MLitt in Economics From University College Dublin

Program Overview

UCD School of Economics runs a thriving PhD programme that offers rigorous training and expert supervision. The programme is designed to prepare students for top-level jobs in academia, institutions and the private sector. From day one, our PhD students are part of a vibrant research community at UCD and in the Greater Dublin Area. Currently, over 50 students from 16 countries are enrolled in the programme. 



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 13,080


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90


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The programme consists of two phases: the MLitt phase (Year 1) and the PhD phase (Years 2-4).

MLitt phase (Year 1)

The MLitt phase is dedicated to coursework, which equips students to carry out independent research. Students take six core modules in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics and sit qualifying exams in two of these subjects in June. After passing the modules with an average grade of B and passing the qualifying exams, students transfer to the PhD register.

PhD phase (Years 2-4)

During the PhD phase, students carry out independent research. Each student is assigned a supervisor based on mutual interest as well as a Research Studies Panel, consisting of two additional faculty members.

In March of year 3, students have to pass a transfer seminar in order to progress to the final stage of the PhD.


An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version. 

In 2022 and 2023 we will accept IELTS indicator. It may not be recognised after that depending on the outcome of a review.


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 

A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (iBT) with no less than 21 in writing and at least 19 in every other section.

In 2022 and 2023 we will accept TOEFL Home Edition. . It may not be recognised after that depending on the outcome of a review.

General Requirements

  • Standard XII

  • Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)

  • Council for the Indian School Certificate (CISCE)

  • Intermediate Exam (some state boards)

  • Higher/Senior School Certificate/Examination (most state boards)

  • Average is calculated on best 5 recognised subjects

  • CBSE/AISSCE/CUSCE/ISC - English Language 80% OR IELTS/TOEFL or equivalent


The School offers several scholarships to full-time students which comprise a fee waiver and a tax-free stipend of €18,500 per year. Scholarship recipients are expected to tutor for one course per term. Students can top up their funding through grading support and research assistant work. Students who want to be considered for the scholarship should indicate this in the application. Scholarships will be awarded based on academic merit. 
The School encourages students to apply for funding outside the university. The Irish Research Council has an annual scholarship scheme (Fee waiver + €18,5k stipend + research budget) with deadline on November 1. 
In the academic year 2022/23, the fees for full-time students will be 6,790€ (EU)/ 13,080€ (non-EU); the fees for part-time students will be 4,490€ (EU)/ 8,760€ (non-EU). 

UCD offers active support for students entering the academic job market. In recent years, our graduates were succesful in securing academic positions at Queen's University Belfast, the LSE Grantham Institute, IZA, ILO, LISER, Aalto University,  and the ESRI, among others. Several graduates obtained placements at central banks, regulators, international institutions and at consultancies. 


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