Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Finance & Economics
Location: Galway - Dublin Road
NFQ Level: 8
Programme Duration: Four years
Mode of Study: Full time
Application Route: Apply through the CAO
CAO Round 1 Points: 315 (2016)
Graduates with Finance, Economics and Big Data skills are in high demand in Ireland and overseas.
This four year, Level 8 degree offers graduates the following career opportunities:
- A direct pathway into a full-time career in financial services or economics
- Opportunities in a range of business careers including financial planning and management consulting
Lecturers on this degree are highly qualified accountants, financiers and economists with considerable lecturing experience. Some act as examiners and lecturers for the professional accounting bodies. They maintain very close links with all of the professional bodies, as well as with industry.
This degree was designed around the following professional qualifications:
- Level 7 Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA) accredited by the Institute of Banking
- Level 7 CFA Institute Investment Foundations Program run by the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute
On completion of this Level 8 degree, graduates can sit these two qualifications based on the core content mastered in their degree programme. This gives graduates a unique selling point when marketing themselves for their ideal job.
This is a programme which offers you options.
The first three semesters of the programme are common across all programmes and give you a broad basis in general business.
You can decide at that point if you want to stay with Finance and Economics or change over to one of the four other Business Programmes (Marketing, Enterprise, Accounting, and General).
If you decide to stay with Finance and Economics, the remaining semesters allow you to specialise in Finance and Economics (in the Level 8 programme).
Year 1 - Semester 1
Year 1 - Semester 2
Academic Writing or Language & Culture 1 (French, German, Spanish or Gaelige)
Year 2 - Semster 3 (All modules are mandatory)
Year 2 - Semster 4 (All modules are mandatory)
Year 3 - Semster 5
Year 3 - Semster 6 (All modules are mandatory)
Financial Management 2 (Investment Decisions), Financial Services 2 (Pensions & Regulation), Business Ethics and Corporate Governance, International Economic Policy, New Venture Planning, Operations Management
Year 4 (All modules are mandatory)
- You can sit two professional examinations on completion of your 4 year programme which makes you well placed to secure a job in the sector.
- Allows you to focus on employability skills for finance and economics including big data management, IT, communication and problem solving.
- Professional Development is a module to that you can take at Level 8 which helps you to get a job and commence your career.
- Transition to work is a module you can take at Level 7 which helps you market yourself for employment.
- Provides you with a strong basis for a postgraduate in finance or economics.
- The programme offers you flexibility. You can switch to another degree (Marketing & Sales, Enterprise, Accounting or General) up until the end of second year.
Financial services are a key growth area of the Irish economy. This degree will leave you well placed to find employment in this growing sector in Ireland or abroad.
The principal career opportunities for graduates include:
- Finance and investment roles
- Data analytics
- Financial advisory roles
- Business analyst roles
- Accountancy roles
- Economic research roles
GMIT Honours (Level 8) qualifications are recognised worldwide for postgraduate entry.
Applicants for this programme do not have to have studied Accounting, Finance, Economics or Business previously.
Those that succeed best at Finance and Economics tend to be logical and analytical, have good communication skills, an aptitude for IT and have strong personal motivation and integrity.
You can find more indepth detail of this course, and all our other courses, at GMIT School of Businees by downloading a copy of our online brochure.
Marie Finnegan lectures on this course. She will be happy to help you.
You can contact her on:
Tel: +353 (0)91 742473
Email: Marie Finnegan