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NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Entry Route: Bachelor of Arts - LM002

Course code:
LM002 - Arts (Common Entry)
4 Years

Course leader:
Dr. Michael Griffin
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 213170

Tel: 00 353 61 202015

Economics can be taken as part of the UL Arts Degree as a joint honours combination. Review the subjects you can study with Economics by looking at the table at the end of this section.

About you

Economics, as part of a joint options combination, will appeal to you if you enjoy keeping up with current affairs and are excited about the challenges of understanding the way economies function. It is an especially suitable choice if you have strong mathematical and analytical skills. It will also appeal to you if you are not yet sure what career you see yourself pursuing in the future, as this subject choice will teach you a range of skills that can be applied to a number of future careers in business, public service, social and economic research, public relations and journalism among others.

Why Study Economics at UL?

Many of the managerial decisions taken in modern business organisations and financial institutions require a good understanding of the global economic environment. Studying economics will develop habits of rigorous thought and practice in clear writing. Besides, it includes the application of quantitative tools, learning to use statistics and to read critically. As Economics majors, students acquire the skills to explain why economic phenomena occur and how economies can improve. The study of economics is an excellent way to acquire problem-solving skills and develop a logical, ordered way of looking at world current affairs.

What You Will Study

The suite of modules offered provides a well-rounded coverage of the economics discipline. This option builds on introductory foundation modules Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Intermediate Economics and Quantitative Methods for Economics. The modules follow a logical and progressive sequence that emphasises two inter-related components: an international dimension which includes the European Economy, International Economics and Contemporary Issues in the Global Economy; and an applied dimension developed in Applied Economic Analysis, Industrial Economics and Public Finance.

The research and econometric skills of students are developed through mini-projects set for individual modules. As a consequence, students can expect to graduate with strong analytical, theoretical and empirical skills. Extensive use of quantitative techniques and an emphasis on the importance of analytical thinking instils transferable skills in Economics students that they can use and develop in a wide range of careers. Accordingly, employment prospects for graduates are very good.

Note: Students require a minimum O4/ H7 grade in Mathematics to study Economics.  

Economics Joint Honours Pathway

Modules are subject to change

Year 1 Semester 1   Semester 2
EC4111 Microeconomics EC4112 Macroeconomics
Year 2 Semester 3   Semester 4
EC4213 Intermediate Economics   Off-Campus / External Academic Placement 1
EC4023 Quantitative Methods for Economics    
Year 3 Semester 5   Semester 6
  Off-Campus / External Academic Placement 3 EC4014 International Economics
    EC4044 Applied Economic Analysis
Year 4 Semester 7   Semester 8
EC4417 Industrial Economics EC4108 Contemporary Issues in the Global Economy
EC4027 The European Economy EC4408 Public Finance



Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment 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.

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation mathematics is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

In addition, students wishing to study a Language must hold a minimum H4 grade in that language, with the exception of beginners German or beginners Spanish where a H4 grade in a language other than English is required. Specialist requirement in Mathematics for those studying Economics or Mathematics.

For certain subjects, additional special qualifications specific to individual subjects or disciplines may be determined by the respective departments in accordance with Academic Council regulations.

Applications are especially welcome from Mature Students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

QQI Entry

Certain QQI Awards are acceptable in fulfilling admission requirements for this programme. Visit the UL Undergraduate Admissions QQI site for a full list of modules.

Economics as part of a joint honours degree provides an excellent preparation for a range of careers, including areas such as;

  • Financial sector (e.g. economist; retail, investment, and corporate & treasury banking; research analyst; securities trader)
  • Teaching
  • Government departments and agencies (e.g. Dept of Finance, Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, Central Statistics Office, Enterprise Ireland, Industrial Development Authority, Central Bank of Ireland, Economic and Social Research Institute)
  • Housing market analysis
  • Transportation, energy and telecommunications industries

Follow on Study

  • MA in Business Management
  • MA in International Tourism
  • MSc in Economic Analysis
  • MSc in Financial Services
  • MSc in International Management and Global Business
  • MSc in Marketing, Consumption & Society

Kieran Fitzpatrick

I chose to study here at UL as it seemed to have the widest range of positive attributes over some of the other third level institutions in the country: a beautiful campus, great sports facilities and a good standard of academic teaching.

I’ve had an interest in English and History from an early age and I wasn’t prepared to give up one for the other. The course is very reading intensive, which for me, is great; prospective students should bear this in mind.

In studying this course, I enjoy the fact that I’ve been given the opportunities to think critically about the world in which we live. It has allowed me to become a much more analytical person and, I believe, a more well-rounded member of society.

For me, UL has a very personable atmosphere about it. There’s a real sense of community here and I know that I’ve forged some friendships that will last long after we’ve all left the campus boundaries.

 For my Co-Op placement, I worked under the guidance of a member of the History Department as a Research Assistant. As part of my placement, I got the opportunity to travel all over the country and, as a result, decided to pursue a career in academia.

Damian Houlihan

I choose UL because of its high success rate for graduate employability and the quality of the teaching and learning experience. I am currently studying Economics and Politics and International Relations. These subjects combine topics on economies and governments and how they influence decisions at local and international levels which I have a keen interest in. There is a strong relationship between Economics and Politics.

The course is diverse, in that it offers a wide range of subjects to choose from in first year.  It has given me an opportunity to experience unique learning in how the world works, how decisions and government policies impact on the economy and on employment. The degree is flexible which leads to broader career choices, job opportunities and many postgraduate options.


I am currently on Co-Op in Kerry with an insurance firm.  The benefits of the work placement are immense.  My role is in the area of new business and risk management. Dealing with the public for new business and assessing risks involved. I work as part of a team and have first-hand experience of teamwork and the value it brings to the workplace.  I have further developed skills in time management, organizational skills, problem solving and communication skills, along with the ability to plan, organize and prioritize work.  These skills are key for any workplace and are highly transferrable for employment.  At the end of the summer I’m excited to travel to the US to undertake a Study Abroad semester at the University of Colorado.