Economic Science

Your course
This is an intensive and challenging programme in core economic theory and methods. In addition, a variety of specialist options are provided. It is mainly intended for those aiming for entry to a Master's degree programme but who have not yet studied economics in sufficient depth for direct entry.

You will take one of two streams, depending on the level of economics you have previously encountered. Both streams include courses in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, as well as statistical/ econometric or mathematical methods in economics. You will also have a choice from a range of elective modules, usually including the History of Economic Thought, the Economics of Money and Banking/Financial Economics, the Economics of Health, Environmental Economics, Irish Economic History, Public Economics, and Development Economics (the precise electives available may vary from year to year).

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. Research skills: students work on a supervised research paper in economics over two semesters (ending in May), providing a further opportunity to focus on areas of particular interest aligned with their career ambitions.

2. Conversion course: it is attractive to those with scientific and engineering backgrounds, as well as humanities, business and social sciences graduates.

3. Levels of ability catered for: depending on your previous study of economics, you can opt for one of two streams on this programme.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
An honours primary degree either with some economics modules or modules of a quantitative/mathematical/statistical nature.


Two semesters.

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Career Opportunities
Successful graduates, who typically go on to take a Master's in Economics degree, build a variety of careers in private and public sectors, ranging from analyst work in financial services and health sectors, to public sector and consulting roles in economic analysis.

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    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

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