Global Business (Bachelor in Business Studies)

B.B.S. Honours Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8)
4 Years Full-Time
40 Places
CAO Points 601 (2023)
CAO Code TR080


What is Business?

The study of business requires a broad understanding of how human beings apply their skills, networks, knowledge and creativity to problems and opportunities in the world around them; and how they shape that world through their efforts to compete and collaborate over time.

Global Business: The course for you?

Studying business opens up a huge range of opportunities: The subject can appeal to people who want to change the world as much as those who want to make a profit. Society is made up of a complex tapestry of organisations and if you are interested in exploring how organisations work and where you fit in, this is the course for you.

Global Business at Trinity

The Global Business degree is a unique programme, designed for students who wish to focus on business from the very beginning of their degree. The degree is both innovative and practical with a strong focus on experiential learning. Trinity Business School places an emphasis on blended learning, where academic excellence meets industry experience with a keen focus on how business operates within the global economy.

During the programme students will have the opportunity to develop foreign language proficiency, work as an intern with a firm or non-profit organisation, live and study in another country, and carry out a research project.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

Trinity Business School graduates pursue careers across a range of business, government, technology, innovation and social ventures. Banking, finance, accountancy, consulting and marketing jobs top the list of first jobs after graduation and 98% of our students enter employment or further study after graduating. Trinity is known for not only preparing you for your first job, but for future career prospects and promotion as well. Our graduates go on to become leaders in their fields and help to nurture and support the global network of Trinity business graduates throughout their careers.

In addition to positioning students for a broad range of careers, the Global Business programme is designed to facilitate students’ entry into graduate courses in business and other related Master's programmes. Having undertaken a significant project of independent study in a business area of their choice, students are well-positioned to apply for postgraduate research study in Trinity as well as other highly regarded research institutions with a high rate of application success.

Your degree and what you’ll study

From the first year, students will gain an understanding of the historic development of business, the evolution of organisation and management, together with grounding in the business-related social science and quantitative disciplines that underpin them. During the course, students can avail of specialised courses in a number of core areas of business, including marketing, finance, strategic management, social enterprise and entrepreneurship.

The programme will require that students choose at least one area of business study to pursue in depth, taking advanced subject area modules and undertaking independent research guided by an academic and/or qualified practitioner. This is to produce a significant and innovative outcome that gives students a unique selling point in the next stage of their career.

First and second year

In first year, all students will learn the fundamentals of management, economics, quantitative methods, ethics, information systems and well-being and how they can be applied in a business context.  Students may also choose to take optional modules from the fields of law or modern European languages.

In second year, students are introduced to the core skills and theories in business management and take modules in the likes of Climate Change; Organisational Behaviour; Marketing; Accounting; Finance; Operations Management; Innovation; and Business Ethics, as well as personal and professional development. Students will also choose from a range of optional modules and Trinity Electives.

Third and forth year

In third year students may choose from a wide range of modules, including Marketing; Consumer Behaviour; Financial Management; Taxation; Corporate Finance; and Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Students also have the opportunity to undertake an internship during the summer months of their third year in exchange for course credit. Students are required to work for a minimum of six weeks and may choose to work for up to three months. Students may choose to take on a corporate internship, build their own startup, create a social enterprise, or even construct a project for a Trinity-recognised society. The Business School provides dedicated resources to fully support students through this process and to allow them to grow and build on their experiences.

In fourth year, all students are will complete a Capstone project that involves independent research as the core learning activity. Other module choices include: Intercultural Management; International Business and the Global Economy; Financial Reporting and Analysis; Audit and Assurance; Managing New Product Development; Digital Marketing; Social Innovation and Social Impact; Company and Business Law; and Global Supply Chain Management.

There are QQI/FET routes available for this course. Please see for details.

Click here for further information on modules/subject. Please note modules are subject to change.

Study abroad

Our exchange programmes are highly successful and are an extremely popular choice for Global Business students. Participating students find they are hugely rewarded both academically and culturally and highly valued by prospective employers.

In third year, students have the opportunity to apply to study abroad in a prestigious European university with the EU-funded Erasmus programme. European partner universities include Grenoble School of Management, Universidad Carlos III Madrid; the University of Mannheim in Germany, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Italy, Uppsala University in Sweden, and Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands; In addition to exchange programmes in Europe, students can apply to study at one of Trinity’s partner universities in Japan, America, Asia, Australia or New Zealand.

Further information on the year abroad programme, and a list of partner universities, can be found at:

Accounting Exemptions

Depending on module choices, Global Business undergraduate students can receive full CAP 1 exemptions from Chartered Accountants Ireland (ACA). Students can also receive a range of exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) “Fundamentals” exams, again dependent on their subject choices. Both the ACA and the ACCA are internationally recognised. For more information, visit the following links:

Study Global Business at Trinity College Dublin

This is a presentation by Professor Norah Campbell giving an outline of the Global Business course in Trinity College Dublin.

Course Details


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

CAO Information

CAO Points 601 (2023) CAO Code TR080

Number of Places

40 Places

Course Director

Dr Norah Campbell

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Admission Requirements

Leaving Certificate: 

H6 or O4 in Mathematics


Grade B in Mathematics

International Baccalaureate: 

SL Grade 5 in Mathematics

Course Fees

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    The business programme at Trinity provides students with the fundamental core business modules, while also allowing them to explore electives across different faculties. Students learn innovative real-world management from leading researchers and industry experts. Students are not only provided with theoretical knowledge in the classroom but are also given the opportunity to join business-related societies and apply their business knowledge and skills to real-life situations. My involvement with the Trinity Student Managed Fund alone opened many doors for me and allowed me to network with industry leaders and renowned professionals.

    Dina Abu-Rahmeh

    Current student and CEO of Trinity Student Managed Fund