Business Studies

This course is designed to specifically develop and enhance the ability of students to recognise, analyse and solve business problems, often against a background of economic, social and technological change.

The programme is designed to be academically coherent and intellectually demanding. No matter how inexperienced students are when entering the course, it is critical that they develop a sense of responsibility prior to graduation, so that they may be recommended without hesitation to prospective employers. For full-time students, there is a one year work placement which can be used towards work experience requirements with future employers and professional bodies.

International Business

The Bachelor of Business (Honours) in International Business Degree is an innovative, challenging degree programme that will enable you to pursue a successful career as a business professional, giving you a global focus and exposing you to key ideas and new thinking that is essential for enterprises that trade internationally.

This programme will enable you to develop your academic, intellectual and personal development skills and knowledge which will prepare you for work as professionals who develop, lead and sustain business organisations on a national and international basis.

We provide you with a diverse and dynamic environment where you will learn from highly qualified industry-experienced academic lecturers and guest speakers. This will enable you to develop the knowledge and interpersonal communication skills you will need to thrive as a professional in international business.

Data Analytics

The Higher Diploma in Data Analytics is a one-year (60 credit) Higher Diploma programme that is awarded at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications

This Higher Diploma delivers essential knowledge and skills in modules related to Data Analysis for learners who wish to become experts in this high-demand, fast moving technology area. The programme aims to develop learners’ knowledge of both the theory and practice of Data Analytics necessary for them to gain professional employment and succeed as graduate-level practitioners in a broad range of environments. Learners will build upon fundamental theoretical knowledge, so that they can apply advanced analytics skills to modelling, statistics, programming, machine learning, and advanced visualisation of data sets through the use of a variety of tools and techniques, in order to generate actionable insights for stakeholders and support strategic decision making.

The objectives of the programme are to:

Support learners to develop the Data Analysis skills necessary to develop a career in this area;
Develop the learner’s ability to investigate, critique, evaluate and analyse theories, concepts, techniques and models to identify and implement solutions to data related problems;
Enhance the learner’s knowledge of the interrelationships and inter dependences of the various data functions;
Provide a learning environment that encourages and supports education at a Higher Diploma in Science level;
Provide learners with the opportunity to progress to further education at Level 9 or seek exemptions from one of the professional bodies (e.g the analytics institute of Ireland);

Business Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies is a three-year (180 credit) Honours Degree programme which is positioned at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Digital Marketing

Course options include:

Common Entry
Digital Marketing
Applicants should choose Common Entry if they are undecided on their speciality and can decide on their degree option at the end of Year 2. Applicants that select a specific degree option at CAO stage are guaranteed a place on that programme, subject to meeting the entry requirements and points. All applicants may change their selection up to the end of Year 2 and must confirm specialism at this point.

Business touches on almost every aspect of modern human society and careers in business are diverse and often highly rewarding. At undergraduate level students can gain a foundation in key areas of the business world, before choosing a specialisation. Digital marketing plays an increasingly important role, involving most areas of business including, branding, public relations, publishing and customer engagement.

Common Entry
This four-year honours degree programme equips students with a broad skill-base ensuring graduates will have a wide range of career options. The first two years of this programme provides students with a foundation in business, with some electives. After two years, students decide on their chosen area of specialism.

Digital Marketing
The Digital Marketing stream is for graduates who are interested in a career in business with specialist skills in digital marketing. The digital marketing option develops specialist technical skills and knowledge including e-business, digital media design and marketing management.

The Business stream provides graduates with a broad-based Bachelor of Business (Honours) structured around management, finance and economics, business technology and marketing. There is a strong emphasis on the application of knowledge and skills in an international context, through modules such as international business; european economics and innovative business.

Visual Communications and Design

Visual Communication and Design is a problem-solving practice that uses image, text, print and screen to communicate messages. This discipline originates from graphic design and now incorporates the traditional skills of drawing, printing, photography, typography and other graphic processes with the new digital realms of video, web and animation.

Course Structure
This course is designed to facilitate a transition from novice student to creative practitioner. Students are taught a variety of skills to achieve this. This highly practical course features a studio environment where students complete projects in a variety of 2D design disciplines, such as: branding; illustration; packaging; typography; advertising; layout; signage; websites; games; moving image, video and animation.

Early Childhood Education and Practice

Early childhood education and practice involves supporting babies and young children to become competent and confident learners through loving relationships with others. Children require high-quality education and care during their formative years. Research indicates that the higher the professional qualification of the educator working with the children, the higher the quality of the setting and the children’s experiences in it.

Course Structure
This honours degree in Early Childhood Education and Practice enables the student to study a diverse range of subjects in order to gain a deep understanding of babies and children from birth to six years of age. Students develop a knowledge and understanding of Aistear, the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework and Síolta, the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education, essential for professional work in this area of practice.

Organic Agriculture

The BSc (Honours) in Organic Agriculture aims is to provide learners with a cross-disciplinary education in the fields of business and science with a particular emphasis on the application of these to organic agricultural systems. Learners will be exposed to the most up to date knowledge in the area of organic food production including the regulations around the marketing and distributing of these products.

Over the duration of the programme, the learner will have gained knowledge in the production of fruit and vegetables, meat and dairy products that confirm to the rigorous standards of organic food production. Guest lecturers and field trips will be used to complement the classroom based activities, exposing the learner to industry leaders in the area of organic agriculture.

Upon graduation, the learner will be well placed to gain employment in both organic and conventional agricultural settings.

Tourism and Event Management

Tourism is one of Ireland’s most important and growing economic sectors, supporting jobs on both national and international level. Festivals and events are critical for tourism growth as they specifically attract both domestic and overseas visitors to Ireland and contribute significantly to the economy every year. Event management has become an integral element of the Irish tourism offering. Demand is growing for high-calibre graduates who have the necessary skills to develop their careers in this exciting industry.

Course Structure
The course combines tourism and event modules with a strong business, entrepreneurial and research focus. From project management, to designing websites, to understanding key management issues relating to events in the tourism sector, this course equips students with the required knowledge and skill set to develop careers in this area.

Is this course for you?
If you are interested in a career in an exciting and dynamic industry where your contribution can make a difference, then Tourism and Event Management may be the course for you.

Social Science

The BA (Hons) Social Science is a multi-disciplinary three year course. In times of rapid social and economic change, this programme offer students the opportunity to understand and critically analyse contemporary Irish society and Ireland’s place in an increasingly globalised world.

This course draws on core Social Science disciplines such as; Social Policy, Sociology, Psychology, Economics and Politics, with an emphasis on Social Research and Social Studies in Context.

The implications of and responses to social problems for marginalised and vulnerable members of society are central to this programme.

Special Feature of BA (Hons) in Social Science Course
Students are offered an opportunity to take elective modules in Semesters, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Students may select from a wide range of modules such as (but not limited to) Personal & Professional Development; Social Care, Organisational Studies. Probation, Policing and the Police, and Sociology of Deviance.

If you are open-minded, interested in tackling some of the key issues of our time, and want to develop skills to think differently about and understand our complex world – then Social Science is for you!

The programme is structured to provide students with the opportunity to gain a solid academic foundation in a range of related disciplines. The programme is also structured to enable students to develop their critical understanding of the applied nature of social science, and the importance of social research in critical inquiry and analysis of contemporary society.

The programme emphasises the importance of inter-disciplinarity. These pillars of learning (theory, application, research and integration) are the focus of this programme.