Higher Diploma in Economic Science

The Higher Diploma in Economic Science is an intensive and challenging two-semester taught programme in core economic theory and methods, with a variety of specialist options. It is mainly intended for those aiming for entry to a masters degree, but who have not yet studied economics in sufficient depth for direct entry, and is attractive to those with scientific and engineering backgrounds, as well as humanities, business, and social sciences graduates.

Course outline

Students in the Higher Diploma in Economic Science take one of two streams, depending on the level of economics they have previously encountered. Both streams include courses in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, as well as statistical/econometric or mathematical methods in economics.

Students also have a choice from a wide range of elective modules, typically including history of economic thought, the economics of money and banking/financial economics, the economics of health, environmental economics, Irish economic history, public economics, and development economics.

In this way, students can build on core foundations and develop specialist interests, in many cases aligned with their intended area of focus within economics.

Special features

Students work on a supervised research paper in economics over two semesters (ending in May), providing a further opportunity to focus on areas of particular interest aligned with their career ambitions.

Successful graduates, who typically go on to take a masters degree in economics, build a variety of careers in private and public sectors, ranging from analyst work in financial services and health sectors, public sector and consulting roles in economic analysis, including in government departments and agencies.


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