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Course Structure

The course is a two-year part-time programme which commences in September.  Lectures will be held in-person on Fridays during teaching term and it is anticipated that there will be 6 hours of lectures each Friday.

The MSc carries 90 ECTS. Candidates take 60 ECTS taught modules and complete a research dissertation (30 ECTS).

The course comprises 13 modules, six of which are compulsory modules and will focus on core concepts and skills.  The other seven modules are focused on key policy areas and students will select three of these.  Students will carry out a dissertation in their second year relating to a relevant policy area.

On successful completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Identify the fundamental principles underpinning modern economics
  • Demonstrate different dimensions of the policy formulation process, using concepts, insights, applications and methodologies from economics
  • Apply the fundamental concepts and practices of economics in a policy setting
  • Demonstrate an ability to collect, analyse and interpret data to address policy relevant research questions
  • Explore issues that impact on policy design across at least three separate policy areas
  • Conceptualise, research and complete a dissertation in the area of economic policy

The course structure is as follows:

Year 1, Semester One (September - December):

  1. Micro Economic Policy
  2. Macro Economic Policy
  3. Quantitative Methods for Economics I

Year 1, Semester Two (January - June):

  1. Applied policy evaluation
  2. Quantitative Methods for Economics II

Electives (choose 1 from following 2):

  1. Regulation and Banking
  2. Behavioural Economics

Year 2, Semester One (September - December):

  1. Research Methods for Economics *

                          Electives (choose 2 from following 4):

  1. Urban and Housing Economics
  2. Health Economics
  3. Energy, Environment and Climate Change
  4. Taxation and welfare
  5. Political Economy

Year 2, Semester Two (January - June):

  1. Research Dissertation

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