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Overview
The MBS 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.

Course Practicalities.
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.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum 2.2 honours grade in a primary degree (or equivalent). 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 see course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Part-time option during weekday working hours

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
Skills developed on the MBS 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. MBS 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

Dr. Catherine Kavanagh
School of Economics
Aras na Laoi
UCC
Phone 00353 21 4901868
Email c.kavanagh@ucc.ie

Subjects taught

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

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.

Comment

Unique Aspects of the Course.
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 MBS 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.

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

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

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

Non-EU Applicants:

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

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee €10,500 full-time.

The part-time course fee is half the full-time fee in the particular year of study

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11th September 2017

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