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Have you studied some economics, but wish to do more, and perhaps go on to a Masters degree? Or, if you haven’t studied economics but have a degree, would you like to begin? The Higher Diploma in Economic Science may be the programme for you
The Higher Diploma in Economic Science is an intensive and challenging two-semester taught programme in core economic theory and methods. In addition, a variety of specialist options are provided. It is mainly intended for those aiming for entry to a Master’s degree programme but who have not yet studied economics in sufficient depth for direct entry. It is attractive to those with scientific and engineering backgrounds, as well as humanities, business and social sciences graduates.
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A combined fee arrangement applies to those who complete this programme and subsequently are admitted to one of the three Masters in Economics at NUI Galway (i.e., international finances, health economics, and natural resources economics and policy). In these cases, the Higher Diploma is treated as the first year of a two-year programme, with the second, (Masters) year involving a lower fee (in 2018/19, this is expected to be €3,000 for EU students). Contact the programme director for details.
Applications and SelectionsWho Teaches this CourseRequirements and AssessmentAssessment is typically by way of a combination of end-of-semester written examinations and continuous assessment components, in particular, term papers and project work.
Additional RequirementsNFQ level Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.Glossary of Terms
- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
- Required Core Subject
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (60 Credits) Career Opportunities
Successful graduates, who typically go on to take a Master’s in Economics degree, build a variety of careers in private and public sectors, ranging from analyst work in financial services and health sectors, to public sector and consulting roles in economic analysis.
Graduates have found employment in Such companies as Sustainable Energy Ireland; KPMG, AIB and PayPal and in government departments and agencies.
Who’s Suited to This CourseLearning Outcomes€13,250 p.a. 2019/20
Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition. You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee. An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270. SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.
Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.
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