Business and Financial Economics (Dip (NFQ Level 7))


Programme Description

The Diploma in Business and Financial Economics is a programme delivered in partnership with Chinese partner universities with whom University College Cork has a bilateral agreement under statute 263 of the National University of Ireland. Having studied for three years at a partner Chinese university, students will study for one year at University College Cork, taking the diploma programme to the value of 60 credits as outlined below. 


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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Communicate and work effectively to a Professional Standard
  • Demonstrate analytical and problem-solving skills associated with effective practice
  • Engage in the application of frameworks and techniques in organizational settings
  • Understand the contemporary business and financial markets integrating into a global economy
  • Develop transferable skills which are relevant for career development




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Practicalities & Assessment

The programme comprises 60 credits. 

To be considered for the award of Diploma in Business and Financial Economics a student must have satisfactorily attended, for at least a full academic year, undergraduate modules of at least 40 credits (from the prescribed list of elective modules) from the Department of Economics and up to 20 credits in any other Business School subject (subject to approval from the relevant Department/School delivering the module) as part of a programme of study agreed by the Department of Economics and the partner Chinese university and subject to timetabling and other constraints. 

Elective Modules - Economics 

EC2206 Business Econometrics and Forecasting (10 credits) or 
EC4215 Business Econometrics 1 (5 credits) 

EC3100 The Economics of Corporate Strategy 1 (5 credits) or 
EC3215 Economics of Corporate Strategy (5 credits) 

EC3127 Economics and the Labour Market (5 credits) or 
EC4211 Economics of the Labour Market (5 credits) 

EC4224 Innovation and Technology (5 credits) with 
EC4225 Economics of Strategy (5 credits) 

EC3119 Capital Markets and Asset Valuation (5 credits) 
EC3155 Survey Methods: Quantitative Analysis (5 credits) 
EC3156 Environmental Economics: The Problem of Climate Change (5 credits) 
EC3157 Public Finance Projects (5 credits) 

EC3161 Regional and Urban Economics (5 credits) 
EC3162 Contextualising the Modern Global Economy (5 credits) 
EC3209 Time Series Analysis (5 credits) 
EC3213 Money, Credit and Banking (5 credits) 

EC3214 International Finance (5 credits) 
EC3216 Economics of Strategic Behaviour (5 credits) 
EC3217 Finance and Capital Markets (5 credits) 
EC3218 Portfolio Analysis (5 credits) 

EC4209 Government and the Macroeconomy (5 credits) 
EC4210 Government and Business (5 credits) 
EC4212 Behavioural Economics in Labour Markets (5 credits) 
EC4220 Economics of Strategic Behaviour (5 credits) 

Elective Modules – Other 

Students may attend up to 20 credits in any other Business School subject (subject to approval from the relevant Department/School delivering the module) as part of a programme of study agreed by the Department of Economics subject to timetabling and other constraints. 

In order to select any of the above subjects any relevant prerequisite (as specified in the module description) a student must satisfy this prerequisite by demonstrating, to the Department of Economics' satisfaction, that a similar module has been passed in a Chinese university. 

Where a programme contains elective modules it is recommended that students do not take any more than 40 credits in any semester. Students are therefore advised to choose their modules so that the workload is evenly spread throughout the year. 


Expected lecture hours: You will have approximately 12 lecture hours per week, with additional tutorial and practical hours and class meetings or activities. 

Full module information is detailed in the book of modules. 


Written exams will take place at the end of Semester 1 and Semester 2.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment including: 

  • Individual assignments and in-class exams 
  • Group projects 
  • Oral presentation or poster presentations 
  • Economics reports 
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Entry Requirements

To be admitted students will be required to:
(a) successfully complete and pass credits equivalent to three full academic years study of their degree programme at a partner Chinese university with whom University College Cork has a bilateral agreement; and (b) satisfy English language proficiency requirements as set out by University College Cork for non-EU students. 

Students from non-partner institutions will be assessed for eligibility for the programme on a case-by-case basis and will be subject to the approval of the College of Business and Law. 

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