Economic and Enterprise Development MSc

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Course Code: CKE25 Full-time & Part-time

Course Title: Economic and Enterprise Development

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Economic and Enterprise Development

Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Qualifications: MSc

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee: €10,500 full-time; €5,250 per year part-time

Entry Requirements: You must have: either a BA (Hons) in Economics, a Higher Diploma in Economics or equivalent and a 2.2 on the aggregate of all Economics modules in the award. (See detailed requirements)

Closing Date: See details in application procedure below

Next Intake: 10 September 2018


The MA (Economic and Enterprise Development) gives you a competitive edge for finding employment. The course enables you to develop the skills of an economist by offering you the opportunity to work with leading businesses and policymakers on the competitiveness challenges and opportunities they face. The success of the course is indicated by the employability of its graduates, which has been impressive, despite the recession. For example, within a year of graduation, over 80% of graduates are in relevant employment. 

The unique selling points of the course are:

  • projects completed for leading policymakers and businesses
  • active support and encouragement by the teaching team
  • examination completely by coursework – there are no end-of-year exams
  • strong employment record of graduates

Course Details

A one-year integrated full-time course. Part 1 consists of team projects and individual assignments and is completed in May each year. Part 2 is a substantial individual research project completed by September. 


Part 1

  • Growth and Change (10 credits)
  • Business Development and the Competitive Environment(10 credits)
  • Innovation and Creativity (10 credits)
  • Econometrics for Research (10 credits)
  • Economic Data Analysis for Research (5 credits)
  • Research Methods (5 credits)
  • Career Development Workshop (5 credits)
  • Scenario Analysis for Creative Thinking (5 credits)

Part 2

Research thesis (30 credits)

Details of the programme content and modules are in the Postgraduate College Calendar

Detailed Entry Requirements

Applicants must have: either a BA (Hons) in Economics, a Higher Diploma in Economics or equivalent and a 2H2 on the aggregate of all Economics modules in the degree or diploma award.

External applicants may contact the Graduate Studies Committee in the Department of Economics to discuss eligibility. Applicants are referred to the Department of Economics, Graduate Studies Policy Document for information on how places are allocated for the MSc (Economic and Enterprise Development).

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary form as part of the application process for this programme. A copy of this form is available here SupplementaryFormCKE25 (26kB)‌‎‌‎

Course Practicalities

The MSc (Economic and Enterprise Development) consists of individual and team assignments during Part 1, from September to May and an individual research dissertation for Part 2 between June and August. The teaching is delivered through high levels of interaction and the development of a mentoring relationship with students. The teaching team facilitates problem-based learning by being approachable to you, by building your confidence, by encouraging you to express yourself and by offering guidance when appropriate. A crucial feature of the teaching approach is rapid feedback for on-going learning.


Assessment is based on individual and team assignments, including written assignments and presentations. There are no examinations.

Who Teaches This Course

Dr Eoin O’Leary

Frank Crowley

Justin Doran

Declan Jordan

Lisa Noonan 

Eithne Hurley, Course Administrator. 

The course also benefits greatly from external advice from Mary Byrne, CEO, Statistical Solutions in Cork.

Further Contact Information

Eithne Hurley
Course Administrator
T: + 353 (0)21 490 3574

Contact us

E: Dr Eoin O’Leary

P: + 353 21 490 2973
W: Website

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