Graduate Taught (level 8 nfq, credits 60)
The Higher Diploma in Economics is designed for students who wish to undertake further postgraduate study such as the taught Masters but whose undergraduate degree does not reach the required standard in economics.
-One year full-time or two years part-time
-Stand-alone, internationally recognised qualification
-Conversion course from another discipline to economics
Vision and Values Statement
The Higher Diploma in Economics is aimed at students willing to study economics at Master level but with no prior background in the subject. It equips students with knowledge of the fundamentals of economic theory as well as knowledge of key issues in some sub-fields of economics
understand the underlying theories used in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics;
understand basic econometric approaches to model economic phenomena, estimate the resulting model, and interpret the estimated parameters;
display mature literacy and comprehension of economic subject matters;
identify, understand and analyse economic problems;
communicate and explain the reasoning behind applied economic analysis;
be in a position to apply for Master Programs in Economics.
The Higher Diploma in Economics (Full-time) is a one-year 60 credit (ECTS) programme. It is designed for students who wish to undertake further postgraduate study such as the taught MSc but whose undergraduate degree does not reach the required standard in economics. The minimum entry requirement for the taught MSc is an overall GPA of 3.08 (B-) or 2H1 in the Higher Diploma.
Students who do not plan to take further postgraduate study but who wish to enhance their economics education are also welcome.
Applicants must have an undergraduate degree with some mathematical and statistical content and/or should be confident in their ability to successfully complete the undergraduate Economics modules which make up this programme.
At least 20% of the final grade for all modules will be made up of continuous assessment. The form of assessment will depend on the lecturer and the level and subject matter of the module but possibilities include multiple choice tests, essays and computer-based project work. The balance of the final grade will consist of a final exam.
The program requests that students complete 10 modules: 4 core modules and 6 option modules.
CORE MODULES (30 CREDITS): Students must take the following modules (7.5 credits each)
ECON 42450 Microeconomic Theory
ECON 42430 Macroeconomic Theory
ECON 42480 STATISTICS HDip
ECON 42470 ECONOMETRICS HDip.
OPTION MODULES (30 CREDITS): Students must take 6 option modules (5 credits each) to be chosen among the list of level 2 and 3 option modules offered by the School; of these at least 3 must be level 3 modules. Please note that some option modules may not be available due to timetable clashes.
Modules offered in 2019-20 were:
Economic Policy Analysis
The Economics of the European Union: Institutions Policies and Crises
Economic History: From the Middle Ages to the Second World War
Economics of the Environment
Introduction to Financial Economics
Optimization for Economics
The Economics of Health and Health Policy
International Money and Banking
Economics of International Finance (New module)
International Trade Economics
Financial Economics: Asset Pricing
Industrial Economics: Economics of Business Strategy
Public Economics: Government Spending Taxation and Public Choice
The Economics of the Transport Sector
Behavioural Economics and Public Policy
History and Economics of Financial Crises
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.
HDip Economics (W015) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 6710
nonEU fee per year - € 13270
HDip Economics (W281) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4390
nonEU fee per year - € 6635
***Fees are subject to change
Next Intake: 2020/2021 September
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