HDip Economics
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

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.

Programme Outcomes

be in a position to apply for Master Programs in Economics.
communicate and explain the reasoning behind applied economic analysis;

display mature literacy and comprehension of economic subject matters;

identify, understand and analyse economic problems;

understand basic econometric approaches to model economic phenomena, estimate the resulting model, and interpret the estimated parameters;

understand the underlying theories used in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics;

Subjects taught

The program requests that students complete 10 modules: 4 core modules (30 Credits) and 6 optional modules (30 Credits).

Entry requirements

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.

Application dates

HDip Economics FT (W015)

HDip Economics PT (W281)

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Assessment Info

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.




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

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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MA Economics FT

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    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

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