Business Management

Master of Economic Science in Policy Analysis - Level 9

This two - year part time programme addresses the tangible need for the development of policy analysis skills across the wider public service. Including the interim award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Analysis, it explores subjects that are crucial to the expert assessment of contemporary public policy. It is envisaged that this course will run for the academic year 2012–2013.

Year One

Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Analysis

Students take five subjects in each of the two semesters:

Semester 1 (September – December)

  • Elements of Economic Analysis
  • Financial Analysis
  • Statistical Reasoning and Analysis
  • Policy Evaluation
  • Strategy and Modernisation

Semester 2 (January – April)

  • Economic Evaluation & Cost – Benefit Analysis
  • Project and Risk Management
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Research Methods & Applied Statistics
  • Social Policy Analysis

Year Two

Master of Economic Science in Policy Analysis 

In the second and final year of the programme, students, under supervision, complete a dissertation on a policy analysis issue, building on the knowledge and skills that they have obtained in the Diploma year. Students will also attend seminars at the IPA, where they will discuss their research and their ideas.


On successfully completing the first year, students receive the Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Analysis. Students who attain honours level in the Postgraduate Diploma can enter the second year and complete a dissertation for the award of a Master of Economic Science in Policy Analysis.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a degree or equivalent qualification and at least three years work experience.

Course Duration

1 year.
Details for academic year 2012 -2013 will follow later this year.


Both the Diploma and the Master of Economic Science awards are accreditated by the National University of Ireland (NUI).


The programme fee for academic year 2012 - 2013 will be determined later and details will follow shortly. Assessment of students during the first year will be on the basis of end of semester exams. The second year is assessed on the student dissertation.