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MSc in Economic & Policy Analysis (Part-Time)

OVERVIEW

Course Director:
Dr. Eoin Reeves 
e: eoin.reeves@ul.ie                                               
t: +353-61-202401
Course Administrator: Kathy Ryan
e: kathy.ryan@ul.ie
t: +353-61-234389
 
 
AY 2016 / 17 Course Fees                     Click to view Programme Brochure
Part Time: EU €4,500    Non EU €8500

 Ranked #39 Best Masters in Economics Globally

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 programme 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 MastersIt 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 programme 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 programme 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.
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. Opting for the double degree involves no extra fee (students only pay the fee for UL’s MSc. in Economics and Policy Analysis) and the entire programme in Liège is taught through English so it is not necessary to have any background in French.

COURSE STRUCTURE
Students on the 2 year part-time MSc in Economic Analysis attend classes on one day per week.

The component modules of the programme are as follows:

Autumn Semester
Spring Semester
Summer
EC6011
Microeconomics Theory
EC6112
Econometrics
EC6003
Dissertation 1
EC6021
Macroeconomic Theory
EC6122
Public Finance and Regulation
EC6023
International Business Workshop
EC6031
Evolution of Economic Theory
EC6152
Dissertation Preparation
 
FI6101
Global Finance and Capital Markets 
EC6142
Labour and Education 
Economics
 
EC6071
Data Management for
Policy Analysis and Evaluation
EC6132
Industrial Policy:
Theory, Practice and Evaluation
 
     
Optional Module  Optional Module   
CO6001
Professional Development 1
C06002
Professional Development 2


Autumn Semester
Spring Semester
Summer
EC6011
Microeconomics Theory
EC6112
Econometrics
EC6003
Dissertation 1
EC6021
Macroeconomic Theory
EC6122
Public Finance and Regulation
EC6023
International Business Workshop
EC6031
Evolution of Economic Theory
EC6152
Dissertation Preparation
 
FI6101
Global Finance and Capital Markets 
EC6142
Labour and Education 
Economics
 
EC6071
Data Management for
Policy Analysis and Evaluation
EC6132
Industrial Policy:
Theory, Practice and Evaluation
 
     
Optional Module  Optional Module   
CO6001
Professional Development 1
C06002
Professional Development 2
 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Applicants will possess a minimum 2:2 honours primary degree in a programme of which economics is a major component.  An interview may form part of the application process.  Applicants who cannot satisfy the minimum 2:2 honours primary degree requirement may be accepted on the basis of relevant professional experience.

In the case of international students, applicants must hold a qualification that is equivalent to an Irish or UK honours bachelor's degree (NQAI level 8).  The degree must be in a discipline relevant to the postgraduate degree sought.  To find out if you have the correct qualifications to apply for a programme at UL check the specific requirements for your home country.

Where candidates are non-native English language speakers, the candidate should meet the University's English Language Requirements.

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 requirements.

DELIVERY
The programme will be delivered through interactive lectures and tutorials, guided reading, small group team work, seminars and workshops. The student experience will be enhanced through an international business workshop, professional development modules and guest speakers from industry and related academic areas. 

GRADUATES & CAREERS
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).


Who Employs our Graduates?
Central Bank of Ireland; Irish Government Economics and Evaluation Services; Commission for Energy Regulation; Central Statistics Office; Bank of Ireland; Northern Trust; Sherry Fitzgerald Auctioneers; Davy Stockbrokers; Intersnack (Switzerland); Department of Finance: Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: PhD Research: University Teaching Assistant


Graduate Opportunities with the Central Statistics Office:
The Central Statistics Office will offer a one-year placement to graduates from the MSc in Economic Analysis.  The commitment is subject to terms and conditions and further information will be provided by the Course Director if you wish to enquire.