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A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?

An ability to question everything and think laterally is important. Also the ability to say 'no' (not everyone is comfortable doing this). Working in quality is not about being popular and definitely not about being a tyrant but one needs to be approachable, consistent and have good interpersonal skills.

Not all of your decisions are going to be popular but they need to be based on a sound rationale and you need to be able to support them. One also needs to be acutely aware of the fact that your opinion won't always be right.

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LM050 BBS
Business Studies

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the QQI, HEA or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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4 Years
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The Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) programme will provide you with a broad business education. You will study the core business principles of accounting, risk management, human resource management, economics and marketing - specialising in one area as your “major” in the second semester of Year 2. Theory will be brought to life through work on practical business projects in addition to an eight month work placement in industry.

Final degree options will be selected at the start of first year, allowing applicants to change their selected degree option.

UL Bachelor of Business Studies
UL Bachelor of Business Studies - Course Description
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Note: Information for 2017 Entry
Old Code New Code Award Title
BMXXX  5M2069  Marketing
BBSXX  5M2102  Business Studies
BBSIT  5M2111  International Trade
BBSAX  5M2468  Business Administration


Essential Module Requirements:
Must possess distinctions in 5 modules in the FETAC level 5/6 qualification which must include one of the following:


B20029 - Statistics
or 5N2066 - Statistics

C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics

O4/H7 in LCE Maths

Students wishing to pursue a language option are required to present a distinction in the relevant language component/module or H4 in LCE in the appropriate language.

Note: Information for 2017 Entry

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Typical Careers include:

  • Tax Consultant
  • Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Stockbroker
  • Marketing Brand Manager
  • PR Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Pensions and Insurance Administrator
  • Industrial Relations Officer
  • Risk Analyst
  • HR Manager



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