The standard duration of the programme is four years. The first year is entirely dedicated to coursework; years 2-4 are dedicated to research. Students take a total of six PhD-level courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics. To enter the research phase, students have to pass all six modules, and in addition pass prelim exams in two out of three subjects.
Students can also attend field courses offered by Trinity College Dublin, as well as courses offered by other schools such as statistics or psychology.
Students can be enrolled on a full-time or part-time basis. Part-time students complete the coursework within 2 years.