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Economics - Research

Course overview

The strong and expanding doctoral Economics programme in the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies offers participants a combination of advanced independent research, backed by structured training, which is delivered mainly in the first year. The central work involves the planning, execution and defence of a major thesis, satisfying internal and external examiners that the thesis is a work of serious scholarship. The doctoral programme equips participants with substantial research and writing experience, as well as developing an in-depth expertise in their chosen field.

The topic of the thesis is agreed between the student and their supervisor(s) and typically links to the research interests of the supervisor. Acceptance on the programme is subject to finding a suitable supervisor. For further information please check the Economics website at

Entry requirements

High honours degree (or equivalent international qualification). Other evidence that signifies suitability for the programme.


PhD GYB88 Full Time
PhD GYB89 Part Time
MLitt GYB90 Full Time
MLitt GYB91 Part Time

The duration of this programme is typically four years

Further enquiries

Dr Thomas van Rensburg
Tel: +353-(0)91-49 3858
J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics
NUI Galway

Research areas

Areas of interest

There are five research centres and units located within the Department, representing the main research interests of the Department:
Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG)
Centre for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC)
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Research Unit (ENRE)
Irish Centre for Rural Transformation and Sustainability (ICERTS)
Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU)

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