The MA in Economics is structured to provide a diverse and challenging education. The emphasis is on ‘education’ with graduates encouraged to think for themselves and become proficient in problem solving. The programme provides students with the essential concepts and methods of economics before proceeding to apply these tools in the specialised field courses. Successful graduates attain economic, quantitative and communication skills that are highly sought by employers in the public and private sectors. These skills are easily transferable to other career paths, leading to many and varied career opportunities.
The course structure is designed to be stimulating and challenging. In the first semester, students take the core modules of modern economics; Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics as well as a module in research methods. All modules are a mixture of theory and practical application. In the second semester, students must take Microeconomics II and three field courses. Field courses offered in any year may include, Industrial Organisation, International Trade, Labour Economics, Growth and Development, Financial Economics, International Finance, and Financial Risk Analysis. During this semester, students also develop a thesis proposal under the guidance of their supervisor. The thesis allows the student to undertake independent research and is completed over the summer.
Recent graduate have an excellent employment record, both in the public and private sectors. Graduates have taken up research positions at institutions like the Central Bank of Ireland, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), while others have pursued careers in retail and investment banking, fund management, economic development and economic consultancy firms. The diverse careers of our graduates reflect the adaptability and flexibility of our graduates.
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Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.