Sustainability with Business & Economics

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN240
CAO Points Range 2021: 506
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 70

Leaving Certificate:
  • 02/H6 in Mathematics
  • 06/H7 in Irish, English, and 3 other recognised subjects
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Why is this course for me?

Sustainability is a way of thinking about the future in which environmental, social and economic dimensions intertwine.  The Sustainability with Business & Economics pathway shines a light on the business and economic dimensions of sustainability – understanding how systems and resources work, and building the knowledge, skills and practices of working with people and strategy to get things done.

This pathway focuses on supporting you to better understand the world of business and economics, and make interdisciplinary connections to all aspects of sustainability.  It offers flexibility to enable you draw on a range of modules from relevant disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, business and law or choose to become more focussed on particular aspects of sustainability in business such as global supply chain management, design of environmental economic policies, corporate responsibility, or sustainable business practices and working in interdisciplinary teams.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

An interdisciplinary education in sustainability theory, policy and practise will equip you to work in areas such as renewables, clean technology management and energy efficiency within organisations, or advise industries on social and environmental strategies. 

Many opportunities also exist in global professional service firms and consultancy, and international organisations such as the UN, the European Environment Agency and the European Commission, government departments and state agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Parks and Wildlife Service and in local authorities and Non-Governmental Organisations.

A wide range of graduate opportunities and pathways include further specialisation through for example MSc Business, Economics, or Sustainability Policy or Practice.

What Will I Study

First Year: 

Sustainability including concepts and research tools, Policy, Law and Economics Mathematics, Social Sciences, Environmental Science, Economics & Business, Principles of Economics, Principles of Microeconomics.

Second Year: 

Sustainability (includes modules on Research Tools for Sustainability and Innovation, Communication and Careers in Sustainability) • Business & Economics (includes modules on Foundations of Finance, Introduction to Marketing, Accounting for Non-Business Students, Intermediate Microeconomics), Environmental Science & Engineering, Social Sciences, Policy & Law.

Third Year: 

Sustainability (includes a professional work placement in sustainability and a residential field trip) • Business & Economics (includes modules on Foundations of Finance, Introduction to Marketing, Accounting for Non-Business Students, Intermediate Microeconomics), Environmental Science & Engineering, Social Sciences, Policy & Law.

Fourth Year:

Business & Economics (includes modules on Green Ventures • Behavioural Finance, Business & Global Development, Consumer Psychology, Responsible Marketing, Public Economics), Environmental Science & Engineering, Social Sciences, Policy & Law.

Assessment varies with each module but may comprise continuous assessment of practicals, written exams and online learning activities.

International Study Opportunities

Students will have the opportunity to study abroad as part of international internships with relevant industries and employers. Placements are secured through a competitive process.

There will also be opportunities to apply for the Erasmus Study Abroad Programmes and there will be opportunities for overseas field trips.


“Sustainability is one of the greatest challenges of our time and becoming a key priority in company strategies and regulatory frameworks across all industries. As the interdependencies between environmental, social and economic wellbeing become more clear, organisations are recognising the need to act on sustainability in a truly meaningful manner. The Sustainability with Business &
Economics pathway is an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in learning and developing the skill sets to think and act in interconnected ways while influencing sustainability and global development through business and in society as a whole.”

Dr Maeve Houlihan, Associate Dean, UCD Quinn School of Business

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