Program Title

BSc Business Information Systems

Program Duration (Months)


Study Modes

Full Time

Educational qualification required for admission

Higher Secondary School

Admission Criteria

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

Program Description

Course Outline

The BSc in Business Information Systems (BIS) specialises in the key skills that are essential to the success of professionals in modern information technology and information systems.

The goals of this a four-year degree course are to:

  • educate: provide a worthwhile and memorable student experience
  • collaborate: join with business to ensure BIS students gain cutting edge skills in business and IT, while also linking with businesses to provide innovative IS-related expertise
  • innovate: cultivate and apply expertise in teaching, research and development.

Our BIS Advisory Board, incorporating a number of the most senior Irish business executives, is there to advise and ensure UCC BIS courses are world-class, relevant, and attractive to businesses nationally and internationally.


Year 1 Modules:

Starting with introductory business and IT modules, the first half of Year 1 is designed to ensure all students are equally skilled to successfully complete the course.


  • IS1108 Introduction to Information Systems in Business (5 credits);
  • IS1109 Business Systems Analysis (5 credits);
  • AC1113 Principles of Accounting (5 credits);
  • EC1212 Economics of Business (5 credits);
  • IS1110 Introduction to Principles of Programming (5 credits);
  • IS1111 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming (5 credits);
  • ST1023 Introduction to Business Statistics (5 credits);
  • IS1112 Introduction to Technology and the Internet (5 credits);
  • IS1113 Introduction to Internet Development (5 credits);
  • IS1115 Personal Development for IS Professionals (5 credits);
  • AC1114 Introduction to Management Accounting (5 credits);


  • MG1004 Introduction to Management and Organisation (5 credits);
  • MG1003 Introduction to Marketing (5 credits)

Year 2 Modules

Modules follow on from Year 1 (with choices available) but are taught at an advanced level, with the purpose of preparing you for work experience in Year 3.


Object Oriented Business Modelling; Systems Analysis and Design; Principles and Practice of Systems Development; Business Microeconomics; Introduction to Database Theory; Databases in Organisations; Intermediate Management Accounting 1 & II; Introduction to Java Programming; Object Oriented Application Design and Development; Visual Programming


Investment Appraisal; Fundamentals of Asset Pricing; People and Organisation; Enterprise Planning and Processes; Market Research; Consumer Behaviour

Year 3 Modules

This is the shortest in academic terms. Examinations take place in February, after which you will spend six months on a business internship.

Networking & Cloud Computing; Object Oriented Development and Internet Technologies (JAVA); Operating Systems Software; Organisational Information Systems Infrastructure; Placement Plan; Advanced Database Management Systems; Economics of Information

Year 4 Modules:


Placement Report; Final Year Project; Information Systems Strategy; Information Systems Management; Advanced Topics in Information Systems


Management Accounting: Planning and Control; Management Accounting: Performance and Decision Making; Innovation and Technology; Economics of Strategy; Information Protection and Information Systems Security; Information Systems Controls and Security Policy; Enterprise Systems; Enterprise Data Management; Global Payment Systems; Global Markets; Web Application Development; New Business Forms; Advanced Tools and Methods for IS Development; Software Quality and Standards; Principles of Interaction Design; Advanced Interaction Design; Principles of Mobile Systems Development; Advanced Mobile Systems Design and Development; IT Solution Selling and Digital Business; Technology and Solutions for the Sales Process and the Management of Global Business; The Management of Organisational Change; Leadership and Organisational Dynamics

Course Practicalities

Expected lecture hours: You will typically attend about 12-14 hours of lectures per week. Tutorials are assigned to business modules.

Expected lab/practical hours: Once you join BIS you will also have practical/laboratory hours assigned where you spend time in the BIS labs working with hardware and software.


Why Choose This Course

BIS has a dedicated internal placement team to help you undertake a six-month paid business internship as part of the placement programme. The placement team provide you with excellent tailored support throughout the entire placement process including:

  • long-term links with businesses
  • CV and interview preparation
  • visa and emigration documentation support

Placement or Study Abroad Information

BIS students undertake placement with major multinationals and innovative start-ups in New York, Boston, London, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Dublin, Cork, and elsewhere, in the financial services, technology, business consulting, medical, and other industry sectors.

Skills and Careers Information

The types of jobs our graduates get include:

  • Business/Systems Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Trainee Accountant
  • User Experience (UX) Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Web Developer
  • Security Consultant
  • Business Entrepreneur
  • Business/IT/Management Consultant.

The types of companies our students work for include:

  • Consultancy
  • Financial services
  • Technology
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Medical Devices
  • Manufacturing
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