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Commerce is a very flexible programme that covers all business areas before a student chooses a specialism in final year in one of the following:
Accounting & Performance Measurement: Students study accounting and accounting-related modules, positioning them for a career in accountancy and related areas. Depending on the modules chosen, exemptions are available to successful students in the professional accountancy bodies’ exams. In addition, students may apply for entry, on a competitive basis, to the Master of Accounting (MAcc) programme at NUI Galway or equivalent postgraduate accounting programmes in other universities.
Accounting Exemptions from Professional Accounting Bodies.
Economics & Public Policy: Students can apply their economic theory to modules as diverse as the economics of globalisation, the economics of money and finance, and health and environmental economics. Economics specialist students are well placed to undertake either postgraduate research at home or abroad, or to embark on a variety of careers in business and economic policy analysis.
Management of Human Resources: This specialisation focuses on the management of the human factor in organisations, exploring the nature of the employment relationship and the rights and obligations of the parties involved. It also focuses on the theoretical bases for the best utilisation of human resources (HR). It is targeted at students with a particular interest in the human aspect of organisations and those intending to develop a career in the HR management area.
Marketing Management: This specialisation provides an excellent foundation in a range of key and popular marketing topics, such as media and marketing communications, brand management, marketing analytics and research, digital marketing planning, the marketing of services and global marketing. The discipline’s research programme enhances each subject’s content, ensuring it is taught to world-class standards.
Digital Business & Analytics: This specialisation focuses on the implementation, use and management of information systems within business. It contains practice-based modules that teach students how to create IS using database technology, web design technology and computer programming languages. It also provides modules that enable students to investigate how to manage IS within business.
Finance: This specialisation focuses on a diverse range of important contemporary topics in national and international finance, including international monetary systems, banking, exchange rates, financing and investment decisions, taxation, financial reporting, investments and issues of financial management inherent in managing multinational corporations and institutions. Students will be readily employable in private sector financial services firms as well as both Irish and international public sector financial institutions.
Business Law: This specialisation focuses on the legal aspects of business. Students taking this stream will study core aspects of the law as it relates to commercial activity, such as Company Law. It is also possible to go into depth on topics that are central to many businesses, such as intellectual property, information technology law, and international trade law. Students who complete the stream can progress to the LLB degree
International Business: This specialisation focuses on managing people, diversity in culture and how to effectively lead and manage in a global marketplace. The specialisation focuses on developing knowledge and expertise in international business and cross-cultural management and provides students with the knowledge and skills required for a career in international management and multinational corporations as well as other organisations.
Enterprise: This specialisation focuses on giving enterprising students the structural and academic supports necessary to succeed in an entrepreneurial career. Students will receive the knowledge and supports necessary to succeed and innovate as entrepreneurs in an evolving global economy.
- The programme provides students with a mix of large lectures and smaller group tutorials where they can ask further questions and get help with coursework. Our lecturers’ links with industry ensure that the programme is up-todate, relevant and useful to today’s graduates and employers.
- Specially tailored modules such as Skills for Business which is now taken by second year students. This one–semester module is designed to improve student employability and preparation for the workplace by developing a set of practical skills that form the basis for effective working life.
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.
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- Please note that Spanish is an optional module in 1st year, despite not currently appearing below.
