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Diploma / Bachelor of Business Studies (Part-Time)



Eligibility and Application

A flexible admissions policy is in place, with two routes of entry; one based on mature years, life experience and academic aptitude and the second based upon matriculation (i.e. Leaving Certificate). The former route of entry tends to be the most common one with the average age of students in the region of 32 years. The admissions process may include an interview and a writing skills test may also form part of the assessment.

Applications for 2017/18 a re no longer being accepted.  Applications for September 2018 will open on 5th January 2018 and we look forward to hearing from you.

To qualify on the basis of mature years, you must be at least 23 years of age on the 1st January of the proposed year of entry. Suitability will be based on age, work and life experience that is relevant to the course, and academic aptitude. The assessment process may include an interview and a writing skills test.

To qualify on the basis of matriculation, you must be 21 on the 1st January of the proposed year of entry. to matriculate on the results of the leaving certificate, a student must present at least six subjects selected according to course requirements (irish, english, mathematics, another language and any two subjects accepted for matriculation not already selected) and must obtain grade c3, or better, in two recognized subjects on higher papers, and grade d3, or better, in the remaining four subjects on ordinary or higher papers.

Candidates who have taken their school-leaving examinations prior to 1972 and who do not meet the above requirements must fulfil the matriculation requirements in the following subjects:

  • Irish
  • English
  • Latin or Greek or a modern continental language
  • Mathematics
  • Another subject accepted for matriculation not already selected

 You may qualify for an exemption from the diploma (stage 1 of the degree if you meet the following criteria:

  • If you hold a hetac ordinary degree or a national/higher certificate (level 6 qualification) or diploma in business (level 7 qualification or an equivalent business qualification), with a grade of merit or above
  • Please view our curriculum (curriciulum tab) to see if what you have studied matches the modules on our diploma in business studies in order for you to gain an exemption
  • When you are applying online, please tick the box stating you are interested in an exemption and also fill in this form: accreditation of prior learning
  • In your supporting documentation, please send on your transcripts of results and lists of modules you have completed

All exemption documents must be received by 30th July 2017 to be considered for the 2017/18 academic year.

Applicants whose previous education was not taught through the medium of English must meet the University's minimum English language requirements. Please note, to be considered for the 2017/18 year, all applicants must have either an English Language test scheduled, or have submitted the relevant documents demonstrating their English Language proficiency, before August 30th 2017
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How to submit an application

  • students must submit applications online at
  • an application cannot be processed until your application fee has been paid in full
  • all applicants to the bbs must submit an online application under 'bssm dbs pt' (the dbs represents stage 1 of the bbs and entry is to the diploma initially)
  • An interview may form part of the admissions process.
  • This interview will take place in the UCD School of Business
  • Formal offer of a place on the Diploma/Bachelor of Business Studies programme is made.
  • This offer is made online
  • You decide whether to accept the offer extended. Offer must be accepted online and a non-refundable deposit of €500 paid
  • Once an offer is accepted and the deposit is paid, your place on the Diploma/Bachelor of Business Studies is secured

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