Economics & Policy Analysis, MSc
The MSc in Economics and Policy Analysis at UL is specifically designed to equip students with the practical skills required for a career in economics. The current global economic crisis demonstrates the need for well-educated and trained economists in a number of spheres. The program has a strong applied public policy focus which will prepare graduates for positions that require the application of economic knowledge and practical skills. The program has recently been ranked 30th in Western Europe by EdUniversal Best Masters. It is also the first and only masters in economics in Ireland that offers the potential to obtain a double degree through our partnership with HEC Liège (the Business School of the University of Liège) in Belgium. HEC Liège is one of the best Business Schools in Europe and was recently awarded EQUIS accreditation, one of the top two international accreditations for Business Schools that, to date, has been awarded to only approximately 160 Schools worldwide. While the double degree option involves a 2nd year of study at the Masters level it represents a significant opportunity to further develop your skills as an economist and to increase the range of career opportunities available to you.
The program also incorporates an international field trip element. Previous trips have included visits to the OECD, the European Investment Bank, the European Stability Mechanism and the European Commission.
Why should you consider the MSc in Economics and Policy Analysis?
- An emphasis on applied economic skills such as data analysis, econometrics and policy analysis.
- The course also has a strong focus on policy orientated aspects of economics such as macro, industrial and education policy.
- The unique potential to achieve a double degree in conjunction with HEC Liège
- We are ranked by Eduniversal in the top 50 Masters in Economics within Western Europe
- We have an extremely strong employment record with past graduates working across the private and public sector.
Double Degree Option
As the only masters in economics in Ireland to offer the potential to obtain a double degree through our partnership with HEC Liège, the program offers the opportunity for a number of students to undertake a semester of study in the Business School of the University of Liège. As part of the agreement, a number of selected students registered for the MSc. in Economics and Policy Analysis can complete two semesters of study here in UL before going to Liège for a further semester of study and then complete a dissertation which is jointly supervised by faculty from UL and Liège. Upon completion, these particular students receive two separate Master degrees – UL’s MSc. in Economics and Policy Analysis and Liège’s Master in Economics.
Normally applicants will possess a minimum 2:2 honours primary degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in economics or a program where economics is a major component (for example, business/commerce). An interview may form part of the application process. In the case of international students, the overseas equivalent as determined by the Course Team in consultation with UL Graduate School Admissions will meet this requirement. Where candidates are non-native English language speakers, the candidate should meet the University's English language requirements. In exceptional circumstances an applicant who cannot satisfy the undergraduate requirement may be accepted on the basis of relevant professional experience.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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- Microeconomics Theory
- Macroeconomic Theory
- Evolution of Economic Theory
- Applied Data for Economics
- Preliminary Mathematics & Statistics for Economics
- Global Finance & Capital Markets
- Data Management for Policy Analysis & Evaluation
- Professional Development 1
- Public Finance & Regulation
- Industrial Policy: Theory, Practice & Evaluation
- Labour & Education Economics
- Dissertation Preparation
- Professional Development 2
Semester 3 (Summer)
- Dissertation 1
- International Business Workshop
- Economics Dissertation 2A
- EU: €8,407
- Non-EU: €13,951
Scholarships & funding
For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.
Our future graduates can expect to gain employment as an economist in areas such as the Financial Sector (e.g. banking, finance, financial services), Government Agencies (e.g. civil service, state banks, central bank, state sponsored bodies, regulatory authorities), Education (lecturing and teaching), Further Study (e.g. PhD), Research (university and other dedicated research agencies).
About this institute
University of Limerick
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Why study at University of Limerick
The Universities commitment to graduate employability, UL`s dedication to the student experience, industry-relevant programmes, award-winning research, stunning campus and UL`s deep commitment to community engagement.
The University of Limerick houses a broad range of world class and specialist equipment and facilities that give students and researchers an immersive and practical approach to their studies and research.
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