UCC Undergraduate courses

Business Information Systems

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Business Information Systems

  • Code


  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    4 years

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BSc (Hons)

  • Fees

    Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,130 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; Maths, other language. See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points

    2021: 455

  • CAO Points Range

    2021: 455-625

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 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, comprising 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 1 (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; Introduction to Java Programming; Object-Oriented Application Design and Development; Design Thinking and Visual Prototyping; Personal Development for IS Professionals 2


Investment Appraisal; Introduction to Food Supply Chain Management; People and Organisation; Enterprise Planning and Processes; Management and Marketing; Consumer Behaviour and Sustainable Consumption; Business Ethics and Governance


Year 3 Modules

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

Networking & Cloud Computing; Web Application Development; Software Development and Operations; Organisational Information Systems Infrastructure; Personal Development for IS Professionals 3; Advanced Database Management Systems; Economics of Information


Year 4 Modules:


Personal Development for IS Professionals 4; Research Project in Information Systems; 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 Systems Security; Information Systems Controls and Security Policy; Enterprise Systems; Enterprise Data Management; Global Payment Systems; Global Markets; Web Application Development; Value Analysis of 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

See here for a more detailed description of subjects.

Please refer to the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.

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 be assigned to practical/laboratory hours, where you spend time in the BIS labs working with hardware and software.

Why Choose This Course

...we have fantastic opportunities in the States, Canada, Ireland,...the UK and Europe...

Fiachra Hurley

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The most valuable aspect of my degree was completing the 6-month work placement.

Meadhbh O'Sullivan


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If you haven't done business subjects in school that's not an issue as they're all taught from the ground up.

Johnny Lingwood

Graduate, BSc Business Information Systems

BIS Placement Programme:

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 business and industry
  • CV preparation
  • identifying your core placement goals
  • working on your decision making skills
  • creating your elevator pitch
  • developing your interview technique and securing your placement
  • visa and emigration documentation support for international placements

Placement or Study Abroad Information

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

Skills and Careers Information

The BIS curriculum provides you with a diverse and practical set of collaboration, communication, problem-solving, system development and management skills, and a broad understanding of business problem domains and emerging technologies which prepares you well for the working world in a broad range of industries.


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


Leaving Certificate entry requirements:

At least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish. Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:




Other Language





Mature students: Mature applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest and may be called for interview. Leaving Certificate Mathematics is required. Approximately six places are available on this course for mature applicants.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

FETAC Requirements.

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.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

Course fees include a tuition fee, student contribution fee and capitation fee. The state will pay the tuition fees for EU students who are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student Contribution and Capitation Fees are payable by the student. In 2021/22 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €130.

Please see Fees Office for more information.

Non-EU Fees

The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry. Fin dout about the mature entry requirements here


Non-EU Applications

Non-EU applicants must apply online: How to apply pages for international students


**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact