Economics and History

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Do you have excellent research and analytical skills? Do you have an interest in economics and history? Do you have strong mathematics, statistics and superb reading and writing skills? If you’ve ticked the boxes then this course could be a great choice for you. 

What is Economics and History?

Economics studies the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. History is the study of past events, particularly in relation to human affairs. 

What third level courses are available?

Universities and colleges in Ireland are offering courses in the following subject areas:

  • Economics/History – TCD


  • Economics and Finance
  • Economics and Business
  • Geography and History 
  • Economics – Arts
  • History – Arts

Studying Economics and History in college

There are a number of courses in both economics and history separately but by studying a joint honours, it will give you the opportunity to study both together. This course is four years long and will allow you to gain all the relevant skills and knowledge in both areas. There are also PLC courses in both subjects to act as a stepping stone into an undergraduate course and give you an idea of whether you’d like to study these areas or not. 

Like any undergraduate course, your first year of study will give you a strong foundation in the basic principles of both economics and history. You will gain an insight into what is to come throughout your degree and become familiar with different concepts and modules. 

Your second year will see you delve into more complex and in-depth modules and information and in doing so, you will continue to develop your skills and knowledge. Modules you will cover over your course will include intermediate Economics, Quantitative Methods for Economics, International Economics, Applied Economics Analysis, Industrial Economics. 

History modules will include Local History, Genealogy, Prehistoric Archaeology and Medieval Archaeology among many others. In Joint Honours courses you will be able to choose different modules of your interest to study especially towards the end of your course where you will focus and specialise in particular areas. 

Course content and structures will differ from course to course and university to university so it is important to research in depth to ensure you pick the right course for you. The above information is based on the Economics/History undergraduate degree offered by TCD.

Career options

Economics is a broad area in relation to career choices where there is much opportunity. Careers can be found in the finance sector, as a teacher, in government departments, housing market analysis, transportation, energy and telecommunications and more. In the area of history, you can work as a historian, in research, tourism, education and more. Both areas offer a variety of career opportunities. 

There is also the option to continue on your study at postgraduate level and specialise in a particular area of your interest. Working in research and education such as working as a lecturer in universities or colleges in Ireland is also an option. Research is a large part of studying history. 

Skills and requirements that are important in this area include excellent communication skills, strong writing skills, strong reading skills, excellent research skills, an analytical mind, time management skills, organisation skills, mathematics skills, and interest in history and economics and interpersonal skills.

Related Jobs

  • Economist
  • Data analyst
  • Finance
  • Historian
  • Researcher
  • Lecturer
  • Secondary school teacher

Further Study

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Different courses and different colleges will have different entry requirements. It’s always safest to check with the individual higher education institution which is available on their websites. As a general rule Leaving Cert students should have a minimum of six subjects which should include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English. 

Specific courses may have their own requirements.Certain QQI courses may be accepted. 

The points required to study Economics/History together in TCD were 534 points last year. 

Where can I study?

For other courses in the area you would like to explore, you can do so here.

Did you know?

  • It was reported in June 2020, that the average salary in Ireland was €1,656.20 EUR per month
  • In the Stone and Bronze Ages, Ireland was inhabited by Picts in the north and a people called the Erainn in the south
  • Economics was originally called ‘political economy’.


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