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Economics & Finance / Eacnamaíocht & Airgeadas

DT399

What is... Economics & Finance?

Economists study how people make choices in life and the consequences of their decisions. This means that they are concerned with consumers, workers, industry, commerce and government at the level of the individual and the market (micro-economics) and the national economy (macroeconomics).The focus of this degree is to analyse how these and other factors influence the goods and services an economy produces, the resources it uses in production, and the distribution of its output. Economics also focuses on contemporary issues such as the globalisation of world markets, international monetary systems, privatisation of industry and the management of the economy which include case studies, presentations, group work and projects as well as the more formal lectures with tutorial support.

NOTE: Students may opt to spend year 3 studying abroad. Students who avail of this opportunity will complete their degree over a four year period and will be awarded the BSc Accounting & Finance (International) qualification.

Scholarships

First year students enrolling on this programme who have obtained 500 points or more in their Leaving Certificate, will be awarded a first year entrance scholarship of €2,000 in recognition of their outstanding performance in the Leaving Certificate Examination.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Typical graduates go on to work in such areas as investment banking, financial services, money markets, commercial banking, journalism, economic analysis, policy analysis, public/private sector economic research units or continue in academia to research further topics of interest to them. Given the continuing central importance of the Financial Services Sector to the Irish Economy, there is clear demand for high quality graduates with numeracy, analytic and practical skills in Economics and Finance.

What other options do I have after completion?

Graduates can access postgraduate Programmes in Accounting, Economics, Finance, International Banking and Finance, International Business, Business & Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Sustainable Development and Strategic Management within DIT, and similar opportunities elsewhere in Ireland or internationally.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

The modules on this programme have been carefully chosen to expose you, the prospective student, to a wide range of cutting edge knowledge in the area of economics and finance while giving you a solid grounding in the fundamentals of economic thought that you will be able to apply to new events in the economy both in Ireland and internationally for many years to come. This is complemented by a focus on financial services understanding not only the internal issues within an organisation but also the external pressures and opportunities that firms deal with on a regular basis.

The programme deliberately has a strong core in both Economics and Finance demonstrating the inter linkages between the topics and how economic thought has shaped the discipline of Finance while current financial market behaviour provides food for thought for economic theory. The programme allows you to develop your own interests in the final year through the availability of a wide range of options and also the opportunity to work on an interesting real research issue. A range of experienced and dedicated resources are available to you as you make these important choices. This degree programme develops analytical abilities and financial knowledge as well as key skills and competencies in team working, independent research and critical analysis by use of a variety of learning approaches which include case studies, presentations, group work and projects as well as the more formal lectures with tutorial support.

Module Listing

Year One (All Core)

  • Accounting
  • Business Finance
  • Business Law
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Mathematics for Economics & Finance
  • Statistics for Economics & Finance
  • Information Systems for Economics & Finance

Year Two

  • Business Finance
  • Economics of Strategy
  • Economy of Ireland
  • Financial Markets & Analysis
  • Macroeconomics
  • Mathematics for Economics & Finance
  • Microeconomics

*Plus Module Options

  • EU Framework
  • International Trade and Globalisation
  • Managing the Organisation
  • Information Systems and Technology Management

Year Three

  • Optional Year Abroad

Year Three/Four

  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Econometrics
  • International Finance & Monetary Economics
  • Research Project

*Plus Module Options

  • Derivatives
  • Financial Services and Financial Institutions
  • Public Economics
  • Game Theory
  • Portfolio Management
  • Strategic Management

* See www.dit.ie/catalogue for detailed information

Are there study abroad options?

Yes. Students may opt to spend year 3 studying abroad in locations such as the United States, Canada, Australia or Northern Europe, through English. Students who avail of this opportunity will complete their degree over a four year period and on successful completion of all four years be awarded the BSc (Hons) Economics and Finance (International).

Further Information

School of Accounting & Finance

T: 01 402 3027 (Marie O’Flynn)

E: marie.oflynn@dit.ie

W: www.dit.ie/accountingandfinance/

What our Students say!

  • ‘The Programme content is excellent. Having a choice in second and third year is great. I like that the classes are small. There is always someone to help if I have a problem with something. There are other mature students so I don’t feel like the odd one out. Lecturers know our names individually, we’re not just a group of students and we can approach them on an individual basis. Excellent teaching and learning’