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MSc in Economics

The MSc programme incorporates both taught and research components, providing the foundation for advanced research in economics and the pursuit of promising professional careers.

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What is the MSc Programme?

Our MSc Programme is a one year full-time course (two year part-time course) which focuses on developing the core skills needed to undertake research in economics or engage in policy analysis. It emphasises active and problem-based learning to ensure mastery of a wide range of quantitative skills. This is made possible by keeping class sizes small.


Within the MSc Programme, students have the choice of working towards a MSc in Economics or a MSc in Economics (International Development). The International Development Strand allows students interested in this rapidly expanding field to acquaint themselves with the tools needed to study the economies of developing regions.

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. Our MSc students are exposed to a broad range of analytical tools and methodological approaches, which helps them to develop their academic research interests, as well broadening their set of transferable skills. Students are also guided through the process of developing a research idea into a high-quality paper and presentation.


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 private sector employers and non-governmental organisations 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, or degrees with  a large share of final-year Economics options or a large quantitative component.

Please visit the admissions requirements section for additional details.

Further information

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

E-mail: economics@tcd.ie

For academic queries please contact the MSc Programme Director Professor Marvin Suesse.

E-mail: marvin.suesse@tcd.ie