Commerce (BComm (Hons))Back
The Bachelor of Commerce Degree programme is the leading undergraduate business degree in Ireland. It is designed for motivated students who intend on making a future impact on the business world. This highly innovative degree offers a comprehensive range of 5 employment led thematic majors in the fourth year:
- Banking and Financial Markets
- Human Resources and Leadership
- Business Development and Consultancy
- Marketing and Consumer Understanding
- Operations and Supply Chains
This four-year programme is designed to help students gain the theoretical and practical skills required for the employment market in business. Teaching and academic guidance will be provided by experienced staff; students will have opportunities to interact with businesses and learn in real workplace scenarios and students also have the option to benefit from experiencing college life in other countries through the Study Abroad Programme.
In years one, two and three students are introduced to a number of different business areas. In third-year students are provided with intermediate level taster modules to reflect the 5 thematic majors in Year 4. During this year students will also have the opportunity to; participate in a paid business internship and to partake in the study abroad programme. In the final year, students will select one thematic major to specialise in thus providing an excellent springboard for a successful career.
BComm graduates will have a wide variety of career options open to them from, banking, finance, human resource management, insurance, marketing, retail, advertising, tourism, teaching and taxation project management, manufacturing, business consulting, financial analysis, investment banking and general management, and of course many more.
Modules: (Each Year consists of 60 credits)
Year 1 Modules (all 5 credits)
- AC1100 Introduction to Accounting
- BU1000 Developing Critical Thinking Skills
- EC1207 Principles of the Micro Economy
- EC1208 Principles of the Macro Economy
- FE1101 Introduction to Food Business and Development
- IS1105 Business Information Systems
- LW1108 Introduction to the Legal System
- LW1109 Introduction to Business Law
- MA1100 Introductory Mathematics for Business I
- MG1000 Foundations of Management and Organisational Behaviour
- MG1002 Foundations of Marketing
- ST1023 Introduction to Business Statistics
Year 2 Modules
In Year 2 students take a combination of compulsory modules and electives. The electives allow students to begin to specialise in fields that interest them the most.
The compulsory modules include Introduction to Management Accounting; Intermediate Management Accounting; Placement Skills and Professional Practice; Economics of Managerial Decision Making; Economics - Production and Costs; IS Analysis and Design for Business; People and Organisation; International Business; Enterprise Planning and Processes; Business Ethics.
The elective modules include Sustainability in Modern Businesses; Global Food Policy; International Politics; European Government and Politics; Commercial Law; Introductory Mathematics for Business; Consumer Behaviour and Sustainable Consumption; Methods of Business Statistics.
Year 3 Modules
In Year 3 student select one of the following options:
- Study at an approved university abroad for the full academic year;
- Study at an approved university abroad for semester 1, return to UCC for semester 2, then complete either a 6-month work placement or a research project;
- Study in UCC for semesters 1 and 2, then complete either a 6-month work placement or a research project.
In this year students gain an intermediate knowledge of possible thematic majors which are available in the fourth year.
In addition to taking these core modules students select a range of minor subjects from the following subject areas: Accounting, Business Economics; Food Business & Development; Law; Management; Marketing, Maths, Statistics
Year 4 Modules
In year 4 students take 40 credits from their selected thematic major including:
- Business and Financial markets
- Human Resources and Leadership
- Business, Development and Consultancy
- Markets and Consumer understanding
- Operations and Supply Chains
And 20 credits from a range of minors including (Accounting, Business Economics; Food Business & Development; Government; Law; Management; Marketing, Maths, Statistics).
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
The objective of the BComm Degree is to produce graduates who can contribute immediately in the business community. There are many reasons to choose this unique programme, including the following:
- The programme is developed and delivered in conjunction with industry.
- You will develop key professional, practical skills that you can apply to your first job.
- You study Business Economics, Food Business & Development, Government, Information Systems, Law, Management, Marketing, Maths and Statistics.
