Economics & Finance

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN670
CAO Points Range 2018: 590
Length of Course: 3 Years (4 Years with optional Internship)
Average Intake: 50

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. Other possible areas for future employment or study are:

  • Analytics or risk analysis
  • Stock brokering
  • Fund management
  • Investment banking
  • Insurance
  • Corporate finance
  • Economics

Internship Programme

Our optional one-year Internship Programme places successful students with leading companies nationally and internationally. Students may also have the opportunity to work with a voluntary/not-for-profit organisation 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.


  • Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Business in Society
  • Business Analytics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Math Modelling
  • Linear Algebra
  • Advanced Calculus
  • Statistical Modelling
  • Analysis

Year 2 & Final Year – Apply This Knowledge

You’ll then learn to apply this knowledge to practical and important problems faced by businesses and policy makers in a broad range of settings.

The emphasis will be on problems and applications relevant to the financial industry and corporate financial management. If you choose one of the other streams (Economics, Maths & Stats), 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.


  • Taxation
  • Probability Theory
  • Economics, Macro 1 & Micro 1
  • Financial Institution Management
  • Optimisation in Finance
  • Irish Economy
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Analysis
  • Financial Mathematics

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International Study Opportunities

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


“BSc Economics and Finance provides an unrivalled skillset for those looking to work in Finance. It couples the statistical elements of financial analysis with the macroeconomic insight necessary to apply it in the real world. However, this course offers much more than just an academic education – my year-long internship with Willis Towers Watson and the semester I spent studying at the National University of Singapore were two unforgettable experiences that benefited my development more than anything I could learn in a classroom. The small class size in Economics and Finance ensures that there is top-class technical support and access to senior academic staff, as well as providing a brilliant peer network.”

Aedin Ní Dhonaill,
BSc Economics & Finance, Year 4

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