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Bachelor of Science (Business Information Systems)
The objective of the programme is to nurture high-calibre graduates for the national and international business environments, that can demonstrate business analysis and applied information skills, coupled with a strong blend of business knowledge and management capabilities.
Global Experience & Work Placement
- BIS students now have the opportunity to avail of a Global Experience year as part of their studies. This will take place in year 3 of the programme. Semester 1 will typically consist of a period studying abroad with a global partner university. In some cases, it may be possible to undertake a period of work placement abroad. In cases where a student cannot travel abroad, they will follow a programme of global activities that achieves the learning goals of the programme.
- Some of our partners include City University Hong Kong, Kogod School of Business (Washington DC, USA), Montana State University (USA), Lehigh University (NY, USA), FNHW, Switzerland, and ESC Rennes (France). These opportunities are offered on a competitive basis.
- Semester 2 will feature a paid work placement. Placements are secured via competitive selection and can vary in length from 3 to 8 months. Our membership of the SAP and Microsoft University Alliance provides our students with access to the latest industry software while our Industry Advisory Board ensures that the skills, methodologies and theories that you learn are consistent with industry needs. Recent placements have included SAP, Dell, OnePageCRM and EY
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Requirements and Assessment
Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Next start date
A Level Grades (2023)
QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes
Mode of study
Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
3rd year students in 2023/24 will do Study Abroad in Sem 1, and a Placement in Ireland in Sem 2
Curriculum InformationCurriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (60 Credits)Required MG524: Management - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required AY104: Introduction to Financial Accounting - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MS113: Information Systems Technology - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EC139: Principles of Microeconomics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MS111: Business Application Development I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MS115: Business Information Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MS110: Business Systems Analysis - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MS3105: Philosophy, Theory and Research Methods in IS - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MS2100: Cybersecurity - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required EC141: Principles of Macroeconomics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MS114: Business Systems Design & Implementation - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MS112: Business Application Development II - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required AY105: Introduction to Management Accounting - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MS119: Business Data Communications - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Year 2 (60 Credits)Optional MK204: Marketing Principles - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional MG3108: Skills for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional AY207: Management Accounting I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required MS325: Contemporary Project Management - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required BSS2103: Introduction to Sustainability 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required MS321: Web & Interactive Media Design - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required MS220: Advanced Application Development I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required MS218: Database Technologies - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional PS3109: Vertically Integrated Projects 1 S1 - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional MA208: Quantitative Techniques for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional AY208: Business Finance I - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MS221: Advanced Application Development II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MS319: Enterprise Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MS4101: Implementing Digital Innovation - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MS2101: Managing Digital Transformation - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required MS3109: Advanced Database Technologies - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required MS3108: E Business Technologies - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required MS222: Decision Modelling and Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required MS3106: Data Networks and Communications - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required MS3107: Systems Analysis - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MS230: International Study Programme - 30 Credits - Semester 4
Year 3 (60 Credits)Required MG524: Management - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required MS314: Applied Systems Analysis - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required MS216: Networks & Communications - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required MS322: Advanced Database Technologies - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required MS320: E Business Technologies - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required MS325: Contemporary Project Management - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional SBE3114: Global Studies - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MS3101: Additional International Study - 30 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MS3103: Professional Experience - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MS3102: Professional Development - 20 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MS3104: Foundations in Professional Practice - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Year 4 (60 Credits)Optional MK314: Media & Marketing Communications - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional CI300: Doing Business in China - Language & Culture 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional IE309: Operations Research - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional EC2100: Applied Microeconomics for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MG3110: Entrepreneurship - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MG3113: Megatrends - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MG3120: Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Business - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required MS3110: The Future of Technology in Work and Society I - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required MS323: User Experience Design - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required MS414: Business Intelligence and Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MG3104: Ethics and Corporate Responsibility - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MS403: IS Strategy & Planning - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional EC247: Introduction to Financial Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional CI301: Doing Business in China - Language & Culture 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MK303: Global Marketing - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional EC259: Economics of Public Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MG2101: Entrepreneurial Venture Development - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional EC2101: Macroeconomics and the Business Environment - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MG3109: Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MS324: Lean Principles for the IS Professional - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MG3119: Strategy - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required MS3111: The Future of Technology in Work and Society II - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required MG3102: Work in a Global Context - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required MS405: Project - 10 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MG3103: Business Strategy - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional EC3100: Economics and Philosophy - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MG323: International Business - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MS4100: Advanced Research Topics in Information Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Graduates can go on to study in many postgraduate programmes such as MSc in Information Systems Management or Business Analytics. Past graduates are employed in companies such as Google, Accenture, Deloitte, Microsoft, SAP and Storm.
