Economics - Research

Postgraduate Study in Economics
The School recognises that quality teaching at the graduate level requires input from staff who are actively engaged in research of the highest calibre. Our Masters programme features small group teaching from leading economists and a supervised research thesis. 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 the research thesis element of their degree.

PhD Programme in Economics
UCD School of Economics runs a thriving PhD programme that offers rigorous training and expert supervision. The programme is designed to prepare students for top-level jobs in academia, institutions and the private sector. From day one, our PhD students are part of a vibrant research community at UCD and in the Greater Dublin Area. Currently, over 50 students from 16 countries are enrolled in the programme.

Entry requirements

To be admitted to the PhD Programme in Economics, students must have completed a Masters in Economics comparable to the MSc programmes offered by our School.

Admission to the MLitt/PhD Programme will depend on the candidate's qualifications in terms of grades, English language skills and reference letters, as well as the availability of faculty to provide thesis supervision.

For details of the English language requirements of this programme, see

Application dates

Applications for the programme MLitt/PhD programme open on the 1st of October 2022 and will close in August 2023.

Applicants who want to be considered for a scholarship need to apply by February 15, 2023.

How to Apply
On the UCD website, applicants need to apply for the MLitt programme.

If their application is successful, they will transfer to the PhD register after completing the course phase in year 1.

The application code is W115 (MLitt full-time) or W160 (MLitt PT).


W135: PhD 3 years full-time / 6 years part-time.
W115: MLitt 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time.

Enrolment dates

Start date: To be agreed with School

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UCD offers active support for students entering the academic job market. In recent years, our graduates were succesful in securing academic positions at Queen's University Belfast, the LSE Grantham Institute, IZA, ILO, LISER, Aalto University, and the ESRI, among others. Several graduates obtained placements at central banks, regulators, international institutions and at consultancies.


Development Economics, Productivity, Business Environment, Ease of Doing Business, Economic Growth, Corruption

Thesis Title
Essays in Development Economics

More details
  • Qualification letters

    MLitt / PhD

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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