UCC Postgraduate courses

Economic and Enterprise Development

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Economic and Enterprise Development

  • Code

    CKE25 Full-time & Part-time

  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2020

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • 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 Requirements for full details.

  • Start Date

    Not on offer 2020-2021

Course Outline

The MSc (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

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

Additional Teaching Mode Information

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


Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

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.

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.

Why Choose This Course

The unique selling point of the MSc (Economic and Enterprise Development) is its focus on acquiring key economist skills through the completion of projects for leading businesses and policymakers, which gives you a competitive edge that is crucial for getting a job in these challenging times.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

A unique feature of the MSc (Economic and Enterprise Development) is that leading businesses and policy makers sponsor the team projects that are completed during the course. This involves you doing research in order to address particular business problems, such as whether to do business in a country or how to assist SMEs to be innovative. It gives you the opportunity to engage meaningfully with a range of employers.

Skills and Careers Information

The MSc (Economic and Enterprise Development) provides invaluable skills that are transferable to occupations where economics is used to understand change and to think creatively about the future.

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • successfully execute projects to deadline
  • plan, conduct and evaluate economic research
  • help policymakers and businesses to think creatively about the challenges they face
  • apply quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
  • communicate findings, both in writing and orally, to a high professional standard
  • work effectively in teams
  • self-direct your career development journey


Applicants must have either a BA (Hons) in Economics or 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.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €10,500.

Full-time/Part-time fee:

If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 


For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

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: CKE25 Supplementary Questions.

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact