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If you like mathematics and economics, and like to question what underlies the physical and economic world around you, then this may well be the course for you. By the end of this course you will be able to understand and apply various mathematical and statistical techniques to gain insight into the physical and economic world around us.
Entry route to Economics and Mathematics at UL is via LM124 Mathematics Common Entry.
Why Study Economics and Mathematics Sciences at UL?
With strong applied quantitative skills, employment prospects for graduates of this programme are excellent. In a dynamic learning environment, you will develop high standards of numeracy and key skills in analytical thinking, therefore many diverse career opportunities will be open to you upon graduation.
The aim of this degree is to equip the mathematically competent students with a more specialised focus at the level of mathematical theory and statistical analysis, while simultaneously providing them with an exposure to the principles of economics and its key applications.
International Study Opportunities
In Years 2, 3 or 4, students can apply to spend a semester studying abroad at one of our partner institutes worldwide.
What you will study
The course is full time over four years. In the first two years of the programme, students are introduced to the principles of macro - and microeconomics, calculus, and statistics. The final two years of the programme concentrate on the development of skills in mathematical modelling, statistical analysis and econometrics and their application to a range of problems in economics. The second semester of Year 3 is spent on a Cooperative Education placement. You will gain experience in a working environment which requires the skills that you will have developed during your studies.
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|Year 1||Semester 1||Semester 2||Summer|
|MS4021||Calculus 1||MS4022||Calculus 2|
|MS4131||Linear Algebra 1||MS4212||Introductory Data Analysis|
|AC4213||Financial Accounting||Electives – choose two of:|
|Electives – choose one of:||AC4214||Accounting for Financial Decision Making|
|MS4101||Mathematical Laboratory||CS4112||Computer Science 2|
|CS4111||Computer Science 1|
|Year 2||Semester 3||EC4006||Intermediate Macroeconomics||Summer|
|MS4213||Probability Theory||EC4014||International Economics|
|MS4403||Ordinary Differential Equations||EC4024||Financial Economics|
|EC4003||Intermediate Microeconomics||Electives – choose two of:|
|EC4307||Econometrics||MS4404||Partial Differential Equations|
|MS4013||Vector Analysis||MS4014||Introduction to Numerical Analysis|
|MS4303||Operations Research 1|
|Year 3||Semester 5||C04320||Cooperative Education||Summer|
|MS4215||Advanced Data Analysis|
|EC4333||Economics of European Integration|
|Electives – choose one of:|
|EC4045||Economics of Natural Resources|
|And One of:|
|MA4607||Intro to Applied Mathematical Modelling in Continuum|
|MS4105||Linear Algebra 2|
|Year 4||Semester 7||EC4408||Public Finance||Summer|
|EC4417||Industrial Economics||EC4418||Monetary Economics and International Finance|
|EC4427||Managerial Economics||MS4317||Final Year Project B|
|EC4015||Final Year Project A||Electives – choose two from:|
|Electives – choose two from:||MS4218||Time Series Analysis|
|MS4217||Stochastic Processes||MA4128||Advanced Data Modelling|
|MS4315||Operations Research 2||MS4408||Mathematical Modelling|
|MS4117||Discrete Mathematics 2||MS4018||Dynamical Systems|
|MS4407||Perturbation Techniques &||MS4327||Optimisation|
Applicants are required to hold the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include:
Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.
In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade H3 in Mathematics. A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement.
We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.
Careers open to you with a degree in Economics & Mathematics include
- Financial Analyst
- Data Scientist
- Market Research Analyst
- Securities Trader
- Investment Banking Analyst
- Health Policy Planner
- International Trade Specialist
- Education (incl. teaching and research)
- Civil Service
This degree programme was developed in response to trends in the labour market indicating the increasing premium that business sectors place on highly numerate graduates who also possess an understanding of the economic and commercial environment. There is always demand from employers for such graduates in various spheres; business, education, as well as the public and financial sectors.
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Recent graduates have undertaken a variety of Masters courses in Ireland and abroad, including the MSc in Mathematical Modelling at UL, and MSc in Computational Finance at UL. Graduates have undertaken doctoral research, including some supported by the MACSI research centre at UL.
This course is certainly challenging but offers an excellent degree at the end which is regarded very highly by employers. Graduates of the programme are considered competent and very logical - two much sought-after characteristics by employers. Luckily my Coop employers JP MorganChase spotted these qualities, and have offered me a job upon graduation.
Stella Abimbola Alenkhe
Each day is different in my field and that’s what I love most about my job. I work closely with my finance colleagues and support the sales team to drive and achieve our business goals and objectives. I attend various meetings throughout the day to support business needs and requirements, and develop business partnerships with various commercial team members. Financial acumen is a key skill in my role, as it involves analysing financial information and preparing reports on our daily sales and sales targets. It is also my responsibility to monitor the performance of our sales team members.
My course at UL greatly prepared me for this career because of the numerous skills I acquired, ranging from computing and mathematical skills to practical problemsolving skills. The two-subject combination of Economics and Mathematics makes for a very versatile degree.
Stella’s tip: Do your research and be mindful of what topics interest you. Use all the resources available to you and make sure you get the necessary support from your guidance counsellor or anyone who you feel might have a positive impact on your career choices.
Stella currently works as a Financial Analysis Advisor with Dell Inc.
Student Profile - Karen O'Sullivan
This course is ideally split almost 50-50 between maths and economics. In this way, both subjects are developed at the same pace - being able to relate each to the other is a huge bonus.
What I enjoy most about the course is the range of teaching methods used. Very few modules are purely taught on the whiteboard, or only taught through programming. Across both economics and maths, lecturers introduce the theory and then implement the theory though statistical programs. Because of this, I am well versed in around 5 different programming packages, which looks very well on my CV. Having all this programming knowledge as well as the underlying theory is very beneficial. It means I know how to apply the theory to real-world situations, to come to meaningful and useful results.
I was on Co-Op placement in the world’s largest aircraft lessor, GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) in Shannon, Co. Clare. I never thought that the aviation industry was applicable to my degree, but that is the beauty of a joint degree with diverse subjects.
I was part of the finance team for aircraft engine leasing. My role involved working with the worldwide engine team, updating monthly industry-demand reports based off real-world engine data, and issuing reports. I also had the opportunity to lead the rehaul of the department’s internal website. This was something completely new to me that was outside what I thought I could do. However, it was a fantastic thing to be part of, and I learnt many new skills in leadership and teamwork.
Having industry experience like UL’s Co-Op placement is invaluable in the jobs market and is a great CV booster. It is highly attractive to employers and gives you an edge when it comes to graduate employment. Co-Op provides a great understand of the professional workplace and really embellishes the fantastic degree that you will get in UL.