Part-time courses in Galway, Ireland

Part-time courses

If you are planning to study for a degree part-time, then Galway Business School has what you are looking for.

Part-time courses are a popular choice for many students and here at Galway Business School on Ireland’s west coast, you can choose between several part-time business programmes, either one-semester business certificates or full undergraduate business degrees.

 You can choose to study any of the following programmes here on a part-time basis:

Part-time undergraduate business degrees

Part-time certificate programmes



Part-time Undergraduate Programmes

Part-time Undergraduate Programmes

Our business degree programmes are equally practical and academic, covering a broad range of business modules including economics, marketing, organisational behaviour, employee relations, human resources, and business strategy.

From €3,450

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Part-time Certificate Programmes

Part-time Certificate Programmes

The part-time certificates programmes will give you the cutting-edge flare you need to guide you through the various challenges of business backgrounds that successful entrepreneurs face.

From €950

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Who are our part-time study programmes for?

If you’re the kind of student who enjoys being challenged – intellectually, socially and personally – then you’ll enjoy our programmes.

Part-time programmes prove popular with students both within Ireland and abroad. GBS offers alternative routes to success through education, for example, for those who entered employment on completing their second-level education. Or for those looking to move to Ireland from other EU countries and are interested in pursuing a part-time education during their relocation as many of our international students have chosen to do.

Whether you are returning to education, seeking to advance your qualifications or career, or simply sharpening your skills in a specific area of interest, there are many options to choose from here in Galway Business School.

Our certificate programmes and business degree programmes are equally practical and academic, covering a broad range of business modules including economics, marketing, organisational behaviour, employee relations, human resources, and business strategy.

The part-time certificates programmes will give you the cutting-edge flare you need to guide you through the various challenges of business backgrounds that successful entrepreneurs face. For example, the aim of the Certificate in Business and Entrepreneurship is to analyse a range of business management issues and the challenges facing successful entrepreneurs.

We have many part-time students and they choose to study part-time for various reasons. Studying part-time is an excellent choice whether you’re looking to balance studying with your career or raising a family.

Benefits of studying part-time

A part-time degree is the ideal solution if you want to fit an undergraduate course or a QQI certificate programme around your home or work-life. All our courses are supported through our virtual learning environment tool which allows you to access materials, library resources and study support remotely and in your own time.

Our part-time programmes are structured to allow you to balance your studies with your work commitments, and we encourage you to make use of your workplace experiences and expertise as an integral part of your studies. Many employers are willing to sponsor employees to develop their potential through further study, whether through financial support or by providing time-off to study.

Tutors and lecturers will be familiar with students tackling part-time study and should be able to provide advice for how best to approach the course.

 Returning to part-time study could be the best career decision you make.  Improving your job prospects and earning potential are just two reasons for doing a part-time course, but here are a few more:

  •  Gain a competitive advantage in the workplace by enhancing career prospects and employability
  • Enhance your existing credentials
  • Gain career-focused skills you can put into practice everyday
  • Up-skill in specific work-related areas
  • Maintain a healthy work/life balance by studying two evenings per week
  • Develop academically and professionally (enhanced skills such as communication, leadership skills, theoretical skills)
  • Personal development and career enhancement
  • Change of career – tired of your current work situation? Looking to change career paths? Completing a degree in your area of interest is a great way to start.

Our part-time business degree programmes are usually delivered during the evenings from 6 pm to 9.30 pm over two days per week. You’ll still be expected to meet deadlines, complete assignments and pass exams, regardless of your circumstances outside of university.

As a part-time student, you’ll also be able to participate in workshops and seminars delivered usually at the weekend by industry experts. 

What business programmes are available part-time in Galway Business School?

We offer two programmes choices for part-time study:

Part-time undergraduate business degrees

Part-time certificate programmes

The part-time undergraduate business degrees include the following programmes:

Bachelor of Business

Bachelor of Business (Honours) with International Business

The Bachelor of Business is a level 7 ordinary degree which is delivered over three years. This business degree will provide you with a solid foundation in business.

The Bachelor of Business (Honours) with International Business is an Add-On degree. This programme will enhance your qualifications by topping up to a level 8 degree.

The part-time certificate programmes include the following:

Certificate in Business & Entrepreneurship

Certificate in Business Communications

Certificate in Sales and Marketing

Certificate in Strategic Management

Our certificate courses allow you to choose a semester long programme (18 weeks) to enhance your career and life skills.

What qualification will I receive?

Regardless whether your course is part-time or full-time, you’ll receive the same qualifications when enrolling in Galway Business School undergraduate programmes. All GBS degree programmes are validated by QQI and upon graduation successful learners will be awarded a business degree by Galway Business School on behalf of Quality and Qualifications Ireland.

Why choose to study in Galway, at Galway Business School?

 A leading independent college, Galway Business School is a popular choice for many local Irish and European students looking to study part-time. With over 20 years’ experience in delivering third-level programmes, we pride ourselves on our ability to respond quickly to the changing needs of students, industry and labour markets.

GBS is committed to maintaining strong connections with local, national and international companies. During the study, we introduce students to various industry workshops and talks delivered by successful local entrepreneurs.  Also, as part of our academic programmes each year, students undertake company visits to, for example, SAP, EA Games, Connacht Rugby, Galway Greyhound Track, Jameson and Google.

Students who choose Galway Business School will also enjoy the busy and active city life of Galway. Galway is the European Capital of Culture for 2020, giving students plenty of opportunities to explore the rich cultural heritage of the Irish people.

Galway has been named one of the 20 best places to visit in 2020 by CNN Travel. This is the latest distinction after Galway was named the top foodie destination for 2020 by BBC Good Food, as well as one of the best cities to visit in 2020 by Lonely Planet. Thousands are attracted to the many festivals throughout the year, including the Galway International Arts Festival, the Galway Film Fleadh, the Galway Races, the Galway World Oyster Festival.

Would you like to know more about Galway? Check out our Galway Guide!

How to apply for a part-time course

Part-time EU students must apply directly to the Galway Business School at

Mature students (23+) will be considered on the basis of their previous education, work experience and demonstration of their competence to undertake the programme. Mature applicants must have qualifications and experience deemed equivalent by the College’s QQI approved Recognition of Other Learning (ROL) and Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) policies.

If you wish to apply based on these requirements please contact the college directly at

For further information please contact our friendly admissions team.

T: +353 (0)91 529100 


Visa Students

You may need a visa to come to Ireland if you are a non-EU/EEA & non-Swiss national. For visa requirements please check the INIS website.

All non-EEA students must enrol in a full-time course to satisfy their visa requirements. Check our full-time undergraduate degree courses here.