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Diploma in Applied Economics and Big Data

The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Economics and Big Data is a Springboard+ funded programme, which aims to train students with even a minimal quantitative research methods background in state-of-the-art applied economics methods, which are geared toward answering questions requiring the use of large amounts of economics data.

What is the Postgraduate Diploma?

Our Diploma is a one-year full-time course which is tailored to meet the rising demand for skilled professionals in applied economics and data analytics. Emphasizing practical assessments, the program bridges the gap between undergraduate education and industry needs, providing comprehensive skills rooted in the scientific method and advanced data analytics.

Course Structure

Our programme offers a comprehensive grounding in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics in the first months. This is followed by various elective modules, drawn from different fields of theoretical and applied economics as well as modules in machine learning and quantitative text analysis.

Students are required to take a preliminary course in mathematics and statistics before the start of lectures. This is a refresher course of undergraduate techniques with some introduction of advanced concepts.

View the course structure section for more details.

What makes Economics at Trinity special?

Our course is tailored to your interests. Its modular design provides maximum flexibility for you to choose your areas of specialisation. This means that, whether you want to focus on development economics, international macroeconomics, economic history, quantitative methods, or political economy, we have the right content for you.

At Trinity, we pride ourselves on delivering high-quality instruction by a team of engaged lecturers who operate at the forefront of their fields. Furthermore, our students are guided in their learning through tutorials, preparatory classes and research seminars. We keep our class sizes small to make sure that you get the attention and pastoral care you need.

Your Career

The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Economics and Big Data offered by the Department of Economics at Trinity College Dublin opens a plethora of career opportunities in a data-driven world. Graduates can embark on careers as economists, data analysts, or financial analysts in various sectors including finance, consulting, technology, and government. They may work in roles that require economic forecasting, market research, policy development, or strategic planning. With a focus on Big Data, graduates are uniquely positioned to leverage large datasets for robust economic analysis, setting them apart in sectors where data-driven decision-making is paramount. Furthermore, the skills gained can be a stepping stone to advanced research or academic careers in economics.

What are the admission requirements?

Candidates should normally have achieved at least a second-class honours, Grade 1 degree (GPA scores of at least 3.3 out of 4) in economics or a related discipline. Applications are welcomed from candidates with single or joint honours Economics degrees, or degrees with a large share of final-year Economics options.

Please visit the admissions requirements section for additional details. Deadline for submission of applications is 31st July 2024.

Springboard+ - HCI Pillar 1 initiative

Under the Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar 1, the Department of Economics, in conjunction with the Higher Education Authority (HEA) as part of the Springboard+ initiative, is offering incentivised places for graduates to reskill in areas of skills shortage via graduate conversion courses.

The HCI Pillar 1 programmes are fully funded for people receiving the various accepted Social Welfare payments and homemakers so 100% FREE, and 90% funded to those in employment and recent graduates.

Please verify the eligibility criteria here.

Further information

Due to the limited number of places available, early application is recommended.

Please submit your application via the Springboard website.


For general queries about the course please contact the Course Administrator.

For academic queries please contact the Diploma Director Professor Davide Romelli.