Economics & Finance

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN670
CAO Points Range 2021: 625
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 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
  • 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

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 programme.

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.

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.


“Economics and Finance stood out to me primarily due to the wide range of employment opportunities after graduation. The emphasis on a rigorous grounding in analytical skills and applying this to economics and finance is something that is highly valued in the world of work. I really enjoy how the interlink between the numerical concepts that we learn in mathematics and statistics are applied in various finance and economic modules. The design of the course is very clever in this way. Economics and Finance has opened me up to so many opportunities such as the University of Washington Global Business Case competition, London Finance Trip, Career Mentoring Programme and the opportunity to go on internship with a major corporate finance firm.”

David Banks, Graduate

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