The UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy is home to almost 40 graduate research students from disciplines across the social sciences, health sciences and business. These students have research space in the Institute while they work under the supervision of professors or lecturers in one of UCD's Schools.  If the supervisor is a member of UCD Geary Institute, the student is then affiliated to UCD Geary Institute and may be based at the Institute during the duration of the PhD programme.

More about UCD Graduate Studies

In addition to being the host for a wide range of graduate student work, the Institute is closely involved in a number of doctoral education initiatives. These include:


The MSc in Behavioural Economics  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.  It is an integral part the UCD Behavioural Science and Policy Group, located in Geary.


PhD and Master of Public Policy

Public policy making has become more challenging in recent years in the context of the increasing complexity of clients’ needs, growing expectations regarding appropriate service quality and diminishing public spending in many countries. The Master of Public Policy is specifically designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to meet these challenges.

The programme examines the socio-economic changes and political issues which influence policy making, the challenges associated with effective regulation and administration of public services and ensuring that policy decisions are evidence based.


PhD in Complex Systems and Computational Social Science (CSCS)

This is an innovative doctoral training programme involving collaboration of research groups at the UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy and various Schools from the College of Social Sciences and Law and the College of Science, as well as a range of external collaborators from academic, industry and the public sector


UCD TCD Masters in Development Practice

The Dublin MDP is a joint degree led by the Trinity College Dublin (TCD) School of Natural Science and University College Dublin (UCD) School of Politics and International Relations, and delivered by staff from all faculties across the universities, in collaboration with leading scientific researchers, and national and international organisations with specialist skills.

Established in 2009 following recommendations from the International Commission on Education for Sustainable Development Practice, the Global Masters in Development Practice (MDP) is a world-leading and uniquely innovative interdisciplinary graduate degree programme that blends health, natural, social, and management sciences--combined with cross-sectoral field training and professional local and international work-based placements to better understand international development problems and best practices.

The Dublin MDP is a member of this global network of Master’s in Development Practice, headquartered at Columbia University, New York, linking with over 30 universities and hundreds of partner organisations worldwide.

The two-year fulltime Masters in Development Practice encompasses an integrated theoretical and practical approach with multidisciplinary training in four “pillars”- health, natural, social, and management sciences. Eighteen core academic modules (link) provide rigorous training across the core pillars, complemented by masters level training in research design, methodology, and methods including training in leading edge quantitative, qualitative, and digital tools and techniques. The programme includes four work-based placements (link) which provide hands-on practical experience for students, both in International Development NGOs and International Intergovernmental Organisations. This programme aims to create a new generation of development practitioners with the skills to implement and manage comprehensive approaches to sustainable and efficient development.

Interview with Professor Patrick Paul Walsh, Geary Institute, Course Director of the TCD-UCD Master's in Development Practice (MDP) program can be seen here at this link