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BSc Economics and Finance

Curriculum Overview

In the first and part of the second year, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of core principles, concepts, methods and theories relevant to the study of economics and finance. The initial emphasis initially is on quantitative methods (Mathematics and Statistics) and Economics, as well as Accounting, to build solid foundations on which to subsequently build competences in business and applied subjects, with special emphasis on Finance and Information Science.

You will then learn to apply this knowledge to practical and important problems faced by businesses and policy makers in a broad range of settings.

The emphasis, especially for the Finance stream, will be on problems and applications relevant to the financial industry and corporate financial management. If you choose one of the other streams (Economics, Mathematics and Statistics and Information Science), the emphasis will be placed on different aspects of economic analysis and quantitative methods needed to support (as a consultant or an analyst) and undertake (as a manager or a policy-maker) decision-making in a corporate or policy-making setting.

You will choose one of the streams in third year, when you will be able to pick from a number of options so that you can specialise in the subjects that interest you most.

Interdisciplinary

The distinctive trait of the BSc in Economics & Finance programme is its interdisciplinary nature, as it is a joint endeavour of the School of Business, School of Economics and School of Mathematics and Statistics. It therefore benefits from the diverse perspectives and commitment of all three schools.  The programme relies on this to help graduates develop a strong analytical orientation towards decision-making and problem-solving, critical awareness of economic trends and issues, ethical and societal awareness, a penchant for intellectual creativity and innovation, a capacity to communicate persuasively and professionally and a life-long commitment to personal and professional excellence and development.

 

Semester 1 Programming for Business Analytics Intermediate Microeconomics I Corporate Financial Management Probability Theory Applied Econometrics I ELECTIVE 
Semester 2 (Exchange) Intermediate Macroeconomics   Game Theory Optimisation in Finance Foundations for Financial Mathematics Inferential Statistics ELECTIVE 

 

STAGE 3: OPTIONAL INTERNSHIP YEAR

Semester 1 Advanced Microeconomics Econometrics of Financial Markets Financial Economics I Math and Statistics Stream ELECTIVE
Economics Stream
Finance Stream
MIS stream
Semester 2  Financial Economics II  Research Module  Applied Portfolio and Risk Management  Math and Statistics Stream   ELECTIVE
Economics Stream
Finance Stream
MIS stream  

The purpose of the BSc in Economics & Finance programme at UCD is to form graduates capable of employing advanced quantitative methods to assist and enrich the decision-making processes of firms, organizations and public bodies, as well as society at large. Due to the important role played by financial markets in modern market economies as resource allocation mechanisms, a special emphasis is placed on their functioning and on financial decision-making more broadly (Purpose).  The epistemological underpinning of the program is that the quantitative study of Economics and Finance can offer significant help in understanding complex economic and societal issues and improve decision-making in a broad range of contexts (companies, markets, public bodies, etc.). The programme is underpinned by a commitment to scientific rigour, intellectual honesty and integrity (Education and subject/discipline/professional values). The distinctive trait of the BSc in Economics & Finance programme is its interdisciplinary nature, as it is a joint endeavour of the School of Business, School of Economics and School of Mathematics and Statistics. It therefore benefits from the diverse perspectives and commitment of all three Schools.  The programme relies on this to help graduates develop a strong analytical orientation towards decision-making and problem-solving, critical awareness of economic trends and issues, ethical and societal awareness, a penchant for intellectual creativity and innovation, a capacity to communicate persuasively and professionally and a life-long commitment to personal and professional excellence and development.  Our students have also the opportunity to participate in a range of transformative extra-curricular educational experiences, including business internships, international exchange programmes, student societies and clubs set up with the active support of UCD (e.g., the “UCD Investors and Entrepreneurs Society”, which runs a small investment fund) and case study competitions (the nature of the learning environment for students).  The programme adopts a mix of teaching and assessment methods, with an emphasis on formal lectures and tutorials enriched by laboratories (e.g., activities in the data analytics room and project work), debates, presentations, group assignments, simulations, case studies, essays, consulting reports. A range of courses, including modules in multivariate statistics and two econometrics modules, develop skills and competences necessary to carry out research. These are then applied across a broad range of courses, especially in final year, which introduce students to the current research agenda in Economics and Finance. Students are exposed to faculty, national and international, with a range of different perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds (key approaches to teaching, learning and assessment).

 

Programme Goal 4: Ambition for Action and Contribution Our graduates will be able to talk about, apply and act upon what they know and have the ambition and courage to collaborate, solve problems and contribute to business and society. (CAPACITY and ATTITUDE) 

Programme Goals Programme Learnings Outcomes

1. Informed Thinkers

Our graduates will be knowledgeable in the theory and practice of management as a quantitative discipline, capable of creative thinking and problem solving (KNOWLEDGE)

Programme Learning Outcome 1a:

Explain core economic theory, with emphasis on financial economics, critically evaluating its range of applicability and limits.

 

Programme Learning Outcome 1b:

Assist the decision-making processes of businesses and other organizations using a range of appropriate methods and applying knowledge of relevant economic and financial theory.

 

Programme Learning Outcome 1c:

Conduct research on aspects of the key themes in the current economics and finance research agenda.

 

Programme Learning Outcome 1d:

Obtain and appropriately use pertinent financial and economic information, using specialist software to process it and to perform financial calculations.

 

Programme Goal 2: Critical and Analytical Judgement

Our graduates will have developed analytical ability and the capacity for reflective and critical thinking, enabling them to apply judgement, to act with integrity and to work with others to make sound, socially responsible decisions.  (KNOWLEDGE, CAPACITY and ATTITUDE)

 

Programme Learning Outcome 2a:

Apply economic theory, with special emphasis on financial economics, and critically use it to assist and lead decision making on a wide range of business issues

 

Programme Learning Outcome 2b:

Discuss and analyse policies at different levels and in different settings, identifying with intellectual honesty and scientific integrity the possible implications for interested stakeholders (e.g., markets, investors, consumers, employees, etc.).

Programme Goal 3: Agility and a Development-Oriented Mindset

Our graduates will understand and continually work on their capacities, including communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.   They will have encountered transformational learning experiences that will help them value the role of professional and personal development in navigating a dynamic and changing world.  They will have the ability to engage with diverse perspectives and diverse settings with agility and an international edge.   (CAPACITY and ATTITUDE)

 

 

Programme Learning Outcome 3a:

Explain the changing context of economics and finance as a quantitative discipline as it evolves over time.

 
 

Programme Learning Outcome 3b:

Deploy innovative and creative approaches to unfamiliar problems in dynamic contexts.

   

Programme Learning Outcome 3c:

Deploy and hone over time project planning, management and teamwork skills appropriate to a professional environment, developed through individual and group activities.

 
 

Programme Goal 4: Ambition for Action and Contribution

 

Our graduates will be able to talk about, apply and act upon what they know and have the ambition and courage to collaborate, solve problems and contribute to business and society. (CAPACITY and ATTITUDE)

 

 

Programme Learning Outcome 4a:

Explore a particular economic / financial topic or issue and present the results of the analysis in a clear and informative way using appropriate media

 
 

 

Programme Learning Outcome 4b:

Explain ethical standards and be able to contribute to the debate on their evolution over time.

 

Programme Learning Outcome 4c:

Present on a current topic of interest to key stakeholders, with the confidence to take responsibility for assisting decision-making.

 

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