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What is a Common Entry course?

SE401 Bachelor of Business (Honours) Common Entry is designed to provide you with a gateway to a better choice of business specialism.

Common Entry is a very popular choice with students.  You avail of a broad common Years 1 & 2 which will introduce you to various essential business topics along with tasters in more specific business areas. Having gained a better understanding of each subject area, you then choose your preferred pathway to specialise in Years 3 & 4.

The advantage of this course type is that it allows students more time to discover the subjects in which they are most interested.

Course Structure

The following courses have common modules in Years 1 & 2. It is only in Years 3 & 4 that you specialise in a particular area. At present, there are 6 streams you can choose from.  The decision on which stream to specialise in is only made at the end of Year 2.

  • Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Management

    This option equips students with the management knowledge, skill and competencies demanded by modern day business. Graduates may find employment as part of a management team in any sector such as banking, industry, public sector, financial services and many more.


  • Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Human Resource Management

    Human resource management is a complex area requiring broad knowledge and skills. This specialism equips graduates for careers as recruitment officers, human resource managers, recruitment specialists or functional managers both in the private and public sector.


  • Bachelor of Business (Hons) in International Business

    With increasing industry globalisation, graduates of International Business will be well qualified to meet the complex demands of global organisations and Irish businesses trading internationally. Graduates typically find employment in areas such as banking; international marketing and sales; and customer services.


  • Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Supply Chain Management

    Supply chain management is an increasingly important aspect of business management and it is concerned with managing the flow of goods from material acquisition to final consumption. Graduates typically find employment in all manufacturing sectors from pharmaceuticals to food processing as well as within the logistics and the distribution sector.


  • Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Accounting & Finance

    This stream is ideal for those students with an interest in the application of numerical techniques and the interpretation and communication of financial information. Key skills that are highly demanded in the market place are developed in financial reporting, corporate finance and taxation modules. Graduates may pursue rewarding careers in areas such as accounting, banking, financial services and taxation.


  • Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Marketing

    Marketing is practiced around the world in every type of organisation including multi-nationals, local enterprises, political parties, third-world charities, sporting organisations and small businesses. Marketing careers are varied and include: research, advertising, marketing, brand management, product development, public relations, international marketing and sales.

Application Process

Applicants interested in any of the above courses should choose SE401 Bachelor of Business (Honours) Common Entry at CAO Application stage.


Entry Requirements

2 subjects: H5 
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7