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Economics or Finance - Research

The MLitt Programme extends over a minimum of two years. In the first year (commencing September) students must register full-time and follow the programme of the MA in Economics or the MA in Finance. Once the MA Programme is successfully completed at honours level, the student develops a course of study which combines taught courses, reading courses and research under the guidance of his/her supervisory committee. At the end of the second year the student must present his/her thesis. Should the quality of the thesis meet the PhD standard, a grade of at least 60% in the programme, the student will be invited to continue in the PhD programme.

In the first year (commencing September) students must register full-time and follow the programme of the MA in Economics or the MA in Finance. Once the MA programme is successfully completed at honours level, the student develops a course of study which combines taught courses, potentially drawn from those listed below, reading courses and research under the guidance of his/her supervisory committee. At the end of the second year the student must present his/her thesis.

The PhD programmes in Economics and/or Finance at Maynooth University are built on the foundation developed in the MA programmes. While the MA programmes provide 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.

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 MA programme in Economics/Finance or MSc in Economics and Financial Risk Analysis in Maynooth University, often (but not always) the student may have to follow one of our taught MA/MSc programmes in the first year of the PhD programme. Please see the following link for information on our taught MA/MSc programmes:

https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/economics-finance-and-accounting

Entry requirements

MLitt
Entry to the programme normally requires students to have obtained at least a 2.I in Economics or Finance in their primary degree. However, the Department will also consider applications from students that have obtained at least a 2.I in a postgraduate Higher Diploma programme specializing in Economics or Finance.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:

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

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

PhD
Applicants must have a minimum of 2.1 overall in MA/MSc degree in Economics or Finance and a minimum of B- (or equivalent) in core modules in the acquired degree -depending on the degree, core modules may include Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and/or Finance. 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, while the applicant pursuing a PhD in Finance may be required to take a qualifying exam in Microeconomic Theory, Finance 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.

Duration

MHH02 PhD 4 years Full-time
MHH03 PhD 6 years Part-time
MHH04 MLitt by Research 2 years Full-time
MHH05 MLitt by Research 3 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

MLitt
Financial & consulting institutions such as commercial banks, stockbrokers.

State institutions such as the Central Bank, Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority.

Research institutions such as ESRI

PhD
Lecturer and researcher in 3rd level institutions

Financial & consulting institutions such as commercial banks, stockbrokers

State institutions such as the Central Bank, Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority, NAMA

Research institutions such as ESRI, Central Statistics Office Ireland

International institutions such as the World Bank and the IMF

Further enquiries

Programme Director; Dr Gerda Dewit
Tel; +353 (0)1 708 3681
Fax: +353 (0)1 708 3934
Email; gerda.dewit@nuim.ie
Website:
https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/economics-finance-and-accounting

Comment

The Department is strongly committed to the provision of high quality teaching programmes at postgraduate level. We place a high premium on quality teaching and personal contact with our students, ensuring that the students' experience at Maynooth University is both enjoyable and productive. Members of the Department publish in leading international journals and have strong links with industry and the business community, US multinationals, the Central Bank, hedge funds and fund management companies.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Course fee

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 and start dates

Commences September (or other agreed time)

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