Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) - Accounting Degree

The BBS (Hons) (Accounting) is normally a four-year, part-time programme that provides a comprehensive examination and analysis of the subjects critical to contemporary business life, focusing on accounting principles and techniques.

Is this programme for you?

This honours degree attracts students who want to analyse and critique business issues and obtain the specific skills required for standard accounting procedures. Graduates can apply for substantial exemptions from the examinations of a number of professional accounting bodies:

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
  • Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA)


Blended learning with 2 evenings per week in the classroom in Mallow, online courses, and 5 weekend sessions in Dublin per year.


Year 3

Financial Accounting
This course extends student’s understanding of the principles and methods in the preparation of accounts, covering such topics as company accounting, consolidated accounts, the interpretation of accounts and company reorganisations.

Management Accounting
Management accounting provides vital information to managers within an organisation. This course explores its key components: budgeting, advanced variance analysis, activitybased costing, pricing and divisional performance appraisal.

Financial Management
This course explores the crucial elements in financial decisionmaking, including financial mathematics, the sources of organisational finance, financial risk, investment decisions, the proper management of working capital and mergers and acquisitions.

Enterprise and Project Management
This course addresses enterprise and the management of business relationships. Among the specific topics covered are the enterprise cycle, branding, the stages of project management and the e-commerce infrastructure.

Year 4

This course provides a comprehensive explanation of what a financial audit is. It examines the different types of audit, the planning that precedes an audit, the substantive testing an auditor undertakes, the stages in the completion of an audit and the principles of corporate governance.

Business Policy
The primary aim of this course is to explain the pivotal importance of strategic thinking and policy development to modern management. It considers, among other things, the factors that shape an organisation’s strategy, the business environment, the causes of corporate decline and how to choose between strategy alternatives.

Management Accounting Applications and Control
This course applies quantitative methods to accounting principles and processes. It explores, among other topics, the integration of cost data in management, how to establish operational variances, linear programming and regression analysis.

Any coherent analysis of an organisation’s accounts must encompass taxation issues. This course explains tax law in Ireland, examining income tax, corporation tax, capital gains, stamp duty, VAT, capital acquisitions tax and capital gains tax.


Students are assessed on the basis of assignments in each subject and final examinations. Examinations held in Mallow.