Economics or Finance - Research

The four year programme of study includes, in the first and possibly subsequent years, reading courses, taught courses, generalist and specialist skills seminars; while the second, third and the fourth years of the programme are dedicated primarily to research skills development and independent research.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of 2.1 in MA/MSc degree in economics or finance. For international students whose first language is not English, IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. Prospective students should make direct contact with research active academics in advance of making a research proposal.


MHH02 PhD 4 years Full-time
MHH03 PhD 6 years Part-time

Further enquiries

Programme Director; Dr Gerda Dewit
Tel; +353 (0)1 708 3681
Fax: +353 (0)1 708 3934


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.

Research areas

Research Interests
In the Department we examine fundamental questions of economics, finance and accounting, developing theoretical models to better understand how economies and their components function. We use quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques to test these theories and to analyse observed behaviour.

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.

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