Why Choose This Course?
Our graduates are employed by Accenture, Avaya, CISCO, Google, KPMG, Deloitte, Intel, Lawler Developments, Lionbridge, Pramerica and IBM to name just a few.
100% Employability Rate
100% of BIS graduates are now in degree-related employment. The mix of business acumen, technical skills and management knowledge combined with communication and team skills makes Business Information Systems graduates valuable assets to any organisation. Our graduates pursue careers across a wide spectrum of job titles. Many choose to focus on their business skills and pursue careers as diverse as entrepreneurship, sales, management, or non-business careers such as teaching or law enforcement.
Other graduates focus more on their technology skills and pursue more specialist careers such as:
- Business analyst - defining the optimal technology to drive business.
- Software tester/ developer - application development and testing.
- eCommerce consultant - leveraging internet related technologies for business.
- e-Business specialist - managing supply chains or customer relationship management systems.
- IS manager - managing the range of hardware, software and networking equipment in any organisation.
- Specialist IS consultant - working with enterprise systems such as SAP or Oracle. BIS gives you the flexibility to define your career.
The BIS programme includes a paid work placement, site visits to leading multinational companies and our membership of the SAP and Microsoft University Alliance provides our students with access to the latest industry software while our Industry Advisory Board ensures that the skills, methodologies and theories that you learn are consistent with industry needs.
BIS students have the option to study abroad in our partner universities in year 3. Some of our partners include Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Kogod School of Business (Washington DC, USA), Montana State University (USA), Lehigh University (NY, USA), and ESC Rennes (France).
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For students who choose not to study abroad, a global experience that fulfills the integrated learning outcomes of a Global Experience without physically going abroad will be offered.
Examples of Visiting professors and CEO- in-Residence initiative
- Prof. Bill Schmarzo, CTO, Hitachi Vantara
- Dr Stefan Siedel, University of Liechtenstein
- Mr Gearoid Madden, Accenture Analytics
- Mr John Power, Founder and MD of Aerogen
- Mr. Eoin Corey, Senior Analyst, Accenture
- Mr Gillian Grant, Analyst, Accenture
- Dr Efpraxia Zamani, The University of Sheffield
Examples of Guest Lecturers, Panel & Seminar Speakers
- Mr Michael Ryan, EMEA Manager, Azure CXP Engineering, Microsoft
- Mr. Alex Burnham, Mazars
- Ms Yvonne Comer, CEO & Co-founder of RugbySmarts
- Ms Danese Cooper, CTO, Paypal,
- Mr Davitt Connolly, Integration Specialist & Team Leader, SAP
- Mr. Stephen Howell, Microsoft
- Dr Annemarie Hanlon, Cranfield School of Management.
- Mr Joe Haslam, Executive Director of Owners Scaleup Program,
- Ms Jane Ann Meehan, Physioflex
- Ms Kate Costello, Global Senior Social Media Manager, Burberry.
- Prof. Robert Scapens, Emeritus Professor at Alliance Manchester Business School
- Mr Conor O’Dowd, CEO Galway Port
- Mr Jim Clarken, CEO Oxfam Ireland
- Ms Katie Lernihan, SAP Services Strategy (BIS Graduate)
- Mr Barry Comerford, CEO Cambus Medical Ms Dora Trachana, Principal, Uni.fund
Amazon Web Services Educate Program
We are also a member institution of Amazon Web Services Educate Program. This program is a global initiative that provides students and educators with the resources needed to greatly accelerate Cloud-related learning endeavours and to help power the workforce of tomorrow. AWS Educate provides grant-based access to AWS, training, and content, while also providing educators and students with a forum for collaboration. For the BIS discipline, his provides many benefits to students and teaching staff, most importantly free credits for tutorials and labs using cloud services.
