This redesigned honours degree programme will give you the knowledge and skills required for all areas of business management. You will cover all the latest thinking and how it contributes to organisational structure.
You will gain an in-depth knowledge of a wide range of management and general business issues, theory, practice, and development. You will also learn to appreciate wider factors impacting business decision making such as the organisation culture, entrepreneurship and the external economic environment.
Students come from a variety of organisations and the course helps you understand the implications of different business contexts and varied stakeholders on the management of business.
The course will progress you through an in-depth knowledge of business management from its basic operational foundations to the more strategic level, and inform you of emerging new issues in this sphere.
Our experienced faculty and the block delivery nature of the programme enables the course to offer you an interesting range of business assignments that will see you critically assessing approaches taken in work examples and case studies. This emphasis on practical assignments together with expert industry guest lecturers and a range of online materials will make for a fulfilling learning experience.
This part-time course is aimed at people working in business and management areas or intending to move into them.
For information on the modules taught on this course view our module descriptors.
This course is supported with online materials that supplement classroom-based lectures. This gives students the opportunity to meet-up in the college and speak directly with lecturers.
This course is designed to radically change the experience of part-time study, with the learner no longer bound to traditional academic semesters that are more suited to full-time students.
The course is delivered over three stages with each stage consisting of a block of 11 to 13 weeks with a short break built in after completion of each block over the summer period. Submission deadlines and exams may fall within the break period.
Typically the schedule would be:
September to mid-December 2020
Mid-January to mid-late April 2021
Mid-May to end of July/beginning of August 2021
Mid-September to mid-December 2021
Mid-January to end-April 2022
May to August 2022
The course is designed to appeal to those at work or seeking to re-enter the workforce. There are no specific academic requirements with applicants considered based on work and other experience. Applicants under 21 will be assessed based on Leaving Certificate or equivalent.
Note that applicants with a Certificate in First Line Management, or a Certificate in Retail Management will get exemptions from some modules in stage 1.
Any applicant with substantial experience may be eligible for module exemptions, you can apply by showing evidence of prior learning based on your employment experience.
NCI is prepared to adhere to Government directives for course delivery in September 2021. Investments have been made in technology for online learning, as well as campus enhancements if face-to-face classes are permissible.
If remote learning remains a feature of the course timetable, the College recommends the following laptop requirements for incoming students:
Intel 7th (or higher) generation processors (Core i-3, i-5, i-7,i-9-7x)
or AMD Ryzen 3rd generation processors, running at 2.0GHz and above (Intel Atom/Celeron or AMD Athlon/Sempron Processors may cost less, but may not meet your requirements)
Random Access Memory (RAM):
8 GB minimum
Solid State Drive (SSD) Capacity:
256 GB minimum
802.11 a/b/g/n compliant with Bluetooth Capability (incompatibilities have been noted with the Qualcomm Atheros Wireless Adapters and software device drivers)
Direct X9 or later
Supported Operating Systems:
Windows 10 Home/Pro
This programme is designed to offer learners the maximum of flexibility with different entry and exit points and awards. This allows learners to stage their studies as suits them best.
The full Bachelor of Arts Honours in Business Management is awarded by QQI at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (subject to QQI validation). This award will allow progression to level 9 courses on the NFQ such as NCI’s MA in Human Resource Management.
However, students may exit after completing stage 1 (60 credits) and receive a Certificate in Business Management at level 6, or after completing stage 2 (120 credits) and receive a Diploma in Business Management at level 7 awarded by QQI on the NFQ.
If you exit with a minor award you can still return later to finish the whole degree – you set the pace.
3 stages over 2 years.
Two evenings per week plus some Saturdays 09.00-17.00
Please note that exams can be scheduled during the morning, afternoon or evening Monday to Saturday.
The cost of this course is €4,000 per stage full degree encompasses 3 stages.
(Fees revised annually)
You can spread the cost of this course with a direct debit plan.