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Economic Science (HDip)
Have you studied some economics, but wish to do more, and perhaps go on to a Masters degree? Or, if you haven’t studied economics but have a degree, would you like to begin? The Higher Diploma in Economic Science may be the programme for you
The Higher Diploma in Economic Science is an intensive and challenging two-semester taught programme in core economic theory and methods. In addition, a variety of specialist options are provided. It is mainly intended for those aiming for entry to a Master’s degree programme but who have not yet studied economics in sufficient depth for direct entry. It is attractive to those with scientific and engineering backgrounds, as well as humanities, business and social sciences graduates.
Did you Know?
A combined fee arrangement applies to those students who complete this programme and subsequently are admitted to one of the three Masters in Economics at NUI Galway (i.e. M.EconSc. International Finance, M.Sc. Health economics, and M.Sc. Global Environmental economics). In these cases, the Higher Diploma is treated as the first year of a two-year programme, with the second, (Masters) year involving a lower fee. In 2018/19 this was €3,000 for EU students. Non-EU students can apply for concessions of up to €3,000 off the fees of the Masters in Economics programmes. Contact the programme director for details.
Applications and Selections
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.
Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
Assessment is typically by way of a combination of end-of-semester written examinations and continuous assessment components, in particular, term papers and project work.
An undergraduate honours degree (NFQ Level 8) or equivalent with some economics modules or modules of a quantitative/mathematical/statistical nature. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent, if applicable.
Next start date
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Offers will be made on a rolling basis.
Mode of study
Curriculum InformationCurriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (60 Credits)Optional EC219: Comparative Economic Thought - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EC207: Irish Economic History - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EC382: International Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EC269: Intermediate Microeconomics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EC273: Mathematics for Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EC427: Ireland, Europe & the Global Economy - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EC415: Research Paper I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EC386: Public Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EC362: Economics Of Financial Markets - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EC429: Marine Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EC3104: Agricultural and Food Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required EC268: Intermediate Macroeconomics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required EC275: Statistics for Economics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required EC416: Research Paper II - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Why Choose This Course?
Successful graduates, who typically go on to take a Master’s in Economics degree, build a variety of careers in private and public sectors, ranging from analyst work in financial services and health sectors, to public sector and consulting roles in economic analysis.
Graduates have found employment in Such companies as Sustainable Energy Ireland; KPMG, AIB and PayPal and in government departments and agencies.
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition. You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee. An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270. SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.
Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.