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)Optional GR141: German Language I (Advanced) - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional GR140: German Language I (Beginners) - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional GA191: Gaeilge & Scileanna Cumarsáide 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional SBE1000: Skills for Success - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional SH102: Spanish Language I (Beginners) - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional SH140: Intermediate Spanish Language - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CI1110: Chinese Language 1 (Beginners) - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required MG1101: Management and Enterprise - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required AY104: Introduction to Financial Accounting - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EC142: Principles of Microeconomics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MA119: Mathematics for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MS120: Business Information Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW190: Business Law 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional GA192: Gaeilge & Scileanna Cumarsáide 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required ST1120: Data Science for Business Analytics I - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MS1100: Information Management for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required AY105: Introduction to Management Accounting - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MK1100: Foundations of Marketing Thought - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required EC143: Principles of Macroeconomics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Year 2 (60 Credits)Required ST2120: Data Science for Business Analytics II - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required MK2101: The Psychology of Consumer Behaviour - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required SBE2000: Skills for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required EC2100: Applied Microeconomics for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required MG2100: Organisational Psychology - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required AY207: Management Accounting I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional LW290: Business Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional CI200: Doing Business in China - Language & Culture 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional AY209: International Financial Reporting I - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EC259: Economics of Public Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional EC247: Introduction to Financial Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional ST2218: Advanced Statistical Methods for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MG2101: Entrepreneurial Venture Development - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MS2100: Cybersecurity - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional MK2102: Marketing & Sustainability - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required MS2101: Managing Digital Transformation - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required EC2101: Macroeconomics and the Business Environment - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required MG325: Employment Relations - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required AY208: Business Finance I - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Year 3 (60 Credits)Optional AY308: Taxation I - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional EC369: Money And Banking - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional AY325: International Financial Reporting II - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW427: European Union Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional EC345: Health Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MS403: IS Strategy & Planning - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MK3101: Cases in Marketing Strategy - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional IE309: Operations Research - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MK311: The Marketing of Services - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MG328: Human Resource Management - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MG326: Employee Relations: Rights And Obligations - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW423: Advanced Business Law - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional AY321: Management Accounting II - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MK314: Media & Marketing Communications - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MS218: Database Technologies - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MS414: Business Intelligence and Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MS325: Contemporary Project Management - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional CI300: Doing Business in China - Language & Culture 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MS321: Web & Interactive Media Design - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional EC3101: Microeconomics and Public Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional EC388: Environmental And Natural Resource Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional ME5102: Quality Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional EC3105: Econometrics - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MG3101: Contemporary Issues in Work and Organisations - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW229: Company Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional SBE3002: Entrepreneurship - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MS222: Decision Modelling and Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW333: Comparative Competition Law - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional EC382: International Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MK3104: Marketing Research - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional SBE3006: Entrepreneurial Finance - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW383: Information Technology Law - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW356: Industrial And Intellectual Property Law - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional SBE3108: Megatrends - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required MG3104: Ethics and Corporate Responsibility - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required EC423: Ireland in the Global Economy - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW374: Banking Law - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MK303: Global Marketing - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional IE345: Logistics and Transportation - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MK341: Brand Management - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional CI301: Doing Business in China - Language & Culture 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional AY319: Taxation II - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional AY314: Business Finance II - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional EC362: Economics Of Financial Markets - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional EC386: Public Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW428: European Union Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional AY326: International Financial Reporting III - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional IE319: Operations Strategy - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MG323: International Business - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MS319: Enterprise Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional AY322: Management Accounting III - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW364: International Trade Law - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MK3103: Digital Marketing Planning - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional EC3102: Macroeconomics and Public Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MG3100: Human Resource Practice - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MG3102: Work in a Global Context - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW231: Company Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MS4101: Implementing Digital Innovation - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional EC3104: Agricultural and Food Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional EC3100: Economics and Philosophy - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MK3105: Marketing Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional SBE3007: Entrepreneurial Leadership and Management - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional CI200: Doing Business in China - Language & Culture 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional SBE3109: Founder Selling - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional ME353: Quality Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Required SBE3001: Innovation: Creativity and Enterprise - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Required MG3103: Business Strategy - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Graduates can take specialist postgraduate programmes, which are available in all of the core business disciplines.
Accounting graduates may be eligible for admission to the Master of Accounting programme at NUI Galway or elsewhere. Graduates of the Masters of Accounting programme are eligible for significant exemptions from the professional examinations of Chartered Accountants Ireland, and are required to pass only the Institute's Final Admitting Examination prior to being admitted to Associate membership of the Institute.
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Why Choose This Course?
Graduates will be very well-positioned to pursue a career in many business related areas such as:
- Management Consultancy
- Commercial Advisory Services
- Economic Policy Advisory Services
- Human Resource Management
- Information Systems Management
- Finance (including Banking & Insurance)
- Personnel Management
- Event Management
- Public Relations
Depending on subject choices, exemptions are available to successful students in the examinations of the professional accountancy bodies. Business Information Systems graduates are well-positioned to secure jobs as management consultants specialising in information systems or to work within the IS department of a business.
