Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH404

CAO Points : 441

Closing Date : 01 July 2022

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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 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.
  • 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.
  • They are about coordinating the functions of a business to deliver value to the client and capture sufficient returns for staff and owners. We will teach you how to make a difference to the lives of customers, providing goods and services they need across a wide range of industries and countries.
  • 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.
  • 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.
First year
  • The fundamentals of Business including Management, Marketing, Innovation, Competitions, Professional Skills and Business Ethics amongst other business modules.

Second year

  • The emphasis changes to understanding the core functions of business and how to use the structures of organisations to achieve outcomes for clients. Students take a combination of core and optional modules
  • Optional 10 credit Electives
  • Some students may choose to complete a work placement or study abroad year between 2nd and 3rd year and graduate after the 4th year

Final year

  • We examine how functions and theories tie together at the strategic level, as well as enabling you to choose advanced optional modules to deepen your understanding of business in general, or a specific functional area.
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 student applicants are 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 application, written assessment and/or interview. 
O4/H7 Leaving Certificate Mathematics or equivalent is required.
Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2022. 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 2022.
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 2022 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 2022

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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