Home Economics & Business

  • Course Code

    MT 930

  • Field of Study

    Business,Home Economics

  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BA (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course Summary

The programme is specifically designed to prepare graduates to develop discipline expertise in the areas of Home Economics and Business. Through a ‘protected pathway’ graduates who achieve an honours degree (i.e. a H2.2 result) in the BA (Hons) in Home Economics & Business, can progress to the Professional Master of Education (PME) in University College Cork, qualifying them to teach both Home Economics and Business subjects in post-primary schools in Ireland.

Admission Requirements:


For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points
  • meet the minimum entry requirements and
  • complete Garda Vetting

Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics, English or Irish, and Home Economics or a Laboratory Science Subject*.


*A H5 must be obtained in Home Economics or a Laboratory Science subject (from Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Agricultural Science, or Physics & Chemistry (joint)).


Please note the H5 grade in Home Economics or a relevant Laboratory Science subject can also be used to satisfy one of the H5 entry requirements.


MTU uses the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to help assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. Students are also required to complete additional Garda Vetting if progressing to the PME in UCC.

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Tourism & Hospitality


Location:  MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork


Recorded November 2021



This is the only initial teacher education programme in Home Economics offering Business as a second subject option.

The nature of the Home Economics programme is diverse, and requires graduates to gain competencies in a multidisciplinary context. This means graduates will gain  expertise and develop skills in culinary arts, biological sciences, textiles and design, consumer studies, family resource management, social studies, architecture, and environmental studies. Through the study of Business, graduates will gain insight and develop skills in management, accounting, economics, human resource management, international business, entrepreneurship, and legal studies. 

The design of the programme means the knowledge and skills gained by graduates will encompass discipline knowledge and skills in Home Economics and Business, along with an introduction into education studies. This will provide a solid foundation to develop pedagogical expertise when graduates go on to complete the PME. Graduates from the BA (Hons) in Home Economics & Business who go on to complete the Professional Master of Education, will complete their studies as teaching professionals, critical thinkers and innovators, with a broad worldview.    


Work Placement

The module Preliminary School Placement in Home Economics introduces students to the actual teaching of Home Economics in schools through a supported school classroom placement working with an experienced Home Economics teacher. This placement takes place during the 2nd semester of year 3, where students will work with a qualified teacher for a number of class periods in school each week, whilst completing their studies in MTU.


Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Home Economics & Business

Further Studies

Graduates who achieve a minimum of a second class Honours Grade H2.2 in MTU's BA (Honours) in Home Economics and Business will automatically be offered a place on the Professional Master of Education (PME) post-primary in the School of Education, University College Cork (UCC) through a ‘protected places pathway’.

Completion of both programmes (3-year BA Home Economics and Business in MTU and 2-year PME in UCC) allows graduates to meet all Teaching Council requirements to teach both Home Economics and Business to Leaving Certificate level in second-level schools in Ireland.

UCC’s recommendation for admissions process to the PME is (for all students who achieve 2H2 in the BA programme and wish to proceed with the PME) to apply via PAC PME application portal. The PAC PME application fee of €100 may apply.


Detailed information about the Professional Master of Education programme is available at https://www.ucc.ie/en/pec01/


Please download the Questions & Answers file


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Additional Programme Information


Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:


Module info >>



First year at a glance


Here is a list of first year modules

  • Culinary Techniques & Food Safety
  • Biology for Home Economics
  • Household Finance & Planning
  • Family & Social Change
  • Introduction to Management
  • Introduction to Micro Economics
  • Human Nutrition
  • Science of Food & Health
  • Fashion Design & Industry
  • Home Design & Management
  • Business Law
  • Financial Accounting

This programme was designed between the Department of Tourism & Hospitality, MTU, and the School of Education, UCC, to allow graduates from the BA (Hons) in Home Economics & Business to seamlessly progress to the Professional Masters in Education in UCC.


However, for BA (Hons) Home Economics & Business graduates who decide that teaching is not a profession for them, they will be safe in the knowledge that this degree programme allows graduates to pursue several other career paths.

Despite not being qualified to teach at second level, graduates will have developed highly diversified skills, which can easily be utilised and adapted to other industries. Students will graduate as well-rounded individuals, with discipline expertise in Home Economics and Business, and excellent interpersonal skills, having studied four modules in Education. As an example, graduates may wish to embark in a food business related career; such will be their expertise, in culinary, food science, nutrition and business. These graduates will have a unique skillset to work in micro firms, SMEs and multi-nationals.


This skillset will also allow graduates to set up their own business (e.g. artisan food or textile domain), or pursue other entrepreneurial interests (e.g. community enterprise programmes).


Others may wish to apply their unique skillsets in novel ways, such is the diversity of the programme. For example, graduates could apply their knowledge and aptitude in a Care Home setting (e.g. Care Home Management), or in employment within charity or community groups (e.g. community child/young adult programmes), or other social care initiatives, while others may wish to apply their knowledge and skillset in areas such as event management or hospitality.


Avenues to pursue research interests and embark on Masters or PhD research would also be open.  Such is the unique constellation of modules on the programme, graduates will have numerous career paths to choose from. 

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 2021: 518

CAO Cut off:

Not Specified

CAO Average:

Not Specified

Dr Noel Murray, Head of Department

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