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Economic and Enterprise Development

The MA (Economics) gives you a competitive edge for finding employment. The course enables you to develop the skills of an economist by offering you the opportunity to work with leading businesses and policymakers on the competitiveness challenges and opportunities they face. The success of the course is indicated by the employability of its graduates, which has been impressive, despite the recession. For example, within a year of graduation, over 80% of graduates are in relevant employment.

The unique selling points of the course are:

-projects completed for leading policymakers and businesses
-active support and encouragement by the teaching team
-examination completely by coursework – there are no end-of-year exams
-strong employment record of graduates

Unique Aspects of the Course
The unique selling point of the MA (Economics) is its focus on acquiring key economist skills through the completion of projects for leading businesses and policymakers, which gives you a competitive edge that is crucial for getting a job in these challenging times.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have: either a BA (Hons) in Economics, a Higher Diploma in Economics or equivalent and a 2H2 on the aggregate of all Economics modules in the degree or diploma award.

External applicants may contact the Graduate Studies Committee in the Department of Economics to discuss eligibility. Applicants are referred to the Department of Economics, Graduate Studies Policy Document for information on how places are allocated for the MA (Economics).

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please see course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.


1 year full-time
2 years Part-time

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Careers or further progression

The MA (Economics) provides invaluable skills that are transferable to occupations where economics is used to understand change and to think creatively about the future.

On successful completion, you will be able to:

- successfully execute projects to deadline
- plan, conduct and evaluate economic research
- help policymakers and businesses to think creatively about the challenges they face
- apply quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
- communicate findings, both in writing and orally, to a high professional standard
- work effectively in teams
- self-direct your career development journey

Placement and Study Abroad Information.
A unique feature of the MA (Economics) is that leading businesses and policy makers sponsor the team projects that are completed during the course. This involves you doing research in order to address particular business problems, such as whether to do business in a country or how to assist SMEs to be innovative. It gives you the opportunity to engage meaningfully with a range of employers.

Further enquiries

Eithne Hurley
Course Administrator
T: + 353 (0)21 490 3574

Subjects taught

A one-year integrated full-time course. Part 1 consists of team projects and individual assignments and is completed in May each year. Part 2 is a substantial individual research project completed by September.


Part 1
Growth and Change (10 credits)
Business Development and the Competitive Environment(10 credits)
Innovation and Creativity (10 credits)
Econometrics for Research (10 credits)
Economic Data Analysis for Research (5 credits)
Research Methods (5 credits)
Career Development Workshop (5 credits)
Scenario Analysis for Creative Thinking (5 credits)

Part 2

Research thesis (30 credits)

Details of the programme content and modules are in the Postgraduate College Calendar


Course Practicalities.
The MA (Economics) consists of individual and team assignments during Part 1, from September to May and an individual research dissertation for Part 2 between June and August. The teaching is delivered through high levels of interaction and the development of a mentoring relationship with students. The teaching team facilitates problem-based learning by being approachable to you, by building your confidence, by encouraging you to express yourself and by offering guidance when appropriate. A crucial feature of the teaching approach is rapid feedback for on-going learning.

Assessment method

Assessment is based on individual and team assignments, including written assignments and presentations. There are no examinations.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee: €10,500 full-time; €5,250 per year part-time

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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