MSc in Behavioural Economics

This is an exciting new course devoted to providing an in-depth training in the area of behavioural economics. Students will take a range of rigorous economic modules but will specialise in understanding a range of new models that incorporate the latest evidence on human decision making. As well as being trained in the core concepts and theories of behavioural economics, students will also learn about the range of empirical methods used to test ideas in this area in lab and field settings. The MSc will also cover the ethical, legal, and regulatory context for the ideas of behavioural economics. Thus, the students will be equipped to apply these ideas in a wide range of academic, business, and policy settings.

This programme features small group teaching from leading economists and a supportive environment.  Masters students are an integral part of our School community, attending research seminars and receiving a wide range of supports to help them prepare for their research thesis.

UCD School of Economics is Ireland’s leading economics department. Our staff are experts with international reputations in a wide range of topics such as macroeconomics, econometrics, applied microeconomics, behavioural economics, health economics, international trade and economic history. School members play a significant role in debating economic policy issues and in contributing to the formulation of economic policy.  This is the only MSc in this area in Ireland and it is one of the few worldwide with a strong policy and regulatory focus.

Course content and structure

90 credits taught masters 70 credits taught modules 20 credits dissertation

In your first semester, you will undertake a two-week preliminary course in mathematics and statistics.  You will also take the following modules:

  • Microeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Topics in Psychological Science
  • Research Methods

In your second semester, you take the following core modules

  • Behavioural Economics: Policy Applications
  • Experiments in Economics

You will also take two other modules. The following is an indicative list of modules that may be available:

  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Econometrics
  • Health and Welfare Economics
  • Economics of Competition Policy
  • Energy Economics and Policy

In your third (Summer) semester, you will do a supervised research thesis on a topic related to behavioural economics.

Entry Requirements

  • A primary degree with at least an upper second class honours or international equivalent in Economics or in a degree in which Economics is a major component
    (We also consider applicants with at least an upper second class honours degree in another cognate area that has a high quantitative component.)
  • An upper second class honours in a Higher Diploma in Economics
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent

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