Are you an analytical person with a passion to tackle pressing socioeconomic challenges such as poverty, unemployment, financial instability, gender and racial inequality and the effects of climate change? As a BSc Economics student, you will learn to take a scientific evidence-based approach to understand, critique and create policies to combat economic and social problems.
Employers in all sectors from government to financial services have a growing need for economists who can analyse and interpret data. This requires a strong grounding in analytical and quantitative methods beyond the economics core.
With an emphasis on independent research, the programme is designed to allow you to flourish based on your individual curiosity and strengths.
From BSc Economics, you can automatically continue with the MSc Economics Programme should you perform at the required level i.e. 55% overall in your degree.
Why choose this degree?
- From day one, you will have an academic advisor to guide you throughout your studies to help reach your potential.
- From the very first year you learn how to do independent research, not just consume knowledge created by others. You will be able to take modules from a variety of disciplines such as sociology, Geography, Law and Statistics. This allows you to develop synergies in your own research.
- You will have the guidance of our postgraduate alumni mentors who hold influential positions outside of academia.
- In the third year, you will be given guidance for your BSc thesis, jointly with the MSc students, on research and presentation skills. This will allow a smooth transition to the postgraduate level.
1st Year (60 credits)
30 credits in Economics:
These include Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Intermediate Quantitative Analysis, Econometrics (Statistics for Economists), Information Economics and a research skills module called Exploring Economics.
30 credits in other Arts Subjects:
Students take two 15-credit subjects or one 30-credit double Arts subject from Group I, III or V, (excluding Maths Studies) with no more than one subject from each group.
2nd Year (60 credits)
40 credits in Economics core modules:
These include Intermediate Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. Econometrics, R for Data Science and Statistics, Advanced Quantitative Methods, Corporate Finance, BSc Team Project and History of Economic Thought.
At least 15 credits from the following optional Economics modules:
Money and Banking, Public Economics, Economics of the Environment, Economics of Crime and Economics of Sport.
And at most 5 credits outside of Economics from a wide selection of disciplines including Business, Geography, History, International Development, Philosophy and Politics.
3rd Year (60 credits)
25 credits in Economics core modules:
These include Advanced Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. Applied Econometrics and BSc Economics Thesis
At least 25 credits from the following (if not taken before):
Portfolio Selection and Analysis, Health Economics, Economics of the European Union, Data Analysis, Econ of Work and Life Decision, Competition and Regulation, International Macroeconomics, International Trade, Economics of the Environment, Economics of Sport.
And at most 10 credits outside of Economics from a wide selection of disciplines including Business, Geography, History, International Development, Mathematics, Philosophy and Politics.
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International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements
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.
Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7, O6/H7 in Irish, English & O1/H5 Mathematics.
You do NOT need have taken Leaving Certificate Economics to study MH415.
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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