and analyse business theories and models, applying them to solve real-world business problems.
  • Integrated Business Knowledge: Gain insights into how various business functions interrelate and depend on each other, providing a holistic understanding of the business landscape.
  • Advanced Learning Environment: Experience learning in an environment that not only supports but also challenges you to achieve at the highest academic levels.
  • Continued Growth: The course provides opportunities for further academic pursuit at Level 9 or professional development through qualifications with accounting bodies.
  • Global Business Perspective: Expand your understanding of international markets and how they can be leveraged for business growth.
  • Personal Development Skills: Develop crucial soft skills such as time management, reflective thinking, and self-directed learning that are invaluable in the business world.

Join Us on this Bachelor of Business Degree and Build Your Future in Business

Embark on your journey to a fulfilling business career with our Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Business Studies. Whether you are aiming to climb the corporate ladder or to become a professional accountant, our course is structured to provide you with all the tools you need to succeed.

Dive into a world of opportunities and lay a solid foundation for your career and future studies in the vibrant field of business.

Stage/YearBA (Hons) in Business Studies
Economics 1
Financial Accounting
Academic Skills/Personal Development
IT Essentials
Business Mathematics
Introduction to Law
2Organisational Behaviour
Human Resources Management
Operations Management
Management Accounting
Economics 2
Business Ethics
Information Systems  
Digital Marketing
Financial Management
3Strategic Business Management
Principles of Entrepreneurship

Elective Subjects (Choose 4 from Below)
Project Management
Financial Reporting
Enterprise: Design and Innovation
Global Supply Chain Management
International Business Environment
Performance Management

*Please note that elective subjects will run subject to sufficient to student demand.

Applicants will be admitted onto the bachelor of business 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.

Bachelor of Business 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.

Dr Nigel Callinan – Dean, College of Business

As Dean of the College of Business in City Colleges, Dr. Nigel Callinan brings a wealth of practical and academic experience to this position.

Nigel is an experienced teacher and has published research in international journals and books, and believes strongly that experiential and convergent business and technology skills are the pathway to success in business today.

He also believes that continuous self-improvement and up skilling is essential to keep up with the constant stream of innovation.

Nigel started off by studying Engineering at UCD and then followed it up with a Masters Degree at Technical University, Dublin and a Ph.D from the University of Limerick.

Between his Masters Degree and Ph.D, Nigel worked for 10 years as a Business Analyst in the commercial world with clients including Google, Microsoft & Irish Life. This strong network of industry contacts will help to develop our programmes at City Colleges and ensure their relevancy.

Since graduating from the Ph.D programme of the Kemmy School of Business, University of Limerick, Nigel worked in the Far East for a number of Universities in South Korea as a Professor and programme manager for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programs in business.

This international perspective and experience is also something that is valuable to City Colleges, as Dublin is now one of the most globalized cities in the world and the multinational clusters are all seeking staff with the ability to work with teams from every corner of the world.

Nigel research interests lie in the area of technology acceptance in business and paths to internationalization.

He believes that new enterprises should try to follow born global business strategies instead of starting locally only and then trying to add international components later in play. He will also be trying to encourage students to start their own businesses when good opportunities are identified.


James O’Connor – Project Management

James has been lecturing part-time for the past thirty (30) years representing various third level institutions in that time – some examples – U.C.D. – Smurfit Business School, D.C.U. Business School etc. He also represents the University of London (Queen Mary) in China (2011 – 2015 and 2019 – present) in a block-lecturing capacity lecturing on various business related modules.

James is also a corporate trainer for the past twenty (20) years designing and delivering training courses that meet the specific requirements of clients. He is a dedicated person and adopts a proactive manner that facilitates a strong workplace learning environment.

He has worked for three (3) different multinational organisations – (American, Japanese and Irish) – the latter two in a variety of management roles. He has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and practical experience that enables him to apply same in a humorous but thoughtful manner.

He is currently studying for a PhD (P/T) with Dublin City University. His research is based on establishing a set of standard variables for high performance teams in a business environment.

Mark Forman – Principles of Entrepreneurship

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 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. 

Aongus Buckley – Economics

Aongus Buckley worked as an economist in the City of London for almost two decades; first for derivatives-broker GNI, and then for Bond Radar. Upon returning to Ireland, he analysed banks for the Lafferty Group for four years, before moving into academia. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin and a Masters in Economic Science from University College Cork.

Christine Mahoney – Organisational Behaviour & Operations Management

Christine Mahoney is a PhD student at Trinity College, Dublin where she researches leadership development and organisational behaviour. Specifically, she is interested in leader development for junior and mid-career employees.

Prior to her research career, Christine obtained a masters degree from Columbia University in Social Organizational and subsequently worked at multinationals in Finance, Fintech, and Consulting in New York City. 

Sinead Crawley – International Marketing Environment

Sinead Crawley is a Leadership Professional who has over 20 years’ experience in Management, Leadership and Business Development within the Technology Sector in Europe.

Sinead has studied Accountancy, Business Studies, Sales, Leadership and Coaching with Neuroscience and has worked within multinationals such as 3M and IBM.

She comes with extensive experience in driving Business Strategy, new Routes to Market and new Sales Channels within start-up and existing teams, having led multi-faceted teams within the European Market.

As an accredited neuroscience-based coach, Sinead works with Business Leaders to help them achieve increased results, develop strategic plans and to improve their Leadership skills to create high-performing teams. With a passion for Coaching and Development Sinead has developed courses on Business and Leadership to support business Leaders.

