BA (with Honors) in Business Studies

Key Points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Post Graduation Work Permit for 12 months

  • Starting dates: September / February

  • Duration: 3 years

  • Level 8 qualification

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Enrollment Fee: From € 6,500

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The BA (Hons) Business Studies program provides each student with a thorough knowledge and understanding of modern business studies topics and lays a firm foundation for career development in the business professions.

The program is structured in a way that provides each student with the opportunity to study for a specialist honors degree in Business Studies. The program offers students a choice of four options to complete their honors degree.

These route study options are:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honors) Business Studies – (Major in Accounting and Finance)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honors) Business Studies – (Major in Marketing)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honors) Business Studies – (Major in Management)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honors) Business Studies – (Major in IT – available beginning Fall semester 2021)

Importantly, each student has the opportunity to emphasize their choice of study as they progress from first to second and third year of study. Therefore, individuals have great flexibility in choosing business studies subjects and planning the development of their own undergraduate business education.

As they progress through the program, each student can make informed decisions about their areas of business interest and growing business experience, and can combine these with their choice of business studies subjects and career intentions. they are regularly added to the program framework to meet the future needs of different types of business organizations and the particular professional needs of our students.

Program learning outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students should be able to:

-Demonstrate a deep understanding of essential business knowledge, theoretical models and principles within the core aspects of the business.

-Assess knowledge and information, tools and techniques critically to adapt effectively to changing business environments.

-Critically assess the fundamental elements of the business, in particular accounting and finance, information technology and management and marketing, how they interrelate with other functional areas to enable effective strategic business decisions.

-Be able to identify and promote new business models in pursuit of business objectives and optimize personal productivity.

-Evaluate the responsibilities of the company’s professionals in a professional manner, identifying possible ethical dilemmas and evaluating possible solutions.

-Demonstrate a broad set of acquired business skills, including the ability to participate creatively and responsibly in teams.

-Exhibit the domain of research processes and the ability to apply it successfully in a business project applied in a professional environment.

-Reflect and demonstrate a level of academic ability at Level 8, which allows for greater academic or professional development.

Career options

On recruitment sites, agencies, and website-based recruitment sites, there are numerous job opportunities in the following areas:

  • Small and medium-sized companies.
  • The Public Sector.
  • Digital marketing agencies.
  • Major technical marketing centers based in Ireland.

Previous graduates of a sister program in BA (Honors) Business Studies at Independent College Dublin have worked at the following companies:

  • Oracle.Digg.
  • Air BnB.
  • Google.
  • PWC Group.
  • In the Company of Huskies.
  • Procter and Gamble.
  • Fidelity Investments.
  • IBM.

Independent College Dublin has recently hired a Career and Student Experience Officer to offer robust assessment processes and feedback tools to assist in individual training sessions on behavioral competencies and career matching. This is complemented by visiting professional mentors and professional trainers who have been involved in recent years in our existing programs to facilitate student engagement with the industry. To date, significant emphasis has been placed on developing interpersonal communication and trust and the skills to communicate the value of students to an employer.

Program structure

Semester 1 and 2:

  • Global organizations and human resource management
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Information systems in business
  • Introduction to Marketing Insights 1
  • Learn to learn
  • Introduction to economics
  • Financial accounting
  • Introduction to statistics and data analysis
  • Marketing tools and analysis
  • Organizational behavior
  • Leadership and Management
  • Legal matters in business

Semester 3 and 4:

  • Management
  • Employability and business skills
  • Management accounting
  • Consumer behavior
  • Contemporary management
  • Systems analysis and design
  • Economics of management and decisions
  • Management in practice
  • Corporate Finance
  • Marketing communications and CRM
  • Operations management
  • Databases in organizations

Semester 5 and 6:

In addition to the common core modules, seniors also agree with their tutors on the specialized subjects they want to study for their degree. These are studied in the last year.

Main subjects Year 3:

  • Organizational change
  • Project management tools and concepts
  • Strategic management
  • Business development
  • Leadership ethics and corporate social governance
  • Strategic management in practice
  • Applied project 1
  • Applied project 2

Electives Accounting and financial track:

  • Performance Management (Accounting)
  • Taxes for companies
  • Audit and insurance for companies
  • Financial reports for companies

Electives Management path:

  • Strategic human resource management
  • Principles of labor law
  • International business
  • Finance for companies

Electives Marketing method:

  • Marketing contexts
  • Service Marketing
  • Management of marketing channels + Implementation of digital strategies

Electives IT Itinerary:

  • Contemporary problems in information technology
  • Strategic management of information systems
  • Security and protection of information systems
  • Business systems

Admission requirements

Students are required to achieve a minimum of Grade H5 at a higher level in two subjects and four O6 in ordinary level subjects (to include Mathematics and one language).

English language level equivalent to 6.0 IELTS or equivalent score for students where English is not the applicant’s native language

International students interested in enrolling in this program must provide the following information to the College:
+ Copy of the transcript of the results of the previous business course with ECTS credits
+ Complete the Independent College Dublin application form
+ Copy of the applicant’s passport
+ Copy of GNIB card if already resident in Ireland
+ Copies of any other previous academic qualification
+ Copy of English Certificate – IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent test is required

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