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Economic Science in Policy Analysis

In the first year - the Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Analysis -students attend lectures on one evening and one full day over the course of the academic year and occasional tutorials. The second year - during which students attend scheduled seminars - is devoted to the preparation of a dissertation.

The Master of Economic Science in Policy Analysis (MEconSc) is a two-year, part-time programme that addresses the tangible need for the development of policy analysis skills across the wider public service. Including the interim award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Analysis, it explores subjects that are crucial to the expert assessment of contemporary public policy, including project management, economic and financial analysis, social policy analysis, and cost-benefit analysis. Students will appreciate the role that such policy analysis plays in promoting economic and social progress and understand the tools and methodologies that should be applied in such analysis.

This programme is open to public servants of all grades who are concerned with policy analysis.

Delivery and Duration
The first year of the MEconSc follows the syllabus of the Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Analysis and is delivered through lectures at the IPA in Dublin and can be taken one day per week over two years or two days per week over one year. In the second and final year of the programme, students complete a dissertation on a policy analysis issue, building on the knowledge and skills that they have obtained in the Diploma year. Students will also attend scheduled seminars at the IPA.


2 Years

Further enquiries

Postgraduate Office,
Whitaker School of Government and Management,
Institute of Public Administration,
57 - 61 Lansdowne Road,
Dublin 4,

Tel +353 (0) 1 240 3600
LoCall 1890 20 26 26
Fax +353 (0) 1 668 9135

Subjects taught

Year One
Semester One (September to December)
Elements of Economic Analysis
Financial Analysis
Public Sector Economics
Policy Evaluation

Semester Two (January to April)
Economic Evaluation and Cost-Benefit Analysis
Project and Risk Management
Research Methods
Social Policy Analysis

Year Two
In the second and final year of the programme, students complete a supervised dissertation on a policy analysis issue that they are particularly interested in. Students will also meet with their classmates on several occasions to discuss their reseach and their ideas.


The IPA is a recognised college of University College Dublin (UCD). From 2012, any student entering an accredited IPA Programme will graduate with a UCD award. The IPA and UCD are part of the wider National University of Ireland (NUI) network. The MEconSc is at Level 9 (Major Award) on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Application date

Prospective students should have an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification. To enrol, obtain and complete and application from the Graduate Office at the IPA and return it with:

one copy of your degree or equivalent qualification
one passport-type photograph
the programme fee
a letter from your employer confirming that fees will be paid directly to the IPA.

Course fee

The cost of the first year of the programme (Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Analysis) is €7,900 per annum. the fee for the second year (Master of Economic Science in Policy Analysis ( is €5,000 per annum. Fees include all matriculation and examination fees, all seminars, textbooks and course material, payable in two instalments, see page 34 of the brochure for more details

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