Taught course

Electronic Commerce

National University of Ireland Galway · J E Cairnes School of Business and Economics

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements are a Second Class Honours business degree (level 8). Applicants without such a degree but with relevant experience may be eligible to apply in accordance with the University's guidelines on the Recognition of Prior Learning (see page 17). Applicants whose first language is not English or who have not been educated through English during their two most recent years of study must present an English language qualification (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

The MBS (Electronic Commerce) is an innovative postgraduate programme that combines business management, technological skills and a graduate professional experience programme. Participants develop a comprehensive portfolio of business and analytical skills and also develop extensive technical expertise. The opportunity to observe the practical applications of these skills and knowledge is provided in the second year through the graduate professional experience programme.

The aim of the programme is to equip students with the range of technical and business skills needed to implement and manage e-commerce solutions in a business environment. Students gain practical knowledge of business systems analysis and design; project management; database design; applications development; internet and multimedia development; and business policy. Specialised aspects are also covered, including: human-computer interaction, information systems security, business analytics and decision support systems, electronic commerce strategy and IS innovation.

The course is a full-time degree which commences in September and continues for two academic years. In Year 1 of the programme students take six courses each semester. Students are assessed at the end of each semester in Year 1, either by exam, continuous assessment or a combination of both.

In Year 2 students commence their placement in industry. Placement durations range from a minimum of 6 months to a maximum of 12 months. During the second year students also complete a group research project. Students attend the university for a number of days during the second academic year to obtain the skills required to conduct research. The group research project is submitted at the end of Year 2.

Qualification and course duration


full time
18approx months

Course contact details

Ms Laura Fleming
+353 (0)91 492 308