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GMIT Galway

Bachelor of Business 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: 7

Programme Duration: Three years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Entry Requirements: CAO

Places: 45

CAO Round 1 Points: 275 (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
  • Macro-Economics
  • 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 and Law
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Advanced Dairy Production OR Advanced Drystock Production
  • Agriculture and Agribusiness Placement


Year 3:

  • New Venture Creation
  • Digital Business
  • Financial Management and Taxtion
  • 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

Career Opportunities

There are many opportunities for graduates of this programme. The targeted roles, in addition to many returning to the farming sector or part-time farming, include:

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

Follow-on Studies: 

Graduates can transfer to the Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Rural Enterprise and Agribusiness in GMIT. Students can also transfer to other degree programmes at colleges and universities in Ireland and elsewhere. Such transfers are dependent on results and on comparability of courses. Linkages with EU colleges open up exciting possibilities for further study.


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.
  • Year three is 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

Email: Eamon Walsh

Tel: +353 (0)91 742559