Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH415

CAO Points : 487

Closing Date : 01 July 2024

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Are you an analytical person with a passion to tackle pressing socioeconomic challenges such as poverty, unemployment, financial instability, gender and racial inequality and the effects of climate change? As a BSc Economics student, you will learn to take a scientific evidence-based approach to understand, critique and create policies to combat economic and social problems.

Employers in all sectors from government to financial services have a growing need for economists who can analyse and interpret data. This requires a strong grounding in analytical and quantitative methods beyond the economics core of the MH101 BA degree subject.

With an emphasis on independent research, the programme is designed to allow you to flourish based on your individual curiosity and strengths.

From BSc Economics, you can automatically continue with the MSc Economics Programme should you perform at the required level i.e. 55% overall in your degree.

Why choose this degree?

  • From day one, you will have an academic advisor to guide you throughout your studies to help reach your potential.
  • From the very first year you learn how to do independent research, not just consume knowledge created by others. You will be able to take modules from a variety of disciplines such as sociology, Geography, Law and Statistics. This allows you to develop synergies in your own research.
  • You will have the guidance of our postgraduate alumni mentors who hold influential positions outside of academia.
  • In the third year, you will be given guidance for your BSc thesis, jointly with the MSc students, on research and presentation skills. This will allow a smooth transition to the postgraduate level.

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Duration: 3 years (4 years with optional placement or Erasmus/Study Abroad)

1st year 

  • You will take two 15-credit subjects (typically two modules in each subject) outside of Economics - at most one from each group. The available groups to choose your two subjects from are groups 1, 3 (excluding Maths Studies) or 5. Critical Skills is also an option.
  • At the end of first year, should you change your mind and find your calling in one of the fields listed above, you can switch to MH101 BA Arts without any credit deficit and keep Economics as a major/ minor subject.

2nd year & 3rd year

  • In the 2nd and 3rd year combined, you will take eight to eleven optional Economics modules: Money and Banking, Environmental Economics, Public Economics, Economics of Crime, International Macroeconomics, International Trade, Economics of Sports, Health Economics, Economics of the EU, Competition and Regulation, Economics of Work and Life Decisions.
  • *You will have the option to add a yar-long accredited placement in Ireland or abroad to your degree. The University will support you in the earch for a placement job; however, the process is competitive.
  • You can take up to three optional modules outside of Economics from a wide selection of disciplines. The list of modules includes but is not limited to Developmental Geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Science, Introduction to Life Philosophy, Antiracism, Regional Planning and Development, Irish Politics & Society, Fixed Income Markets, Experimental and Computational Mathematics.
Course Duration: 3 years or 4 years (Erasmus/Study Abroad)

Options after graduation?

  • As a BSc Economics graduate, you will have the tools to become a key player in business and in public policy. You will have wide career choices as a consultant, fund manager, investment banker, urban planner, journalist, teacher, policy maker as well as many other areas.
  • Upon graduation, you will have the option of progressing to the MSc Economics at Maynooth. This will provide further job opportunities for professional economists including, but not limited to, economics consultancy firms, policy institutes, the Central Bank, and the Department of Finance.
  • As well as offering an integrated route into our MSc Economics, the programme provides strong foundations should you choose to pursue a master’s in a variety of areas such as finance, business, international development, public policy, public administration and data science.
  • According to statistics reported by Forbes, on average economics degree holders are very well paid compared to nearly every other field. PayScale documents substantial wage growth over the first ten years of work life, almost doubling the entry pay level.

A range of postgraduate Economics programmes for graduates.

Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information about postgraduate options.

This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H7
English Yes O6 H7
Language No N/A N/A
Math Yes O1 H5
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

Mature Applicants

Mature applicants are assessed separately to school-leavers. Mature applicants are 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time/flexible degrees the mature age is 21. 

Click here to be taken to our mature applicant information page - tab 3 on that page outlines application steps for this degree.

Mature applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for any written tests that may be required, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2024 to the Access Office. 

Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

01 February 2024

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate Applicants

Required to present 2H5 & 4O6/H7, Irish, English & O1/H5 Mathematics. Non-beginner Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Spanish: Leaving Cert H4 recommended. Beginner Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Spanish: no previous study required. MH415 Round 1 Points 2023: 487 

You do NOT need have taken Leaving Certificate Economics to study MH415.


DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.

HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Contact the Access Office for more information about these access routes.



The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students
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