Postgraduate Power Lunch

We are delighted to be hosting a Postgraduate Power Lunch next Wednesday, 1st March from 12 - 2pm in Friars Restaurant in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics.

This networking and information event is a unique opportunity for you to learn more about the postgraduate programmes in which you are interested, talk to lecturers and current students, and meet your future classmates - all while enjoying free brunch.

Students from all disciplines are welcome, so if you're currently studying arts, science, or anything else, don't let that deter you!

To learn more and register please visit: Postgraduate Power Lunch

Course Overview

IMPORTANT: please note this course is not on offer for entry 2023.

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.

Did you know?

A combined fee arrangement applies to those students who complete this programme and subsequently are admitted to one of the three Masters in Economics at NUI Galway (i.e., MEconSc International Finance, MSc Health Economics, and MSc Global Environmental economics). 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. Non-EU students can apply for concessions of up to €3,000 off the fees of the Masters in Economics programmes. Contact the programme director for details.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment is typically by way of a combination of end-of-semester written examinations and continuous assessment components, in particular, term papers and project work.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate honours degree (NFQ Level 8) or equivalent with some economics modules or modules of a quantitative/mathematical/statistical nature. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent, if applicable.

Additional Requirements


Two semesters

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Why Choose This Course?

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. 

Economics Graduates

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,490 p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Tuition

€6,350 p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Non EU

€13,690 p.a. 2023/24

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €4,000 towards your tuition (2023/24).  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 €140.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = Tuition (EU or NON EU) + Student levy as outlined above.

Note to non-EU students: learn about the 24-month Stayback Visa here

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