Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH411

CAO Points : 378

Closing Date : 01 July 2022

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This is a programme of study that supports and develops your entrepreneurial learning and provides you with a comprehensive business foundation. You will learn how to develop and deliver ideas using the latest business models and frameworks for use within a business setting or if you wanted to explore your own business idea. This degree enables you to develop valuable skill sets and perspectives such as creative problem solving, diagnostic skills, communication, project management functional and strategic business capabilities to effectively contribute to business success.

Why choose this degree?

  • Our degree provides students with valuable insights into business and entrepreneurship through engaged local and international faculty who have a wealth of experience from industry engagement and academia.
  • The learning experience of this programme is designed to be formative, creative and dynamic, providing students with both in class and industry engagement and learning.
  • Entrepreneurship students at Maynooth are offered insights into all of the major functions of business, as well as the opportunity to undertake specialist options in the subjects that you most enjoy and that you feel supports your development as an entrepreneur.
  • Opportunity to gain experience in industry and/or learning within another culture.
  • Entrepreneurship students also have the option of taking a four year degree which includes a work placement (subject to availability) or study year abroad. This offers our students an opportunity to gain experience in industry and/or learning within another culture.
  • Our degree also offers students a fantastic opportunity to build their business network through academic engagement as well as through extra-curricular engagements in our thriving societies such as the Maynooth University Entrepreneurial Society, ENACTUS and the Business Society.

First year:

  • Focus on the core processes of innovation
  • Set within the context of large to small firms.

Second year:

  • Focus on the functions of Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Optional 10 credit Electives

Third year

  • Focus on strategy development and scaling of small businesses to International corporations
  • Consideration of both local and international environments.

Optional work placement after second year resulting in a four year degree (placement subject to availability)

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

Business graduates are consistently among the most employable in the Irish education system. Entrepreneurship students have a wide variety of career choices available. You can work within a business or start up your own business building upon your own entrepreneurial ideas that have been developed and supported throughout the duration of your undergraduate degree programme.

  • You can enter business, public or third sector jobs. Careers in consulting, research and design, public service and not-for-profit organisations are also common.
  • Entrepreneurship is also global in nature so your opportunity to stay local or to work abroad is also an option.
  • Many of our graduates choose to specialise further with a postgraduate degree. The School of Business offers a range of postgraduate programmes for Business students.

Visit the Graduate Studies Office website for details about the postgraduate options available.

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 the 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.
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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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