5 benefits of studying a bachelor of commerce at UCD

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What is a Bachelor of Commerce?

A Bachelor of Commerce is a name given to an undergraduate degree in business in different countries around the world. What makes a Bachelor of Commerce so unique, is that you will study a wide range of business-related skills, designed to create well-rounded, confident graduates. In addition to this, you will choose to focus on a specific area of business as a major.

Your major will typically be which area of business you are most interested in, and what your ambitions are after graduating. Typical Bachelor of Commerce subjects include:

  • Accountancy
  • Business Analytics
  • Economics
  • Digital Innovation
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing

Why study a Bachelor of Commerce?

There are many reasons you should choose a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Whether you know exactly which area of business you plan to work in, or just want to gain as much experience as possible, check out some reasons why you should choose to study a Bachelor of Commerce.

Tools and techniques to succeed

Business degrees such as a Bachelor of Commerce are great ways for students to understand both the theoretical and practical aspects of business. Alongside lectures, seminars and discussion groups, you will have the opportunity to gain practical experience and put what you learn into practice through internships, work placements and shadowing opportunities.

Boost your employability

Thanks to their flexible nature, many employers think highly of Bachelor of Commerce degrees. A university degree is a great tool to have in a competitive employment market such as business. What you may lack in traditional professional experience, you will more than make up for with the skills you gain on your degree.

Flexible study options

Not only will you have the general skills that an undergraduate degree can offer you, but the flexible nature of a Bachelor of Commerce degree means you can shape your degree to be unique to your personal interests. By spending the beginning of your degree gaining a broad understanding of the fundamentals of business, you will be able to choose your subject specialism as you progress in your studies.

An introduction to the business world

Bachelor of Commerce professors and lecturers are professionals in their field and have a wealth of industry knowledge to share with you. Learning under experts is a great way to first experience the exciting world of business.

Gain transferable skills

You will not only learn about business-specific skills on a Bachelors of Commerce degree. Your university degree will help you to develop skills such as:

  • Communication: business degrees often attract students from all over the world, creating an international environment for you to develop your communication skills.
  • Negotiation: one of the key fundamentals of business, working with groups of other students means you will gain experience in conflict resolution and problem solving.
  • Teamwork: many of your projects and assignments will involve you working with a whole range of other students within a team.
  • Time management: as a university student, you will be in charge of your own schedule, such as when you go to classes and completing your assignments on time.

Reasons to study a Bachelor of Commerce in Ireland

Commerce is an international subject, so it makes sense to study it as an international student. There are many benefits to studying abroad in Ireland, including:

Globally recognised degrees

Ireland is an English speaking country, so it is a great place to develop your English language skills alongside your business skills. In addition to this, if you are looking to work in an international environment after you graduate, the fluency in English you’ll gain will also help to enhance your job applications in a competitive graduate employment market.

UCD, based in the capital city of Dublin, offers a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) degree which is triple accredited. There are 118 institutions (MBA Today 2023) in the world which hold this prestigious title, with accreditations from AACSB (US), EQUIS (Europe) and AMBA (UK).

If interested in gaining a UK degree, the UCD International Study Centre offers the International Foundation Year programme. It's three-term undergraduate foundation course designed for international students with strong academic qualifications from their home country.

Careers Network

Alongside your Bachelors of Commerce degree, you’ll be able to gain valuable careers experience thanks to UCD’s Careers Network – which has industry links to companies all around the world, including those based in Dublin.

Build your business network

Networking is an important part of any business degree — and at UCD this is no exception. No matter your degree subject, you’ll find the tools and support to forge these links yourself. Below you can hear from Robin, who secured a graduate job at the same company he interned at whilst studying:

Making contacts and starting my career

Frequently Asked Questions

Is commerce a good career for future?

Yes, commerce is a good career for the future, as it encompasses various fields like finance, accounting, marketing, and management, which continue to be in demand. 

Is commerce very tough?

Commerce can be challenging, as it involves understanding complex concepts in finance, accounting, marketing, and management. However, with dedication, consistent effort, and the right resources, you can  excel in the field.

What job can I get if I study commerce?

Studying commerce can lead to various jobs such as accountant, financial analyst, marketing manager, business consultant and investment banker, among others, depending on your interests and goals.