Economics - Behavioural Economics

MSc Behavioural Economics

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MSc also covers the ethical, legal, and regulatory context for the ideas of behavioural economics. Thus, the students will be equipped to apply these ideas in a wide range of academic, business, and policy settings.

This programme features small group teaching from leading economists and a supportive environment. Masters students are an integral part of our School community, attending research seminars and receiving a wide range of supports to help them prepare for their research thesis.

UCD School of Economics is Ireland's leading economics department. Our staff are experts with international reputations in a wide range of topics such as macroeconomics, econometrics, applied microeconomics, behavioural economics, health economics, international trade, and economic history. School members play a significant role in debating economic policy issues and in contributing to the formulation of economic policy. This is the only MSc in this area in Ireland and it is one of the few worldwide with a strong policy and regulatory focus.

Who should apply?
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

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Research & Career Skills II ECON41660
Econometrics ECON41820
Microeconomics ECON41840
Research & Career Skills I ECON42020
Behavioural Economics ECON42560
Behavioural E'mics:Policy App ECON42570
Experiments in Economics ECON42590
Preliminary Maths & Stats ECON42620
Topics in Psychological Sci PSY40750

Stage 1 - Option
Advanced Macroeconomics ECON41620
Advanced Microeconomics ECON41810
International Trade ECON42140
Health and Welfare Economics ECON42190
Economics Internship ECON42200
Energy Economics and Policy ECON42360
Economics of CompetitionPolicy ECON42580
Development Economics ECON42600
Decision Theory ECON42630
Economics of Innovation ECON42670
Advanced Econometrics: Microeconometrics ECON42700
Advanced Econometrics: Time Series ECON42710

Entry requirements

- A primary degree with at least an upper second class honours or international equivalent in Economics or in a degree in which Economics is a major component.

- An upper second class honours in a Higher Diploma in Economics.

- Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

- Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Behavioural Economics FT (W376)
Duration 1 Years Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

MSc Behavioural Economics PT (W377)
Duration 2 Years Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*

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


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

MSc Behavioural Economics FT (W376)
MSc Behavioural Economics PT (W377)

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Careers & Employability
Many graduates of our MSc Behavioural Economic graduates have gone on to complete PhDs in economics and pursue successful careers as academic or research economists. Many others have moved directly to employment in central banks, think-tanks, financial sector institutions and consultancy firms. Behavioural economics skills are also now being widely applied across government agencies, regulatory bodies and a wide range of private-sector businesses.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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