Economics & Finance

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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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 its field in Ireland and internationally, it equips students with outstanding expertise in quantitative methods, analytical skills and a rigorous preparation in economics and finance. The skills that the course develops are valuable on their own in many careers and provide the essential background for learning Economics and Finance.

What Will I Study

First Year

During the first year of this course, 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 course.

Modules Include:

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

Second Year

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. In second year, students can participate in a personalised mentorship programme, gaining industry knowledge, advice and support from the business alumni community.

Modules Include:

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

Final Year

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

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.

Modules Include:

  • Applied Portfolio & Risk Management
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Financial Economics I & II
  • Econometrics of Financial Markets
  • Research Topics in Finance
  • Plus Modules associated to your specilisation

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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.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

This highly regarded degree offers graduates exceptional prospects for future employment and study. Employment options may include: Analytics or Risk Analysis, Stock Brokering, Fund Management, Investment Banking, Insurance, Corporate Finance and 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 the UCD Quinn School. All placements allow students the opportunity to enhance their business skills outside the classroom and helps inform future career decisions through real-world experience.

Other Entry Routes

“If you are a hardworking, analytical person with an interest in maths and finance and looking for a career in the world of business then Economics and Finance at UCD is the degree for you. The broad range of modules offered in years one and two prepared me to tailor my degree in my final year to pursue my long-term goals and interests. The small class size helped me really connect with my classmates and my semester abroad and yearlong internship is something I really valued. There is a particular emphasis on ensuring you are prepared for a rapidly changing world. This contributes to the outstanding international reputation of this course, offering unparalleled opportunities for further study and employment.”

Maria Guinan, Student

Contact Information

UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 4833

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