Ph.D. On Campus

Economics or Finance

Maynooth University

48 months
14000 EUR/year
6500 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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While the MA programmes provide the basic skills and technical knowledge base via taught courses and a directed thesis, the Economics or Finance programme from Maynooth University builds on this to further students’ skills and knowledge to enable them to do world class research.

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The four year Economics or Finance programme from Maynooth University includes, in the first and possibly subsequent years, reading courses, taught courses, general skills seminars and independent research, while the second, third and the fourth years of the programme are dedicated primarily to general skills development and independent research. To remain at good progress the PhD candidate must write and present an original piece of research in each year of the programme, and this research must meet the approval of his/her committee.

Students who do not perform at the level required by the PhD programme during their studies may be eligible for an MLitt degree with a satisfactory MLitt thesis.

Career Options

  • Lecturer and researcher in 3rd level institutions
  • Financial & consulting institutions such as commercial banks, stockbrokers
  • State institutions such as the Central Bank, Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority, NAMA
  • Research institutions such as ESRI, Central Statistics Office Ireland
  • International institutions such as the World Bank and the IMF

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Microeconomics 
  • Econometrics 
  • Economics of Inequality
  • Policy Evaluation Using Structural Models
  • Topics in Econometrics
  • Advanced International Macroeconomics
  • Finance Skills / Research Methods 
  • Research Funding Application

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of 2.1 overall in MA/MSc degree in Economics or Finance and a minimum of B- (or equivalent) in core modules in the acquired degree -depending on the degree, core modules may include Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and/or Finance. If the applicant’s MA/MSc is from a university other than Maynooth University, the applicant desiring to pursue a PhD in Economics may be required to take a qualifying exam in Microeconomic Theory, Macroeconomic Theory and Econometrics, while the applicant pursuing a PhD in Finance may be required to take a qualifying exam in Microeconomic Theory, Finance and Econometrics.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14000 EUR per year during 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6500 EUR per year during 48 months.

Part time EU: 4330 EUR

Living costs for Maynooth

650 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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