- Our teaching staff are experts in their fields, many with extensive industry experience. Classes often include guest speakers.
- In 3rd Year you (i) will develop essential transferable skills whilst participating in a business internship. Our dedicated placement officer will help you arrange your six-month internship, or (ii) will have the opportunity to compete to spend a semester or year abroad in one of our partner institutions.
- Throughout the programme we will also focus on enhancing your analytical skills and personal development. This will allow you to build the skills required to have an intelligent, informed, creative, and compassionate engagement with the world of business.
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Skills and Careers Information
This course will cultivate your creativity and critical thinking skills in business. You will be exposed to the latest knowledge in global business. You will undertake invaluable work experience through our transferable skills programme. Many students experience global business methods in our partner business schools. Your teamwork, communication and presentation skills will be developed and enhanced through the blended teaching and learning approaches on the programme. The course will facilitate your holistic development. Upon graduation, a wide variety of careers will be available to you, including accounting, banking, finance, marketing, management, retail, advertising, tourism, teaching, taxation, human resources, project management, manufacturing, consulting.
A degree is not just about what you know - it's also about what you can do. We know employers want graduates with both business knowledge and practical skills to hit the ground running. This degree will prepare you to graduate career-ready by building these business skills and providing real workplace learning experiences.
In year 3 you will have the opportunity to take the transferable skills module and a limited number of students may study abroad. Every year up to 170 students take internships with leading employers across many industry areas nationwide and overseas, including accounting firms, banking and finance, food and drinks, telecoms, pharmaceutical and healthcare, retail and distribution and the public sector. Many of the firms hire their internship students as graduates. Most internships are in Ireland, but some are abroad.
A number of our students choose to compete to study abroad in our partner business schools in the US, Canada, Europe and Singapore. Some students spend the first semester abroad and return home in time to complete the work placement programme. Other students spend the full academic year abroad, with many of these arranging their own summer internships in the US and Ireland.
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 organisational settings;
- Engage in Experiential Learning.
Practicalities & Assessment
In each year of the course you will generally have 12 hours of timetabled lectures supported with a further 12 hours of either tutorials and/or computer laboratory or in some cases field trips as required by individual modules. You will also be responsible for and examined in all material delivered at lectures and tutorials and any additional required reading.
Full module information is detailed in the section below.
Written exams will take place before Christmas and in April/May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment.
Assessment methods are linked to the learning outcomes of each module. The assessments are used to gauge your knowledge, understanding, analytical and critical thinking, problem-solving, presentation and communication skills.
As individual modules have unique features, a diverse range of formative and summative assessment methods are used. Formative assessment includes concept maps, one-minute papers, project proposals, in-class presentations etc. Summative assessment is generally, but not exclusively, in the form of end-of-semester examinations. This is normally a three-hour exam for subjects valued at 10 credits, and a one and a half hour exam for subjects valued at 5 credits. In some cases, a module may be examined by continuous assessment.
Leaving Certificate entry requirements:
At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes . Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:
Mature students: Applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest and may be called for interview. Leaving Certificate Maths or equivalent is recommended. There are approximately twenty places available on this course.
Other qualifications: EU/EFTA/UK students presenting an alternative school-leaving qualification (e.g. A-levels or International Baccalaureate) or QQI/FE course should visit our EU/EFTA/UK Applicants pages for further information.
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 .
EU Applicants: Application to the first year of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply on-line at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.
Mature Applicants: Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry. Find out about the mature entry requirements here.
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.
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.
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.
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
BComm Graduate Profiles
Deirdre Somers - CEO, Irish Stock Exchange
Chief Executive of the Irish Stock Exchange (“ISE”) since June 2007, Deirdre leads the ISE in growing its position as the globally dominant exchange for listing international investment funds and specialist debt instruments and as the centre-point of liquidity for Irish cash equities.
