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Lionel Cottier, Class of 2013

'The MSc in Economics at Trinity College Dublin is an excellent program for students who wish to specialize further in economics. Very challenging, it covers most fields of economics from both a theoretical and empirical point of view. The weekly problems sets are a good way to assimilate the material covered in class and practice, while the research projects and seminars give an overview of what a PhD is like, for those who consider continuing in academia later on. Also the small class size guaranties a nice atmosphere that is too often lost in modern business schools and allows students to be close to the faculty members. With its strong reputation, the MSc in Economics was the key that opened the doors of several top PhD programs for me, including the one at University of Lausanne, Switzerland, where I am now enrolled.
For me, studying at Trinity College was also the occasion of being part of one of these ancient universities, very rich in traditions and culture. Dublin is a human-sized city, with amazingly welcoming people and enough pubs to go out each week at a different place. This year in Ireland doing the MSc in Economics was one of the greatest experience of my student life and I definitely recommend it.'

Jason Somerville, Class of 2013

'Having worked in finance, I realised that I had an inclination towards research in economics and, eager to bring my quantitative skills and theoretical knowledge up to postgraduate research standards, I applied and was accepted to the MSc programme in Trinity. The course delivered what you would expect from any good masters programme in economics – a focus on quantitative methods, a more advanced treatment of micro and macro economic theory and a rigorous training in econometrics. However, one of the most valuable skills I developed through the programme was a more intuitive grasp of economic concepts and ideas. The theory thought in the classroom was made relevant to the major economic issues the world faces today. Through weekly seminars, applied modules and the dissertation component, we were brought to the frontier of economic research.'

Christoph Walsh, Class of 2012

'Immediately following the MSc., I began the PhD program at Boston University where I am now in my second year. I believe that being in the MSc. played a significant role in my prospects of being accepted into a PhD program. Also, the mathematical tools and modeling techniques learned in the core courses (Micro, Macro and Econometrics) helped me progress through the difficult first year of the PhD program. On top of obtaining a solid background in economic theory, the Econometrics courses teach you how to become proficient in various statistical software packages. In the 'Research Topics' course, a different faculty member presents some of their research each week. These seminars expose you to the many different branches of economics that are researched by the faculty and this helps you find where your own research interests lie. The small class size of the MSc. is great for making friends and working together on the weekly problem sets. These problem sets are challenging, but this peer learning helps you master the material. In short, if you are interested in research in Economics or want to pursue a PhD, I believe the MSc. is a great way to begin attaining your goals'.

Barra Roantree, Class of 2012

'The MSc in Economics is a challenging postgraduate degree that prepares you for a career as a professional economist or to pursue a PhD. The coursework provide a rigorous grounding in the core components of modern economic analysis (econometrics, microeconomics and macroeconomics) while the dissertation ensures you acquire the essential skills needed to develop your own research ideas. Trinity offers a fantastic study environment, with small class sizes and great opportunities to engage with faculty members.

After completing the MSc I joined the London based Institute for Fiscal Studies, where I work as a research economist on tax and welfare issues while also undertaking a PhD part-time at University College London. The Trinity MSc in Economics provided me with the technical and research skills needed for both, and I would recommend it to anyone considering a career as an economist'.

Christian Krekel, Class of 2010

'I decided to do the MSc Economics at Trinity College Dublin as it provides you with a set of technical skills that is, in my opinion, a necessary prerequisite for further studies in economics or related fields.

The course consists of modules in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics, all of which provide you with fundamental and advanced techniques of economic and econometric modeling and, in case of the module 'econometrics', with valuable hands-on experience through practical sessions, translating theory into practice. Moreover, the module 'research topics' makes you acquainted with current research in the department and beyond, which helps you a great deal in finding a topic for your own research, be it for your dissertation or for your PhD.

After completing the course, I went on to do the MSc Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Currently, I am doing the PhD Economics at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). The MSc Economics at Trinity College Dublin prepared me well to pursue a career in research or in policy, as well as in many other fields.

In my current research at the Economic and Social Research Institute, I apply the theory and econometrics I learned on the programme on a daily basis – however, the ability to ask the right questions and think critically about the results is the skill that has stood to me the most.'

