UCC Undergraduate courses

Law & Business

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Law & Business

  • Code


  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    4 years

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BCL (Hons)

  • Fees

    EU State Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,138 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

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

  • CAO Points

    2022: 590

  • CAO Points Range


Course Outline

The BCL (Law and Business) is a joint honours degree combining the related disciplines of law and business. This exciting four-year programme:

  • explores the relationship between law and business, in areas such as business organisation, finance, and market regulation
  • applies key legal and business tools of analysis to examine issues affecting the performance of firms and industries in a global business environment.

During the first three years of this programme, you will take an equal amount of credits in law and business. Law modules include contract law, commercial law; and company law; while business modules cover topics in accounting, business information systems, economics, management and marketing.

In the final year of the programme, you can specialise in law or business with over 40 optional modules to choose from.

There is a focus on developing transferable skills throughout the programme, with compulsory modules in research, writing and communication involving group work and presentation skills.

 On successful completion of this degree, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate in-depth and contextual knowledge and understanding of legal and business principles and rules;
  • Communicate and work effectively to a professional standard;
  • Engage in the application of frameworks and techniques in an organizational setting;
  • Demonstrate analytical and problem-solving skills associated with effective practice

Core Modules in First Year

  • AC1102 Financial Accounting (5 credits)
  • EC1207 Principles of the Micro Economy (5 credits)
  • EC1208 Principles of the Macro Economy (5 credits)
  • IS1105 Business Information Systems (5 credits)
  • LW1001 Legal Writing (5 credits)
  • LW1104 Foundations of the Legal System (5 credits)
  • LW1112 Constitutional and Institutional Law of the European Union (5 credits)
  • LW1114 Droit institutionnel de l'Union européenne
  • LW1154 Law of Contract (10 credits)
  • LW1161 Constitutional Law: Fundamental Rights (5 credits) plus
  • LW1162 Constitutional Law: Institutions of Government (5 credits) OR
  • LW1163 Dlí Bunreachtúil: Bunchearta (5 credits) plus
  • LW1164 Dlí Bunreachtúil: Institiúidí an Rialtais (5 credits)
  • MG1000 Foundations of Management and Organisational Behaviour (5 credits)

See 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

Students must take 60 credits per academic year, with 5 credits typically equating to 12 weeks of 2 lecture hours per week. Selected modules also include tutorials, a form of small group teaching, with 5 tutorials per semester being the norm.

As well as attending lectures and tutorials each week, students are expected to engage in self-directed learning which involves independent research and study in the library or online. This type of work can be undertaken individually or in a group setting.


Law and Business modules are assessed by a variety of methods including by written assignments, and end of semester examinations. Some modules can include oral presentations as part of the examination process and group work.

Who teaches this course

You will be taught by the dedicated staff of the Law School and the Business School during your time as a UCC law and business student, many of whom are internationally recognised experts in their individual fields.

Why Choose This Course

I believed that this course will give me a fundamental grounding...so that, by the end of the degree, I will be clear about where I want to specialise.

Elaine McCarthy

Student, BCL Law and Business, Year 1

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The BCL (Law and Business):

  • is a joint honours degree which provides you with an excellent foundation for a career in law or business
  • allows you to specialise in law or business in your final year thereby tailoring your studies to your interests and career plans
  • prioritises the development of transferable skills.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

The BCL Law and Business includes a work placement opportunity in a legal or business environment during the summer months preceding the final year of study. This optional work placement module (LW3407 Placement – 5 credits) forms part of your final year assessment.

Skills and Careers Information

The broad knowledge base and skills secured by graduates of the BCL (Law and Business) degree will afford them with a wide range of career opportunities in Ireland and abroad. The School of Law at UCC places a huge emphasis upon the development of transferable skills through dedicated modules, which develop writing skills, research and presentation skills. Graduates will have the opportunity to work in many sectors including: 

  • the legal profession (including being a solicitor; barrister, or in-house legal counsel)
  • accountancy
  • taxation
  • compliance
  • business information systems
  • financial services
  • food business.

Graduates may also choose to pursue postgraduate and/or professional studies in law or business from a wide range of academic and industry graduate programmes.


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 applicants

Find out about the mature entry requirements here.

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 EU/EFTA/UK Applicants pages for further information. 

Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU applicants are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such appicants 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 and refer to our International Office page for more information.

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

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)

All interested mature applicants must make an application through the Central Applications Office (CAO). See the CAO Mature Applicants and the Mature Students Admissions Pathway (MSAP) pages. Visit our Mature Student Entry page for more information.


See our QQI/FET Applicants page for information on the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)/Further Education and Training (FET) application process.

Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU applicants apply online via the UCC Apply portal. See our International Office page for more information.

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. 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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