Originally Posted by Fanatec
Thanks for pointing that out, I thought he was talking about the BESS etc in TCD. What is the difference between the BA in eco. and the BSc in eco. and. fin. (except the finance bit)? Which would have better recognition from banks?
I wouldn't know about recognition from banks, but I can tell you the differences between the two degrees. My gut instinct would say the Economics & Finance degree, as it is much harder to get into, and more detailed on the maths/stats side of things... so it might come off as a tad more prestigious - I'm no authority on the subject, so don't take my word as Gospel! If you want to know more Economics itself, then obviously the BA would have more of that in it.
The degrees anyway... both are 3 years. Economics Single (or Joint) Major is a BA, while Economics & Finance is a BSc - but that's just a nominal thing, it doesn't make a difference.
In UCD, you do 12 modules a year. In general, 10 modules are stuff to do with your degree, while the remaining 2 are called Electives -you can do them in absolutely anything - an Engineering student could take a Law module as an elective, for example.
In the BA, in 1st year, you only have 4 Economics modules - as that's all the 1st year ECON modules there are. 6 of the remaining spaces have to be filled with subjects from other Arts disciplines - popular choices for Economics students would be Maths or Politics.
For 2nd and 4rd years - there's a huge range of ECON modules. In 2nd year, you have 4 obligatory ECON modules, and then there's a list of 10 from which you choose 6. And if you like, you could use your elective credits to pick some ECON modules which you didn't pick as part of the 6.
In final year, it's pretty much the same, except there's 5 obligatory ones.
As for the Economics & Finance degree - from 1st year, you're doing Economics & Finance. There's no faffing around (no offense to anyone) with other Arts subjects. You don't have as much choice at all - in 1st and 2nd year, there's 10 cores in each year which you have to do, in subjects of Finance, Economics, Accounting (only a module a year), and Statistics. You still have 2 elective modules a year though, which, as I said before, can be absolutely anything.
In 3rd year you are given a bit more choice - as usual, there are 12 modules. There are 6 obligatory ones, and 2 electives. From the remaining 4, you choose to study one
of the following in further detail - Economics or
Mathematics & Statistics.
Just about all of the Economics modules in Economics & Finance are obligatory in the Economics BA. You cover a lot
more actual Economics modules in Economics itself, rather than in Economics & Finance, which is pretty obvious. In the BA however, you don't really do any Finance, and not too much Maths or Statistics at all - which I'm guessing would be a little bit better for banking.
is all the info you could need for the modules in the BA in Economics.
is all the info you could need for the modules in the BSc in Economics & Finance.
As for the TSM - you can't do Economics & Statistics - it doesn't exist. My bad! I meant to say Economics & Mathematics - in which you'd be covering a lot of Statistics anyway.