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Business Economics MSc

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Course Code: CKL06 Full-time & Part-time

Course Title: Business Economics

College: Business and Law

Business Economics

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

Teaching Mode: Full-time

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

Qualifications: MSc

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee €10,500 full-time. The part-time course fee is half the full-time fee in the particular year of study. 2017/2018 Non-EU fee Full-time: €18,000

Entry Requirements: Applicants must have a minimum 2.2 honours grade in a primary degree (or equivalent). Consideration will be given to applicants not meeting the above criteria (i.e. no primary degree) but with extensive relevant professional experience, as deemed appropriate by the Head of Economics in consultation with the Programme Director, subject to the approval of the School of Business.

Closing Date: Applications now closed for 2017/18

Next Intake: September 2018

Overview

The MSc Business Economics is an integrated course applying economics to the business environment. Designed in consultation with leaders from the business community and public sector organisations, this unique course equips you with the key skills for career development in the ever-changing business world. It also provides a good foundation for those interested in undertaking further study at PhD, DBA or professional development level.

This is a research-orientated course, which is both theoretically grounded and evidence-based. The focus is on analysing, understanding and explaining business performance in a competitive environment.

Course Details

The MSc Business Economics course is unique to UCC, incorporating both taught courses and action research, and using economic theory and analysis explicitly applied to business. Through the focused taught courses and conducting your own research, you learn how to explain and apply core theories, empirical methods and a range of analytical tools that are relevant and transferable to a range of fundamental business issues. The use of workshops, discussion groups, visiting speakers and lectures guide student learning and allow you to explore fundamental business issues.

A portfolio of skills required to support business analysis and managerial decision-making is developed, including communication skills (written and oral), analytical and evaluation skills and team-working skills. Our market research has indicated that such skills are very highly rated by employers. 

The course places emphasis on:

  • the preparation and presentation of quality business reports
  • techniques of data analysis that include forecasting and scenario analysis and survey analysis
  • team-working for assignments to enhance interpersonal relationships
  • a problem-solving approach using case studies

Modules:

EC6611 Economics of Business Strategy
EC6612 Analysing General Business Conditions

EC6613 Financial Economics and Business Strategy

EC6614 Scenario Analysis and Forecasting for Business Development

EC6615 Research Methods for Business Economics

EC6616 Business Survey Methods

EC6617 Research Workshops and Professional Development

EC6618 Business Economics Report

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 www.pac.ie/ucc. 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: SupplementaryFormCKL06 (26kB)

 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 consists of approximately 12 hours of lectures/workshops a week, excluding visiting speaker seminars and time that you must set aside for group work and assignment preparation.

It culminates in the writing of a business economic report, an application of concepts and frameworks to an actual business situation — the key is translating learning into practice. An external business advisor provides guidance and advice to ensure the relevance and effectiveness of skills developed during the course.

Assessment

The course is assessed by a combination of exams and coursework. Approximately 45% of the course is assessed by coursework, including presentations, written reports, in-class assessments and group work.

Who Teaches This Course

The MSc Business Economics has a dedicated course teaching team drawn from the School of Economics. Seminars are provided by visiting speakers from public and private sector organisations.

You can search UCC's Institutional Research Information System for staff profiles.

Further Contact Information

Dr. Catherine Kavanagh

School of Economics

Aras na Laoi

UCC

Phone 00353 21 4901868

Email c.kavanagh@ucc.ie

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