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: €3,138 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

    2022: 458

  • CAO Points Range


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 Information Systems in Global Organisations (5 credits)
  • IS1109 Business Systems Analysis and Design (5 credits)
  • AC1113 Principles of Accounting (5 credits)
  • EC1212 Economics of Business 1 (5 credits)
  • IS1110 Foundations of Programming for Information Systems 1 (5 credits)
  • IS1111 Foundations of Programming for Information Systems 2 (5 credits)
  • ST1023 Introduction to Business Statistics (5 credits)
  • IS1112 Principles of Information Technology (5 credits)
  • IS1113 Web Development (5 credits)
  • IS1115 Personal Development and Ethics 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.


Advanced Systems Analysis and Design 1, Intermediate Management Accounting 1, Advanced Systems Analysis and Design 2, Database Design and Development 1, Business Microeconomics 1, Database Design and Development 2, Intermediate Programming for Information Systems 1, Design Thinking and Visual Prototyping, Intermediate Programming for Information Systems 2, Personal Development and Ethics for IS Professionals 2


Investment Appraisal; Introduction to Food Supply Chain Management; People and Organisation; Enterprise Planning and Processes; Market Research; 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 and Cloud Computing for Global Organisations; Advanced Programming for Information Systems; DevOps Processes and Tools; Organisational Data Analysis and Visualisation; Personal Development and Ethics for IS Professionals 3; Database Management and Applications; Economics of Information

Year 4 Modules


Personal Development and Ethics for IS Professionals 4; Research Project in Information Systems; Information Systems Strategy for Global Organisations; Information Systems Management; Innovation and Information Technology Industry Trends


Management Accounting: Planning and Control; Management Accounting: Performance and Decision Making; Innovation and Technology; Economics of Strategic Behaviour; Information Systems Security Management; Information Systems Controls and Security Policy; Data and Digital Strategy 1; Global Payment Systems; Global Markets; Advanced Web Application Development;  Data and Digital Strategy 2; Information Systems Project Management;  Information Systems Process Improvement;  User Experience Design 1; User Experience Design 2;  Mobile Application Development; IT Solution Selling and Digital Business; Enterprise Sales Solutions for Global Business; The Management of Organisational Change; Leadership and Organisational Dynamics

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:

EnglishIrishMathsOther Language
O6/H7 O6/H7 O6/H7 O6/H7

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.

Other qualifications: EU/EFTA/UK students presenting an alternative school-leaving qualification (e.g. A-levels or International Baccalaureate) or QQI/FE course should visit our  pages for further information. 

International Students should visit the International Education website.

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 visit our qualification comparison page.

Refer to our International Office page for more information on how to apply to UCC.

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 2022/23 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €138.

Please see Fees Office for more information.

For International Fees see our Fees Schedule page.

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


EU Applicants: The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Refer to the CAO page for further information.

Mature Applicants (age 23 or over): See the CAO Mature Applicants page and the Mature Students Admissions Pathway (MSAP) page for essential information on the application process for mature students.

QQI FET: See our QQI FET Applicants page.

Non-EU Applicants: Non-EU applicants apply online via the UCC Apply portal. See our International Office page.

All Applicants: Please note that the modules listed are indicative of the current set of modules for this course and 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 terms programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments. 

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