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Business Economics

The MSc Business Economics is an integrated course applying economics to the business environment. Designed in consultation with leaders from the business community and public sector organisations, this unique course equips you with the key skills for career development in the ever-changing business world. It also provides a good foundation for those interested in undertaking further study at PhD, DBA or professional development level.

This is a research-orientated course, which is both theoretically grounded and evidence-based. The focus is on analysing, understanding and explaining business performance in a competitive environment.

The MSc Business Economics course is unique to UCC, incorporating both taught courses and action research, and using economic theory and analysis explicitly applied to business. Through the focused taught courses and conducting your own research, you learn how to explain and apply core theories, empirical methods and a range of analytical tools that are relevant and transferable to a range of fundamental business issues. The use of workshops, discussion groups, visiting speakers and lectures guide student learning and allow you to explore fundamental business issues.

A portfolio of skills required to support business analysis and managerial decision-making is developed, including communication skills (written and oral), analytical and evaluation skills and team-working skills. Our market research has indicated that such skills are very highly rated by employers.

The course places emphasis on:

the preparation and presentation of quality business reports

techniques of data analysis that include forecasting and scenario analysis and survey analysis

team-working for assignments to enhance interpersonal relationships

a problem-solving approach using case studies

The course consists of approximately 12 hours of lectures/workshops a week, excluding visiting speaker seminars and time that you must set aside for group work and assignment preparation.

It culminates in the writing of a business economic report, an application of concepts and frameworks to an actual business situation — the key is translating learning into practice. An external business advisor provides guidance and advice to ensure the relevance and effectiveness of skills developed during the course.

The course is assessed by a combination of exams and coursework. Approximately 45% of the course is assessed by coursework, including presentations, written reports, in-class assessments and group work.

The MSc Business Economics has a dedicated course teaching team drawn from the School of Economics. Seminars are provided by visiting speakers from public and private sector organisations.

This innovative course aims to develop your skills for employment as a business or strategic analyst as well as providing foundations for undertaking further study. The focus of the course is on increasing your understanding of the reasons underlying firm performance and competitiveness. Experience at writing a business economics report is a significant feature of the course as it develops research skills and strengthens presentation skills, which are highly rated by employers. Strong emphasis is placed on employment and career search through workshops on interview techniques, skills analysis, CV presentation and job applications.

The quality of the course can be gauged from the fact that in both 2010 and 2011, an MSc Business Economics student won the Accenture Leader of Tomorrow Award. The Accenture award is open to all final-year and postgraduate students from across Ireland, and aims to identify innovative and entrepreneurial young talent in order to foster Ireland’s next generation of leaders.

Entry requirements

Consideration will be given to applicants not meeting the above criteria (i.e. no primary degree) but with extensive relevant professional experience, as deemed appropriate by the Head of Economics in consultation with the Programme Director, subject to the approval of the School of Business.

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 click here 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.

Duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

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

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information

Skills developed on the MSc course include:

leadership, organisational, interpersonal and team-working skills

working to deadlines in producing analyses, reports and presentations to professional standards

ability to interpret economic data and events

ability to explain complex issues to non-specialists
application of economic tools and concepts to the business world

research project design, implementation and management

The course has an excellent employment track record and every year, our graduates pursue challenging careers in the private and public sectors. MSc graduates have obtained employment in a wide range of areas at home and abroad, including management consulting, the financial and banking sectors, private sector, public sector, research institutes, and the education sector.

Further enquiries

Contact details for this course
Dr Catherine Kavanagh
c.kavanagh@ucc.ie
+ 353 21 490 1868

Subjects taught

Modules:
EC6611 Economics of Business Strategy
EC6612 Analysing General Business Conditions
EC6613 Financial Economics and Business Strategy
EC6614 Scenario Analysis and Forecasting for Business Development
EC6615 Research Methods for Business Economics
EC6616 Business Survey Methods
EC6617 Research Workshops and Professional Development
EC6618 Business Economics Report

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

Assessment method

The course is assessed by a combination of exams and coursework. Approximately 45% of the course is assessed by coursework, including presentations, written reports, in-class assessments and group work.

Application date

Closing dates

Closing Dates for Application

Applications for 2018 start dates will open on November 1st 2017.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught programmes (detailed below).

Some programmes have a specific closing date. Applicants are advised to consult with the postgraduate prospectus for programmes with a specific closing date.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for Postgraduate Taught courses are detailed below. However, we would advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:
For all completed applications received by January 15th 2018 Offers will be made by January 29th 2018

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2018 Offers will be made by March 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2018
Offers will be made by May 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by July 2nd 2018
Offers will be made by July 16th 2018

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 10 September 2018

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