Economics - Research

The PhD programme in Economics at Maynooth University is built on the foundation developed in the MSc programme. While this programme provides the basic skills and technical knowledge base via taught courses and a directed thesis, the PhD programme builds on this to further students' skills and knowledge to enable them to do world class research.

The four-year programme of study includes, in the first and possibly subsequent years, reading courses, taught courses, general skills seminars and independent research, while the second, third and the fourth years of the programme are dedicated primarily to general skills development and independent research. To remain at good progress the PhD candidate must write and present an original piece of research in each year of the programme, and this research must meet the approval of his/her committee.

Students who do not perform at the level required by the PhD programme during their studies may be eligible for an MLitt degree with a satisfactory MLitt thesis.

Part-Time Option

The PhD programme may be either on a part-time or on a full-time basis. Prospective candidates should, however, bear in mind that part-time PhD programme applicants are not eligible for scholarship funding.

Scholarship Funding Opportunities

The Economics Department at Maynooth University offers scholarships for a limited number of incoming full-time PhD students. Please see the following link

The department tailors the programme for the needs of the individual student depending on the student's background. If the student has not gone through the MSc programme in Maynooth, often (but not always) the student may have to follow one of our taught MSc programmes in the first year of the PhD programme. Please see the following link for information on our taught MSc programme:

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of 2.1 overall in MA/MSc degree in Economics and a minimum of B- (or equivalent) in core modules in the acquired degree, including Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics. If the applicant's MA/MSc is from a university other than Maynooth University, the applicant desiring to pursue a PhD in Economics may be required to take a qualifying exam in Microeconomic Theory, Macroeconomic Theory and Econometrics.

Minimum English language requirements:

IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
PTE (Pearson): 62

The TOEFL code for Maynooth University is 8850.

Application dates

Closing date Rolling Recruitment


4 years full-time, 6 years part-time


In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

Enrolment dates

Commences September (or other agreed time)

Post Course Info

- Lecturer and researcher in 3rd level institutions

- State institutions such as the Central Bank

- Research institutions such as ESRI, Central Statistics Office Ireland

- International institutions such as the World Bank and the IMF

- Private institutions such as commercial banks, stockbrokers, multinationals


See staff research interests at

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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