UCD School of Economics is Ireland’s leading economics department. Our staff are experts with international reputations in a wide range of topics such as macroeconomics, econometrics, applied microeconomics, behavioral economics, health economics, international trade and economic history.
School members play a significant role in debating economic policy issues and in contributing to the formulation of economic policy. This is the only MSc in this area in Ireland and it is one of the few worldwide with a strong policy and regulatory focus. This course is devoted to providing in-depth training in the area of behavioral economics. Students will take a range of rigorous economic modules but will also receive training in key concepts in psychology and specialize in learning 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 behavioral economics, students will also learn about a range of empirical methods and have the opportunity to run their own field and lab experiment. The MSc will also cover the ethical, legal, and regulatory context for the ideas of behavioral 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. Students on this programme will be an integral part of a research group at UCD focused on behavioral economics and its applications. They will attend research seminars and receive a wide range of supports to help them prepare for their research thesis or their internship.
What you need to know
Where is the course located?
What is the length of the course?
12 Months (1 Year) Full-time
When can I apply?
You can apply today
When does the course start?
Application Closing Date
Open for an application
Number of Places
Fees and Funding
Non-EU Tuition Fees
Living Costs per year
Features and Benefits
- This course is devoted to providing in-depth training in the area of behavioural economics.
- Students on this programme will be an integral part of a research group at UCD focused on behavioural economics and its applications.
- Students will take a range of rigorous economic modules but will also receive training in key concepts in psychology and specialise in learning a range of new models that incorporate the latest evidence on human decision making.
- Many others have moved directly to employment in central banks, think-tanks, government departments, regulatory agencies, financial sector institutions and consultancy firms.
How to Apply
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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:
- Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
- Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
- 2 letters of recommendation
- A copy of your passport
- Personal Statement
- Extra requests for certain courses
Minimum entry requirements
• A primary degree with at least an upper second class honors or international equivalent in Economics or in a degree in which Economics is a major component.
• An upper second class honors in a Higher Diploma in Economics.
• Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
• Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes.
These are the minimum entry requirements additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.
• IELTS: An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.
- A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475+
- A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (Ibt) with a score of at least 20 in each section.
• Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section.
• Temporary measure for 2020 ONLY (Response to Covid 19): For students affected by testing center closures due to COVID-19, UCD has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake. The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 110.
Special Entry Requirements
Many graduates of our masters programmes have gone on to complete PhDs in economics and pursue successful careers as academic or research economists. Many others have moved directly to employment in central banks, think-tanks, government departments, regulatory agencies, financial sector institutions and consultancy firms.