The MSc in Economics and Policy Analysis at the University of Limerick's Kemmy Business School 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 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 programme also incorporates an international field trip element.
Why should you consider the MSc in Economics and Policy Analysis?
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.
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.
Semester 1 modules include: Microeconomics Theory, Macroeconomic Theory, Evolution of Economic Theory, Applied Data for Economics, Preliminary Mathematics & Statistics for Economics, Professional Development 1
Semester 2 modules include: Econometrics, Public Finance & Regulation, Industrial Policy: Theory, Practices & Evaluation, Labour & Education Economics, Dissertation Preparation, Professional Development 2
A research dissertation is completed over the Summer period.
The 2-year MSc Economics programme is structured to provide an international quality education in Economics and Econometrics for students with an interest in, and aptitude for, Economics but no necessary prior background. The programme is designed to help the student become a problem solver and therefore enhance their flexibility in the job market. It is a stimulating and challenging degree that aims to provide the student with a wide range of skills demanded by prospective employers. Successful graduates attain economic, quantitative and communication skills that are highly sought by employers in the public and private sectors.
The first year is an intensive and extensive introduction to the world of economics. The aim is that by the year end, students will be at the same level as a graduate of a BA / BBS / BSc graduate in Economics. Students will cover the basic concepts, empirical methods and applications in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics as well as choosing field courses of interest from a range of optional modules.
The second year builds upon this and is structured to be stimulating and challenging.
Students take core taught modules in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics, as well as undertaking specialised field modules that may include International Trade, Labour Economics, Industrial Organisation and Financial Economics. The programme also requires students to undertake an independent research thesis, which will be supervised by a staff member, by using skills attained from the taught modules.
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.
A student with an MSc Economics degree will have their analytical, technical and problem solving skills enhanced to a level that is highly sought after by employers. Any graduate from the MSc Economics is qualified for whole host of positions in economics, business, finance and the public sector.
Recent examples of graduate destinations include:
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.
The MSc in Economics is a stimulating and challenging programme that provides international quality training in Economics and Econometrics. Through a combination of theoretical principles and empirical tools, the programme emphasises ‘problem solving’ and equips successful graduates with economic, quantitative and communication skills that are highly sought by employers in the public and private sectors.
Graduates are equipped for a wide variety of careers and recent graduates have an excellent employment record, both in the public and private sectors. Graduates have taken up positions at institutions like the Central Bank of Ireland, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and in other public bodies, while others have pursued careers in retail and investment banking, financial services, fund management, economic development and economic consultancy. Some continue to PhD programmes to pursue an academic career. The diverse career paths reflect the adaptability and flexibility of our graduates.
The course structure is designed to be stimulating and challenging. Students take core taught modules in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics, as well as undertaking specialised field modules that may include International Trade, Labour Economics, Industrial Organisation and Financial Economics. The programme also requires students to undertake an independent research thesis, which will be supervised by a staff member, by using skills attained from the taught modules.
The MSc Business Economics is an integrated course applying economics to the business environment. Designed in consultation with leaders from the business community and public sector organisations, this unique course equips you with the key skills for career development in the ever-changing business world. It also provides a good foundation for those interested in undertaking further study at PhD, DBA or professional development level.
This is a research-orientated course, which is both theoretically grounded and evidence-based. The focus is on analysing, understanding and explaining business performance in a competitive environment.
This innovative course aims to develop your skills for employment as a business or strategic analyst as well as providing foundations for undertaking further study. The focus of the course is on increasing your understanding of the reasons underlying firm performance and competitiveness. Experience at writing a business economics report is a significant feature of the course as it develops research skills and strengthens presentation skills, which are highly rated by employers. Strong emphasis is placed on employment and career search through workshops on interview techniques, skills analysis, CV presentation and job applications.
The quality of the course can be gauged from the fact that in both 2010 and 2011, an MSc Business Economics student won the Accenture Leader of Tomorrow Award. The Accenture award is open to all final-year and postgraduate students from across Ireland, and aims to identify innovative and entrepreneurial young talent in order to foster Ireland’s next generation of leaders.
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:
The course consists of approximately 12 hours of lectures/workshops a week, excluding visiting speaker seminars and time that you must set aside for group work and assignment preparation.
It culminates in the writing of a business economic report, an application of concepts and frameworks to an actual business situation — the key is translating learning into practice. An external business advisor provides guidance and advice to ensure the relevance and effectiveness of skills developed during the course.
This is a one year full-time programme. The course provides an accelerated route to the equivalent of an honours degree in Economics. A performance of 60% or better in the diploma guarantees a place on our Master’s programmes.
