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Bachelor of Arts in International Business

Bachelor of Arts in International Business
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

CAO points history:
Course code:
4 Years

Course leader:
Kieran Gallery
Email: Tel:
Tel: 00 353 61 202015

If you wish to develop your knowledge of business while learning about the influence of politics, law, history and sociology on business decisions, then this programme might be for you. While other business programmes contain an international perspective, this programme provides an extensive international context that will drive your understanding and creativity. On graduation, you can expect to be well-positioned for a career in business, not just in Ireland but with overseas organisations.

If you want to;

- Discover a distinctive undergraduate experience

- Design your own degree programme

- Study and work abroad

- Enjoy a programme that puts business in an international framework

- Be prepared for rewarding graduate-level employment

Then this programme might be for you.

Why study International Business at UL?

The BA in International Business will provide you with a distinctive and challenging undergraduate experience. The programme is structured around a broad and flexible curriculum with subject choices that will help you to understand how business decisions are undertaken in a globalised world shaped by political, social and legal issues.

Under the ‘normal’ pathway, students spend years 1, 2 and 4 in UL. An international study/work placement in year 3 is a core part of the programme. This international experience will allow you to attend university in Europe, the US, Latin America, Asia or Australia. Having the chance to push your learning in a new environment is a challenging and exciting part of the programme.

In addition, students can avail of an amazing opportunity to earn a second degree from a leading international business school. Under this alternative ‘dual degree’ pathway, BA in International Business students spend their first two years studying in Limerick and their last two years studying at another Business School (while retaining an international work placement). Upon successful completion of their four years of study, students will receive both UL’s BA in International Business degree and an equivalent degree from the other business school.

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What you will study

Module Electives - what are they?

Electives give you the opportunity to choose modules that you want to study.

Each Semester you will be given a choice of a number of modules and you will be asked to select a certain amount to study. This can range from 1 module to 4 modules, based on the course.

For example, you may be given a list of 4 modules, and will be asked to choose 2 to study for the upcoming semester.

Electives within International Business

There are three broad categories that you will study on this course:

  1. Business
  2. Humanities
  3. Languages

Each semester you will have the choice to study 5 modules across these categories. Certain restrictions apply for each category but the overall flexibility will allow you to study the areas of International Business that interest you. 

For your first semester there is one mandatory module, so you will only need to choose 4 more. Your choices are outlined below. 

Category Module Code Module Title
Mandatory BS4001 Principles of International Business
Business AC4001 Principles of Accounting
(min. 2, max. 4) EC4101 Microeconomics
  IN4003 Principles of Risk Management
  MG4031 Management Principles
  MI4007 Business Information Management
  CM4203 Communications
Humanities LA4901 Principles of Law
(min. 0, max. 2) PO4051 Introduction to Politics and International Relations 1
  SO4001 Introduction to Sociology
  HI4071 Doing History: Past, Present, and Practice
Languages FR4921 French for Business 1A
(min. 0, max.1) GE4921 German for Business 1A
  JA4911 Japanese for Business 1
  SP4151 Spanish for Business 1 (Beginners)
  SP4161 Spanish for Business 1

You can get detailed information on each module here.

You can get more information on the Language options here

What you will study

Choice and flexibility are central to the BA in International Business. You will select modules from business, finance, economics, law, sociology and languages in several possible combinations that reflect your interests, and help your understanding of international business. You will have the option of either choosing a language elective stream (selecting from Spanish - beginners or advanced French, German, and Japanese for beginners), or business/humanities elective stream.

By the end of the course, you will have:

  • the ability to apply specialised technical, analytical and creative skills which are fundamental to problem-solving and decision-making in the business world
  • the knowledge and skills to acquire information and engage with ideas and concepts that emerge from other business cultures
  • an array of advanced skills needed to conduct guided research in a range of business contexts
  • the capacity to effect change responsibly in business, professional and academic environments.

