BA INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS (BAIE) 
CAO code: MH416
Duration: 4 years

MH416 - BA INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS

Description

BA International Economics (MH416) provides deep understanding of workings of global economy:

how trade and assets flow between countries,

how monetary relations operate on an international scale how financial crises spread.

This programme is ideal for internationally minded students with a keen interest in economic, financial, and socioeconomic questions. In the first year, in addition to economics and mathematics, you will take a language (French, German, Spanish or Chinese) or study computer science.

You will either work or study abroad in 3rd year (or work in an internationally orientated company in Ireland – subject to availability). You may study abroad in the 1st semester, and work in the 2nd.

Why choose ​BA International Economics?

You will have a sound understanding of real world - socioeconomic & economic issues. You will learn to use analytical tools – including mathematics, deductive logic and applied statistics – to examine problems and devise logical solutions. You will be well prepared both intellectually and in terms of technical skills for employment in the public sector and in the highly competitive international job market in private sector.

Please contact Dr Sweetman if you have any questions.
Olive.Sweetman@mu.ie

Course Structure

First year (60 credits in total in the first year):

  • 15 credits of Economics
  • 7.5 credits of Mathematics (taking an extra 7.5 credits of Mathematics in 2nd semester is recommended)
  • Students also take 1 subject from Chinese*, French*, German*, Spanish* or Computer Science and 1 other subject from groups 1, 2 or 5 including Critical Skills (maximum 1 subject per group)
  • Students are strongly recommended to take 7.5 credits of accounting, however, because of timetable restrictions, it will only be available to those taking Computer Science, Spanish or German (not as beginner). These students will have a second opportunity to take an Introduction to Accounting course in 2nd year.

*Beginners language programme available. This requires 30 credits in the language (French, German or Spanish). Chinese Studies is only available as a 30 credit option.

The list of first-year compulsory modules (30 credits) is below.
 

Module Code Credits Semester
INTRODUCTION TO CALCULUS  MT105A 7.5 1
INTRODUCTION TO MACROECONOMICS AND TO QUANTITATIVE METHODS EC103 7.5 2
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS  ST122 5 2
LINEAR ALGEBRA 1 (A) MT112A 2.5 2
MICROECONOMICS 1 EC101 7.5 1

 

Second year (60 credits in total in the second year):

Choose between 2 possible routes:

  • Single Major in Economics 
  • Major/Minor with Economics as the Major and either Computer Science or their 1st year language or Mathematical Studies as a minor subject. Approximately 33% of a student’s time is spent on the minor subject. 
  • Optional 10 credit elective steam in 2nd year. The list of electives is here.

The list of second-year major/minor compulsory and optional modules are here (40 credits):                                                                   

Module Code Credit Semester C/O
CORPORATE FINANCE FN205 5 1 compulsory
CORPORATE FINANCE (FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT) FN206 5 2 compulsory
ECONOMETRICS  EC206 5 2 compulsory
INTERMEDIATE MICROECONOMICS EC201 5 1 compulsory
INTERMEDIATE QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS FOR ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS EC205 5 1 compulsory
ECONOMICS OF CRIME EC342 5 2 optional
FINANCIAL MODELLING FN212 5 2 optional
HEALTH ECONOMICS AND POLICY EC229 5 1 optional
HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT EC216 5 1 optional
INFORMATION ECONOMICS EC230 5 2 optional
INTERMEDIATE MACROECONOMICS EC202A 5 2 optional
MONEY & BANKING EC211 5 2 optional

 

The list of second-year single major compulsory and optional modules are here (60 credits):

Module Code Credits Semester C/O
CORPORATE FINANCE FN205 5 1 compulsory
CORPORATE FINANCE (FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT) FN206 5 2 compulsory
ECONOMETRICS (STATISTICAL METHODS FOR ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS) EC206 5 2 compulsory
FINANCIAL MODELLING FN212 5 2 compulsory
INTERMEDIATE MACROECONOMICS EC202A 5 2 compulsory
INTERMEDIATE MICROECONOMICS EC201 5 1 compulsory
INTERMEDIATE QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS FOR ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS EC205 5 1 compulsory
CALCULUS 3 (A) MT201A 5 1 optional
ECONOMICS OF CRIME EC342 5 2 optional
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING FOR NON-ACCOUNTANTS AC210 5 1 optional
HEALTH ECONOMICS AND POLICY EC229 5 1 optional
HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT EC216 5 1 optional
INFORMATION ECONOMICS EC230 5 2 optional
LINEAR ALGEBRA 2 (A) MT212A 5 2 optional
MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING FOR NON-ACCOUNTANTS AC211 5 2 optional
MONEY & BANKING EC211 5 2 optional
ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS MT301C 5 2 optional

 

Third year.
Compulsory work placement in an international company and/or study abroad (subject to availability).
 
