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Business Administration (BBus degree)

  • Course Code

    CR 022

  • Field of Study

    Business Administration

  • Type of Course:

    Higher Certificate,Degree

  • Type of Qualification:


  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course duration:

3 Years (6 Semesters)

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
• score the necessary CAO points and
• meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.

Holders of relevant NCVA/FETAC (now QQI) awards may apply through the CAO. 

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) operates within the NFQ, and has awards (formerly FETAC awards) placed at Level 5 (Certificate) or Level 6 (Advanced Certificate) of the framework.

Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard. Please click here for more information.


Work Placement

In Year 3, students undertake a minimum fifteen week work placement/internship. Students have the benefit of an academic mentor from CIT and a mentor in the workplace. Feedback from students and our industry partners has been very positive to date. In many cases students have secured full-time employment as a result of the placement.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects are Business, Accounting, English, Mathematics, and Languages.

Course summary

The course is taught through lectures, tutorials and workshops. There is a strong emphasis on practical work. The course is graded by end of module examinations as well as continuous assessment.


Organisation and Professional Development

Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus

The Business Administration programme provides students with a unique blend of technical and business skills that are required for the organisation and management of business tasks. This is a practical, skills-focused programme, exposing students to the most up-to-date technologies that businesses are using.

The course aims to provide students with the technologies and practices which are essential to a modern organisational environment. Students have the opportunity to learn a wide range of fundamental skills including; document presentation, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, accounting, marketing, management, HRM, web design, management information systems, public relations, digital marketing, social media, project management, supply chain management and more.

In Year 3, students undertake a minimum fifteen week work placement/internship. Students have the benefit of an academic mentor from CIT and a mentor in the workplace. Feedback from students and our industry partners has been very positive to date. In many cases students have secured full-time employment as a result of the placement.

Further Studies

For details, see

Progression to Level 8 (Honours Degree)

Bachelor of Business in Business Administration graduates who achieve the specified level of academic performance are eligible to apply for entry to the one year add-on:
> BBus (Honours) in Business Administration
> BBus (Honours) in Business

Question time

Are there language recommendations for the course?
If taking French as an elective in Year 1, students are expected to have Leaving Certificate French. Languages German, Spanish, and Italian are at beginner level.

What are the typical student numbers in first year?
First year course/class size is approximately 65. Computer lab groups are a maximum of 25.

How much IT is involved in the course?
Over a third of the programme modules are focused on developing IT skills and working with business related software packages.

Graduate Profile

Diarmuid Ryng
Finance Administration Intern

“I am currently working with VMware; a multinational company who provide cloud and virtualisation software and services to customers worldwide. I’m a member of the Cork Finance group; a team of over 60 who work with Procurement, Accounts Payable and Receivable teams who are based in India. My daily tasks and responsibilities involve supporting internal and external paperwork flow, liaising with the legal administration team on the administration of contracts together with support to Finance and Procurement teams.

The skills I gained whilst studying the BBus (Hons) in Business Administration definitely helped me find employment. The experience I gained while on work-placement also gave me a good head start and helped me settle into working life.”

Graduate Profile

Niamh O'Brien
Sales Associate

“I am currently working with Dell Software who provide software solutions and services to customers worldwide. My position is Sales Associate for the UK and Irish Market; my responsibilities include managing and qualifying all my leads and working on marketing campaigns.

I strongly believe that the skills I gained while studying the Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Business Administration at CIT will help me progress through my career. I really enjoyed my work placement, and taking part on an Entrepreneurship Erasmus project also helped me to decide what career path to take.”

Graduate Profile

Aidan O'Sullivan
Buyer - Supply Management Installation & Services

“I graduated with a BBus (Honours) in Business Administration. One of the most interesting aspects of the programme was the work placement module. During this module I studied new systems, learned about policies and procedures and put process improvement ideas forward which made the work placement aspect of the programme hugely beneficial.

The combination of business and IT modules such as Supply Chain Management, Project Management and Business Information Technology directly complements the role which I do now.

My daily tasks involve communicating with Project Managers, Engineers and Expeditors, analysing requisitions and placing purchase orders with a worldwide supplier base.

CIT’s Business Administration programme has had an extremely positive effect on my career path.”

Graduate Profile

Deborah Fitzgerald
Sales Support Associate, Dell Software Group

“Studying Business Administration at CIT opened up so many doors after graduation. I had the options to choose a career in marketing, management, IT, HR, and many more. The opportunity to advance into the fourth year for my Honours degree was very beneficial to improving my skills.

The work placement was valuable for gaining experience and it provided an opportunity to have a CV that stood out from other graduates.

My daily responsibilities include order processing and annual pricing of renewal support for customers. I’m also involved in the ‘Great Place to Work’ committee and the internal communications team where I have the opportunity to strengthen my marketing communication and event management skills.”



Career Opportunities

Business Administration graduates undertake a wide range of administrative duties and may obtain employment in areas such as administration, marketing, IT, financial and shared services, banking, insurance, media, customer service, health service, local authorities, and fund services.

Potential Areas of Employment
• Office Administrator
• Key Account Manager
• Customer Relationship Executive
• Digital Marketing Executive

Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)

CAO 1st Round:


CAO Cut off:

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