Addressing UN Sustainable Development Goals
Modules offered on the BSc (BIS) address all of the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals. New modules introduced in recent years include Cybersecurity, Philosophy, Theory and Research Methods in IS, and Introduction to Sustainability.
Who’s Suited to This Course
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EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy** €140. **Payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI. Further detail here.
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What Our Students Say
Mk Chong | Software Infrastructure Engineer at Intel Corporation
University of Galway and the BIS programme gave me the opportunity to find my passion in business, technology and cyber security. Furthermore, it has given me a valuable network of talented friends and lecturers that have inspired me to pursue a technical career. While studying, I founded University of Galway's first competitive cyber security team (The Dec1phers). We’ve remained active in cyber security competitions for 2 years, consistently ranking top 3 on the Irish leader board on CTFtime and achieving 1st place in Zerodays CTF 2022, the largest national onsite cyber security competition in Ireland (one of my proudest moments studying at University of Galway). I highly recommend the BIS programme as it is designed to be a student-centred, multi-disciplinary and rewarding degree.in Connect with Mk
Katie Lernihan | BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, SAP INNOVATIVE BUSINESS SOLUTIONS
The BIS course offers students an education and skillset that is unique, competitive, and relevant. Through BIS I built a strong global network through international guest lectures, my Erasmus at La Rochelle Excelia Business School, the talented faculty at the NUIG Business School who are incredible mentors to my class and through industry leaders who connected with our class, incl. SAP where I completed my 8-month Internship and where I continue to build my career since graduating in 2019. I would encourage any individual who wishes to pursue a successful and exciting career in the rapidly accelerating world of technology to consider this course. As a young woman in tech, BIS has provided me a diverse and extensive knowledge base that is relevant and reflective of the demands, trends, and strategy of the technology industry today allowing me to fully thrive in my role at SAP and many aspects of my professional life!in Connect with Katie
Brian Barrins | Technology Analyst, Accenture
The BIS undergraduate degree is the perfect blend of business and computers. Having the opportunity to learn about programming languages, databases & new and emerging technologies helps to make you really well informed student. This, coupled with an understanding of management principles, accounting and economics let’s you mix and bring together all your other learnings in each module. The course and classes themselves are very personable. The small class sizes really helped with my learning, and by having small numbers ensures you don’t get left behind, and can have a personal relationship with each lecturer. Through the study abroad option in second year of the course, I got to study in Villanova University with the help of a scholarship programme in place. While there, I got to study new modules, increase my knowledge in areas I liked, and even made long lasting connections and friends which I still use today. My current role is with Accenture where I am working in the Cyber Security field helping clients devise state of the art strategies to protect and secure payments.
Louise O'Sullivan | Security Services Manager, HEAnet CLG
I chose NUI Galway as it is a very welcoming campus and the size of both courses at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics meant each day you got to interact with both lecturers and the students in the class. I really enjoyed the work placement within BIS in my third year, not only did it show me how I can use what I had learned within the course, it thought me about communication skills, how to deal with work colleagues and how the course I chose was the right fit for me. Since graduating I have worked in a number of companies. These included working as an IT Auditor at Deloitte, RSA Ireland and Irish Life and Security Risk and compliance consultant at PwC and AON Ireland. I am now a Security Services Manager at HEAnet. This role includes managing two teams and delivering key services to our clients including completing risk assessments and presenting security training to our clients."
Kathleen Garrity | Sr Program Manager, Data Science & Engineering, Google
I choose to study Business Information Systems at NUI Galway because of the wide range of topics and career options that it offered. I was exposed to a wide variety of subjects which allowed me to find my strengths and areas of interest. This suited me because I didn’t know what kind of job or career I wanted to pursue. The industry experience was an invaluable feature of this degree.
Paul O'Flynn | EMEA Sales Finance Lead at Intel Corporation
I have a keen interest in IT and I also wanted to do a course that incorporated business studies in some way; the obvious answer was Business Information Systems. One of the best things that a BIS student is equipped with when they graduate is the employability factor. You learn about business, economics, and marketing all side by side with IT such as programming, information systems, and so much more. Along with this, a student is put on an eight-month internship. Most graduates are snatched up by multinational companies.
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