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.  Our MSc in Behavioural Economics is the
first of its kind in Ireland and one of the few worldwide with a strong policy and regulatory focus.

The MSc programme is devoted to providing in-depth training in the area of behavioural
economics. Students will take a range of rigorous economic modules but will also receive training
in key concepts in psychology and specialise in learning 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 a range of empirical methods
and have the opportunity to run their own field and lab experiment.

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. Students on this programme will be an
integral part of the UCD Behavioural Science and Policy Group ( which
focuses on behavioural economics and its applications. They will attend research seminars and
receive a wide range of supports to help them prepare for their research thesis or their internship.

“The lecturers were also clearly attuned to the behavioural economics job market and leveraged
their extensive networks to allow us to form professional connections throughout the year, thanks
to guest lectures and group sessions with current professionals in the field.”

- Lucie Martin, MSc Graduate

 For full details on the structure of the course, click here


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 - € 10315
nonEU    fee per year - € 19900

MSc Behavioural Economics (W377) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 6705
nonEU    fee per year - € 9950

***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.
  • 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. 

The following entry routes are available:

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