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Business Studies (Hons)

DT364

What is... Business Studies?

This Level 8 Honours Degree equips graduates with leading-edge knowledge and skills, preparing them for successful business careers.  A focus on continuous innovation means that the programme is regularly updated, staying on top of industry trends and ensuring that graduates develop the competencies sought by leading employers. There is regular engagement with industry partners through live company projects, community-based work and expert guest speakers. The DIT Business Studies Level 8 Honours Degree programme is an accredited ACCA programme. 

The programme is only available through DIT's Advanced Entry system and is tailored to the needs of students who have successfully completed a Level 6 (Higher Certificate) business qualification or who have partly completed a Level 7 (Ordinary Degree) or Level 8 (Honours Degree) business qualification.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Graduates of the programme have excelled in a variety of industries and professions, both in Ireland and internationally. Career opportunities exist in Management, Financial and Banking sectors and Retail Services to name but a few. 

What other options do I have after completion?

Students who have reached the appropriate level can access a wide range of Postgraduate courses in DIT and elsewhere in Higher Education. 

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

The focus of this Honours Degree is broad enough to offer graduates a variety of career options and pathways to further study, while also allowing for specialisation. Students can choose from a broad range of modules, creating their own unique learning journey.

Some of the key features of the degree include:

- A wide range of modules, allowing students to create their own unique learning pathway
- A variety of assessment approaches including live case studies and problem based learning requiring students to focus on real business challenges
- A range of company visits and industry speakers throughout the programme 
- Study abroad in year three of the programme
- A challenging but supportive learning environment 
- A range of personal development modules offered throughout the programme to ensure that students develop the graduate competencies required by modern employers.
- Regular career development workshops to ensure that students develop strong CVs and are interview ready.

Module Listing

Year 2

  • Leadership & Professional Development
  • Marketing
  • Introduction to Sales
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Data Analytics
  • Economics
  • Operations Management
  • Management Accounting 

Options

  • Digital Marketing
  • Law

Year 3

  • Business Information Systems
  • Market Research
  • Communications & Teamwork
  • Human Resources Management
  • Business Finance

Options

  • International Business Management
  • International Marketing
  • Organisational Change
  • Selling and Sales Management
  • Services Marketing
  • Electronic Business
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Project Management
  • Business Decision Making
  • Information for Management Control and Decision Making
  • Financial Reporting

Year 4 

  • Strategic Management
  • Business Research Methods
  • Group Project 

Options

  • Marketing Communications
  • International HRM
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Ethics & Corporate Governance
  • Taxation
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Strategy

Are there study abroad options?

Yes, typically 20-25% of the 3rd year class study abroad in semester two. Students can choose to study at one of our many international partner institutions.

Further Information

Retail & Services Management

T: 01 402 7088 (Mr. Colin Hughes)
T: 01 402 7057 (School Office)
E: colin.hughes@dit.ie
W: www.dit.ie/retailandservicesmanagement/

What our graduates say….

“I felt the BBS programme offered a lot of choice and variety, allowing students to focus on areas of interest and to take modules focused on a desired career path. I liked the fact there was an emphasis on group work, which I found in my job hunting to be extremely important to employers. There is also a good balance between time dedicated to lectures and time to work on projects, with all lecturers being very approachable when advice was needed. Since graduating I have secured a job in banking with the option of taking professional exams to further progress my career”.

Ian Gorman
Bank Official, AIB (Class of 2012)

“I would highly recommend the BBS course to anyone thinking of a career in Business. It exposes you to many important aspects of a business and does this in a very practical way. In DIT, there is a strong focus on teamwork, which is excellent in preparing you for business situations when you start your career. The support you get throughout the course is fantastic and there is always someone to answer your questions and give you advice on career options.

Upon graduating from the BBS I applied for IBEC’s Export Orientation Programme (EOP) (graduate programme) and I am now a brand ambassador for Jim Beam’s Irish portfolio in Boston. I am gaining valuable international experience, launching new products in the marketplace, whilst also completing a Postgraduate Diploma in International Business Development through DIT. I know that without the foundations from the BBS course I would not have been offered this placement. I have been able to bring what I have learned in DIT and couple it with my experience. It has opened a lot of doors for me and really has given me the best start to my career”.

Mairead Heavey
International Employee Development Specialist, Indeed.com (Class of 2012)

“I chose to complete the BBS due to its diverse nature. There are clear streams in which you can specialize but you also gain a broad knowledge of accountancy, e-business, international culture and consumer behavior. I now work for Jameson on their international brand ambassador program. One module which links clearly to my current job is International Business Management. The real life scenarios introduced on this module really bring the theory to life and help you come to terms with the complexities of working with a multinational company. I would highly recommend the BBS program in DIT to anybody who wants to develop a broad well rounded base from which to begin their career”.   

Denis English
Jameson Brand Ambassador, Pernod Ricard Thailand (Class of 2014)

“I started the BBS programme in 2010, having completed a Higher Certificate also offered by DIT. I firmly believe that a variety of aspects from this diverse course have helped shaped my career to date. Firstly the main aim of carrying out this three year course was to help me get on track to pursue a career in finance, a passion of mine from a young age. The broad range of modules offered, particularly the finance and accounting modules ensured a basic knowledge was drilled into me from year one thus allowing me to develop a greater understanding of the financial world. 

Secondly continuous assessment was a focus of the BBS programme, and we were encouraged to take on essays and presentations which were of direct interest to us. As well as keeping me engaged throughout the course, this form of assessment has definitely helped me to adapt to life outside of college. For example, in interviews I found that companies want more than just a degree, they want a personality, they know your exam results, and they want something else.  The BBS programme allowed me to develop strong presentation skills, which in turn has definitely enabled my confidence to shine through during interviews.

Thirdly in 2011 I took a semester to study abroad in Montpellier. The Study Abroad module is a fantastic part of the course and one which I would recommend to all students. Aside from developing my French (which I hadn’t studied since 2008), I got an opportunity to experience a new culture and to meet new people. It was interesting to see how the French education system worked and the experience definitely allowed me to broaden my horizons. The freedom and independence obtained from these few months abroad also helped me to really focus on pursuing a successful career”.

Shane-Wright Goff
Director, le centre ville cafe (Class of 2012)