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Business Studies (Level 8 IPA/UCD Honours Degree)

Programme Aims

This is a four year programme that provides a comprehensive examination and analysis of the subjects critical to contemporary business life. Four elective streams are offered within the programme in Accounting, Marketing, Human Resource Management and Information Systems Management.

Entry Requirement

Leaving Certificate with minimum of grade C in two Higher Level (Honours) papers and grade D (Higher or Ordinary) in four other subjects. Subjects passed must include Irish, English, Mathematics and a Third Language. Learners of mature years, that is learners who are 21 years of age on the 1st January of the calendar year of entry, may be matriculated by the IPA for the purpose of entering a degree programme of study.

How to Apply

LIT offers this programme in partnership with the Institute of Public Administration (IPA). To apply for this programme, an application must first be submitted to the IPA. You can download the IPA application form at the following link:
Successful applicants should then register to sit classes in the LIT Moylish Campus. The LIT registration form can be downloaded from the Apply Now section on this page. Completed registration forms should be submitted to the Flexible Learning Department of LIT, along with a copy of proof of acceptance by the IPA.


Learners are assessed by means of assignments given through the year and final examinations. Examinations are held twice yearly in April and August (Supplementary).

Subject Accumulation

If a learner does not wish to take all the subjects in any year, he/she may study one, two or three subjects on a phased basis. Learners taking the business programme by subject accumulation pay €780 per subject. The fee due to the IPA for subject accumulation learners taking tuition at LIT is €390 per subject and the fee due to LIT is €390 per subject.

Total First Installment on or before 9th September 2016 Second Installment on or before 23rd January 2017
Lectures at IPA €2980 €1490 €1490
Distance Education €2980 €1490 €1490
Lectures at LIT €2980 €1490 €1490
Subject Exemptions / Subject Accumulation per subject €780 €390 €390


Examining Body

The Institute of Public Administration (I.P.A.), 57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4. The BBS (Hons) is accredited by UCD. It is positioned at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. Learners who successfully complete Year One of the programme will receive an interim award of a UCD Certificate in Business Studies, those who successfully complete Year Two will receive an interim award of a UCD Diploma in Business Studies and those who successfully complete Year Three and Four will receive an Honours UCD Degree.


4 years, 22 weeks approximately per year
Tuesday and Thursday from 6.00pm-10.00pm
Commencing Tuesday 13th September
Plus two compulsory weekend seminars and three optional tutorials at the IPA in Dublin

Special Case

Prospective participants who do not meet the requirements detailed above, but who may qualify for admission by meeting certain other equivalent criteria, should apply for Special Case Registration form to: The Registrar, Education Division, Institute of Public Administration, 57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4. Telephone: 01 2403600 or email:


Graduates and those with other relevant awards may apply for an exemption from a subject/stage of the programme. Only those who have studied relevant disciplines will be considered. No exemptions permitted from any of the subjects at award stage (i.e. Year Four). Application forms for exemptions, which should be completed and returned no later than early-October 2016, are available from the IPA (01) 240 3600 or by emailing Email: Applications must be accompanied by proof of qualifications (transcripts of results for each year of previous 3rd level studies).


The Degree programme is available at honours level and takes four years to complete. After first year there are four elective streams: Accounting, Marketing, Human Resource Management and Information Systems Management. In 2016/2017 the Core Subjects for all streams will be available in the Department of Business Management at Limerick Institute of Technology. The Elective Subjects in the Accounting Stream and the Marketing Stream will also be available. The Elective Subject in the Human Resource Management stream for year Two will be available subject to viable class numbers. The Elective Subjects in the Information Systems Management stream will not be provided. Where lectures are not provided in any given stream learners can pursue their elective subjects through Distance Education directly with the Institute of Public Administration.

Year One
Financial Accounting
Quantitative Methods
Managing Human Resources/Managing IT
Business Administration & Marketing
Year Two – Core Subjects
Cost Accounting
Business and Company Law
Year Two – Streams
Accounting Stream – Financial Accounting
Marketing Stream – Marketing Information Analysis
Human Resource Management Stream – Organisational Behaviour (Subject to viable numbers minimum 12 learners)
Information Systems Management Stream – Information Systems Design & Development (By distance education only)
Year Three – Core Subjects
Management Accounting
Financial Management
Year Three – Streams
Accounting Stream – Financial Accounting, Enterprise and Project Management
Marketing Stream – Marketing Communications, Enterprise and Project Management
Human Resource Management Stream (Subject to viable numbers minimum 12 learners) – Human Resource Management, Employee Resourcing, Development and Performance Management
Information Systems Management Stream (Distance Education only) – Managing the Software/Data Infrastructure, Managing the Hardware Infrastructure
Year Four – Core Subjects
Business Policy
Year Four – Streams
Accounting Stream – Auditing, Management Accounting Applications & Control, Taxation
Marketing Stream – Strategic Marketing & Planning, Management Accounting Applications & Control, Taxation
Human Resource Management Stream (Subject to viable numbers minimum 12 learners) – Employee Relations and Law, Human Resource Leadership and Strategy, Management Accounting Applications and Control
Information Systems Management Stream (Distance Education only) – Human Factors in Information Systems, Organisation & Design of Information Systems, Information Systems Planning
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