Final year.

Back on the Maynooth University campus taking the Single Major or Major/Minor (depending on the 2nd year option chosen).
The list of fourth-year major/minor compulsory and optional modules are here (40 credits):                                                                    

Module Code Credits Semester C/O
ECONOMETRICS EC306 5 1 compulsory
 
INTERNATIONAL MACROECONOMICS EC333 5 2 compulsory
 
INVESTMENTS (PORTFOLIO SELECTION & ANALYSIS) FN305 5 1 compulsory
 
INTERNATIONAL TRADE EC318 5 2 compulsory
ADVANCED MICROECONOMICS EC301 5 1 optional
BEHAVIOURAL ECONOMICS EC334 5 2 optional
DERIVATIVES 1: FORWARDS, FUTURES & SWAPS FN307 5 1 optional
DERIVATIVES 2: AN ANALYSIS OF OPTIONS AND CREDIT DERIVATIVES FN308 5 2 optional
ECONOMICS OF SPORT EC327 5 1 optional
ECONOMICS OF THE ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL RESOURCES EC311 5 2 optional
ECONOMICS OF WORK AND LIFE DECISIONS EC319 5 2 optional
FINANCE THESIS FN399 5 Year-Long optional
FIXED INCOME MARKETS (INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL MARKETS & INSTITUTIONS) FN310 5 1 optional
INTERNATIONAL TRADE EC318 5 2 optional

 

The list of fourth-year single major compulsory and optional modules are here (60 credits):

Module Code Credits Semester C/O
DERIVATIVES 1: FORWARDS, FUTURES & SWAPS FN307 5 1 compulsory
DERIVATIVES 2: AN ANALYSIS OF OPTIONS AND CREDIT DERIVATIVES FN308 5 2 compulsory
ECONOMETRICS EC306 5 1 compulsory
INTERNATIONAL MACROECONOMICS EC333 5 2 compulsory
INVESTMENTS (PORTFOLIO SELECTION & ANALYSIS) FN305 5 1 compulsory
INTERNATIONAL TRADE EC318 5 2 optional
ADVANCED MACROECONOMICS EC302 5 2 optional
ADVANCED MICROECONOMICS EC301 5 1 optional
BEHAVIOURAL ECONOMICS EC334 5 2 optional
ECONOMICS OF SPORT EC327 5 1 optional
ECONOMICS OF THE ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL RESOURCES EC311 5 2 optional
ECONOMICS OF WORK AND LIFE DECISIONS EC319 5 2 optional
FINANCE THESIS FN399 5 Year-Long optional
FIXED INCOME MARKETS (INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL MARKETS & INSTITUTIONS) FN310 5 1 optional

 

 
Career Opportunities

BA International Economics provides strong quantitative skills, coupled with an ability to think critically and analytically – invaluable assets in a wide range of professions. Graduates can be found in the banking and financial services industry, economic consultancy, finance units of public and private sector organisations, financial research, journalism and teaching.
Postgraduate degree holders are also to be found working in financial institutions, both public and private, in Dublin, London, New York and around the globe. It also is a good base for postgraduate studies in economics, finance, and business.

Entry Requirements

This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
 

Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H7
English Yes O6 H7
Language No N/A N/A
Math Yes O4 H7
Science No N/A N/A

 
International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements
Visit the International Office website for details.
 
Mature Students

Mature student applicants are 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time degrees the mature age is 21. Admission is based on application and interview. 

O4/H7 Leaving Certificate Mathematics or equivalent is required.

Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2022. Late applications from mature students may be accepted after this date - consult the Undergraduate Studies website for updates. Application may not be made to the CAO after May 1st 2022.
 
Mature students must complete the CAO section for mature applicants fully, indicating clearly past or current studies, and outlining educational goals and objectives. Applicants are assessed on the basis of the information provided on their CAO application form. All questions should be answered in full.

Mature student applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for any required written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2022 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

01 February 2022

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements: 2H5 & 4O6/H7, Irish, English & O4/H7 Mathematics. French: H5 required if choosing French (H4 from 2020). Advanced German or Spanish: Leaving Cert H5 required (H4 from 2020). Beginner German, French, Chinese and Spanish: no previous study required.

Transfer option available into this degree from the Bachelor of Arts Degree MH101 - subject to meeting requirements.

The Maynooth Education
Click here for details about optional Critical Skills courses, Electives and degree pathways. 

HEAR and DARE
DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.
HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Contact the Access Office for more information about these access routes.

How to Apply

APPLY TO THE CAO

WWW.CAO.IE

The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students

Dr Olive Sweetman,
Undergraduate Studies Director 
Email: O
live.Sweetman@mu.ie