Economics Policy Stream


The Master of Public Policy is a 90-credit programme. When starting the course, students will choose one out of the eight streams.

All Master of Public Policy students must take the following set of modules:

  • 4 Core Modules - 10 credits each, 2 hours every week for 1 semester (12 weeks), Friday Afternoons 2-4pm & 4-6pm
  • Dissertation Design Module - 5 credits, 2 hours every week for half a semester (6 weeks)
  • 2-4 Option Modules - (20 credits in total). A range of option modules will vary depending on a choice of the stream.

Students are required to submit a thesis (Approx. 10,000 words) or take up an internship placement during the summer term.

Admission Requirement

To qualify for a place on the Economics stream of the Public Policy programme, students must have attained the same standard at entry as those admitted to the MA in Economics. This means that a student should normally hold a primary degree with at least Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2H1) in Economics or in another degree that has strong theoretical and quantitative content such as Maths, Physics, Engineering or Computer Science. Alternatively, applicants may hold a Second Class Honours Grade 1 Higher Diploma in Economic Science, or 
an equivalent qualification, noting that a 2H1 corresponds to a 60% average, or a B minus or 3.08 GPA equivalent.

Structure & Modules

Core Modules: 

  • Core modules are:
    • CSSL40010 Public Administration & Policy
    • SPOL41020 Data & Methods for Pol Analys
    • POL40160 Comparative Public Policy
    • SPOL40450 Evidence-Based Policy Making
  • Thesis or Internship Placement (May-Aug. 30 credits)


Option Modules:  

Module descriptions are available at UCD Course Search. Click here for instructions (PDF).