Set out below is the course structure for the ‘normal’ pathway:

Year 1 Semester 1 Credits Semester 2 Credits
  Principles of International Business 6    
  Choose - Min 2 Max 4   Choose - Min 3 Max 4  
  Principles of Accounting 6 Managerial Accounting 6
  Microeconomics 6 Macroeconomics 6
  Principles of Risk Management 6 Insurance Law & Claims 6
  Management Principles 6 Entrepreneurship and Innovation 6
  Business Information Management 6 Principles of Organisational Behaviour 6
  Communications 6 Marketing 6
  Choose - Min 0 Max 2   Choose - Min 0 Max 2  
  Principles of Law 6 Comparative Legal Systems 6
  Introduction to Politics and International Relations 1 6 Introduction to Politics and International Relations 2 6
  Introduction to Sociology 6 Global Political Economy 6
  Doing History: Past, Present and Practice 6 Broadening Module 6
  Choose - Min 0 Max1   Choose - Min 0 Max 1  
  French for Business 1A 6 French for Business 2A 6
  German for Business 1A 6 German for Business 2A 6
  Japanese for Business 1 6 Japanese for Business 2 6
  Spanish for Business 1 (Beginners) 6 Spanish for Business 2 (Beginners) 6
  Spanish for Business 1 6 Spanish for Business 2 6
Year 2 Semester 3 Credits Semester 4 Credits
  Choose - Min 3 Max 4   Choose - Min 3 Max 4  
  Financial Information Analysis 6 Auditing & Accounting Frameworks  
  Economics for Business 6 Financial Accounting and Reporting 6
  Finance 6 Life Insurance 6
  Risk and Insurance 6 Marketing Communications 6
  Principles of Human Resource Management 6 Employment Relations 6
  International Management 6 Applied Organisational Behaviour 6
  Applied Business Mathematics 6 Applied Business Statistics 6
  Choose - Min 0 Max 2   Choose - Min 0 Max 2  
  Sociology of Work 6 Sociology of Globalisation 6
  Comparative European Politics 6 Consumption and Consumer Culture 6
  Commercial Law 6 Human Resource Development 6
  Psychology and Everyday Life 6 International Economics 6
  Choose Min 0 Max 1   Choose - Min 0 Max 1  
  French for Business 3A 6 French for Business 4A 6
  German for Business 3A 6 German for Business 4A 6
  Japanese for Business 3 6 Japanese for Business 4 6
  Spanish for Business 3 (Beginners) 6 Spanish for Business 4 (Beginners) 6
  Spanish for Business 3 6 Spanish for Business 4 6
Year 3 Semester 5   Semester 6  
  Off Campus/Academic 30 Cooperative Education 30
Year 4  Semester 7   Semester 8  
  International Business 6 International Business  
  Confirmation Paper 1   Confirmation Paper 2 6
  Choose - Min 2 Max 4   Choose - Min 2 Max 4  
  Management Accounting 1 6 Management
Accounting 2
  Advanced Financial Reporting 6 Corporate Taxation 6
  Taxation Theory and Practice 6 Public Finance 6
  International Political Economy 6 Monetary Economics 6
  Managerial Economics 6 Empirical Finance 6
  Investments: Analysis and Management 6 Reinsurance and Alternative Markets 6
  Insurance Organisations and Markets 6 Strategic Management 6
  Project Management Theory and Practice 6 Marketing Leadership 6
  Marketing Intelligence 6 Marketing Relationships and Networks 6
  Strategic Brand Management 6 Contemporary Human Resource Management: Context and Strategy 6
  Social Psychology of Organisations 6    
  Choose - Min 0 Max 2   Choose - Min 0 Max 2  
  Governance and Risk 6 Issues in World Politics 6
  The European Economy 6 Contemporary Issues in the Global Economy 6
  Legal Environment of Business 6 Company & Partnership Law 6
  Enterprise Management and Growth 6 Management Consulting 6
  Choose - Min 0 Max 1   Choose - Min 0 Max 1  
  French for Business 7A 6 French for Business 8A 6
  German for Business 7A 6 German for Business 8A 6
  Japanese for Business 7 6 Japanese for Business 8 6
  Spanish for Business 6 6 Spanish for Business 7

Entry requirements

CAO points history 528
Minimum grades

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Subject requirements

In addition, applicants must hold at least an O4/H7 grade in Mathematics.

