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MSc in Economics

Offered since 2004, the MSc programme incorporates both taught and research components and provides the foundation for advanced research in economics and economics careers.


What is the MSc in Economics?

The MSc in Economics is a one year full-time course (two year part-time course) which focuses on developing the core technical skills needed to undertake research in economics. It emphasises active and problem-based learning to ensure mastery of the basic skills. This is made possible by keeping class sizes small with 20-25 students being accepted per year.

Course Structure

There are both compulsory and elective elements in the taught programme which offers core modules in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics. Students also take a Research Topics module which focuses on research methodologies and topics in the field of economics and helps to prepare students for writing a dissertation.

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.

Is it for me?

Yes, if you are interested in receiving the training required to enter a PhD programme in Economics or to work as an economist in government or a private sector organisation. MSc students are exposed to a broad range of economics research expertise which helps them to identify where their research interests lie. They are also guided through the process of developing a research idea and presenting their findings.

A significant number of MSc students have gone on to PhD study at leading universities around the world such as Boston University, Duke University, New York University, Oxford, LSE, University College London, University of Queensland and Trinity College Dublin. Graduates are also highly sought after by employers who value analytical and problem-solving skills.

What are the admission requirements?

Candidates should normally have achieved at least a second-class honours, Grade 1 degree that has a significant quantitative component. Applications are welcomed from candidates with single or joint honours Economics degrees, Business or BComm degrees with final-year Economics options, and Maths, Physics, Computer Science or Engineering graduates.

Please visit the admissions requirements section for additional details.

Further information

For further information please contact the MSc Course Coordinators Professor Ronan Lyons.