College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies,
School of Business, Public Policy and Law

Course overview

The strong and expanding doctoral Economics programme in the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies offers participants a combination of advanced independent research, backed by structured training, which is delivered mainly in the first year. The central work involves the planning, execution and defence of a major thesis, satisfying internal and external examiners that the thesis is a work of serious scholarship. The doctoral programme equips participants with substantial research and writing experience, as well as developing an in-depth expertise in their chosen field.

The topic of the thesis is agreed between the student and their supervisor(s) and typically links to the research interests of the supervisor.  Acceptance on the programme is subject to finding a suitable supervisor. For further information please check the Economics website at

Programmes available

MLitt (Economics), full-time
MLitt (Economics), part-time

Areas of interest

There are five research centres and units located within the Department, representing the main research interests of the Department:

  • Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG) 
  • Centre for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC) 
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Research Unit (ENRE) 
  • Irish Centre for Rural Transformation and Sustainability (ICERTS) 
  • Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU)

Researcher profiles

Please visit the Discipline of Economics website.

Contact Us

Dr. Thomas van Rensburg
T +353 91 493 858

PAC code

MLitt (full-time) GYB90
MLitt (part-time) GYB91

Current project

Fees for this course

EU: €5,250 p.a. 2018/19

Non-EU: €14,250 p.a. 2018/19

EU Part time:  Year 1 [2018/19] €3,575. p.a.

How to Apply