Irish University Business School
Study Methodology
Our degree courses comprise five subjects for first degrees and six subjects for master degrees. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and the usual educational requirements for a degree course. Applicants for master degree courses should normally be in possession of a first degree. Our courses are offered in English, French and German.

All degrees are studied by distance learning or by attendance at our campuses in Cameroun, Guyana or Swaziland.

On the distance-learning courses,exemptions are given on a one-for-basis on subjects previously passed in professional or academic examinations.

The cost of the first degrees is USD 2,610 and the masters degree is USD 3,600. The cost of the books is included but we do not send for the subjects on which you claim exemptions.

A discount of 15% is given for payment in advance. For payments in instalments, we require a minimum of one third in advance, a further payment of one third after six months and the balance on completion of the course.  We do not give out signed transcripts or degree certificates until fees have been paid in full.

If you prefer to pay in a currency other than USD, please ask for a quote. This will be based on the current rate of exchange but once chosen you have to stick with the quotation and the currency chosen.

We test all subjects by means of a 5,000-word thesis for first degrees and 10,000 words for master degrees. The thesis is based on our recommended text for each subject. Your thesis should demonstrate a good understanding of the subject matter and incorporate your own work experiences in the area of study and an indication of how you think the subject matter will aid your future work.

We require a first draft by email in each subject, which we critically apprise and advise what changes we require you to make before submission of a revised thesis. We can send you a specimen of such a thesis if you think it will help.

Technical queries can be submitted by email. Other queries can also be handled by email. Normally we reply to all emails within 48 hours.

On average, it takes students three months to complete one subject. There are no time restraints but we request that students keep in touch particularly if they are having problems.

You may wish to complete the application form online and return to us by email attachment

We recommend that all students purchase and use the Grammarly Report web checker before submitting their work. We require a minimum score of 70% on grammar and on citations not more than 10% from any one source.

We can supply the Grammarly Report at a diszcounted rate of USD 20.

For application forms and details of how to study at IUBS please email:

How to write Thesis

Try to get hold of any books by Tony Buzan or Tony Robbins. These are not of a technical nature but are more motivational. Our experience is that most students have motivational problems but few have technical problems. Whether enrolled in technical institutes, colleges or universities it can be difficult for some students to manage their time.

Even if students are genuinely interested in their studies, the idea of writing a thesis can actually be quite daunting. This is where these authors could be helpful. These books are available from most libraries around the world.

Word Grammar Checker
Your first priority should be to remove as many as possible of the green and red underlines of the grammar checker.

First reset your grammar checker (see our instructions on how to write a mini-thesis). Then rephrase all the items showing a green underline. With the red underlines you should check that what you have written is correct.

Alignment. Text alignment should be left-hand justified rather than fully justified.


All authors quoted must appear in the References. You should quote only from books to which you have access. If you borrow books, you should take a copy of the page of the book containing the ISBN number as we may ask for a copy.

Capital Letters

Use capital letters only for the first word in the sentences and for proper names (see below). Avoid the use of block capitals except on acronyms like IPFM or UNESCO or on titles as above. They give the impression that you are shouting at the reader. They are also more difficult to read than upper/lower case words, which is why they are rarely used on motorway signs.


The type font should be Times New Roman 12 point. For Page Headings you should use TNR 14 point bold.

Word Grammar checker should be set to check for style as well as grammar. It should also be set to English(US).

Line spacing should be 1.15. Leave an additional line between paragraphs but do not indent them. Do not leave an additional line after headings.

Numbers should be written in full up to nine and then be 10, 11, 12 etc. However, this does not apply to the number of chapters, which should be on the basis of Chapter 1, Chapter 2 etc.

Personal pronouns You must avoid the use of personal pronouns such as ‘You’, ‘We’. On PhD theses it is incorrect to use ‘I’.

Quotations should be enclosed within double inverted commas and attributed to the author whether from a book, article or the internet.

Sentences. The number of sentences in a paragraph should be between two and five.

Thesis. On a PhD thesis, you cannot give your own views. You must be objective. You have therefore to give the views of others and quote the source each time.

Underline. Do not use the underline facility. Instead, use the bold character facility.

Words. The range of number of words is advised at the outset of the course and must be strictly adhered to.

When resubmitting your thesis please do so as a ‘reply’ to our email to you  so that we can readily see the problems that should have been addressed.

Please make the changes in bright blue so that we can easily see the changes made on your resubmission. Please advise the number of times you have resubmitted.

