Studying Economics at Trinity College Dublin
Economics in Trinity College Dublin offers a number of degree possibilities. It can be taken with one of a variety of other subjects or it can be taken on its own. The subject range can accommodate the mathematically-inclined student, students interested in finance or accountancy, students wishing to pursue a career in business or those with an interest in policy studies or in European issues. It is important to stress that students do not need to have taken Economics at second level to pursue a degree in Economics at Trinity College. Analysis of examination results at the end of first year indicates that the results obtained by students who had never studied the subject before are on par with those who have.
In choosing to study at Trinity students enjoy the magnificent campus site situated in the heart of Dublin city. The College currently has around 15,000 students, of whom 20% are postgraduates. The Economics Department is situated in the Arts and Social Sciences Building where most lectures and classes are also held. One of Trinity's main assets is its Library. With a book stock now approaching 3 million volumes, it is one of the largest in Europe. Undergraduate students also have access to modern computer facilities, good sporting opportunities and there is a wide and diverse range of student societies and activities from which to choose.
The great strength of studying Economics in the BESS Faculty at Trinity is its flexibility. All students who enter BESS through TR081 have a common first year which provides a broad-based introduction to business and the social sciences. The B.A. Moderatorship can be taken as single honors in Business Studies, Economics, Political Science and Sociology. Joint honor degrees are available in any two of Business Studies, Economics, Political Science or Sociology.
The four-year undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Sociology (TR015), hosted by the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, had its first intake of students in October 2008. The B.A. Moderatorship can be taken as single honours in Philosophy, Economics, Political Science or Sociology. Joint honour degrees are available in any combination of the above disciplines.
Economics can be taken in combination with one other subject within the Two Subject Moderatorship Programme (TSM) (TR001). A key feature of Economics at Trinity, whether taken as a TSM subject or as part of the BESS or PPES programmes, is the wide range of optional courses available.
An Economics training opens up many career opportunities. An Economics graduate is attractive to any employer looking for a combination of numeracy and high analytical skills. Economics graduates in the past have gone into banking, stock broking, accountancy, investment analysis and the financial sector generally, accountancy and planning. Others have taken up policy advice roles in the public service, in semi-state bodies, in the European institutions and with industry associations and economic and management consultancies. Other economics graduates are prominent in journalism, in business and publishing. A small number take up academic careers and teaching.Back to top