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The MSc Economics programme is a rigorous advanced programme in economic theory and its practical application and is at the top end of graduate programmes in economics in Ireland. The programme provides its graduates with the recognised portfolio of skills required for a career as a professional economist in business, finance and the public sector. It also prepares graduates for further advanced studies in economics at PhD level. The skills acquired throughout the course are brought together in a research dissertation on an economic issue of practical interest.

Why choose this course?
- Education and training acquired are transferable across a range of economist roles in the private and public sector
- Excellent record in placing graduates in employment
- Provides top-quality training and expertise in skills that are highly sought after by employers

Entry requirements

To be eligible for consideration applicants must have:

A 2H1 degree or equivalent in a business programme OR the expectation of graduating with a 2H1 degree or equivalent in a business programme in the year of entry. In addition, business graduates must have passed at least 5 credits (or equivalent) in a quantitative module such as econometrics, statistics or mathematics as in the opinion of the Department of Economics qualifies the candidate to undertake the MSc Economics programme.


A 2H1 degree or equivalent in a quantitative cognate discipline such as mathematics, statistics, actuarial science or equivalent.
Applicants who achieve a 2H2 degree will be assessed on a case by case basis.

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

Part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information

A student with an MSc economics degree will have their analytical, technical and problem solving skills enhanced to a level that is highly sought after by employers. any graduate from the MSc economics is qualified for whole host of positions in economics, business, finance and the public sector.

Recent examples of graduate destinations include:
research assistant, Irish fiscal advisory council
associate risk underwriter, Atradius
economist at the department of social protection
economist at the department of children and youth affairs
economist at DKM economic consultants
senior risk analyst at Bank of Ireland
audit senior at Ernst & Young
senior dealer at nationwide building society

The MSc economics is also an excellent training if students are seeking to continue their education and begin a PhD either nationally or internationally.

Many graduates stay in third level education and go on to become lecturers, including some of the cubs economics academic staff.

Further enquiries

Jane Bourke
Tel:+ 353 21 490 2930

Tel:353 21 490 2126

Subjects taught

The MSc Economics programme is taken in two parts as set out below.

Part 1 consists of a combination of examination and coursework in a set of specified taught modules to the value of 60 credits.

Part 2 consists of a research dissertation to the value of 30 credits.

Part I

EC6604 Microeconomics 1 (5 credits)
EC6605 Microeconomics 2 (5 credits)
EC6606 Macroeconomics 1 (5 credits)
EC6607 Macroeconomics 2 (5 credits)

EC6600 Econometrics: Theory and Applications 1 (5 credits)
EC6601 Econometrics: Theory and Applications 2 (5 credits)
EC6666 Research Methods and Professional Development (10 credits)

Students take 20 credits from among the following 30 credits of electives.

EC6045 Asset Pricing (5 credits)

EC6622 Business Relationships and Business Strategy (5 credits)

EC6628 Analysis of Business Survey Data (5 credits)

EC6066 The Business of Health Care 1 (5 credits)

EC6608 Behavioural Economics (5 credits)

EC6609 Spatial and Regional Economic Analysis (5 credits)

Part II

EC6667 Dissertation in Economics (30 credits)

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar online.


Course Practicalities
In total you are expected to be present for 12 hours of lectures per week. Additional econometrics laboratory sessions will be scheduled. The MSc Economics programme is rigorous and candidates can expect to be engaged full-time in study and coursework. The level of mathematics in the programme is not advanced but mathematics is prevalent.

Assessment method

Assessment is by examination and continuous assessment. A detailed breakdown of assessment by module is provided in the Book of Modules available at

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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