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GMIT Mountbellew

Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Rural Enterprise and Agri-Business

Agriculture, food production and environmental management are just a few of Irelands key industries, and gaining a degree in this area opens up a host of career options.

Discipline: Agri-business

Programme Code: 


Location: Mountbellew/Galway-Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Four years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Entry Requirements: CAO

Places: 45

CAO Round 1 Points: 280 (2020)

Why Study?

This programme will enable you to improve your knowledge and understanding of general business and to develop business skills, particularly as they apply to the rural enterprise and agri-business sector.

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Programme Modules

Year 1:

  • Financial & Farm Accounting
  • Macroeconomics        
  • Introduction to Marketing     
  • Animal and Crop Production Science 1        
  • Plant and Animal Science (year-long module)
  • Soil Science & Chemistry (year-long module)
  • Management Accounting 1    
  • Computer Applications          
  • Statistics for Business
  • Animal and Crop Production Science 2        

Year 2:

  • Business Information Systems
  • Applied Principles of Marketing        
  • Farm Management, Safety & Law    
  • Agricultural Economics         
  • Advanced Dairy Production OR Advanced Drystock Production
  • Animal and Plant Science: Field and Lab OR Farm Buildings & Maintenance
  • Agriculture & Agribusiness Placement

Year 3:

  • New Venture Creation
  • Digital Business
  • Financial Management & 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 4:

  • Irish Economic Policy
  • Dissertation
  • Agribusiness and Food Company Management        
  • Agricultural and Rural Resource Planning and Management
  • Soil and Nutrient Management          
  • Strategic Management

Career Opportunities

There are many opportunities for graduates of this programme. The targeted roles for graduates of this programme, in addition to many returning to the farming sector or part-time farming, include but is not limited to:

  • Education and training services
  • Financial institutions
  • Sales, marketing and PR agencies
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Development agencies
  • Farm management and cooperative consultancy groups
  • Public sector organisations
  • Charities
  • Farming organisations
  • Conservation bodies
  • Home and foreign governments


Follow-on Studies: 

Graduates can apply to postgraduate programmes in colleges and universities in Ireland and elsewhere.

Essential Information: 

  • Year one of the course is common with the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Environmental Management and is based at our GMIT Mountbellew campus (four days per week) and at our Galway campus (Dublin road) one day per week. At the end of year one, students can choose whether they wish to pursue the Bachelor of Business in Rural Enterprise and Agri-business or the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Environmental Management.
  • Year two is based at our GMIT Mountbellew campus (three days per week) and at our Galway campus (Dublin road) two days per week.
  • Students must do a three-month industry work placement in year two working in an agri business.
  • Students reside at Mountbellew for the first two years.
  • Years three and four are spent at the GMIT Galway campus.

Contact Us

Edna Curley

GMIT Mountbellew

Tel: + 353 (0) 90 967 9205

E-mail: Edna Curley


Eamon Walsh

GMIT School of Business

Tel: +353 (0)91 742559

Email: Eamon Walsh