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Economic & Enterprise Development

Course Outline
The MSc (Economic and Enterprise Development) 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

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.

Why Choose This Course

The unique selling point of the MSc (Economic and Enterprise Development) 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.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

A unique feature of the MSc (Economic and Enterprise Development) 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.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have either a BA (Hons) in Economics or 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 MSc (Economic and Enterprise Development).

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 click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .


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

Further enquiries

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

Dr Eoin O'Leary
T:+ 353 21 490 2973

Subjects taught


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 online.


Course Practicalities
The MSc (Economic and Enterprise Development) 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

Closing dates

Closing Dates for Application

Applications for 2018 start dates will open on November 1st 2017.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught programmes (detailed below).

Some programmes have a specific closing date. Applicants are advised to consult with the postgraduate prospectus for programmes with a specific closing date.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for Postgraduate Taught courses are detailed below. However, we would advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:
For all completed applications received by January 15th 2018 Offers will be made by January 29th 2018

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2018 Offers will be made by March 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2018
Offers will be made by May 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by July 2nd 2018
Offers will be made by July 16th 2018

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

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

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

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 10 September 2018

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