Course Overview

The strong and expanding doctoral Economics programme in the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies offers participants a combination of advanced independent research, backed by structured training, which is delivered mainly in the first year. The central work involves the planning, execution and defence of a major thesis, satisfying internal and external examiners that the thesis is a work of serious scholarship. The doctoral programme equips participants with substantial research and writing experience, as well as developing an in-depth expertise in their chosen field.

The topic of the thesis is agreed between the student and their supervisor(s) and typically links to the research interests of the supervisor.  Acceptance on the programme is subject to finding a suitable supervisor. For further information please check the Economics website at

Programmes Available

MLitt (Economics), full-time
MLitt (Economics), part-time
Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System.


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

High honours degree (or equivalent international qualification). Other evidence that signifies suitability for the programme.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Research Areas

There are five research centres and units located within the Department, representing the main research interests of the Department:

  • Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG) 
  • Centre for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC) 
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Research Unit (ENRE) 
  • Irish Centre for Rural Transformation and Sustainability (ICERTS) 
  • Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU)

Researcher Profiles

Please visit the Discipline of Economics website.

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,750 p.a. (€5,890 including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€14,500 p.a. (€14,640 including levy) 2024/25

Extra Information


EU Part time: Year 1 €4,250 p.a. (€4,390 including levy) 2024/25

All students, irrespective of funding, must pay the student levy of €140.

Contact Us

Dr. Thomas van Rensburg
T +353 91 493 858