Postgraduate
MSc Economics

University College Cork

Course Overview


The MSc Economics programme is a rigorous advanced programme in economic theory and its practical application and is at the top end of graduate programmes in economics in Ireland.

The programme provides its graduates with the recognised portfolio of skills required for a career as a professional economist in business, finance and the public sector. It also prepares graduates for further advanced studies in economics at PhD level. The skills acquired throughout the course are brought together in a research dissertation on an economic issue of practical interest.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

12 Months Full-time (1 Year)


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options


Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 18,000

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • Education and training acquired are transferable across a range of economist roles in the private and public sector
  • Provides top-quality training and expertise in skills that are highly sought after by employers
  • Excellent record in placing graduates in employment
  • It is a one-year course with small class sizes.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

Once you are ready to start your application, please click on APPLY NOW

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
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

To be eligible for consideration applicants must have:

  • A 2H1 degree or equivalent in a business programme OR the expectation of graduating with a 2H1 degree or equivalent in a business programme in the year of entry. In addition, business graduates must have passed at least 5 credits (or equivalent) in a quantitative module such as econometrics, statistics or mathematics as in the opinion of the Department of Economics qualifies the candidate to undertake the MSc Economics programme.
    OR
  • A 2H1 degree or equivalent in a quantitative cognate discipline such as mathematics, statistics, actuarial science or equivalent.
  • Applicants who achieve a 2H2 degree will be assessed on a case by case basis.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

English Requirements

Duolingo English Test (DET):
College of Business and Law: Business Programmes: DET 100-110 + Skills Check, DET 115 or more eligible for full offer.
IELTS Academic Minimum Requirements:
College of Business and Law: Business Programmes: 6.0 Minimum individual sections 5.5
TOEFL Minimum Requirements:
College of Business and Law: Business Programmes: TOEFL 80; Listening – 17; Reading – 18; Speaking – 20; Writing 17
CPE Cambridge Proficiency Minimum Requirements:
College of Business and Law: Business Programmes: 169 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
CAE Cambridge Advanced Minimum Requirements:
College of Business and Law: Business Programmes: 169 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
Pearson PTE Academic Minimum Requirements:
College of Business and Law: Business Programmes: 59 Minimum individual sections 51
UK Examining Boards/Bodies:
GCE O Level English Language at Grade C or above
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above
GCSE English Literature at Grade C or above
CSE Grade 1 Pass in English
Trinity ISE:
Trinity ISE III with at least merit in each skill category

Special Entry Requirements

Career Prospects


Recent examples of graduate destinations include:

  • research assistant, irish fiscal advisory council
  • associate risk underwriter, atradius
  • economist at the department of social protection
  • economist at the department of children and youth affairs
  • economist at dkm economic consultants
  • senior risk analyst at bank of ireland
  • audit senior at ernst & young
  • senior dealer at nationwide building society

The MSc economics is also an excellent training if students are seeking to continue their education and begin a phd either nationally or internationally.
Many graduates stay in third level education and go on to become lecturers, including some of the cubs economics academic staff.

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