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Economics - Research

UCD School of Economics is a research-intensive department with experts with international reputations in a wide range of topics such as applied microeconomics, international trade, health economics, econometrics, macroeconomics and economic history. School members have recent or forthcoming articles in leading journals such as the Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Economic Journal, Journal of Finance and Review of Economics and Statistics. School members have also published important articles in fields such as applied mathematics, biology, political science, public health, psychology and social history.

Graduate students interested in coming to UCD to undertake research supervised by our staff can find information on our PhD programme at the link below.

Programme Structure
Students are admitted to Stage 1 of our PhD program. The first year of the programme is devoted to PhD level coursework, building research skills and developing a research topic. The standard structure of our PhD dissertation is a collection of individual research papers. During the second year (usually early in the second term) students present their research (typically their first completed paper) at a transfer seminar. If successful, students can transfer to Stage 2 of their PhD.

Each admitted student will be assigned a primary supervisor. In addition, the student will have a Doctoral Studies Panel, consisting of staff members who have read the student's application and have indicated a willingness to supervise the student.

Coursework Requirements
All PhD students in the College of Social Sciences and Law are required to take a minimum of 30 ECTS of PhD-level coursework.

Entry requirements

To be admitted to our PhD programme, students must have completed a Masters-level qualification in Economics, such as one of the MSc programmes offered by our School.

Students who are studying on a Masters programme in Economics can apply to be admitted to our MLitt programme and then be transferred to the PhD programme once they provide evidence of successful completion of their Masters programme. Our preference is to admit students who have taken a full year of postgraduate study in the core areas of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, as is typical in most Masters programmes such as the UCD MSc in Quantitative Economics. Students who have not completed such a course of studies may be requested by the PhD Director to undertake MSc-level courses in these topics in addition to their required PhD-level coursework.

Admission to the MLitt or PhD programme will depend upon the candidate's qualifications in the form of grades, English language requirement, reference letters and research statement but also upon the availability of School members to provide thesis supervision. While the research interests of the School are wide-ranging, it is not possible to guarantee that the interests of prospective students will coincide with those of the School members. Click here for details of the areas in which School of Economics faculty regularly supervise students.


Economics (W133/W134) PhD Research 3 Years / 6 Years FT / PT

Further enquiries

UCD School of Economics
Newman Building (Room G213)
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 716 8272/8335/8188
Programme Coordinator: Dr Benjamin Elsner

Enrolment and start dates

Start date: To be agreed with School

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