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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 (MBS in Economics of Business Practice). In order to progress to stage 2, you must achieve at least 60% in stage 1 and obtain an internship.

Course Practicalities
The course is both practical and research-orientated. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own learning and communication styles, and on your work in teams and in business. You will operate from a specially designed Business Practice Economics room and have unlimited and exclusive access to this facility during the academic year. To prepare you for a career in business we feel it is essential to maintain links with the business community. For this reason, engagement with the business community occurs, you will take part in on-site visits and you will have opportunities to engage with visiting speakers to UCC.

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 see course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.


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
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

Further enquiries

Robbie Butler
P: + 353 21 490 2434

Subjects taught

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.

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.


Unique Aspects of the 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 MBS Economics of Business Practice.’

Matthew Heaton, MBS (2011) (currently working with Apple Ireland).

Assessment method

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.

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

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee €7000 (per academic year) 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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