MEconSc (Economic Policy Evaluation and Planning)—full-time and part-time)
College of Business, Public Policy, & Law
The Master of Economic Science programme objective is to provide students with three interrelated skills:
• The appropriate theoretical and conceptual foundations to examine issues in economic policy evaluation and planning;
• The necessary analytical skills to contribute to economic and social planning in a wide variety of fields;
• The necessary applied skills to undertake the evaluation of public policy programmes and plans.
Students admitted to the programme will normally hold a primary degree with Second Class Honours, Grade 1 or equivalent international qualification*, which will have included the study and understanding of economics to intermediate level.** Students who hold a Higher Diploma in Economics with Second Class Honours, Grade 1, or equivalent international qualification may also apply. IELTS scores of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable.
* In exceptional cases a person without a 2.1 primary degree may be admitted if economics is a major part of their undergraduate degree and if they have achieved a 2.1 average in the economics courses they have taken.
** By intermediate level economics we mean courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics at a level typically done in second or third year of an undergraduate programme. Accordingly people who have only studied one year of economics are not eligible for admission.
1 year, full-time/2 years,part-time
Next start date: The full-time option is not available in the 2013/2014 cycle. For the most up-to-date information please consult: www.nuigalway.ie/cairnes/courses/taught
Average intake: 30 (25 EU; 5 non-EU)
Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.
• Microeconomic Theory
• Macroeconomic Theory
• Data Management and Survey Techniques
• Policy and Planning Analysis
In addition, you select three options (subject to availability) from the following list:
• Cost Benefit Analysis and Evaluation
• Environmental Economics
• Local and Rural Development
• Health and Social Care
• Transition Economics
• International Monetary Economics
• Advanced Econometrics
• Public Sector Economics
• Economics of Innovation
Students also complete a dissertation. Courses are spread over two years on the part-time programme.
Students will also receive a placement in an appropriate organisation, or local, regional and national agency, allowing them to gain direct experience of research and policy issues.
Applications and selections
Requirements and assessment
GYC07, full-time GYC08, part-time
Fees for this course
EU (Total): €6,015 p.a. 2013/14 (inclusive of Levy)
- Tuition: €5,791 p.a. 2013/14
- Student levy: €224 p.a. 2013/14
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2013/14
EU Full time programme: €6,015.
EU Part time programme: €3,065 p.a.
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