Economics of Business Practice

This is an integrated course in the economics of business practice, which will provide you with understanding and experience of business practice from an economic perspective.

It will provide you with a foundation for understanding business practice and gaining the skills needed to work in a business environment. This stage takes place over nine months, and involves modules delivered around a conceptual focal point.

At the end of stage 1, you can progress to stage 2 (MSc in Economics of Business Practice). In order to progress to stage 2, you must achieve at least 50% across modules on the Postgraduate Diploma at the first attempt (stage 1) and successfully obtain suitable work placement (arranged in conjunction with the School).

On this course you will develop a greater understanding of how business operates, using economic theory to investigate and experience business practice. You will study firm strategy, survey techniques, entrepreneurship and even get to run your own real on-campus business.

In addition, you will go on a journey of personal, professional and adult mental development.

Why Choose This Course?
I would highly recommend this course to any student who wants something more than the standard academic-based qualification. This course has given me immense academic knowledge, valuable commercial experience and pragmatic business acumen. For me, my career starts here; for you, it starts with the MSc Economics of Business Practice.' Matthew Heaton, MSc (2011) (currently working with Apple Ireland).

Entry requirements

A primary degree with at least 10 credits in microeconomics and a further 10 credits of intermediate level economics or the equivalent.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view course webpage to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Assessment Info

More than 75% of all assessment is continuous. The work assessed includes:
written reports
developing and writing case studies
individual and group presentations, and
reflective diaries.

The remaining assessment consists of end-of-year exams.

Subjects taught

Key components in this course are:

Drucker's The Theory of the Business
Kegan's Theory of Adult Mental Development
Gardner's Teaching for Understanding

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar online.


1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Enrolment dates

Start Date 9 September 2019

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Skills and Careers Information
The Economics of Business Practice course will teach you to:
-understand and communicate how businesses operate
-evaluate and communicate the organisation of business activities and practices
-communicate thinking, ideas and business issues based on personal experience and practice
-conduct economic surveys/market research in business, and
-continue your reflective personal and professional development

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    PG Dip

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

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