Higher Diploma in Economics (60 Credits)

(Please note that the following information is provisional.  Some slight changes may be made before the next offering of the programme.  This programme is not open to undergraduate UCD students who have taken Economics in Stage 2 of the Modular system.)

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The Higher Diploma in Economics (Full-time) is a one-year 60 credit (ECTS) programme. It is designed for students who wish to undertake further postgraduate study such as the taught MSc but whose undergraduate degree does not reach the required standard in economics. The minimum entry requirement for the taught MSc is an overall GPA of 3.08 (B-) or 2H1 in the Higher Diploma.

Students who do not plan to take further postgraduate study but who wish to enhance their economics education are also welcome.

Entry requirement:  BA or equivalent

Note: Students with little or no mathematics in their background will find the program difficult.

The program requests that students complete 10 modules: 4 core modules and 6 optional modules.

CORE MODULES (30 CREDITS)

Students MUST take the following modules

ECON 42450 Microeconomic Theory 1

ECON 42460 Microeconomic Theory 2

ECON 42430 Macroeconomic Theory 1

Then, if the student has not studied statistics before he or she must take

ECON 42480 STATISTICS HDip

If the student can show that he or she has some prior knowledge in statistics, the he or she can either take ECON 42480 STATISTICS HDip or ECON 42470 ECONOMETRICS HDip.

OPTION MODULES (30 CREDITS)

Students must take any 6 modules offered at level 2 or 3 by the school of economics. Of these at least 3 must be level 3 modules.

As part of those 6 optional modules we allow students to take:

MATH20330 Optimisation for Economics (offered by the school of Mathematics and Statistics).

The table below summarises the information given above.

Student with NO prior knowledge in statistics

 

Student with acceptable prior knowledge in statistics*

CORE MODULES
(each 7.5 credits)

ECON 42450 Microeconomic Theory 1
ECON 42460 Microeconomic Theory 2
ECON 42430 Macroeconomic Theory 1
ECON 42480 Statistics HDip

 

 CORE MODULES
(each 7.5 credits)

ECON 42450 Microeconomic Theory 1
ECON 42460 Microeconomic Theory 2
ECON 42430 Macroeconomic Theory 1
AND
ECON 42480 STATISTICS HDip
OR
ECON 42470 ECONOMETRICS HDip

OPTIONAL MODULES
(each 5 credits)

Any 6 modules offered by the school of economics with at least 3 being level 3.

The student may also take MATH20330 Optimisation for Economics

 

 OPTIONAL MODULES
(each 5 credits)

Any 6 modules offered by the school of economics with at least 3 being level 3.

The student may also take MATH20330 Optimisation for Economics

 

 * The decision as to whether the student has enough knowledge in statistics not to take ECON 42480 STATISTICS HDip must be based on some form of evidence and is made by the student and course coordinator on an individual basis.