See below for the main info on our new MSc in Behavioural Economics. I direct the programme and there will be a combination of 4 new modules specifically designed for the behavioral programme and core economics modules and electives. As said below, the level of this course will require that applicants have relevant undergraduate degrees, ideally in Economics but potentially another degree with an equivalent quantitative component. The part-time option is do this over 2 years, with the dissertation at the end of the second year. This may suit people living in Ireland who have employer support to take this training. As Director, I am happy to speak to people thinking about this option and there will be scope, for example, to conduct a dissertation in an area with direct relevance to your role. MSc students will also be heavily integrated with our research group and encouraged to attend seminars, journal clubs, network events, and related activity.
MSc Behavioural Economics
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
UCD School of Economics is Ireland’s leading economics department. Our staff are experts with international reputations in a wide range of topics such as macroeconomics, econometrics, applied microeconomics, behavioural economics, health economics, international trade and economic history. School members play a significant role in debating economic policy issues and in contributing to the formulation of economic policy. This is the only MSc in this area in Ireland and it is one of the few worldwide with a strong policy and regulatory focus.
The MSc in Behavioural Economics is an exciting new course devoted to providing an in-depth training in the area of behavioural economics. Students will take a range of rigorous economic modules but will specialise in understanding a range of new models that incorporate the latest evidence on human decision making. As well as being trained in the core concepts and theories of behavioural economics, students will also learn about the range of empirical methods used to test ideas in this area in lab and field settings. The MSc will also cover the ethical, legal, and regulatory context for the ideas of behavioural economics. Thus, the students will be equipped to apply these ideas in a wide range of academic, business, and policy settings.
This programme features small group teaching from leading economists and a supportive environment. Masters students are an integral part of our School community, attending research seminars and receiving a wide range of supports to help them prepare for their research thesis.
Course content & structure
This programme comprises 90 Credits of which 70 are taught and 20 are taken by dissertation.
In your first term, you will undertake a two-week preliminary course in mathematics and statistics. You will also take the following modules:
• Behavioural Economics
• Topics in Psychological Science
• Research Skills
In your second term, you will take the following two core modules.
• Behavioural Economics: Policy Applications
• Experiments in Economics
You will also take two other modules. The following is an indicative list of modules that may be available:
• Advanced Microeconomics
• Advanced Econometrics
• Health and Welfare Economics
• Economics of Competition Policy
• Energy Economics and Policy
In summer term, you will do a supervised research thesis on a topic related to behavioural economics.