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Economics (M.Sc. / P.Grad.Dip.)

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ; 25 places

Course Description

This course in Economics leads to the award of a Master in Science (Economics) (M.Sc. (Econ)). The objective of the course is to provide well-qualified graduates in economics and related disciplines with the training required to enter Ph.D. programmes in economics or to work as economists in government or private sector organisations. The course focuses on the technical skills needed to undertake economic research and emphasises active and problem-based learning to ensure mastery of the required skills.

The course is available on a full-time or part-time basis. The full-time course takes approximately ten months, and begins with an intensive preliminary training in mathematics and statistics. Taken part-time, the course runs over two academic years.

The MSc programme is structured around five components


  1. An intensive preliminary mathematics and statistics short module which is compulsory for all students
  2. Three core taught modules in Semester 1 – Microeconomics I, Macroeconomics II and Econometrics II.
  3. Three core taught modules in Semester 2 – Microeconomics II, Macroeconomics II and Econometrics II.  It is envisaged that students will select two out of three components in each of Microeconomics II and Macroeconomics II.
  4. A Research Topics module throughout both semesters.
  5. Dissertation - students are expected to complete a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words. Permission to proceed to the dissertation is dependent on achieving a satisfactory pass mark in the above modules. Students who are unable to proceed to the dissertation or who fail to achieve a satisfactory mark for the dissertation element may be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics.

Further details are available on the course website.  

A number of scholarships may be awarded annually to highly qualified candidates, for details see the course website.


Course Details


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Number of Places


Next Intake

September 2019

Closing Date

30 June 2019

Candidates should normally hold at least an upper second-class honors degree that has a significant quantitative component. Applications are expected from candidates with single or joint honors Economics degrees, Business or BComm degrees with final-year Economics options, and Maths, Physics, Computer Science or Engineering graduates.

Get In Touch

Course Director

Professor Fadi Hassan

Telephone Number

+353-1-896 1325