The programme covers Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and a range of applied courses such as Labour Economics, International Trade, Economics of Sport and Finance.
Students take five compulsory modules and seven optional modules. All modules are 5 credits each. The compulsory modules are the same every year.
The optional modules taken vary greatly, depending on the background and interest of the individual student. Students discuss which modules would be best for them with the course co-ordinator at the start of the year, and are helped to devise the optimal programme of study for themselves.
The list of modules available varies slightly from year to year. Students who wish to take a module from another department may do so, subject to the permission of that department. Not all combinations of modules may be available, due to timetable considerations.
The MSc Economic and Financial Risk Analysis was launched in response to the changing economic and financial environment. It is designed to provide students with the fundamental concepts and the necessary tools required by the financial sector. Focusing on Financial Risk Analysis, Derivatives, Investments and Econometrics, this programme provides students with the quantitative skills needed by employers and thus opens up a diverse set of career opportunities both within and outside the financial sector. The emphasis is on ‘education’ with graduates encouraged to think for themselves and become proficient in problem solving.
The first year is an intensive and extensive introduction to the world of Economics and Finance. The aim is that by the year-end, students will be at the same level as a graduate of a BA/BBS/BSc graduate in Economics and/or Finance. Students will cover the basic concepts, empirical methods and applications in Investments, Derivatives, International Finance and Econometrics as well as choosing field courses of interest from a range of optional modules.
The second year builds upon this and is structured to be stimulating and challenging. Students take core modules in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and Financial Economics. Students can also take specialised field modules that may include Financial Risk Analysis, Advanced Derivatives, Empirical Finance, International Finance, Corporate Finance and Market Microstructure. The programme also requires students to undertake a research thesis or a three-month Work Placement during the summer term.
Duration: 2 years Full-Time
This is a one year full time programme designed for honours graduates who may not have taken major accounting specialisms in their undergraduate studies, but who wish to pursue a professional accounting qualification. The programme modules are being designed so as to mirror in terms of standard and complexity the syllabi of the CAP 1 examinations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. One of the principal objectives of the programme is that graduates will, on successful completion of the programme, have entitlement to CAP 1 exemptions and equivalent exemptions from other professional accountancy bodies. Course co-ordinators will work closely with the professional accountancy bodies to ensure that the content and direction of all course modules also help prepare students for the final stages of the professional accounting examinations.
The Accounting Group were delighted with their success at the Irish Accountancy Awards 2017 being declared winners of the Excellence in Education and Training category. The award recognises excellence in the delivery and development of knowledge and skills in the Accountancy Profession.
On completion of the programme graduates will be able to:
- Understand the principles of financial accounting and the main business and accounting structures
- Understand and be able to apply the principles of double entry book–keeping
- Be able to prepare a set of accounts
- Understand the principles of financial management
- Have the knowledge and skills to deal with most routine issues in personal income tax and vat
- Have an understanding of the impact of law on business
Professional Accountancy, Corporate Recovery, Regulatory Agencies, NGOs, Government service.
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The MSc (Economic and Enterprise Development) gives you a competitive edge for finding employment. The course enables you to develop the skills of an economist by offering you the opportunity to work with leading businesses and policymakers on the competitiveness challenges and opportunities they face. The success of the course is indicated by the employability of its graduates, which has been impressive, despite the recession. For example, within a year of graduation, over 80% of graduates are in relevant employment.
The unique selling points of the course are:
A unique feature of the MSc (Economic and Enterprise Development) is that leading businesses and policy makers sponsor the team projects that are completed during the course. This involves you doing research in order to address particular business problems, such as whether to do business in a country or how to assist SMEs to be innovative. It gives you the opportunity to engage meaningfully with a range of employers
The unique selling point of the MSc (Economic and Enterprise Development) is its focus on acquiring key economist skills through the completion of projects for leading businesses and policymakers, which gives you a competitive edge that is crucial for getting a job in these challenging times.
The MSc (Economic and Enterprise Development) provides invaluable skills that are transferable to occupations where economics is used to understand change and to think creatively about the future.
On successful completion, you will be able to:
This is a one year full-time programme. The course provides an accelerated route to the equivalent of an honours degree in Finance. A performance of 60% or better in the diploma guarantees a place on our Master’s programme.
A comprehensive range of modules in Finance, including Corporate Finance, International Financial Markets, Derivatives, Financial Accounting, and a broad range of optional modules. Students take six compulsory modules and six optional modules. Students discuss which modules would be best for them with the course coordinator at the start of the year, and are helped to devise the optimal programme of study for themselves.