Business, Economics and Social Sciences

Progress to UCD with the International Foundation Year in Business, Economics and Social Sciences. This pathway leads to undergraduate study at the renowned Quinn School of Business.

Degrees from UCD include:

  • BSc Economics and Finance
  • BComm Bachelor of Commerce
  • BBL Business and Law


Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University.  These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context. 

Project Study

Complete a project on your own initiative, choosing a topic relevant to your chosen degree subject, in consultation with your tutor.

Principals of Economics 

Study economic systems, types of goods, resource allocation, elasticity, price controls, market types, cost and revenue, economies of scale and market failure. 

Core Maths 1

Core Maths 1 equips you with a basic knowledge of mathematics and an introduction to the more challenging concepts you will need to develop further, for subjects that are business-related or have a strong statistical element. 

Computer Skills

This module provides students with an overview of the core concepts of the subject. It shows the interrelation between these concepts and provides a foundation for the study of other modules. Students study the main characteristics of computing hardware and software and are introduced to the principles and role of programming. Students also look at how computers are used in a range of different contexts and to the importance of user-centred design.

Core Maths 2

Learn the practical application of common mathematical techniques used in many business environments for managerial decision-making. You will make extensive use of Excel and its associated functions.

Principles of Economics 2

Explore aggregate demand and aggregate supply, economic policies, inflation, unemployment, international trade and development economics.

Accounting and Finance

Learn the basic concepts underlying accounting and finance, with an emphasis on the practical aspects of financial record keeping and management of accounting systems.

Introduction to Business Information Systems

Gain a practical introduction to IT skills and how they are used in a business and learning context.


Study HTML and website design. 

History and Urban Landscape of Dublin

Discover the historical and geographical influences on the growth and development of modern-day Dublin.

Business Statistics

Develop your analytical and data presentation skills through the use of Excel. Learn about mathematical tools used to apply the concept of ‘margin’ to a range of economic and finance problems.

Introduction to Business Studies (Principles of Management)

Develop an understanding of the operational and strategic problems facing businesses in the modern market economy.

Find out more about UCD degrees you can progress to.