Mark Ryan, Class of 2008

“While studying for my primary degree in Engineering, the meaning of the expression 'money makes the world go around' became evident and I concluded that engineering and economics would be a very interesting combination and comprehensive basis for a broad range of careers. With this objective, I investigated possibilities after completing my Engineering degree and applied, and was accepted, for the MSc programme in Economics at TCD.”

“Ultimately, the most important skill that I learned from the course was the way to think like an economist: to be able to look at large complex questions and break them down into smaller manageable problems. The course itself was intense and required a lot of hard work but was geared towards the broader objective of cultivating the skill set to be better economic researchers, and it is a skill set that is applicable in all areas – not just economics or academia. After completing thecourse, I went to work as a Research Assistant in the Monetary Policy Research division of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, before moving to London to work in the Risk Management division of a large Investment Bank. In each job I have found that an ability to sift through the detail to understand the core questions in large projects, which I developed in the Economics MSc course in TCD, has been invaluable in addressing the issues which have arisen in my working experiences to date.”

Qi Li, Class of 2006

“The MSc in Economics was the most important stage of my study in Ireland. I think that it is designed to provide students, like me, with a detailed understanding and skills set in modern economics. On completion of the course, I found myself equipped to undertake further academic work and begin my PhD course.”

“...I found econometrics very useful. It introduced fundamental approaches to econometric modelling techniques and also econometric analysis software used for econometric analyses, estimation, and forecasting.”

“...Now I am becoming a lecturer in a university in China. Thanks to the background in economic theory and quantitative techniques I acquired in the MSc stage, I know what is useful for students' further career; which part is hard to understand; or which part is interesting. With the understanding of core element of economics and econometrics, I obtained the ability to identify, analyze, and solve problems, including original research topics.”

Reeta Suonpera, Class of 2006

“I completed the programme in 2006 and now work as an economist with Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC). A good master's degree is absolutely essential for a career as an economist and is pretty much expected by employers. I've no doubt that having a postgraduate qualification was instrumental for putting me on my current career path.”

“The Trinity MSc gives a solid technical grounding in micro, macro and econometrics, but you were also pushed to think about the real world behind the equations. It is a demanding programme, but that is after all what you look for in a master's programme. And most importantly, the international recognition of a Trinity MSc opens up a range of careers options, both in Ireland and abroad.”

Theodore Talbot, Class of 2007

“TCD was, for me, a serendipitous choice. I had been toying with the idea of following my Bachelor's in Economics, Politics, and Finance from McGill University in Canada with a law degree, but applied to Trinity because I wanted to improve my technical economics skills. It turned out to be a great decision. The M.Sc. offered me personal attention from senior faculty, a challenging curriculum (with content comparable to that of the LSE M.Res or the Oxford M.Phil), and a focus on technical skills, all in a one-year course that balanced learning modern economic tools with the chance to apply them. I'm now working for the Overseas Development Institute in the South Pacific, but plan on returning to Trinity to complete my Ph.D. in economics. Trinity's Department of Economics provided a focused, rewarding program with small class sizes and huge returns to the time I invested in developing my economic intuition.”

Denis Tkachenko, Class of 2006

“I am a graduate of the MSc Economics class of 2005/2006. I am currently a third year economics PhD student at Boston University. Having a bit of perspective now, I can say that doing the MSc has been instrumental in my ability to survive within the PhD program. One of the main benefits, in my opinion, was being exposed to many mathematical, theoretical and econometric tools before they all come crashing down on you in a more advanced treatment in the first year of PhD. Having some head start on those greatly reduces the amount of stress and raises success rates at exams. Another benefit is getting used to hard work. Eventually they will work you even harder, but it is much easier to do the transition in incremental steps. As an added bonus, depending on the school of your choice, you can waive some program requirements (in my case I waived 2 classes). But most important of all, I think the MSc is a great way to see whether academia is the right choice for you without much commitment involved. During only one year a student gets a taste of intense coursework, research and teaching. If you will like it – then a PhD might be a good choice and your chances of getting accepted into a good school will be higher with a master degree, if you won't – hey, at least you end up with useful skills and a degree that will enhance your job market value.”