Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH404

CAO Points : 433

Closing Date : 01 July 2023

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The BBS in Business Management is the School of Business’ flagship undergraduate degree programme, offering comprehensive coverage of all major elements of business and our widest range of optional modules.
  • Management is the practical art, science, and craft of achieving change and getting things done through and with people. It is about coordinating the functions of a business to deliver value to clients and to capture sufficient returns for staff and owners.
  • Business and Management students will learn how, through business and management practices, they can make a positive difference in the lives of customers, employees, colleagues, organisations and the broader society.

Why choose this degree?

  • Our faculty are a blend of international and local industry experts and academics, who bring profound insights into the practicality and complexity of Management.
  • Business and Management students at Maynooth are offered exceptional flexibility and choice. This degree offers students  insights into all of the major functions of business, as well as the opportunity to undertake specialist options in the subjects you most enjoy so that you can specialise your degree based on your own strengths and interests.
  • 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.
  • Our programme goals are that, on completion of the programme, students will be critical thinkers, experienced in working in groups, knowledgeable in key Business Management functions, and practised in skills for success.
First year

The first year is about building the foundations  of knowledge in business and management. The fundamentals of business and management are covered in modules, including Management, Marketing, Innovation, Professional Skills and Business Ethics. No prior studies in business/ management are required.

Second year

The second year is about expanding your knowledge of the core disciplines and functions in business and management. Students take a combination of core and optional modules. Optional 10 credit Electives (see p. 13 for details). Some students may choose to complete a work placement or study abroad year between 2nd and 3rd year and graduate after the 4th year. *(The University’s Placement Office will support you in the search for a placement job; however, the process is competitive).

Final year

The final year is about deepening your understanding of business in general, examining how functions and theories tie together at the strategic level. Students also have the opportunity to specialise through a choice of advanced optional modules.

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

A recent survey of all Irish university graduates found that, amongst the 10 major fields of university study, Business had one of the highest rates of graduate employment (HEA 2017).
  • Typically, Management graduates enter employment as general management graduate trainees in service or manufacturing organisations; work as functional specialists in areas such as marketing, sales, operations, management information systems, or human resource management; or continue their education with a specialist postgraduate degree. Careers in consulting, public service and not-for-profit organisations are also common.
  • The School of Business also offers a range of postgraduate programmes for Management graduates.
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 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. 

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 2023 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 2023

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7, O6/H7 in Irish, English & O4/H7 Mathematics.
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.



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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