The BBS/BBA in Equine Business is an innovative degree that is unique to the National University of Ireland in Maynooth. It is in its own right a comprehensive business programme of study covering management, economics and financial accounting which is coupled with an extensive syllabus that introduces students to the equine industry and provides them with a detailed understanding of the key facets of the industry in Ireland . On completion of the degree students will have gained an excellent foundation in the business of markets, the leadership and management of organisations, and the financial analysis and measurement of performance. These skills coupled with the extensive insights into the equine industry provide graduates with unsurpassed opportunities to take up roles in this exciting and important industry.
A key feature of the equine business aspect of the programme is the continuous involvement of experienced industry professionals in the design , delivery and ongoing development of the programme.
While an interest in the equine industry is highly desirable, prospective students should be clear that this degree is explicitly focussed on the business aspects of the equine industry. The course content has no equitation component associated with it and does not prepare students to deal with or handle horses.
Equine Summer Work Placement:
All students are required to engage in a summer work placement after their first year in an equine industry organisation. Placements are arranged by the university placement officer.
Bachelor of Business Administration Option:
There is an option to covert the BBS to a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) by extending the degree to four years. On satisfactory completion of second year, students have an option to take a one year paid work placement in the third year and complete the taught course work in the fourth year. The placement is arranged by the university placement officer and subject to availability. On satisfactory completion of second year, students have an option to take a one year paid work placement in the third year and complete the taught course work in the fourth year. The placement is arranged by the university placement officer and subject to availability. The placement is arranged by the university placement officer. The placement provides students with experience that significantly enhances their employment opportunities on completion of the degree. On satisfactory completion of the third year work placement students can apply for conversion to the Bachelor of Business Administration degree award which recognises their work experience. On satisfactory completion of the course work in fourth year students are awarded a Bachelor of Business Administration in Equine Business.
International Exchange Programme:
Students have the option to spend the third a year studying in the University of Arizona on the Racetrack Industry Programme and completing the taught course in the fourth year. On satisfactory completion of the exchange, students can apply for conversion to the Bachelor of Business Studies International degree award which recognises their year studying abroad. On satisfactory completion of the course work in fourth year students are awarded a Bachelor of Business Studies in Equine Business International.
All students must pass the ECDL (European Computer Driving License) to proceed to Second Year. The ECDL course is available at the University.
A number of scholarships are available which are jointly sponsored by NUI Maynooth and Horse Racing Ireland. They are tenable for students for the duration of their undergraduate studies (three years) as long as they are full time registered students and progress successfully at the end of each academic year.
There are 4 scholarships awarded yearly, each to a student from the following categories:
1. School leaving examinations to the student admitted with the highest point score.
2. Mature applicant
3. FETAC (Further education and Training awards Council)
4. Student from socio-economic disadvantaged background.
These scholarships known as the ‘Osborne Scholarships’ are in honour of the memory of Michael Osborne and of his immense contribution to the Irish and international horse racing industry.
|CAO Course Code:||MH405|
|Degree Awarded:||Bachelor of Business Studies (Level 8 Honours) or
Bachelor of Business Administration (Level 8 Honours)
|Entrance Requirements:||2HC3 + 4 OD3, English, Irish + a third Language.|
|Special Requirements:||OC3/HD3 Leaving Certificate Mathematics or equivalent.|
|Duration:||BBS 3 Years, BBA 4 years|
|Degree Options:||Single Honours: Students study a range of business and management topics and specialise in their application to the equine industry.|
|FETAC Link:||Yes, please see separate booklet.|
|See Also:||MH402 Venture Management, MH403 Finance & Accounting, MH404 Business
and Management, MH406 Business & Law, MH407 Business & Accounting
|Department of Business||Admissions Office||Postgraduate Office|
Graduates are likely to be primarily focused on a career in the equine business sector including;
• Stud Farm Management
• Racetrack Management
• Regulatory Organisations
• Industry Bodies
• Bloodstock Sales
• Betting Sector
• Equine Leisure, Recreation & Tourism Sector
• Self Employed
• Ancillary Businesses e.g. Feed, transport, veterinary services, equipment, insurance, accountancy, teaching, media etc
However they will also be well qualified to work in industries unrelated to the equine industry should they wish. . Given the significant finance and economics content of the course, they will also be in a position to consider careers in banking and financial institutions, business and management, marketing and the public sector. Many graduates will wish to take a postgraduate degree before taking up employment and NUI Maynooth offers a range of suitable high-quality programmes.
On graduation with a suitable honours degrees students will be qualified to apply for entry to the MBS in Business and Management, MPhil research degree or in certain cases the PhD programme.