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What is Economics?

Economic issues dominate the news headlines and have an impact on the lives of individuals and countries. What determines economic growth? Why do financial crises occur? Why are some countries poor, while others enjoy high living standards? Why do some people earn so much more than others? Is it possible to pursue economic growth and still protect the environment? Questions such as these, which explore the material well-being of humankind, are at the heart of the study of economics.

Any society has to address the problem of how and what to produce for its material survival, and how the goods and services that are produced should be distributed among its population. Economists explore how people and institutions behave and function when producing, exchanging and using goods and services. Economists’ main motivation is to find mechanisms that encourage efficiency in the production and use of material goods and resources, while at the same time producing a pattern of income distribution that society finds acceptable.

Economists aim to develop theories of human behaviour and test them against the facts. These theories are summarised in economic models that best explain the events we observe. An important part of the work of an economist is collecting and analysing data about economic phenomena - prices, employment, costs, etc. The art of the economist is to blend together theory, data and statistical techniques to arrive at a new understanding of economic problems or to make policy recommendations that hopefully will improve the welfare and living standards of our society.

Is this the right course for you?

Economics will appeal to students with a wide range of interests. If you are interested in current economic affairs or in understanding how public policies could lower unemployment or assist the developing world, then you will find studying economics both stimulating and rewarding. Economics is also a strong platform for careers in business and finance. Students who enjoy abstract thinking, and are evaluating courses such as engineering or physics, should also consider economics as a degree option.

Why study Economics at Trinity?

In the 2015 QS rankings Trinity was ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for Economics and Econometrics.

The Department places considerable emphasis on providing a supportive and stimulating teaching environment for all students. In addition to lectures, which are given by highly qualified academic staff with an international reputation, the Department facilitates learning through interested approachable staff, small tutorial groups, student presentations and involvement, teaching assistants assigned to many courses, time set aside each week by all staff and teaching assistants to deal with any student difficulties on a one-to-one basis and involvement in societies and debates and in the publication of the ‘Student Economic Review’, allowing students to gain valuable experience.

What will you study?

Most of the teaching takes place at lecture level and is complemented by tutorials (small group teaching).

In the first two years, teaching emphasises the understanding of the basic principles of economics and the acquisition of the quantitative and analytical skills necessary for more in-depth study. The student will also receive instruction on how the modern economy works both from an Irish and a global perspective. In third and fourth year, there are very few compulsory courses. Students are therefore able to construct their own programme from a wide range of options.

All courses in the first three years are assessed by a combination of continuous assessment (tests or essays) and the formal end-of-year examination. Fewer courses are required in the fourth and final year so as to facilitate time for more independent work. Project work is a very important component of almost all courses within the final year; this project work allows students to achieve a very high level of expertise in a number of specific areas and is very beneficial to students when setting out on their career paths. In addition, students specialising exclusively in economics in fourth year may choose to complete a dissertation on a chosen topic.


Introduction to Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, Introduction to Economic Policy and a selection of optional modules.


Intermediate Economics, Economy of Ireland, Economics of Public Policy, Mathematical and Statistical Methods.


Some of the modules which may be available to study are: Economics Analysis; Money and Banking; European Economy; Economics of Less Developed Countries; Investment Analysis; Economics of Policy Issues; Industrial Economics: Competition, Strategy and Policy; Mathematical Economics; Econometrics; Economic Theory; World Economy; Development Economics; Economics of Financial Markets; International Economics; Economic and Legal Aspects of Competition Policy; Applied Economics.

The Department of Economics is committed to making available the option of taking a module from outside its discipline, under the Broad Curriculum programme.

If you would like more detailed information on all the modules offered, see:

Study abroad

Students have the opportunity to spend some time in their third year studying in distinguished partner institutions in Australia, France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands for either an academic year or for half an academic year; the majority of outgoing students go abroad for half an academic year.

Further information on the year abroad programme, and a list of partner universities, can be found at:

Career opportunities

Economics students develop exceptional logical reasoning and analytical skills which are highly sought after by employers in a range of fields including business, finance, journalism, law, politics, the public service and academia.

The following are just a few examples of the diverse organisations where Economics graduates work:

  • Central Bank of Ireland
  • Citigroup
  • Goldman Sachs
  • JP Morgan
  • Maersk
  • Google
  • Credit Suisse
  • Wolfhound Press
  • Dublin Web Summit
  • Irish Life
  • Abbott
  • Accenture
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Stanley

About a third of Economics graduates go on to postgraduate study, both at Trinity and at other leading universities around the world such as Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge and the London School of Economics.

Further information

Tel: +353 1 896 1043

Student profiles: see:


Specific Entry Requirements

Leaving CertificateOC3/HD3 Mathematics
GCSEGrade B Mathematics
Other EU examination systemsSee

Graduate Profile

Debbie Blair

Studying Economics via the TSM route allows you to jointly study two very different subjects. This augmented my learning experience through learning to look at and analyse the world around me from two different perspectives, using different skillsets and methodologies. I combined Economics with Psychology, majoring in Economics in my final year and now am in the last year of the MPhil in Economics in the University of Oxford.