About This Course
Economics of Business Practice
CKJ01 Full-time & Part-time
1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time
Full-time, Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
See Requirements for full details.
Not on offer 2020/2021
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 (MSc in Economics of Business Practice). In order to progress to stage 2, you must achieve at least 50% across modules on the Postgraduate Diploma at the first attempt (stage 1) and successfully obtain suitable work placement (arranged in conjunction with the School).
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
Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
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.
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.
Who teaches this course
The academic teaching team and external advisors bring a wealth of experience to the course from both a theoretical and a practical perspective.
Many academic members of the team are multi-published in internationally recognised peer reviewed journals. All are in the process of being awarded PhDs, or have submitted for that award, in universities across Ireland and the UK. Other members of the academic team have extensive practical experience, ranging from life coaching, to business start-ups.
In addition, the course is fortunate to have the benefit of external advisors who have decades of experience working with Irish start-ups, SMEs and internationally recognised brands. The external advisors play an essential role in supporting this unique course, which produces a high standard of business-ready graduates.
Why Choose This 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 MSc Economics of Business Practice.’
Matthew Heaton, MSc (2011) (currently working with Apple Ireland).
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
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 click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
Fees and Costs
If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.
If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.
EU student fee payment:
Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.
International student fee payment:
Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.
How can I pay?
By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.
How Do I Apply
1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.
2. Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.
3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
- Any supplementary forms requested for your course.
Please log into PAC for more details.
4. Application processing timeline
Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.
Questions on how to apply?
Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here: CKJ01 Supplementary Questions.