Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN710 BSc Economics
CAO Points Range 2017: N/A
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 40

CAO Code: DN700 BSc Social Sciences
CAO Points Range 2017: N/A
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 500

Leaving Certificate:

DN710 BSc Economics 

  • H5 in Mathematics
  • O6/H7 in English, Irish and three other recognised subjects

DN700 BSc Social Sciences  

  • O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics and
  • three other recognised subjects

If you obtain less than O3\H7 in Leaving Certificate mathematics you must pass a “Level 0” UCD mathematics module before taking Introduction to Quantitative Economics.

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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.


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.

What Will I Study

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 years. Single- Major students also select four optional social sciences modules from Sociology, Geography, Politics, Mathematics or Statistics, plus an Elective module.

Second Year

Joint-Major students will be introduced to data analysis and statistical modelling, while Single-Major students will select from optional modules designed to build on core skills, including: Optimisation for Economics, Introduction to Financial Economics and an Economic Research Workshop, plus Elective modules.

Third Year

In their final year, Single-Major students will undertake a substantial research project and choose from optional modules, including:

  • International Money and Banking
  • International Trade
  • Financial Economics
  • Environmental Economics and Advanced Econometrics
  • Plus Elective modules.

Joint- Major students complete their core training by taking modules in Econometrics and micro theory and can choose from a selection of specialised modules. In subsequent years, the foundations are built upon to show how economics is appliedin a variety of contexts. Core modules will include intermediate and advanced courses in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, Linear Algebra & Optimisation, Econometrics, Irish Economy and a selection of options drawn from Economic Policy Analysis, Labour Economics, Transport Economics, Game Theory, European Economy, International Money and Banking, Behavioural Economics, Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, Economics of the Environment, International Trade, Health Economics, Financial Economics, Econometrics of Financial Markets.

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.


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.

For detailed information on subject content click the relevant link below:
First Year (Joint Honours)
Second – Third Year (Joint Honours)
First – Third Year (Single Honours)

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


  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Melbourne, Australia


“The Single Honours Economics degree has given me many valuable skills to help choose from a wide range of careers paths. The analytical skills gained are extremely valuable. One of the programme’s biggest strengths are the projects undertaken in the core classes, which have been a great talking point for job applications. I received enough specialisation in policy economics to know that I wanted to continue with the M.Sc. Applied Economics at UCD after graduation. Having received one of the School’s Master’s scholarships, my experience with Economics at UCD has helped me gain both a traineeship at the European Central Bank, Germany, and employment in the Irish Government’s Economic Consultancy Service (IGEES) as a Graduate Economist.”

Mojdeh Khandanian Economics Single-Major Graduate, 2016

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