Business, Economics and Finance

Who is this programme for?

The International Foundation Year in Business, Economics and Finance is perfect for you, if you've got a real passion for the subject area. You'll want to continue building your subject knowledge, while improving your English skills in Ireland. The programme is also a great opportunity to adjust to life here in an international community. 

Why study the International Foundation Year in Business, Economics and Finance with us?

  • You can progress to the UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business. The leading business school holds the rare 'triple crown' of accreditation - an indication of its excellence.
  • From the International Foundation Year, you can progress to highly ranked business and commerce degrees. Business at UCD is ranked among the world's top 150 by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021. Learn more about the College of Business here.
  • UCD is also ranked among the world top 200 for Economics and Econometrics (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021). From this International Foundation Year, you can progress to innovative Economics programmes.


On this subject route, you will study a mix of core academic modules, alongside English language preparation. You will also have the opportunity to choose a number of modules so you can tailor your course to suit your career ambitions.

  • Academic English Skills
  • Business and Business Environment
  • Data Analysis
  • Foundation Mathematics
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
  • Introduction to Research
  • Principles of Microeconomics

Business Pathway

  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Digital Business

Economics and Finance Pathway

  • Further Maths
  • Introduction to Statistical Modelling

Key facts

Course length: Three terms

Entry points: September or January

Age on entry: 17 years or older

January 2022 start:

Term 1: 05/01/2022 - 18/03/2022

Term 2: 28/03/2022 - 03/06/2022

Term 3: 06/06/2022 - 05/08/2022

September 2022 start:

Check back soon for full term dates

Academic: Good high school graduation grades or equivalent.
For progression to BA (Hons) Joint Honours and BA (Hons) Humanities: no minimum Maths requirement (though Maths must be on the transcript).

English language: IELTS 5.0 (minimum 5.0 in writing) or equivalent.
For progression to BA (Hons) Joint Honours and BA (Hons) Humanities: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent overall, with minimum 5.5 in writing and minimum 5.0 in other components.

Age: At least 17 years old at the start of the course

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade Additional Grade
Business BSc 65% 60% Core Maths 70%
Business and Law BBL (Hons) 65% 70% Core Maths 70%
Commerce BComm 65% 60% 70% Core Maths 1
Economics and Finance Eco/Fin BSc 65% 60% 70% Core Maths 1 and Core Math 2
Degree programme Other conditions
Actuarial & Financial Studies Duration 4 years
Business Duration 3 Years
Business and Law Duration 4 years
City Planning & Environmental Policy Duration 3 Years (+ 1 year Master's programme)
Commerce Duration 3 years (4 years with optional internship)
Students can specialise in one of the following: Accounting, Human Resources Management, Management and Innovation, Marketing, Management Information Systems, Banking and Finance.
Economics Duration 4 years
Economics and Finance Duration 3 years (4 Years with optional Internship)
Students can focus on one of the following in final year: Maths & Statistics Stream, Economics Stream, Finance Stream
Humanities Duration 4 years

Pathway options: Celtic Studies, Art History & History; Classics, Art History & Archaeology; Classics, English and History; English, Drama & Film; English, European & World Literatures; English with Creative Writing; English Literature; History; History and Politics; Languages, Linguistics & Cultures

For more information on these, please see here
Joint Honours 

Duration 3 years

Subject options: Art History, Classics: Greek and Roman Civilisation, Economics, Irish Folklore, Linguistics, Classics: Greek, History, Statistics, Classics: Latin, Information and Social Computing, Irish Studies, Mathematics, Philosophy, Archaeology, English, Politics & International Relations, Sociology, Celtic Civilisation, Geography

Note: there are restrictions on subject combinations; please see more information here

Law Duration 4 years
Social Policy & Sociology Duration 3 years
Social Science Duration 4 years
This has 4 pathways and a 2 Subject Combination: Computational Social Science; Economics, Mathematics & Statistics; Landscapes & Society; Philosophy, Politics & Economics.
Full List of 2 Subject Combinations