MEconSc (Economic Policy Evaluation and Planning)—full-time and part-time)

College of Business, Public Policy, & Law

Course overview

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.

Key facts

Entry requirements

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.

Duration: 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:

Average intake: 30 (25 EU; 5 non-EU)

Closing date:

Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage. 


Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

Modules include:

• Microeconomic Theory
• Macroeconomic Theory
• Data Management and Survey Techniques
• Econometrics
• 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

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre(PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Requirements and assessment

Year 1 (and Year 2 for part-time programme)—Semester One exams: December; Semester Two exams: May.

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PAC code

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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