BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“I always loved maths and what appealed to me about this course was the rigorous analytical elements that could be applied to the world of finance and economics. At the beginning, you focus on all aspects of economics and finance as well as numerical concepts that are applied in mathematics and statistics. Then, in final year, students can specialise with a focus on Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, or Finance. This allowed me to tailor my degree to my interests. The degree provides a launch pad in terms of graduate role opportunities in major firms both in Ireland and abroad. I would recommend it to students who have strong analytical skills, are hardworking, and are interested in the world of finance.”
Ellen Lucas, Graduate
UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business
Tel: +353 1 716 4833