The MSc Business Economics is an integrated course applying economics to the business environment. Designed in consultation with leaders from the business community and public sector organisations, this unique course equips you with the key skills for career development in the ever-changing business world. It also provides a good foundation for those interested in undertaking further study at PhD, DBA or professional development level.
This is a research-orientated course, which is both theoretically grounded and evidence-based. The focus is on analysing, understanding and explaining business performance in a competitive environment.
The MSc Business Economics course is unique to UCC, incorporating both taught courses and action research, and using economic theory and analysis explicitly applied to business. Through the focused taught courses and conducting your own research, you learn how to explain and apply core theories, empirical methods and a range of analytical tools that are relevant and transferable to a range of fundamental business issues. The use of workshops, discussion groups, visiting speakers and lectures guide student learning and allow you to explore fundamental business issues.
A portfolio of skills required to support business analysis and managerial decision-making is developed, including communication skills (written and oral), analytical and evaluation skills and team-working skills. Our market research has indicated that such skills are very highly rated by employers.
The course places emphasis on:
- the preparation and presentation of quality business reports
- techniques of data analysis that include forecasting and scenario analysis and survey analysis
- team-working for assignments to enhance interpersonal relationships
- a problem-solving approach using case studies
EC6611 Economics of Business Strategy
EC6612 Analysing General Business Conditions
EC6613 Financial Economics and Business Strategy
EC6614 Scenario Analysis and Forecasting for Business Development
EC6615 Research Methods for Business Economics
EC6616 Business Survey Methods
EC6617 Research Workshops and Professional Development
EC6618 Business Economics Report
Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar
Course Code: CKL06 Full-time & Part-time
Course Title: Business Economics
College: Business and Law
Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time
Teaching Mode: Full-time
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.
NFQ Level: Level 9
Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee EUR 10,500 full-time. The part-time course fee is half the full-time fee in the particular year of study.
2016 Entry Requirements: Applicants must have a minimum 2.2 honours grade in a primary degree (or equivalent). Consideration will be given to applicants not meeting the above criteria (i.e. no primary degree) but with extensive relevant professional experience, as deemed appropriate by the Head of Economics in consultation with the Programme Director, subject to the approval of the School of Business.
Closing Date: See details in application procedure section below
Next Intake: 11 September 2017
The course consists of approximately 12 hours of lectures/workshops a week, excluding visiting speaker seminars and time that you must set aside for group work and assignment preparation.
It culminates in the writing of a business economic report, an application of concepts and frameworks to an actual business situation Â— the key is translating learning into practice. An external business advisor provides guidance and advice to ensure the relevance and effectiveness of skills developed during the course.
The course is assessed by a combination of exams and coursework. Approximately 45% of the course is assessed by coursework, including presentations, written reports, in-class assessments and group work.
Application for this programme is on-line at www.pac.ie/ucc. Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.
Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here: SupplementaryFormCKL06 (26kB)
All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.
Further Contact Information
Dr. Catherine Kavanagh
School of Economics
Aras na Laoi
Phone 00353 21 4901868