She has a keen interest in Business Innovation and technology that supports changing business environments, so this along with her experience in International Business means she is well-placed to bring a depth of practical experience and theory to our International Business Module.

Margaret Dineen – Supply Chain Management

Margaret has worked in many senior supply chain roles across Procurement, Operations, Logistics, Sales, and business development within the Food Industry over the past 20 years. Margaret’s career started managing inventory and staff on the grocery floor to director of a fresh produce business supplying Fruit and Vegetables into the Irish and UK retail trade.

Margaret now runs her own business specialising in increasing efficiencies within Food Industry supply chain from Strategy planning and implementation, Talent leadership planning and financial management and risk analysis.

Educated in University College Cork with B.Sc. Food Business and HDip Business and Financial Information systems, Margaret has also qualified as an Executive coach and is in the final stages of her Chartered management accounting qualification.

Margaret now works with public, private and semi state bodies. Her current assignment with An Bord Bia – The Irish Food Board on their Talent Academy Team aligns with her purpose on identifying Talent leadership and potential for the future supply chains of the Food Industry .

Martin O’Reilly – IT Essentials

Martin has worked as a senior IT professional with over 30 years’ practical experience in installation, administration and networking in manufacturing, aviation & finance industries.

Accredited with Training Delivery and Evaluation in 2017 and have been provided in-house training in technology, security and Microsoft solutions .

Edel Mc Greal – Management Accounting

Edel Mc Greal DIP. Education, College Accounting Teacher & Chartered Accountant CIMA

People Developer, Educator & Qualified Accountant with over 25 years’ combined accountancy experience within difference sectors & cultures, specialising in third level education.

Edel lectures & tutors university students at undergraduate, postgraduate and master’s level with their accountancy exams. Edel specialises in Financial Accounting, Management Accounting and Finance.

Rachel Kane – Business Ethics

Rachel is a Design Researcher currently working on diverse projects in rural Ireland to promote digital inclusion, innovation and design. Her work includes facilitating digital transformation and change in systems, design and organisational structures.

Having completed a Masters in Interaction Design, at I.T. Carlow (SETU) in 2016, her exploratory research into multi-sensory communication with a group of people who are blind and visually impaired, led her to a socio-economic start up and rural regeneration projects.

As an entrepreneur having worked on projects in community, enterprise and in-house in corporate organisations she is aware of the need to keep people at the centre of all decisions, made by, and for, business and communities, to promote a shared future.

Mary Morgan – Marketing

Mary Morgan worked for over 12 years in senior sales, marketing & business development roles in the pharmaceutical & healthcare sector with United Drug Plc, Baxter Healthcare & JanssenCilag.

Following on from this she established her own company morganMPR providing marketing services, e-marketing services & business consulting to microbusinesses and SME’s in retail, hospitality, health-wellness & service industries.

As a Master Business Studies Graduate Mary completed a thesis on “Online Share Trading – The Impact of the Internet” which examined the impact of the internet on established giants within the trading sector who failed to recognise a significant opportunity.

Business and market share was lost to small start-ups who proved much more flexible, adaptable & agile. There are many parallels here with e-commerce and Mary has a continued special interest in ongoing research and lecture delivery on this topic.

She has previously delivered marketing & business courses at Waterford Institute Technology, Griffith College Dublin and is currently a Part Time Business Studies Lecturer for International Foundation Year Students in DCU.

Radina Walsh – Human Resources

Radina is a Remote talent advisor, virtual lecturer, and LinkedIn trainer. After 10 years in the corporate world, working in executive
search and in the global recruitment teams of LinkedIn and Airbnb, she set up her own remote consultancy Vox Advisory in 2019.

Radina is on the advisory board of a couple of rising startups and collaborates with international organisations in setting up their
talent strategy, as well as training the hiring teams and supporting the human capital function. She is an individual consultant for
talented managers and business owners who want to enhance or establish their LinkedIn presence. Radina is also a seasoned public
speaker and passionate lecturer on a mission to repair the bridge between the organisations and the talent through the right humanoriented practices.

Option 1 : Full Time

Location: On Campus, Dublin 2

Timetable: Typically, 3 full days per week, lectures scheduled between 9am and 5pm, delivered over 3 academic years

Suitable for:

  • Recent School leavers, those progressing straight from 2nd level education to 3rd level
  • International students who require a visa to remain in Ireland for the purposes of completing the programme


  • €4,300 – Irish/European Nationals
  • €4,300 – Non-EU nationals residing in Ireland (stamp 2)
  • €6,300* – Non-EU applicants applying from outside of Ireland

*Please note the fee is for the year of entry only. The 2nd and subsequent years will be charged at the Irish/European National course fees.

All fees are payable per academic year of study.

Option 2 : Blended Online

Location: Online/Remote

Timetable: Typically, 3 evenings per week, Live lectures scheduled between 6.30pm-9.30pm, delivered over 3 academic years

Suitable for:

  • Full-time professionals/mature learners who need to address their education skills for tomorrow’s workplace

Fees: €3,000

Option 3 : Part-time

Location: On Campus, Dublin 2

Timetable: Typically, 2 evenings per week, lectures scheduled between 6.30pm-9.30pm, delivered over 4 academic years

Suitable for:

  • Full-time professionals/mature learners who need to address their education skills for tomorrow’s workplace but prefer traditional class-based learning

Fees: €2,450

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