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HDip Economics

Graduate Taught (level 8 nfq, credits 60)

The Higher Diploma in Economics is designed for students who wish to undertake further postgraduate study such as the taught Masters but whose undergraduate degree does not reach the required standard in economics.

One year full-time or two years part-time
Stand-alone, internationally recognised qualification
Conversion course from another discipline to economics

Vision and Values Statement

The Higher Diploma in Economics is aimed at students willing to study economics at Master level but with no prior background in the subject. It equips students with knowledge of the fundamentals of economic theory as well as knowledge of key issues in some sub-fields of economics

Programme Outcomes

understand the underlying theories used in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics;

understand basic econometric approaches to model economic phenomena, estimate the resulting model, and interpret the estimated parameters;

display mature literacy and comprehension of economic subject matters;

identify, understand and analyse economic problems;

communicate and explain the reasoning behind applied economic analysis;

be in a position to apply for Master Programs in Economics.

The Higher Diploma in Economics (Full-time) is a one-year 60 credit (ECTS) programme. It is designed for students who wish to undertake further postgraduate study such as the taught MSc but whose undergraduate degree does not reach the required standard in economics. The minimum entry requirement for the taught MSc is an overall GPA of 3.08 (B-) or 2H1 in the Higher Diploma.

Students who do not plan to take further postgraduate study but who wish to enhance their economics education are also welcome.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree with some mathematical and statistical content and/or should be confident in their ability to successfully complete the undergraduate Economics modules which make up this programme.

Duration

1 year full time, 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Related Programmes
MA Economics FT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Nicolas Clifton
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 8272

Subjects taught

The program requests that students complete 10 modules: 4 core modules (30 Credits) and 6 optional modules (30 Credits).

Higher Diploma in Economics (60 Credits)

(Please note that the following information is provisional. Some slight changes may be made before the next offering of the programme. This programme is not open to undergraduate UCD students who have taken Economics in Stage 2 of the Modular system.)

CORE MODULES (30 CREDITS)

Students MUST take the following modules

ECON 42450 Microeconomic Theory 1

ECON 42460 Microeconomic Theory 2

ECON 42430 Macroeconomic Theory 1

Then, if the student has not studied statistics before he or she must take

ECON 42480 STATISTICS HDip

If the student can show that he or she has some prior knowledge in statistics, the he or she can either take ECON 42480 STATISTICS HDip or ECON 42470 ECONOMETRICS HDip.

OPTION MODULES (30 CREDITS)

Students must take any 6 modules offered at level 2 or 3 by the school of economics. Of these at least 3 must be level 3 modules.

As part of those 6 optional modules we allow students to take:

MATH20330 Optimisation for Economics (offered by the school of Mathematics and Statistics).

The decision as to whether the student has enough knowledge in statistics not to take ECON 42480 STATISTICS HDip must be based on some form of evidence and is made by the student and course coordinator on an individual basis.

Assessment method

At least 20% of the final grade for all modules will be made up of continuous assessment. The form of assessment will depend on the lecturer and the level and subject matter of the module but possibilities include multiple choice tests, essays and computer-based project work. The balance of the final grade will consist of a final exam.

Application date

Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The following entry routes are available:

HDip Economics FT (W015)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

HDip Economics PT (W281)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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