Economics - Research

UCD School of Economics is a research-intensive department with experts with international reputations in a wide range of topics such as applied microeconomics, international trade, health economics, econometrics, macroeconomics and economic history. School members have recent or forthcoming articles in leading journals such as the Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Economic Journal, Journal of Finance and Review of Economics and Statistics. School members have also published important articles in fields such as applied mathematics, biology, political science, public health, psychology and social history.

Graduate students interested in coming to UCD to undertake research supervised by our staff can find information on our PhD programme at the link below.

Programme Structure
Students are admitted to Stage 1 of our PhD program. The first year of the programme is devoted to PhD level coursework, building research skills and developing a research topic. The standard structure of our PhD dissertation is a collection of individual research papers. During the second year (usually early in the second term) students present their research (typically their first completed paper) at a transfer seminar. If successful, students can transfer to Stage 2 of their PhD.

Each admitted student will be assigned a primary supervisor. In addition, the student will have a Doctoral Studies Panel, consisting of staff members who have read the student's application and have indicated a willingness to supervise the student.

Coursework Requirements
All PhD students in the College of Social Sciences and Law are required to take a minimum of 30 ECTS of PhD-level coursework.

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. Students who are currently enrolled in a Masters programme will be first admitted to the MLitt Programme and are transferred to the PhD Programme once they finish their masters.

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.


3 years FT / 6 years PT

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Start date: To be agreed with School


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

Thesis Title
Essays in Development Economics

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    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

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