MSc Behavioural Economics

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

This is an exciting relatively 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 also covers 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.

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.

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Careers & Employability

Many graduates of our MSc Behavioural Economic graduates have gone on to complete PhDs in
economics and pursue successful careers as academic or research economists. Many others
have moved directly to employment in central banks, think-tanks, financial sector institutions and
consultancy firms. Behavioural economics skills are also now being widely applied across
government agencies, regulatory bodies and a wide range of private-sector businesses.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

MSc Behavioural Economics (W376) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 12500
nonEU    fee per year - € 22600

MSc Behavioural Economics (W377) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 7690
nonEU    fee per year - € 11300

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

  • A primary degree with at least an upper second class honours or international equivalent in Economics or in a degree in which Economics is a major component.
  • An upper second class honours in a Higher Diploma in Economics or in the MSc Qualifier.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
  • Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the  English language requirements, may enter the programme upon  successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes. 

Caitlyn Parsons

Through the MSc in Behavioural Economics at UCD, I gained a deep grounding in economics, psychology, and public policy, along with a broad range of practical skills. My lecturers brought clear enthusiasm, world-class expertise, and moral character to their lessons, making me look forward to lectures. My cohort was made up of supportive students from all over the world, bringing unique perspectives to each conversation and cheering for each other’s accomplishments. The degree also provided the opportunity to design and conduct an online experiment from start to finish. This experience served as a great talking point in job interviews and a source of practical skills for real-world projects.

I was also extremely grateful for the opportunity, as part of the MSc in Behavioural Economics, to intern with SCOR Global Life
Reinsurance. In this internship, I learned to apply the skills I’d gained in my degree to create better experiences for insurance applicants
and more value for insurance companies. This internship led directly to my current position as a Behavioural Science Analyst at SCOR.

I would be happy to recommend UCD’s MSc in Behavioural Economics to anyone interested in this exciting field.

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Behavioural Economics FT (W376)
1 Years
Full Time
MSc Behavioural Economics PT (W377)
2 Years
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised