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Commerce (International) with Irish (BComm International)


Programme Description

Combining business subjects with the study of the Irish language, literature and culture, this degree equips you with the skills and knowledge to work in a fast-changing global business environment.

The BComm (International) with Irish provides you with an opportunity to not only learn about the dynamics of the relationship between business and language/culture, but also to learn practical skills for the work environment which enhance your academic development.

Year 3 of the course is spent either on work placement in a company in Ireland or studying in Scotland.


Year 1 Modules:

  • AC1102  Financial Accounting (5 credits);
  • EC1202 Business Economics I (5 credits);
  • GV1102 Introduction to Government and Politics (5 credits);
  • IS1105 Business Information Systems (5 credits);
  • LW1108 Introduction to the Legal System (5 credits);
  • LW1109 Introduction to Business Law (5 credits);
  • MA1100 Introductory Mathematics for Business I (5 credits);
  • MG1003 Introduction to Marketing (5 credits);
  • MG1004 Introduction to Management and Organisation (5 credits);
  • GA1003 Bunstaidéar ar Theanga agus ar Chultúr na Gaeilge (15 credits)

Year 2 Modules:


Introduction to Management Accounting;  Business Economics;  Principles of Food Marketing;  European Government and Politics;  Management Information Systems;  International Management and Organisation;  Introduction to Business Statistics;  Úsáid agus Cruinneas na Gaeilge


Filíocht na hOchtú hAoise Déag;  Prós na Seachtú hAoise Déag;  Léann agus Lámhscríbhinní na Gaeilge;  Logainmníocht na Gaeilge;  Dialann na Gaeilge;  Cineálacha Scéalaíochta:  An Litriocht Bhéil agus an Gearrscéal Liteartha;  Fograíocht na Gaeilge;  An Ghaeltacht

Year 3 Modules:

Students who go on placement will complete a work placement journal and written assignments in Irish and English and will give an oral presentation.  Students who spend the year studying in Scotland will complete modules in their chosen university.

Year 4 Modules:


Úsáid agus Cruinneas na Gaeilge


Litriocht na Gaeltachta i gCúige Mumhan:  Filíocht na Seachtú hAoise Déag;  Nua-fhilíocht na Gaeilge;  Scéalaíocht na Nua-Ghaeilge;  An tÚrscéal sa Ghaeilge;  Filíocht na Nua-Ghaeilge Luaithe;  Léamh agus Litriú na Gaeilge;  Litreacha na Gaeilge;  Tionscnamh Taighde

plus modules to be taken from one of the following groups:  Accounting,  Finance and Information Systems;  Food Business and Development;  Business Economics;  Management and Marketing;  Government;  Mathematics and Statistics;  Law

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.


Why Choose This Course

This course combines the study of Irish language, literature and culture with the study of business at UCC.

Students who are considering pursuing a career in teaching should note that this course involves study of a number of teaching subjects.

It also offers the opportunity to study abroad for a year and benefit from courses on offer in another third-level institution. Alternatively you may go on work placement for 24 weeks to gain experience in an Irish company.

Skills and Careers Information

You will develop your spoken and written Irish, both here at UCC and while on work placement in Year 3. Those who study in Scotland in Year 3 have the opportunity to study Gaelic at beginners’ level.

You will develop your written and spoken communication skills in English in the various business subjects you study. You will develop skills in analysis, essay-writing, presentations and IT. You will also learn about the importance of language and culture in the context of business.

Graduates have entered business, the accountancy profession and the teaching profession, and many have undertaken postgraduate study.

Study Abroad

Year 3 of the course is spent on work placement in a company in Ireland or studying in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh or the University of Aberdeen, under the Erasmus scheme.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Communicate and work effectively to a professional standard;
  • Demonstrate analytical and problem solving skills associated with effective practice;
  • Engage in the application of frameworks and techniques in organizational settings;
  • Communicate effectively in Irish;
  • Develop an in-depth appreciation of the culture and the environment for business in Ireland.
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Practicalities & Assessment

Students will be required to attend lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes as prescribed for the language and business modules takes.

You will be required to attend one weekend course in a Gaeltacht area in Year 2. All of Year 3 is spent either on work placement in a company in Ireland or studying in a university in Scotland.

Students who complete their work placement in certain companies where the Irish language requirement is not catered for may be required to spend an additional period on an approved course in a Gaeltacht area.

Full module information is detailed in the section below.


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment

Irish language modules are assessed by means of end-of-semester written examinations, oral examinations and continuous assessment of coursework. Irish subjects are taught and examined through the medium of Irish.

Business modules are assessed by means of end-of-semester written examinations and continuous assessment of coursework. Business subjects are studied and examined through the medium of English.

The Year 3 work placement is assessed by means of attendance record, oral presentation and written assignments.

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Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

  • Placement I

    Year 3

    Placement I (GA3040)

    To enable students to gain work experience in companies who conduct business wholly or partly through Irish.

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  • Oral Presentation

    Year 3

    Oral Presentation (GA3041)

    To enable students to present a personal appraisal of their work experience.

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  • Work Placement Project

    Year 3

    Work Placement Project (GA3042)

    To focus the student on a particular aspect of the work experience relevant to one of his /her commerce subjects.

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  • Tionscnamh Gaeilge

    Year 3

    Tionscnamh Gaeilge (GA3043)

    Aire an mhic léinn a dhíriú ar na tréithe ar leith a bhaineann le comhlacht atá ag feidhmiú i gceantar Gaeltachta nó a dheineann gnó tré Ghaeilge.

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Year 4

  • Accounting in Business

    Year 4

    Accounting in Business (AC4406)

    To apply the theory of management accounting principles and practices to the analysis of actual decisions in firms.

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  • Financial Reporting 1

    Year 4

    Financial Reporting 1 (AC4407)

    To provide coverage of Corporate Financial Reporting.

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  • Financial Reporting 2

    Year 4

    Financial Reporting 2 (AC4408)

    Further coverage of Corporate Financial Reporting.

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  • Business Microeconomics 1

    Year 4

    Business Microeconomics 1 (EC2204)

    EC2204 To provide an understanding of how intermediate microeconomic theory can be used as a methodology for understanding economic behaviour in the modern business environment.

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  • The Macroeconomic Environment in the Short term

    Year 4

    The Macroeconomic Environment in the Short term (EC2214)

    EC2214 To discover the impact of government policy on the macroeconomic business environment.

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  • The Macroeconomic Environment in the Long term

    Year 4

    The Macroeconomic Environment in the Long term (EC2215)

    EC2215 To discover the impact of government policy on the macroeconomic business environment.

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  • International Financial Economics

    Year 4

    International Financial Economics (EC4217)

    To provide students with a thorough foundation in the principles of financial economics and to develop a critical approach to the discipline.

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  • Global Food Policy

    Year 4

    Global Food Policy (FE4002)

    To analyse both the development and the impact of food policy in Europe, the USA and other selected countries.

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  • Consumer Behaviour in Food Markets

    Year 4

    Consumer Behaviour in Food Markets (FE4205)

    This module provides an in-depth understanding of consumer behaviour in the food marketing process. Students will develop an appreciation of the determinants of food choice at the macro and micro levels.

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  • International Food Retail Marketing

    Year 4

    International Food Retail Marketing (FE4206)

    To elucidate current marketing practices within the global food-retailing sector and to assess the strategic implications for food manufacturers.

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  • Global Food Supply Chain Management

    Year 4

    Global Food Supply Chain Management (FE4207)

    The purpose of this module is to provide a holistic understanding of the dynamics of global food supply chains and introduce analytical frameworks and tools to continually improve strategic planning and operational performance.

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  • Úsáid agus Cruinneas na Gaeilge

    Year 4

    Úsáid agus Cruinneas na Gaeilge (GA3001)

    Cur le cumas agus le cruinneas na mac léinn i scríobh agus i labhairt na Gaeilge (arb ionann caighdeán dó agus grád C1 de réir 'Fráma Tagartha Comónta Eorpach do Theangacha'), agus téacsanna Gaeilge de chuid na haimsire seo a scrúdú.

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  • Global Governance

    Year 4

    Global Governance (GV4401)

    To develop an understanding of contemporary global governance and its challenges

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  • Electronic Business Foundations

    Year 4

    Electronic Business Foundations (IS3302)

    IS3302 To provide students with a knowledge of the principles and operation of electronic business.

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  • Electronic Business

    Year 4

    Electronic Business (IS3303)

    IS3303 To provide students with a knowledge of the principles and operation of electronic business in commercial organisations

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  • People and Organisation

    Year 4

    People and Organisation (MG2001)

    MG2001 To develop an understanding of the complexities and challenges facing individuals in their roles as members of organisations.

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  • Enterprise Planning and Processes

    Year 4

    Enterprise Planning and Processes (MG2007)

    To provide students with insights into the processes by which enterprises operate, deliver products and services to the market and adapt to external forces in order to remain sustainable and grow.

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  • Strategic Marketing

    Year 4

    Strategic Marketing (MG4035)

    This module draws together the areas of strategic marketing analysis, marketing strategy formulation and implementation. Core topics include: Strategic marketing process, situation assessment (the external environment and the company), marketing strategy

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  • Strategic Management

    Year 4

    Strategic Management (MG4036)

    To develop expertise in applying the methods, principles and processes of strategic analysis and strategy implementation to current business issues experienced by firms competing in today's turbulent environment

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  • Methods of Business Statistics

    Year 4

    Methods of Business Statistics (ST2200)

    ST2200 To provide an understanding of further techniques of business statistics.

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For full programme requirements, please refer to the University College Cork Academic Calendar here

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Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate entry requirements:

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H3 in Iirsh, minimum grade H5 in one subject and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:




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Mature students:

Applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest and may be called for interview. Leaving Certificate Maths is recommended. A H3 in Leaving Certificate Irish is required (HB3 if presenting a pre-2017 Leaving Certificate).  Approximately one place is available on this programme for mature applicants.

International Students should visit the International Education website.



Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

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Application Process

EU applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants.

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry. Find out about our mature entry requirements here

Non-EU Applications

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

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Information for Parents

This section contains information for parents ranging from:

  • the CAO process, including important dates and deadlines
  • support services and facilities that UCC provides for its students
  • dates of forthcoming events for prospective parents and students

Information for parents can be found on the UCC website here (including the Parent Information Guide): Parent Information (UCC)

Additional information is also available on Student Financial Information.

Advisory Service

I also offer an advisory service for prospective students (second level and mature) on their course choices throughout the year.

Alternatively, you can contact our BComm Student Recruitment and Liaison Officer.

Anne Wallace
Student Recruitment & Liaison Officer
College of Business & Law
Room 3.03A O'Rahilly Building
University College Cork
Tel: +353 21 420 5102

Work Placement Information

Work Placement Details 

Benefits of work placement include:

  • Practical experience in industry
  • Improved job opportunities
  • Experience in teamwork and development of interpersonal skills
  • Awareness of current developments in the sector

For furthur Information , visit UCC Work Placement Website