Economics of Business Practice PG Dip

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Course Code: CKJ01 Full-time & Part-time

Course Title: Economics of Business Practice

College: Business and Law

Economics of Business Practice

Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Qualifications: PG Dip

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee €7,000 full-time. The part-time course fee is half the full-time fee in the particular year of study.

Entry Requirements: A primary degree with at least 10 credits in microeconomics and a further 10 credits of intermediate level economics, or the equivalent.

Closing Date: Applications now closed 2017/18

Next Intake: September 2018


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 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).


Course Details

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

Detailed Entry Requirements

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. 

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.

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:

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.

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.


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.

Contact us

E: Dr. Noirin McCarthy

P: + 353 21 490 3494
W: Website

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