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2021-02-27 00:00:32

Study Economics and Business in Ireland

Study Economics and Business in Ireland

A guide from Smapse Education: Ireland's TOP universities for students looking to study economics and business abroad.


Benefits of Ireland for Students

Higher education in Ireland is a great opportunity to get a demanded specialty in an English-speaking environment. The country is proud of a rich and centuries-old history: despite an influential neighbor, Ireland has managed to develop its own education system and gain international recognition. Today the republic is in the TOP-11 countries with innovative education. Traditionally, such areas are considered strong as:

  • Immunology
  • Veterinary
  • Nanotechnology
  • Genetics
  • Economy
  • Agriculture.

You rarely find such comfortable conditions for visitors: the native language of the Irish is Gaelic, but English is widely spoken. The best programs in English can be found in the major cities of the country - Dublin, Limerick, Cork and others. The prices will also please in Ireland - the cost of courses at universities is 15-20% lower than in Britain, exactly like the cost of accommodation and meals. Excellent conditions for students are confirmed by the ratings: in 2010, the republic was named the most hospitable in the world (Lonely Planet). According to the Global Peace Index, Ireland is among the top 13 safest countries in the world, and the agency that evaluates the quality of life - Better Life Index - included the country in the TOP 10 of the world with a high standard of living.

A huge plus of Ireland is its unique nature, picturesque views and medieval castles. In general, the country is associated with a seaside holiday, but in a "northern" way. Most of the educational institutions are located in Dublin, a city with a rich cultural heritage.

Ireland is quite open to foreign students: according to the law, they can earn extra money while studying, and after receiving a diploma, they have the right to stay in the country for another 24 months.

Some facts about the country:

  • Entrance exams: none
  • Language requirements: B2-C1
  • English: IELTS 6.0-7.0, TOEFL 550
  • Age requirements: 16+
  • Admission campaign: 22.08-1.01
  • Application fee: from 0 to 100 euros
  • Percentage of receipts: 100%
  • Opportunity to enter after the school: yes.

Higher education in Ireland

Irish universities become a guide to the country's culture for foreign students: foreigners study in English, quickly make friends among students and the local population, and travel a lot. Thanks to quality programs and vibrant leisure activities, students leave positive comments about Ireland as an educational route, noting an excellent value for money.

Ireland's Leading Universities are the oldest tertiary institutions that are at the top of national rankings and in the international tops. Education in the oldest universities and colleges is more expensive, but a diploma is more prestigious, and study is more interesting.

The best universities in Ireland are the five ranking universities located in Dublin, the capital and largest city. For example, the top Trinity College Dublin, founded in 1592: the college was created as an alternative to Oxford and Cambridge universities. Today it is the largest research center in the country with quality programs (including in the field of economic sciences). Irish universities offer programs suitable for all levels of higher education:

  • Undergraduate
  • Master's degree
  • Doctorate.

In addition to classical programs, educational institutions develop short university and semester courses.


At the economic faculties of universities in Ireland and in business schools, students master the demanded specialties:

  • Accounting
  • Management
  • Business
  • Human Resource Management
  • World economy
  • Economic theory
  • Taxation
  • Analysis and audit
  • Labor economics
  • Finance and credit
  • Statistics
  • International trade
  • Information technology in the economy
  • Marketing
  • international Business
  • International relationships
  • Banking.

Business schools in Ireland

Business Schools in Ireland offer state-of-the-art Bachelor and Master degree curricula. You will find business courses for students of all skill levels, but most master's programs are geared towards executives with management experience. The courses will help them to confidently master language skills and teach them to make effective decisions in an international environment. Top business schools are often university-based, such as the Michael Smurfit School of Business at University College Dublin (UCD) and Dublin City University Business School.

Ranking of the best economics universities and business schools in Ireland

Rankings compiled by prestigious rating agencies will help you choose a university in Ireland by economics. A large and respected agency, QS Business Masters, compiles a list of universities with the best master's programs in business. In the QS Business Masters ranking, Trinity College Dublin was ranked 29th in the world for the best program in finance. Below we have compiled a list of the strongest universities in Ireland for studying economics, business and finance:

Trinity College Dublin

One of the best universities in Ireland, ranked annually in international rankings. The College of Economics is highly regarded by employers.

  • 4icu Top English-Speaking Universities: 140th place in the world
  • ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities: 151st in the world
  • Student score: 4.5.

Carlow Institute of Technology

The research center of the university costs more than 5.5 million euros, the university works closely with national and foreign companies. The Faculty of Economics offers training in the most sought-after specialties with an emphasis on practical skills.

Griffith College Dublin

A multidisciplinary university with strong finance programs. University graduates successfully realize themselves in the field of economics, law and technology.

  • QS University Ranking: 336
  • Academic Ranking of World Universities: 317.

Galway Business School Ireland

A private business school with accreditations from prestigious associations such as the Business and Technology Educational Council. Galway Business School is an excellent solution for students seeking international business education.

Dorset College Dublin

The university cooperates with organizations around the world and is considered one of the best professional colleges in Ireland. Business school is one of the four strongest areas of the college. Graduates of the university build brilliant careers in the field of economics, law, healthcare, and computer technology.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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