Students wishing to take a language option must have a H4 in that language, with the exception of Japanese or Beginners Spanish where a H4 in a language other than English is required.

Additional considerations

Mature Students

We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Application information for mature student applicants (PDF)

Non-EU Entry Requirements

How to apply

Where are you applying from? How to Apply
Ireland Irish students must apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found here. 
The UK  Students who have completed their A-Levels can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website. 
The EU EU Students can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website.
Non-EU country If you are outside of the EU, you can apply for this degree here.


Fees & funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€2,558
SUSI paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€2,558
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student paysTuition Fees€2,558
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€12,178
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website


These scholarships are available for this course

Title Award Scholarships available
Kemmy Business School/Northern Trust Outstanding Scholar Awards

These scholarships are available for all courses

Title Award Scholarships available
Johnson and Johnson WiSTEM2D Programme
Individual Award - a bursary to the value of €2000. Team Project Grant - €1750
1 of each
Plassey Campus Centre Scholarship Programme
All Ireland Scholarships - sponsored by J.P. McManus
Higher Education Grants & VEC Grants
Financial Aid Fund
Elaine Fagan Scholarship
Stuart Mangan Scholarship
Provincial GAA Bursaries Scheme
The Michael Hillery and Jacinta O’Brien Athletics Scholarship
Various benefits equating to over €7,000 in value
Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship
UL Sports Scholarships
Varies depending on level of Scholarship
Cooperative Education Award
1 medal per faculty
UL 40 Entrance Scholarship

Your future career

Employability skills from this degree

  • Understanding organisational behaviour and structure
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills
  • A creative approach to problem-solving
  • Decision making
  • Persuasive written and verbal communication
  • Numeracy and the ability to research, interpret and use business and financial data
  • Self-reliance, initiative and the ability to manage time, projects and resources
  • Appreciating the causes and effects of economic and other external changes

The year after graduating with this degree

The University of Limerick Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) is a detailed review of the employment outcomes of UL graduates conducted annually by the University and supported by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The survey forms part of a nationwide review of the employment outcomes of Irish University Graduates. The table below illustrates a five-year trend for UL graduate employment levels and location the year after graduation.

Employed in Ireland Employed abroad Further study Not available Seeking employment No. of responses Total no. of graduates Year
22% 56% 11% 0% 11% 9 13 2014
29% 7% 36% 0% 29% 14 17 2015
27% 46% 27% 0% 0% 11 15 2016
40% 0% 40% 0% 20% 5 7 2017
50% 0% 50% 0% 0% 2 2 2018

Further Study Options

Job titles for graduates with this degree

Graduates progressing directly into employment take up a wide variety of roles. The following provides a sample of initial roles listed on the Graduate Outcomes Survey by graduates approximately one year after graduation:

  • Business Analyst
  • Marketing Analyst
  • HR Solutions Representative
  • Bank Official
  • Speciality Ingredients Buyer
  • Trainee Accountant
  • Trainee Auditor
  • Multi Category Marketing Intern
  • Corporate Sales Developer
  • Commercial Insurance Broker
  • Accounting and Finance Graduate
  • Finance Analyst
  • Trainee Auditor
  • Sales Associate
  • Community Support Representative
  • Customer Support Specialist
  • Supply Chain and Procurement Grad
  • Hospitality Sales Executive
  • Junior Auditor

Student Profiles


Megan King

Diversity, choice and adventure were amongst the reasons why I chose to study International Business at UL. The course is exciting and broad, as we have the opportunity to choose our own subjects we can steer it anyway we want to go. I enjoy the creative elements of marketing classes, and the real-life application of management modules.