Graduates can also go on to select from a range of postgraduate programmes in their chosen discipline at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics.
Partnership with PwC
NUI Galway is pleased to announce that it has partnered with PwC on the University’s BComm Skills Pathway, which comprises of three modules; Skills for Success, Skills for Business, Innovation, Creativity & Enterprise (ICE). This exciting new strategic partnership focuses on developing students outside of their core academic work. It includes the enhancement of student employability skills, building resilience, and mentoring students to understand the progression of ideas from concept to marketplace. The support from PwC, one of the world’s leading professional services firms, and largest graduate recruiters, will bring business expertise and valuable insights to NUI Galway students preparing them for the Irish and International workplace.
Innovation: Creativity and Enterprise – ICE A partnership with business to drive innovation with students
Final year students in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics are provided with the opportunity to put the business knowledge they have gained through their studies into practice through a module in Innovation: Creativity and Enterprise (ICE). Developed in conjunction with entrepreneur Pádraig O’Céidigh, the module involves partnering with local business leaders to provide opportunities for all students to engage in projects, requiring them to innovate in a variety of interesting areas in a business or community setting. More than 30 local business and community leaders get involved each year, mentoring students in group-based projects, requiring them to innovate in a variety of interesting areas.
Global Experience Transfer Option
The BComm can be extended from three to four years. We offer students a competitive opportunity based on student performance and merit to enhance their studies, spending one academic year studying abroad or one semester studying abroad along with a one-semester work placement. In third year students will study a range of business courses through English at an international partner university in North America, Australia, Asia or Europe, providing students with invaluable experience and graduating with a BComm (Global Experience) degree. Students will return to NUI Galway to complete their final year.
Work Placement partners include:
Accounting Exemptions - we are recognised by:
Who’s Suited to This Course
Is Commerce for me? In attempting to answer this question, you should ask yourself whether you enjoyed business-related subjects or enterprise projects at second level? Are you curious about how firms, markets and economies operate? Might you have a flair for decision-making or sales in organisations? Are you interested in accounting or possibly setting up a business? Are you innovative, entrepreneurial or creative? If your answer to some of these questions is ‘yes’, then Commerce is for you.
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What Our Students Say
Nargis Dewji | USI International Student of the Year
I picked the university because it was different to me. I had never lived in a smaller city and I wanted something different from London. It was the best decision I ever made. There are so many opportunities and things to do. Also after visiting UK, USA and Malaysia, It was a dream to complete my studies and work in Ireland.
Cara Hegarty | Management Consultant, Accenture
I chose to study Commerce at NUI Galway as the course enabled me to establish a solid foundation in different areas of business whilst also allowing me to specialise in an area of my interest. What I enjoyed most about this course was the fantastic opportunities afforded to students. For example, in second year, students participate in a “Skills to Succeed” module. This gives students an opportunity to contribute to projects in the wider community. My group and I travelled to Club-Napoca in Romania where our panel bid for Galway to become European Youth Capital in 2017. It was an honour to represent the city of Galway as well as NUIG. Another enjoyable experience arose from the Innovation Creativity and Enterprise (ICE) module. My team created "TipToTheTop", an Irish Dancing aid to assist beginners. Our winning prize included funds and an office space to start up our business. I would strongly recommend anyone with a passion for Commerce to participate in this course. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of my time in Galway – the best three years of my life!
Siobhan McGinty | Principal Marketing Manager at HubSpot
...I studied Commerce and specialised in Marketing. I really enjoyed it as the class was small and the lecturers got to know you individually, which I feel really aids your learning. I hope to work in advertising, and have recently received the GlaxoSmithKline Prize for Excellence in Marketing. Life at NUI Galway is amazing and I love every minute of it! There are so many social outlets on-campus, the clubs and societies are a great way of developing social skills and getting to know people...
Richard O'Brien | Senior Manager, HR Talent, Adidas Group
Richard graduated with a BComm (2011), specialising in Human Resources. He then went on and did an MSc (Strategy Innovation and People Management) "Commerce equipped me with the communication, team-working and problem-solving skills needed to excel in business. After graduating, I was well-positioned to pursue an exciting and successful career in Human Resources."
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