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Foundation Studies Diploma - Business (Mayo)

Intensive part-time course for Mature Applicants aged 22 or over - delivered at GMIT Mayo campus, Castlebar in partnership with NUI Galway. Start date: 7th September, 2020.

Why Study?: 

This course is designed for mature students aged 22 or over who upon completion want to prepare to enter degree programmes at NUI Galway or Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in the areas of Business, Law or Arts.

This intensive part-time classroom-based course is taught at GMIT Mayo campus in Castlebar in partnership with NUI Galway.

Applicants can choose to study the diploma either at NUI Galway (DFS8) or at GMIT Mayo (DFS 9). They are run simultaneously at both institutions.

The course begins in early September and finishes in April.

The course normally runs three evenings a week - Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Programme Modules: 

Subjects taught are:

  • Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Business Skills
  • Information Technology
  • Skills for College and Career
  • Academic Study Skills
  • Academic Writing

Entry Requirements: 

Aged 22 or over

Other Essential Information: 


Orientation takes place on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd September 2020 at 10am in St Mary's Hall (Y025) in GMIT Mayo Campus, Castlebar.


Start Date 

The GMIT Mayo campus course will commence on Monday 7th September 2020 at 6pm. 



The course runs Mondays (6pm to 9.15pm), Wednesdays (6pm to 9.45pm) and Thursdays (6pm to 8pm).


Cost and Application details

If in full time employment the cost of the course is €380.

If on social welfare then the total cost is €60. Upload evidence of your Social Welfare Payment with your application.

You will also need to upload a passport photo and a photocopy of passport/birth cert or marriage cert.

The non-refundable application fee is paid by Credit Card/Laser and costs €30 (pay another €30 upon acceptance and balance of €320 is paid by postal order made out to NUI Galway when you commence studies in September.  Do not post to the university.


How to Apply

Click the highlighted link below to apply online:


Course Title:  DFS9  Business, Law and Arts ( GMIT Castlebar) -  (Foundation Studies Diploma)


Closing date

Closing date for all online applications is the 30th August  2020.


€380 if employed

€60 if in receipt of Department of Social Welfare payment (proof required).

Discipline: Business

Programme Code: 


Location: Mayo


For further information on the programme contact:

Michael Gill
Head of Department, Business, Humanities & Technology

GMIT Mayo campus
Co. Mayo

Tel: (094) 9043174


Declan Hoban
Lecturer in Business

GMIT Mayo campus
Co. Mayo


Tel: (094) 9043250

Programme Duration: One year