Bachelor of Business - Full-time

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps

DBS Bachelor of Business



The Bachelor of Business (Level 7, 180 ECTS) programme is designed to develop knowledge and skills in the area of general business, marketing, accounting and IT that are in demand in the current labour market. In addition, students will benefit from gaining an understanding of the vital role that effective leadership and communication have in business along with acquiring insights into human resource management, economics, innovation and entrepreneurship. Students will also acquire transversal skills such as critical thinking, communication skills, team work, along with numerical and digital literacy. It aims to produce graduates who will be well equipped with the requisite skills required in the variety of occupations now available, and also to fill positions identified as skills shortages in the future.

This programmes contains a Stage two exit award, the Higher Certificate in Business (Level 6, 120 ECTS).

Programme objectives

  • Equip students with an understanding of business theories and concepts and an awareness of key business issues and relate these to a wide range of business and industry settings.


  • Enable students to develop practical solutions to a variety of business problems using current techniques and approaches.


  • Provide students with an understanding of the various roles and functions of business within the wider professional, social, economic and cultural environment.


  • Provide students with the opportunity to specialise in a sub‐field of business learning and increase their knowledge and skills in this specialised area of marketing, accounting, information technology.


  • Develop in students a range of core interpersonal skills, characteristics and attitudes for students to work collectively and individually within a business environment.


  • Encourage students to develop written, communication and presentation skills.


  • Facilitate students progression to a career in business, or to further academic study and embrace life-long learning.


Teaching and Assessment

Bachelor of Business provides a flexible, multimodal, active, peer-led, experiential and reflective learning environment for students. Modules will be delivered in a hybrid mode through a mix of practical skills sessions, tutorials, lectures, workshops, and real-world case-based learning.

Assessment takes a variety of forms including: multiple choice questions, e-books, debates, presentations, workbooks, reflective diaries, analysis of case studies and real-world examples.



Course Content

The Bachelor of Business Programme has the following content:


 Year 1

  • Business Environment

  • Digital and Media Skills for Business

  • Fundamentals of Accounting

  • Fundamentals of Marketing

  • Business Maths

  • Academic Skills

Year 2

  • Organisational Behaviour

  • Applied Digital Skills for Business

  • Introduction to Cost Accounting

  • Contemporary Marketing Communications

  • Business Economics

  • Critical Thinking Skills

Year 3

  • Management Practice Project

  • Business Financial Management

  • Digital Technologies for Business

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Business Ethics and Research Practice

  • Plus any other 10 ECTS elective module - Choose from the following:

  • Financial Accounting

  • Cost Accounting

  • Digital Marketing Planning & Management

  • International Marketing Practice

  • Database Design and Cloud Technologies

  • Business Programming

  • Selling and Sales Management



This programme offers students considerable flexibility in their choice of third year subjects. This allows students to orientate their studies towards preferred subjects or to choose disciplines in which they have demonstrated strength in year one and year two.

Year 1 focuses on providing a solid and comprehensive understanding of the relevant business concepts, such as proficiency in the use of IT in the business environment.

Year 2 builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in the first year. It provides a solid core business knowledge and skills along with transversal skills.

After Year 2, students can exit with a Higher Certificate in Business.

Year 3
In the final award stage, students have the opportunity to continue on the general Bachelor of Business programme or specialise in accounting and finance, marketing or information technology.

After Year 3 of the Bachelor of Business, students may be eligible to progress to the final year of the BA (Hons) in Business.

Career Opportunities

Because of the broad spectrum of subjects studied, career opportunities for business studies students are numerous. Demand for graduates with general business skills for the digital age remains strong, students career choice will be influenced by their choice of final year specialism.
The wide-ranging nature of knowledge and skills gained by business graduates makes them an attractive proposition for any prospective employer.

A range of employment opportunities is possible in areas such as:

  • General management

  • Marketing

  • Sales

  • Information technology

  • Human Resource Management

  • Finance

  • Accounting

  • Innovation

  • Economics



The fees for Full-time Bachelor of Business are €5,995 per annum for EU students.

Click here to view international fees.  

Click here to view EU fees.

You can also contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to you.

Fees quoted cover the annual cost of tuition, registration and examinations and are EU fees only.Non-EU students please refer to the International section of the website.Please note also that tax relief is available on fees for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €3,000 and up to €7,000.

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration offered by Dublin Business School (DBS) are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby in the event that DBS ceases to provide the programme, for any reason, after learners have started on that programme, Kaplan Inc., as guarantor, will refund the moneys most recently paid by or for the learner.   More details are included in the terms and conditions of learner admission to DBS ( and on programme handbooks provided at induction.

Next Steps

Before making an application please ensure you are aware of all our entry requirements.

School Leaver Applicants

Application for first year full-time QQI programmes in the college is through the CAO System. The CAO system applies only to applications for first year admissions to undergraduate full-time day programmes described in the prospectus, which have a CAO Course code   Application forms and the CAO Handbook are both supplied by the Central Applications Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway or from your Career Guidance Counsellor.

Mature Applicants

If you are over 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of admission and do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a Mature Student. Mature students should apply directly to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School. Mature students are assessed on the basis of age, work experience, general education standard, motivation and commitment to the programme for which they are applying. Please forward documentation such as any relevant transcripts, a CV or any other related documentation to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted. 

Transfer Students

Students holding a relevant Certificate, Diploma or other relevant third level qualification may qualify for entry to the second or third year of degree programme. Transfer applications to the second or third year full-time programmes are to be made directly to the college. Students should send copies of their examination transcripts and other relevant documentation along with their application form (available from the School / College) to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.  

EU Citizens

A European (EU) Application is one made by a person: 
(a) who is permanently a resident in one of the member states of the European Union and/or 
(b) who will have received full-time second level education, for three of the five years immediately before the date of proposed admission, in member states.

Non-EU Applicants

Non - EU applicants should contact directly the International Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.

Application fee to CAO

Early applicants to CAO can benefit from a reduced fee of €30 for early online applications. There is a standard application fee of €45 made payable to CAO on submitting your CAO application form or online application to before the normal closing date. Late applicants will be charged €90 for paper applications and €60 for online applications.

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Course overview


Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)


Award: Ordinary Bachelor Degree
NFQ Level: 
Level 7
Award Title:
Bachelor of Business
Award Type: 
Duration: 3 Years
CAO Code: DB571
Next Intake: September 2023

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