Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN710 BSc Economics
CAO Points Range 2021: 522
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 45

CAO Code: DN700 BSc Social Sciences
CAO Points Range 2020: 465
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 525

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 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 and an Economic Research Workshop, 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 semester 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.


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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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


“Having enjoyed Economics in secondary school I recognised the Single Honours Degree as a perfect
opportunity to further my interests. From the outset at UCD, I was immersed in a learning environment that was both innovative and highly beneficial to my academic work. The extensive help you receive from lecturers, tutors and Maths and Economics support centres allows you to be comfortable in your work and always find ways to enhance your education. The variety of modules within this Economics course ensures you can explore the subject to a fascinating degree, with the Financial Economics and Money & Banking modules having been two of my favourites.”

Frank Heffernan, Student

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