The 2-year MA in Economics Programme is structured to provide international quality education in Economics and Econometrics for students with an interest in and an aptitude for Economics but no necessary prior background.

Entry requirements

An honours primary degree in any discipline is required. Students without any knowledge of economics are strongly advised to have a good background in statistics and quantitative Methods. For international students whose first language is not English, IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


MHH70 2 years Full-time

Careers or further progression

Careers paths include positions in the Central Bank, civil service, retail and investment banking, financial services, economic consultancy, NGOs.

Further enquiries

Programme Director Year 1: Margaret Hurley
Programme Director Year 2: Paul O'Sullivan
Admissions Director: Dr. Aedín Doris
Tel; +353 (0)1 7083927
Web: economics-finance-and-accounting

Subjects taught

First year modules include microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, money and banking, public economics, Irish economy and competition and regulation. Second year modules include microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, international trade, labour economics, financial economics and a research thesis. To proceed to the second year of the program, students should achieve a mark of 60% or above in the first year. Students may be offered a Higher Diploma if they pass the first year with a mark lower than this.


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.

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