UCC Undergraduate courses

Arts - Economics

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title


  • Code

    Subject available through multiple programmes

  • Subject Title


  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BA (Hons)

  • Fees

    Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,130 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Refer to CK101 and CK108 See Requirements for full details.

Course Outline

Economics is the study of people’s motives, expectations, decisions, hopes, disappointments and uncertainties. It can be used to examine a variety of issues, from social media to poverty. 

The language of work, business, government and the media is increasingly drawn from economics.

Graduates with an economics qualification are needed to address the problems and challenges that are facing business, government and society today.

Choosing economics will give you an excellent foundation for a career in business, finance, government, teaching and the media, and for doing further study in business courses such as marketing, management and computing. The teaching approach that we use will prepare you for working in the knowledge economy.

You do not need to have Economics in the Leaving Certificate to study Economics at UCC.


Year 1 Modules:

  • EC1106 Introductory Microeconomics (5 credits)
  • EC1116 Introductory Macroeconomics (5 credits)
  • EC1131 Economic Decision Making (5 credits)

Year 2 Modules:

Students decide how many credits of economics they wish to study.  Students can study 10 credits, 20 credits, 30 credits, 40 credits or 50 credits of economics.  Once the students select the number of credits the module they will study is specified.  The most popular choice is 30 credits.  This allows students to combine economics with another subject from the wonderful array of subjects available.

Economics becomes more quantitative in second year with greater use of mathematics, statistics and diagrams.


Microeconomics:  Behaviour and Organisations;  Microeconomics: Organisations and Institutions; Macroeconomics: Growth and Development; Macroeconomics: Business Cycles


Economic Data and Skills for Data Collection;  Skills for Interpretation of Economic Data; Introduction to Mathematical Economic Analysis; Introduction to Statistical Economic Analysis; Reasoning and Critical Thinking in Economics;  Reflection and Persuasion in Economics

Year 3*/4 Modules:

Students build on and apply, the material from second year.  The greater emphasis on application is illustrated by the fact that there is a 5-credit project course in both semester 1 and semester 2.  Students are also required to take 5 credits of econometrics in semester 1.

Students are exposed to the application of economics to areas like human resources, financial markets, regional economies, and sport.


The Economics of Corporate Strategy;  Capital Markets and Asset Valuation;  Portfolio Theory and Asset Management; Economics of the Labour Market;  Human Resource Economics;  Health Economics;  Public Expenditure;  Public Finance; Growth and Competitiveness;  Growth and Innovation;  Principles of Insurance;  Quantitative Methods:  Econometrics;  Survey Methods

*BA International students spend third year studying in an approved foreign university in a country of the student's major language or subject.  They will return to complete their final year in UCC in Year 4.

See the College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for Economics for further details on module content. 

Course Practicalities

Expected lecture hours: The number of lecture hours each week depends on the amount of economics studies with two hours for every 10 credits, e.g. six hours of lectures for 30 credits.

You will be supported on your learning journey with a combination of tutor-led clinics and lecturer online learning tutorials.

Expected tutorial & practical hours: Tutorials are provided in first year and for some of the second year modules.  Practicals are provided in the statistical modules.

Why Choose This Course

A degree in economics enables students to develop a range of skills for both the working world and in further studies.

Sean O'Connor, BA, Economics

It might sound obvious but “economics” is the unique aspect of this course.  Students who successfully complete this course will know how economists think.  Students undertaking the B.A. have an opportunity to sample a wonderful array of subjects of which economics is one.

Economics will develop your knowledge of economics, your professional skills and yourself, for life after university.

The curriculum for the course is informed by lecturers’ research. Up-to-date teaching methods are used as most staff have a qualification in teaching and learning in higher education.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Study abroad: If you are studying through the BA International, you will spend Year 3 studying at one of our partner universities abroad. We currently have links with universities in: Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden Mexico, and the USA.

Work placement: If you study through the BA or the BA International, you will have the opportunity to avail of a work placement in Year 2. You can find out more here.

Skills and Careers Information

Economics provides a whole range of skills (analytical, problem-solving, computers, data handling, presentation and communication) and knowledge required by employers. Our teaching approach at UCC, with its emphasis on transformative education, will prepare you for the knowledge economy, the need for continual change and for life-long learning.

Graduates with Economics have traditionally gone into a wide variety of different types of jobs, including:

  • teaching
  • banking and finance
  • business consultancy
  • journalism

Many of our students have continued into postgraduate education and professional training in areas such as economics, finance, and business-related courses such as marketing, management and computing.


Refer to CK101 and CK108.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. 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 and language requirements visit our qualification comparison page.

Refer to our International Office page for more information on how to apply to UCC.

Fees and Costs

The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2021/22 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €130. Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees.

For International Fees see our Fees Schedule page.

How Do I Apply

Refer to CK101 and CK108. First year students choose Arts subjects when registering.

EU Applicants: The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Refer to the CAO page for further information.

Mature Applicants (age 23 or over): See the CAO Mature Applicants page and the Mature Students Admissions Pathway (MSAP) page for essential information on the application process for mature students.

QQI FET: See our QQI FET Applicants page.

Non-EU Applicants: Non-EU applicants apply online via the UCC Apply portal. See our International Office page.

All Applicants: Please note that the modules listed are indicative of the current set of modules for this course and are subject to change from year to year. Please check the College Calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

  • In UCC, we use the terms programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments. 

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