Einstein said that the best way to learn is to ask questions. It is now easy to find solutions by using or by asking us.  We welcome questions.

Once you have received your recommended reading texts you should plan your approach to reading the book with a view to preparing your mini-thesis. We do not issue a syllabus for each subject. Each recommended book constitutes the syllabus for that subject.

As you are required to relate the contents of the book to your own experiences, we recommend that you read the contents page of the book and highlight those areas on which you have experience. Highlight also those areas of particular interest to you perhaps in helping with your present work requirements or what you might want to do in the future.

As you go through the book, pay special attention to the beginnings and ends of chapters and to your areas of special interest. Remember the 80/20 rule and that you do not necessarily need to read the whole book to produce an acceptable thesis.

Make notes of the most important points as you go through the book. As you take notes, you are actually using twice as much power of the brain as if you just read without taking notes.

Once you have your notes in place and you are ready to start the thesis reread our style instructions and take another look at the specimen thesis we send you. In particular, pay attention to how students have incorporated their own work experiences into their theses.

All books/websites that you refer to should be included in a References section, that should be placed at the end of the thesis after your conclusion. This should include the names of the authors, the year of publication, the title of the book and the name of the publisher. You should show the copied text in inverted commas (“ “) and indicate the source. Look at the specimen theses to see how they handled it.

The first page of the thesis should state your name, the subject name and the name of the degree being studied –see Appendix I. The second page of the thesis should be the contents page – see Appendix II. Your thesis should be sent as one attachment rather than two or more.

The last chapter should be a Conclusion in which you draw out the main points of the thesis. We want to know particularly how you expect to use the knowledge gained now and in the future.

The University insists on a high standard of English on the theses presented to it. It is essential to put work through a grammar checker and for the grammar checker to be set in accordance with the guidelines in our Style document.

Grammar checkers have to be set to English(US) and not to English(UK). This is done within ‘Tools’ in Word by defining English(US) as the default language.

In addition, the checker must be set to check style as well as grammar. This is done via ‘Options’ within Tools. Under writing style there is a drop-down menu. You must click on grammar & style.

Each time you run the grammar checker you have to reset within Options.

Students should not ignore objections to long sentences, to missing commas and to confused sentences. Rephrase the offending sentence.

Ensure from the statistical check that you have written the minimum required number of words but not more than 500 words in excess of the minimum.

Re-read your thesis for sense before submission. The grammar checker cannot pick up all the problems eg if you use the wrong spelling of a word like 'pear' instead of 'pair'.

On submission of your work in your email, indicate the subject and whether it is a first, second, etc submission. If it is a resubmission you should include the text of our email to you indicating the problems.

If it is your final thesis request that we issue a transcript on approval.

The University will normally return your thesis within 48 hours. If you do not get a reply within 48 hours you should send us a reminder.

When you get the comments on your thesis, you should study them in detail. If there is something that we find unclear, you should rephrase and possibly give an example to illustrate your point.

Appendix I Typical first page

Decision making

Presented by Josephine Bloggs

First re-submission

Number of words

Appendix II Typical table of contents

Table of contents
Chapter 1: Introduction                                                             3
Chapter 2: Decision-making process                                            6
Chapter 3: Improving decisions made                                          9
Chapter 4: Practical illustration of decisions                                12
Chapter 5  Case study and outcome                                           18
Chapter 6: Conclusion: understanding of the course                     20
References                                                                              22

Appendix III References

Bryce H J (2002) Financial and Strategic Management for Non-Profit Organizations. Prentice Hall Business Reference Library.

Carver J (1997). Boards That Make a Difference - a New Design for Leadership in Non-profit and Public Organizations. John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Drucker P F (1992). Managing the Non-profit Organization: Principles and Practices. Harper Collins Publishers.

Granof M H (2005). Government and Not-for-profit Accounting:Concepts and Practices. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Hummel J M (1996). Starting and Running a Non-Profit Organization. University of Minnesota Press.

Katsioloudes M I (2002). Global Strategic Planning: Cultural Perspectives for Profit and Non-profit Organizations. Butterworth-Heinemann

King R M (2007) From Making a Profit to Making a Difference: How to Launch Your New Career in Nonprofits. Planning Communication.

Maira A et al (1997). The Accelerating Organization - Embracing the Human Face of Change. McGraw-Hill.

Phelan M E and Desiderio R J (2004). Non-profit Organizations: Law and Policy. Thomson West.