J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics

A School of Business and Economics for the Public Good

Energised by our regional edge on the west coast of Ireland, we are a globally engaged School of Business and Economics for the public good that makes a transformative impact for students, society and business. 

Our School now has over 2,800 undergraduate and postgraduate students spread across areas such Accountancy and FinanceEconomicsManagementMarketing,  and Business Information Systems.

We offer a wide range of programmes, from undergraduate degrees to MBA executive education, tailored to deliver the specific professional skills required to succeed in a globalised and competitive environment. Led by our highly-experienced faculty, we pursue an innovative teaching approach that incorporates face-to-face delivery, blended learning, professional mentoring, global experience, student placements and group-based project work.

Academic Posts Available

As part of the new J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics’s strategic plan 2021-2025, we are committed to attracting, retaining and developing globally talented academic staff in areas aligned with its strategic priorities. The School is currently recruiting 14 academic positions across the five Disciplines in the School to support our new strategic vision and ambitions. 

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Strategic Plan 2021 - 2025

The University of Galway 2020–2025 Strategic Plan, Shared Vision Shaped by Values, provides an ambitious vision for the University shaped by the values of respect, openness, sustainability, and excellence. J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics’ Strategic Plan 2021–2025 aligns with the University’s strategy, mission, vision, and core values.

Our Mission: Energised by our regional edge on the west coast of Ireland, we are a globally engaged School of Business and Economics for the public good that makes a transformative impact on students, society, and business.

Our Vision: Striving beyond - From our regional edge on the west coast of Ireland, our vision is to make a global impact for the public good by addressing grand challenges through our teaching, research, and influence on public policy.

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Undergraduate Programmes

A degree from the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics at NUI Galway provides students with the essential business knowledge, skills and competencies that are vital in the world of business and management.

NUI Galway’s graduates are highly successful in their chosen degree and are highly sought after in all areas of Business and Management. Whether you want to start up your own business, aspire to become Ireland’s next budding economist or want to enter the exciting and challenging world of international business then a Business degree at NUI Galway is the right choice for you.


Postgraduate Taught Programmes

Our postgraduate courses will prepare you for a rewarding career, provide you with practical learning opportunities, and upskill you for a constantly evolving workplace.

Our programmes are designed and constantly reviewed with the needs of our students in mind. We undertake regular reviews with students, alumni, employers and professional bodies to ensure that we continuously deliver the real learning required to enable you to make an impact on the world of business, and to realise your true potential.


The College also has a range of research programmes from Masters to PhD level.


An MBA is one of the world’s most recognised and respected business and management qualifications. Pursuing an MBA is about positioning yourself for further success. Critical to this, is choosing an MBA programme with a proven track record that meets the highest international standards for MBA education.

Driven by experienced, passionate and dedicated faculty, the NUI Galway MBA integrates an academically rigorous and challenging real-world business education with industry engagement and global learning. Our MBA provides you with the knowledge, transferable skills and confidence required for innovative and effective management and leadership. With over 45 years of experience in MBA provision and accreditation from the international Associaton of MBAs, choosing NUI Galway is a smart decision. Our MBA provides a proven, excellent return on investment resulting in a personal platform that will position you for an accelerated career success



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