Why Study Economics?
Economics is everywhere. From regular people making decisions about what to do with their time or what to spend their money on, to business executives making decisions about which products to sell and how many people to hire, to government ministers making decisions on providing public services and setting tax levels, people make economic decisions all the time. Economic forces, such as globalisation, changing technologies, international recessions and banking crises also have a huge influence on the everyday lives of ordinary people. If you want to understand what drives these forces and how they shape the world around us, then Economics may be the subject for you. Many of our graduates have gone on to establish themselves in leading positions in business, finance and government as well as in academic life.
UCD has Ireland’s leading economics department. Our economists are experts with international reputations in a wide range of topics such as macroeconomics, econometrics, applied microeconomics, international trade, behavioural economics, health economics and economic history. Our undergraduate degrees build on the significant research profile of our staff by offering high quality modules across a diverse range of topics. In addition, UCD’s modular degree structure means students can also take classes across the university in subjects that are outside their core degree: See the UCD Horizons website for further information on how this works.
At UCD, you can study Economics either via the three-year BSc in Economics (CAO Code: DN710) or by combining it with other subjects as part of UCD’s BSc in Social Science programme (CAO Code: DN700). We start by introducing students to the key concepts and tools of economics and help them develop an analytical way of thinking. Students can then go on to apply these tools and ways of thinking to a variety of contexts and can further explore the areas of Economics that best suit their interests.