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MSc Qualifier in Economics

Graduate Administrator: Lesley Tohill (email: (opens in a new window)lesley.tohill@ucd.ie  )

Applications for the 2024/25 intake open on 1st October 2023 and will close on 31st of August 2024.  For information on fees and how to apply, please click here.

The MSc Qualifier in Economics is designed for graduates who wish to be admitted to one of our Master programmes but do not meet the entry requirements. Usually, students admitted to the MSc Qualifier either have obtained a bachelor degree in Economics with an award below 2.1, or have a degree in a related disciplines and therefore not sufficient economic knowledge to be admitted directly to our MSc programmes (for example statistics).

The MSc Qualifier is therefore not a diploma per se. It is only a first step to be potentially eligible for our Masters programmes. Note that the minimum entry requirement for our Masters is an overall GPA of 3.08 in the MSc Qualifier programme.

The MSc Qualifier is for individuals who have a background in economics but need supplemental coursework before entering an MSc programme. For individuals without an economics background, the school offers a Higher Diploma in economics.

The Qualifier program comprises of 30 ECTS credits, 6 modules. The curriculum is personalized and it depends on the economic courses taken and the grades achieved in these during the previous studies. The modules each prospective student will take are discussed and agreed with the programme coordinator on an individual basis. 

Modules offered are subject to change however we hope to include the following in 2024-25


ECON20040 Statistics for Economists
ECON20060 Irish Economy
ECON20080 Economic Policy Analysis
ECON20190 Introduction to Financial Econ
ECON20200 Int Microeconomics (ECON&FIN)
ECON30100 Health Economics
ECON30130 Econometrics
ECON30150 International Money & Banking
ECON30180 Industrial Economics
ECON30270 Behavioural Economics
ECON30290 Advanced Microeconomics
ECON30360 Labour Economics
ECON30400 Political Economy
ECON30410 Development Economics
ECON30520 R for Economists
ECON30530 Adv Metrics: Microeconometrics
MATH20330 Optimisation for Economics


ECON20020 Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECON20040 Statistics for Economists
ECON20100 Game Theory
ECON20120 European Economy
ECON20130 Economic History
ECON20160 Economics of the Environment
ECON20230 Economics, Organisation & Mgmt
ECON30120 Advanced Macroeconomics
ECON30130 Econometrics
ECON30160 International Trade Economics
ECON30170 Financial Economics
ECON30190 Public Economics
ECON30260 Transport Economics
ECON30390 Experimental Economics:Lab Exp
ECON30430 Economics of International Fin
ECON30500 Field Experiments Social Sci
ECON30540 Advd Econometrics: Time Series
ECON30550 Philosophy of Economics

Please note that all lectures are during the daytime, Monday to Friday.

Contact UCD School of Economics

Newman Building (Room D201) University College Dublin Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
T: 353 1 716 8335/8188/8505/8272 | Location Map(opens in a new window)