Economics

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

Economics explores how and why people make decisions and choose between alternative ways of spending their money and using their time, energy and skills. That is why Economics can help to shed light on decision-making in areas from love and marriage, to sports and crime. If you are interested in people’s behaviour and in current affairs, and if you enjoy problem-solving and are naturally analytical with good numeracy skills, then Economics will appeal to you.

 

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What Will I Study

What you will study depends on how you will be studying Economics at UCD. The Single-Major Economics (DN710) degree is a three-year concentrated course designed for students who wish to study Economics intensively throughout their time at UCD. If you wish to combine the study of Economics with another subject, you may study it as a Joint-Major subject through the four-year Social Sciences (DN700) degree.

First Year

All students will study Introduction to Economics, Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, and Introduction to Quantitative Economics. Single-Major students will study additional modules to develop key skills at the early stage in their programme, so that they may proceed to a wide range of advanced and speciality electives in second and third year. Single-Major students also select two optional modules from Sociology, Geography, Politics, Mathematics or Statistics, plus one elective modules.

Second Year

Joint-Major students will be introduced to data analysis and statistical modelling and will take intermediate modules in microeconomics and macroeconomics. Single-Major students will select from optional modules designed to build on core skills, including: Optimisation for Economics, Introduction to Financial Economics plus Elective modules.

Third Year

In their final year, Single-Major students will undertake an Economics Research Workshop and deepen their technical knowledge by taking advanced modules in econometrics, microeconomics and/or macroeconomics. They also have access to optional field modules such as health economics, money and banking, public economics and elective modules. Joint Major students can apply to undertake an internship or to study abroad for a trimester or year.

Fourth Year

In their final year, Joint-Major students choose modules that deepen their technical knowledge and specialise in their preferred economic fields by appropriately choosing optional modules.

Assessment

Teaching takes place in lectures and tutorials, with students also participating in small group classes to work on group projects and presentations. A combination of end of- semester written examinations and continuous assessment is used.

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How Will I Study
International Study Opportunities

Student exchanges in Economics are available with the following universities:

  • Tilburg, the Netherlands
  • Namur, Belgium
  • La Sapienza, Rome, Italy

As well as in partner universities in:

  • North America
  • Asia
  • Australia and Europe

Including:

  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Melbourne, Australia
Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Economics graduates are in high demand – our graduates work in Bank of Ireland, Price Waterhouse Cooper, KPMG, Paddy Power and Deloitte.

Economics graduates can expect to have direct access to Economics, Business and Finance Master’s.

Other Entry Routes
Testimonial

“I chose to study Economics in UCD as I wanted to learn how to quantitatively define problems and solutions in society and secondly, to be able to apply economics to different fields. What I really enjoy about Economics in UCD is the faculty, as there is a 50:50 ratio in the School and I think that pushes women to pursue careers in Economics. I also really enjoy the range of modules to choose from, especially in final year from Health Economics to Development Economics. We take research modules from first year until our final year and these skills are really embedded throughout the course, which can then be applied to a range of different careers and fields that will be valuable to employers.”

Nikita Fernes, Student

Contact Information

UCD School of Economics
Newman
Belfield, Dublin 4

Email: economics@ucd.ie

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