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 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 MTU Cork Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to MTU Cork courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, MTU Cork offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a MTU Cork Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the MTU Cork 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, English, and Mathematics.

Course summary

Business Administration incorporates many types of management positions. From major corporations to independent businesses, every operation needs highly skilled administrators in order to succeed. 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 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

For information on Fees/Student Grants/Scholarships and Financial Assistance, please click here.


CR022 Course Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus


The Business Administration programme aims to provide students with the technologies and practices which are essential to a modern organisational environment. Students will have the opportunity to learn a wide range of fundamental skills including; document presentation, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, accounting, marketing, management, Human Resource 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 MTU Cork 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

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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:

Honours Degree holders who achieve the specified level of academic performance are eligible to apply for a postgraduate course of study at CIT, and at other third level colleges in Ireland and abroad.


The Bachelor of Business Honours degree (Level 8) satisfies the degree requirements of the Teaching Council. As with other recognised degrees, a postgraduate programme of Initial Teacher Education, accredited by the Teaching Council, consisting of two years full-time study or 120 ECTS credits must subsequently be completed to be eligible for registration with the Teaching Council.


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 20.


How much Information Technology (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.


Is it possible to obtain a Higher Certificate after two years?
Yes, students who successfully complete Year 2 and do not wish to progress to Year 3 will receive a Higher Certificate in Business Administration.


Graduate Profiles

Jack Milne
Client Associate- Clearstream Global Securities Services

“Studying Business Administration in CIT was the best decision I’ve ever made. Through this course, I gained a vital understanding of all aspects of the business world, such as information systems, modern technology, human resources, law, accounting, the European Union, and much more. The best way to define Business Administration is with the words, “Enjoyability” and “Employability”. The course was enjoyable for the entire four years as we gained knowledge that was interesting and practical, and we were constantly learning. The lecturers were friendly, approachable and happy to help in any way that they could, and there was always a feeling of mutual respect. There was also a great social aspect to the course, the group projects and class discussions enabled the class to get to know each other and become friends. Employability defines the course because the subjects we studied and the information we gained was highly applicable to the real world and that is something that employers recognise. 


The work placement in 3rd year is a fantastic opportunity because it means you already have credible workplace experience before you even graduate, which helps us stand out when looking for jobs at the same time as other graduates. From my own experience, because of how well known and well-respected Business Administration in CIT is by employers, finding a job after graduation was a quick and simple process. Studying Business Administration is an incredible experience, and it is highly rewarding.  If you work for your Business Administration degree, then your Business Administration degree will work for you.”



Jack Coade
Investor Relations, Citco Fund Services


“One of the best aspects of studying the Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Business Administration at CIT, is the variety of topics that are covered throughout the programme. This allowed me to find the area that I wanted to pursue as a career, while getting exposure to other topics. The balance of theory classes and IT labs really help develop your skills quickly as the topics you learn in the lectures are backed-up by putting that theory into practice in the computer labs. This helped me to increase my familiarity with a range of business software.


The work placement is beneficial to students as it allows them to spend time in the work environment that they may want to pursue after college. In my case, the work placement was a real eye-opener as it helped me decide on the career path that I wanted to take. The skills I learned from the degree programme helped me to stand out to employers when applying for positions.”



Ciara Kiely
Procurement Coordinator, Essense of Australia


“I graduated with a BBus (Honours) in Business Administration. After graduating. I was offered a Supply Chain Graduate role with Boston Scientific, a worldwide leading medical devices company. During this role, I had the opportunity to use the skills gained from IT, Supply Chain Management and Business Information Technology modules and put them into practice. I then went on to work as a Buyer with Boston Scientific and recently moved to Australia where I have started a new role as a Procurement Coordinator with Essense of Australia.


I found the work placement element of this programme hugely beneficial. It prepared me for the working in industry using the skills I gained, and gave me a CV that stood out compared to other graduates. My daily tasks include adjusting and expediting purchase orders based on material requirement planning, customer satisfaction processes and maintaining supplier relationships.


CIT’s Business Administration degree programme has helped me find a career that I really enjoy and for which I have a great passion.”


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.”


Deborah Fitzgerald
Sales Support Associate


“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.


I work with Dell Software Group and 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.”



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.”


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.

Business Administration graduates have gone onto pursue a wide variety of careers in areas such as administration, human resource management, marketing, supply chain management, IT, financial and shared services, banking, insurance, media, customer service, health service, local authorities, and fund services.


Potential Areas of Employment

  • Business Analytics
  • Key Account Manager
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Digital Marketing
  • Financial Services

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



EU Applicants must apply via the CAO - please click on the link above.

Non-EU Applicants - please click here for how to apply.

CAO 1st Round:

Entry 2020: 190

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

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