Economic Science

This is a one year full-time programme that provides an accelerated route to the equivalent of an honours degree in Economics. All key areas of Economics are covered, including Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and a range of applied courses such as Labour Economics, International Trade, Economics of Sport and Finance.

A performance of 60% or better in the HDip Economic Science guarantees a place on our MSc Economics programme, MHH52.

Subjects taught

The programme covers Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and a range of optional modules such as Labour Economics, International Trade, Economics of Sport and Finance.

Students take four compulsory modules, including a research-based thesis, and eight optional modules chosen to suit the background and career goals of the individual student. Students discuss which modules would be best for them with the Programme Director at the start of the academic year, and are helped to devise the optimal programme of study for themselves. Students who wish to take a module from another department may do so, subject to the permission of that department. (Not all combinations of modules may be available, due to timetable considerations.)

Entry requirements

An honours (Level 8) primary degree in any discipline, or equivalent. Students from disciplines as varied as Philosophy, Business, History and Computer Science have been accepted and excelled in this programme.

Students without any knowledge of Economics are expected either to have a good background in Statistics and Quantitative Methods or to be prepared to undertake substantial independent study to equip themselves with the expected level of numeracy. The Admissions Director will be happy to recommend a suitable programme of reading and study to successful applicants.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non- EU applicants.

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850.

Application dates

Closing Date : 30 June 2024


1 year full-time


In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

Enrolment dates

Commences September

Post Course Info

Graduates of the HDip in Economic Science hold the equivalent of an honours degree in Economics, and so have all the career opportunities of Economics graduates. Successful students emerge with a deep knowledge of their subject and a variety of skills which will give them a competitive edge in an ever more competitive job market. Graduates are equipped for a wide variety of careers, such as accountancy, banking, financial services, teaching and economic consultancy, to name but a few.

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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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