Deirdre graduated with a BComm from UCC in 1987 and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland. She is a member of the IFSC Clearing House Group, established by the Irish Government to co-ordinate the development of the international financial services sector in Ireland and Vice President of the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE), where she chairs FESE’s Strategy and SME financing subgroups. She is a vocal advocate for market transparency, high corporate governance standards and excellence in investor relations.
Lauren Crowley - Irish Dairy Board Southern California
I grew up in a family run business and always knew I wanted to have a business career. In 2008 I choose to study for a BComm Degree at UCC.The BComm had great variety and flexibility in the modules on offer. In the early years, I studied core business principles, such as economics, information systems and accounting. By final year, I had made the decision to specialise in Marketing and Food Business.
Throughout my four years at UCC, I was very active with the Commerce Society where I developed significant leadership and organisational skills, as well as making life-long friends. I was also actively in sports and I enjoyed training at the state of the art Mardyke Arena.
In Year 3, I was awarded the BComm Work Placement Award for exceptional performance during my six months work placement at Grant Thornton, Dublin. Having the opportunity to gain work experience while still studying was invaluable, and allowed me to develop a range of work related competencies, which are demanded by graduate employers. The experience helped me to advance both on a personal and a professional level.
The transferable skills I developed throughout my commerce degree were highly beneficial particularly when I was selected as a member of the BComm Team that represented UCC at the John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition (JMUCC), held in Montreal, February 2013. As a member of the team, I received extensive training from KPMG and the UCC Commerce Faculty before travelling to Canada for 10 days. I also attended creative thinking workshops, and presentation skills master classes, which were hugely beneficial in preparing me for interviews during final year. Representing UCC at this prestigious competition was the highlight of my time in UCC.
As a result of the BComm Degree at UCC, I have become a well-rounded graduate with solid job prospects, ready to enter the world of work.I will graduate with a First Class Honours in October 2013. Without a doubt the BComm Degree opened many doors for me and played a major role in securing my dream job as a Sales and Marketing Representative – Irish Dairy Board – Southern California. I could not be happier with the decision I made four years ago.
Jean O’Sullivan - Accountant, Accenture
My name is Jean O' Sullivan. I graduated with honours from the B.Comm Programme in 2005 and subsequently completed an MBS in Corporate Strategy at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Following completion of my masters, I applied to work with Accenture - a global Management Consulting, Technology & Outsourcing company and was employed as a Business Analyst in 2006.
For the past 5 years, I have worked with Accenture’s Strategy Practice within its Management Consulting business where I have supported large UK and Irish Banks and Utility Companies with Strategic Planning & Transformation projects. In this time, I have worked across a number of areas including Credit Risk, Financial Reconciliations, Corporate & Retail Lending and Strategic Cost Reduction.
One of the main benefits of completing a Commerce degree is that it gave me a solid grounding in a wide variety of business disciplines. My degree gave me the opportunity to study current & exciting areas of business such as online marketing, innovation, disruptive technologies, strategic planning and entrepreneurship. After leaving UCC and completing my masters, I felt that I was well prepared for a career in Consulting - not only had I a good understanding of the challenges facing businesses in today’s competitive environment but I was also able to appreciate the levers a business can pull to gain a sustainable competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Sean O'Driscoll - CEO, Glenn Dimplex
Sean O’Driscoll is a commerce graduate of University College Cork. Qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and became a partner in the firm before leaving to join Glen Dimplex as Group Finance Director in 1990.
Appointed Deputy Chief Executive of Glen Dimplex in 1994 and Group Chief Executive in 1998.
He is a former Director of AIB, and a former Member of the Government appointed Enterprise Advisory Group and of the High Level Ireland Asia Strategy Group. He is currently a member of the President’s Advisory Board at University College Cork.
He was awarded the 2004 UCC College of Business and Law Alumni award for his business acumen. In 2006 he was awarded an honorary OBE by Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to British industry. My alma mater of which I am very proud, provided me with the foundation for a career in business.
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