The standard duration of the programme is four years. The first year is mainly devoted to coursework, which equips students with the skills to carry out a research project. In years 2-4, students work on their thesis.
In providing the course programme, UCD has joined forces with Trinity College Dublin. Students take core courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics and can choose from a variety of field courses such as trade, advanced macro, urban economics or development economics.
Students can be enrolled on a full-time or part-time basis.