BA (Hons) Economics (through Transformational Learning)

University College Cork

Course Overview

The BA (Hons) Economics (through Transformational Learning) is a degree in Economics with a difference.

The transformational learning approach means that you are an active participant in your learning.
Our goal is to develop exceptional graduates who:
• question, analyse and research issues in business, finance, government
• use economics as a way of thinking
• think independently
• are effective communicators and active team players
• are aware of their own capabilities and strengths and able to plan for their future careers

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

48 Months Full-time (4 Years)

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

You have the option of studying abroad in Year 3. You will then return to UCC in Year 4 to complete the programme.

Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 16,000

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • This degree invites you to participate actively in your study of Economics.
  • The Transition to Professional Life modules enable you to practically participate in your development while at university, in a unique three-way University–Industry Collaboration involving the Career Service UCC, lecturers in the Dept of Economics and employers.
  • Shortlisted for the Irish Education Awards Best Career Impact Strategy Award in 2019.
  • You are supported and challenged to develop your ideas, your voice and your identity in the context of this dialogue with Economics.
  • The Transition to Professional Life modules won the AHECS (2017) Excellence in Employability Award.
  • Highly renowned thinker in adult learning and development Prof Robert Kegan of Harvard University in the US, has praised the design of the programme in terms of its “thoughtfulness, originality and usefulness”.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

Once you are ready to start your application, please click on APPLY NOW

As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects.

  •  Leaving Certificate:
    English O6/H7
    Irish O6/H7
    Mathematics O6/H7
    Other Language: O6/H7
  • IB: 26
  • A-Level: C C C

English Requirements

Duolingo English Test (DET): DET score of 120 or better
Please note: Applicants scoring DET 110 or 115 will be required to sit a UCC Language Centre Skills Check before receiving an offer. Applicants presenting with one of these two scores should contact the UG EU Admissions Office directly by emailing admissions@ucc.ie.

UCC has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake.

IELTS: College of Business and Law: All Programmes. 6.0 Minimum individual sections 5.5
TOEFL: College of Business and Law: All Programmes

  • TOEFL 80: Listening 17; Reading 18; Speaking 20; Writing 17

Pearson PTE Academic: College of Business and Law: All Programmes. 59 Minimum individual sections 51

Special Entry Requirements

Career Prospects

Graduates with Economics have traditionally gone into a wide variety of careers such as:

  • economic consultancy
  • data analyst
  • junior economist
  • project management
  • advisory services
  • accountancy
  • marketing
  • banking
  • postgraduate, doctoral and professional training