Economics (through Transformational Learning) BA (Hons)

Fact File

Course Code: CK117

Course Title: Economics (through Transformational Learning)

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Economics (through Transformational Learning)

Duration: 3 or 4 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BA (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.

Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Entry Points: 2017: 423


The BA (Hons) Economics (through Transformational Learning) is a degree in Economics with a difference. The transformational learning approach means that you are an active participant in your learning.

Our goal is to develop exceptional graduates who:

  • question, analyse and research issues in business, finance, government
  • use economics as a way of thinking
  • think independently
  • are effective communicators and active team players
  • are aware of their own capabilities and strengths and able to plan for their future careers

Classes are interactive, which enables us to work with you to create diverse learning experiences that enhance your understanding of Economics. You will be challenged and supported to develop your own ideas, views and perspectives using Economics, while targeting the expansion of your skills and workplace competencies.

Unique to this programme is the Transition to Professional Life module, helping you to plan and work towards your future career.

Course Details

Year 1 Modules:


45 credits of Economics:

EC1113 The World of Economics:  Cooperation in the Economic System (5 credits);  

EC1114 The World of Economics:  Public Policy in the Economic System (5 credits);

EC1115 The World of Economics:  Coordination and Individual Decision Making (5 credits);

EC1107 Reading Economists (5 credits);

EC1108 Communicating Economic Reasoning (5 credits);

EC1109 Transition to Professional Life I (10 credits)

EC1111 Economic Data Collection (5 credits);

EC1112 Economic Data as Evidence (5 credits);


15 credits of another First Arts subject from Groups 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 

Year 2 Modules:

The Changing Economy:  Recessions and Booms;  Money and Monetary Policy;  Government Spending and Tax;  Economic Journey through Life Decisions:  Economic Information and Uncertainty;  Firms in a World of Uncertainty;  Behavioural Economics;  Economic Modelling of Decision Makers;  Empirical Research Methods;  Reasoning and Problem Solving in Economics;  Research in Economics;  Transition to Professional Life 

Year 3 Modules:

Firms and Innovation;  The Economics of Creativity;  The Role of Place in Innovation;  The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: International Cooperation;  Economic Growth and Development;  Financial Institutions and Markets;  Methods for Economic Investigation:  Survey Design and Implementation;  Research Methods for Economic Investigation:  Empirical Econometrics;  Undergraduate Dissertation;  Transition to Professional Life

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

Detailed Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate entry requirements: 

H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Mature students: Mature applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest and must sit the MSAP exam. Leaving Certificate Mathematics is recommended.  Applicants may be required to attend for interview.  Approximately two places are available to mature applicants.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

FETAC Requirements

Application Procedure

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.

Course Practicalities

Expected lecture hours: Classes consist of interactive seminars/workshops in a highly supportive and challenging learning environment. In year 1 you will have about 12 hours on average per week; in years 2 and 3 you will have about 12 hours on average a week.

Expected lab/practical hours: Practicals are provided in the statistical packages in Empirical Research Methods, Econometrics and Survey Design and Implementation


Written exams will take place at the end of Semester 1 and Semester 2.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment including:

  • group projects and individual assignments
  • oral presentations, poster presentations, videos
  • business and economic report writing, research dissertation, newspaper articles
  • interactive blogs, reflective journaling interview preparation and performance

Who Teaches This Course

The Teaching Team is drawn from the academic groups in the School of Economics: Business Economics, Financial Economics and Health Economics.

To learn more about the Teaching Team, check out the School of Economics website.


Further Contact Information

Dr Ella Kavanagh

Programme Coordinator

T: +353 (0)21 4902571



Ms Joan Corcoran

Programme Administrator

T: +353 (0)21 4902574


Close X