Economics & Finance

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN670
CAO Points Range 2020: 613
Length of Course: 3 Years (4 Years with optional Internship)
Average Intake: 55

Leaving Certificate:
  • H4 in Mathematics
  • O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language, and two other recognised subjects
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Why is this course for me?

If you have a strong interest or ability in economics, maths and statistics, this degree provides everything you need for a future career in the areas of financial economics, banking and finance. Recognised as one of the premier degrees in Ireland and internationally in these areas, it equips students with outstanding expertise in quantitative methods, analytical skills and a rigorous preparation in economics and finance. The competence in quantitative methods and analytical skills that the programme develops are valuable on their own in many careers and provide the essential background for learning Economics & Finance.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

This highly regarded degree offers you exceptionally good prospects in banking and financial services. Future employment or study options may include:

  • Analytics or Risk Analysis
  • Stock Brokering
  • Fund Management
  • Investment Banking
  • Insurance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Economics

Internship Programme

Our optional One-Year Paid Internship Programme places successful students with leading companies nationally and internationally. Students can apply to take their internship in a voluntary/not-for-profit organisation or the start up sector, through the Business and Society, and Enterprise Internship Scholarships supported by a scholarship from the School of Business. All placements allow students the opportunity to enhance their business skills outside the classroom and helps inform future career decisions through real-world experience.

What Will I Study

First Year – Develop Your Knowledge

During the first year of this programme, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of core principles, concepts, methods and theories relevant to the study of Economics and Finance. The emphasis initially will be on quantitative methods (Maths and Statistics) and Economics to build solid academic foundations on which competences in Business and Finance will be advanced throughout the programme.


  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Business in Society
  • Introduction to Business Analytics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Statistical Modelling
  • Linear Algebra
  • Advanced Calculus
  • Principles of Macroeconomics

Year 2 & Final Year – Apply This Knowledge

You will then learn to apply this knowledge to practical and important problems faced by businesses and policy makers in a broad range of settings in the financial industry.

Final Year

In final year, depending on your area of interest you can specialise in the subject areas of Economics, Finance or Maths.

The Finance stream places emphasis on problems and applications relevant to the financial industry and corporate financial management. If you choose the Economics or Maths & Stats stream, the emphasis will be instead on different aspects of economic analysis and quantitative methods needed to support (as a consultant or an analyst) and undertake (as a manager or a policy-maker) decision-making in a corporate or policy-making setting.


  • Introduction to Programming
  • Probability Theory
  • Intermediate Macro & Microeconomics
  • Game Theory
  • Financial Institution Management
  • Optimisation in Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Econometrics
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Applied Portfolio & Risk Management
  • Inferential Statistics

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International Study Opportunities

During your second year, we encourage you to pursue an international study experience for one trimester at one of our exchange partner universities in Australia, Canada or Singapore.


“I chose the Economics and Finance programme because maths has always been my favourite subject in secondary school and I enjoy problem-solving, so this course was a perfect way to combine those interests. Advanced financial modelling, statistics and programming are typical of the skills developed on the course that are highly sought after by employers. I decided to complete two internships in my 3rd year and found the skills learned in class really prepared me for my time in both a stock broking firm in Dublin and a US investment bank in London. Now in my final year I can bridge the gap between academic understanding and the work I will be doing in the future.”

– Anna Caffrey, Student

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