Business Studies and German

B.B.S.(Lang.) Honours Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8)
4 Years Full-Time
16 Places
CAO Points 485 (2023)
CAO Code TR086


What is Business Studies and a Language?

This four year programme offers an exciting way of learning about business concepts, theories and models, in a variety of subject areas, as well as getting to grips in an in-depth and comprehensive manner with another country’s language, its society, culture and business environment.

Business Studies and a Language: The course for you?

From start to finish, whether as beginners (on the ab initio Russian and Polish streams) or as more advanced learners (in French, German or Spanish), you will be required to demonstrate a high level of motivation and commitment to mastering core business modules and to all aspects of language learning.

Special provisions can be made for students with prior knowledge of Russian or Polish (heritage speakers, near-native speakers or those who have an entrance qualification in Russian or Polish).

Why Business Studies and a Language at Trinity?

The distinctiveness of the programme centres on the following: The business and language dimensions are integrated across all years of the programme, especially during the year abroad; language instruction is provided by specially-trained lecturers, most of whom are native speakers; lectures on the economy, business environment, society and culture of the relevant country are provided by experts who are continuously conducting research in their specialist field of study; and in many cases, students undertake a work placement in the target culture in order to apply and develop their business and language skills in a professional setting.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

On graduation you will have a strong academic knowledge of international business and management, together with a high-level of competence in the language you have studied. Recent graduates are employed in Ireland and abroad by leading international companies such as Google, KPMG, AIB Capital Markets and Goldman Sachs, as well as by consultancy organisations, embassies and public sector bodies. Many are working in marketing or international management roles while others occupy more specialist positions (such as as analysts or researchers). Some proceed to undertake further study and research in international business at postgraduate level.

Your degree and what you’ll study

This programme aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to communicate internationally and to understand the social, political and cultural contexts of markets, organisations and management across countries.

Teaching is specifically geared to the everyday needs, both formal and informal, of business managers. The language components of the programme will have a contemporary socio-economic and business orientation and much of the teaching is provided through the target language, simultaneously building language skills and knowledge relevant to managing across cultures.

First and second years

There are approximately 18-20 hours of lectures and tutorials per week. This time allocation should be matched by a similar level of personal study.

Modules in the first and second years include:

  • Fundamentals of Management and Organisation.
  • Quantitative & Qualitative Research Methods.
  • Principles of Marketing.
  • Introduction to Accounting.
  • Creative Thinking, Innovation and Entrepreneurial Action.
  • Introduction to Finance.
  • Introduction to Operations Management.
  • Organisational Behaviour.
  • Managing Climate Change.
  • General Language and Language for Business.
    Contemporary Society, Institutions and Culture (depending on your chosen language, you may also be given the opportunity to take a module in literature and film).

Third and fourth years

The third year is spent at a university or business school in the country of the language you are studying. Trinity has exchange agreements with a range of leading universities and business schools throughout Europe. The vast majority of modules and examinations, taken during your year abroad, will be through the medium of your chosen language. On conclusion of the academic year, experience of the business culture in the country of your chosen language may be gained through a work placement of approximately two months’ duration.

In fourth year, all students are required to complete a Capstone module that involves independent research as the core learning activity.

In fourth year, Business module choices include:

  • Strategic Management Theory & Practice.
  • International Business and the Global Economy.
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis.
  • International Finance.
  • Advances in Marketing Theory and Practice.
  • Social Innovation and Social Impact.
  • Digital Marketing.
  • Managing People and Leading Change.

You will also take modules in your chosen language, further developing your writing, oral and translation skills, and in different aspects of business communication

There are QQI/FET routes available for this course (French, German, Russian, Spanish). Please see for details.

Click here for further information on modules/subject.

Study abroad

Third year students are required to travel to and study at a university or business school in the country of the language you are studying. Trinity has exchange agreements with a range of leading institutions across Europe. Further information on the year abroad programme can be found at: business/undergraduate/study-abroad

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Course Details


B.B.S.(Lang.) Honours Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8)

CAO Information

CAO Points 485 (2023) CAO Code TR086

Number of Places

16 Places

Course Director

Course Director (Business Studies and German): Dr. Gillian Martin

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Admission Requirements

Leaving Certificate:

O4/H6: Mathematics

H3: German


Grade B/6: Mathematics

Advanced GCE (A Level):

Grade B: German

International Baccalaureate:

SL Grade 5: Mathematics

HL Grade 6: German

Course Fees

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    Register Your Interest

    I had the chance to study abroad for a year and I attended the ESCP Europe, Paris, a ‘grande école’ in the 11th arrondissement. I completed a four-month work placement during summer at ONEMA – The French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environments, interning in the communications department translating documents, coding articles for website, conducting research. I was paid €400 per month, plus food and travel expenses. In my final year, I focused on Marketing modules, including luxury brand marketing. When I moved to London I completed an M.A. in Television Journalism at City University of London. After my Master's, I became a journalist and television producer in London, working for variety of national broadcasters including ITV and BBC as well as smaller publications such as Londonist and PinkNews.

    Robert Greene