My year abroad was the most amazing time of my life, I learnt so much about myself and the world and other cultures. I completed two semesters in the management school in Strasbourg, doing exciting modules such as Luxury Brand management and Corporate Finance; I made a fantastic group of friends from Ireland, the UK, America, Mexico, Argentina and Germany. I travelled to Oktoberfest Munich, Prague, Amsterdam, Cologne, Berlin, Budapest, Luxembourg, Slovenia (the most beautiful place in the world), London, Milan, Rome and more! There are so many opportunities to travel while on study abroad, and so many like-minded individuals with which to do so. I didn’t have loads of money either – one bus from Milan to Strasbourg was €8 (and 16 hours long – where there’s a will there’s a way). It was a life-changing experience!

Studying at UL has presented me with many opportunities to broaden my horizons and learn, including an exciting international job offer. I have a job as a Wealth Advisor with DeVere Group. The international placement allows me to choose my location of work, which was my dream – I have chosen Dubai, and I would never have had the opportunity to do so had I not made UL my number one choice.

Mark Barrow

When I discovered this course I was initially attracted by the degree of flexibility it offers to students. The International Business degree is the only course that allows you to study business, a language and a humanities/arts subject (such as politics or law) so I was encouraged to try different modules (subjects) which I had an interest in.

Group projects are a core part of this programme, allowing you to get to know your classmates better, meet other people, learn together as a group and learn new ideas from your fellow students. The course is not just all theory, with many of the lectures focusing on practical applications that demonstrate how business situations work in the real world. Various guest speakers from industry visit often and share their own experiences of business, whether they succeeded or failed and what contributed to that.

I think the facilities provided for the course here at UL are excellent. From modern classrooms to the latest technology in the computer labs, everything is ideal. The lecturers are very approachable also, no matter what the issue. If you have a strong interest in Maths or Applied Maths then this course is perfect for you.

I particularly enjoy the language aspect of this course. I study French and without a doubt this is my favourite part of the course. The Business French programme in UL will train you to improve your conversational French; how to handle business situations in French, while also improving listening, speaking and writing skills. This is achieved by highly interactive tutorials which are always enjoyable. The course has offered me the opportunity to live in France for a year, and further improve my French, which is something that I have always wanted to do.

I chose UL primarily because of the reputation of the Kemmy Business School, but also because of the opportunity to go on both co-op and Erasmus (study abroad). Next year, I will study for the full year at the EM Strasbourg business school in France.

Shauna Murphy

As I am from Cork city, I had planned to go to UCC. However after finding this International Business course, I knew UL was the college for me. I then discovered the amazing campus of UL and all that is on offer here.

The first thing that grabbed my attention about this course was the fact that I was able to pick and choose my own modules. I can virtually design my own personalised degree so it stood out from any other courses I had looked at. I can choose my modules to suit my own interests, and still have the opportunity to gain an insight into fields of Business that I might not have otherwise considered. The choices are numerous from law to marketing and even languages.

I think the facilities provided for the course here at UL are excellent. From modern classrooms to the latest technology in the computer labs, everything is ideal. The lecturers are very approachable also, no matter what the issue. If you have a strong interest in Maths or Applied Maths then this course is perfect for you.

There are many things that I enjoy in UL. We have endless facilities including a multitude of restaurants that cater for all age groups, tastes and budgets. The highlight of the campus in my opinion is the incredible sports arena. Whether you feel like going for a swim or doing a fitness class, it is a great place to be. The Stables is another fine feature of the campus! Going to UL makes you part of a community and it was the best decision I have ever made. By choosing UL, I feel I have the best of both worlds, academic and social. I am getting a high class education, while making many new friends along the way.