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Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Rural Enterprise and Agri-business (Level 8)

Duration: 4 Years
Awarding Body: QQI (Galway Mayo Institute of Technology)
Course Codes: GA187
Location: Mountbellew Agricultural College and GMIT
Application: CAO
Maintenance Grant: Application through SUSI (Means Tested)

Entry Requirements and Application Procedures

The minimum entry requirements for the course are a Grade D3 or higher in at least five (ordinary level) subjects in the Leaving Certificate including Maths and English or Irish. The standard points system is used to rank applicants. Mature students and holders of QQI awards at Level 5 and Level 6 may be admitted without meeting these minimum requirements.

Course Aim

The course aims to provide learners with a business education that focuses on agribusiness and rural enterprise. Learners develop an understanding of the theoretical and practical application of a range of skills relating to the agri-sector. Graduates are well prepared to operate as entrepreneurs, administrators, and managers in rural and agri-enterprises. On completion of the course many graduates gain employment in agri-business and agricultural services such as marketing, information processing, administration, and management posts, as well as various employment opportunities in rural development.


The Bachelor of Business in Rural Enterprise and Agri-Business (Level 8) is a four-year course, which has a common first year with the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture & Environmental Management. The course is based in Mountbellew Agricultural College for the majority of first and second year with some modules delivered at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) campus. The learners will study full-time in GMIT in year three and four.

Course Structure and Content

The course is both semesterised and modularised. There are two semesters in each year and students take six modules per semester. The common first year with the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture & Environmental Management is advantageous as learners can choose to remain in business or change to the science stream. The three-month practical learning period in the second semester of Year 2 and is normally carried out with key companies involved in the agribusiness and rural enterprise sectors.

Year 1Semester 1Semester 2
Financial and Farm Accounting.
Learning and Innovation Skills.
Animal and Crop Production Science 1.
Plant and Animal Science.
Soil Science and Chemistry.
Management Accounting 1.
Computer Applications.
Statistics for Business.
Animal and Crop Production Science 2.
Plant and Animal Science.
Soil Science and Chemistry. 
Year 2Semester 1Semester 2
Business Information Systems.
Farm Management, Safety, and Law.
Agricultural Economics.
Advanced Dairy Production or Advanced Drystock Production.
Animal and Plant Science - Field & Lab or Farm Buildings & Maintenance. 
Agriculture & Agribusiness Placement. 
Year 3Semester 1Semester 2
New Venture Creation.
Digital Business.
Financial Management and Taxation.
Rural Development.
Food Science, Technology, and Quality Assurance.
Market Research 
Operations Management.
New Venture Planning.
International Economic Policy.
Sustainable Agriculture.
Agri Marketing Management.
Business Communications and Negotiations. 
Year 4Semester 1Semester 2
Irish Economic Policy.
Agribusiness and Food Company Management.
Rural Resource Planning, Management and Agricultural Research.
Soil Science and Nutrient Management.
Strategic Management. 
Integrated Enterprise Systems.
Supply Chain Management.
Rural Resource Planning, Management and Agricultural Research.
Animal Nutrition and Breeding.
Strategic Management.