Course Overview

The Master of Economic Science programme objective is to provide students with three interrelated skills:

• The appropriate theoretical and conceptual foundations to examine issues in economic policy evaluation and planning;
• The necessary analytical skills to contribute to economic and social planning in a wide variety of fields;
• The necessary applied skills to undertake the evaluation of public policy programmes and plans.

Applications and Selections

This programme is not on offer for entry 2015.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Year 1 (and Year 2 for part-time programme)—Semester One exams: December; Semester Two exams: May.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Students admitted to the programme will normally hold a primary degree with Second Class Honours, Grade 1 or equivalent international qualification*, which will have included the study and understanding of economics to intermediate level.** Students who hold a Higher Diploma in Economics with Second Class Honours, Grade 1, or equivalent international qualification may also apply. IELTS scores of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable.

* In exceptional cases a person without a 2.1 primary degree may be admitted if economics is a major part of their undergraduate degree and if they have achieved a 2.1 average in the economics courses they have taken.

** By intermediate level economics we mean courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics at a level typically done in second or third year of an undergraduate programme. Accordingly people who have only studied one year of economics are not eligible for admission.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time/2 years,part-time

Next start date

This programme is not available in the 2015/2016 session.

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

30 (25 EU; 5 non-EU)

Closing Date



Next start date

This programme is not available in the 2015/2016 session.

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting



PAC code

GYC07, full-time GYC08, part-time

Course Outline

Modules include:

• Microeconomic Theory
• Macroeconomic Theory
• Data Management and Survey Techniques
• Econometrics
• Policy and Planning Analysis

In addition, you select three options (subject to availability) from the following list:

• Cost Benefit Analysis and Evaluation
• Environmental Economics
• Local and Rural Development
• Health and Social Care
• Transition Economics
• International Monetary Economics
• Advanced Econometrics
• Public Sector Economics
• Economics of Innovation

Students also complete a dissertation. Courses are spread over two years on the part-time programme.

Students will also receive a placement in an appropriate organisation, or local, regional and national agency, allowing them to gain direct experience of research and policy issues.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates have found employment in such careers as economists and policy analysts in the public and private sectors, in research institutes, in voluntary organisations, in development agencies and in other national and international organisations.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,015 p.a. 2013/14 (inclusive of Levy)

Fees: Tuition

€5,791 p.a. 2013/14

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2013/14

Fees: Non EU

€13,250 p.a. 2013/14

EU Full time programme:  €6,015.

EU Part time programme:  €3,065 p.a.

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