Trinity’s Department of Economics has partnered with the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) to launch a new MA in Economic Policy.
The MSc, which is aimed at people in the public sector “who do not have a strong background in economics”, will start in January 2022.
The program is a two-year part-time course covering ‘key practical areas’ including regulation and banking, environment and climate change, taxation and welfare.
There will be 30 places on the course. Applications are now open.
In a press release, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said: “I am delighted that Trinity’s Economics Department and ESRI have come together to offer a new MSc in Economic Policy.
“It will be an excellent program and a fantastic opportunity for students and professionals to study how economic policy is developed, to understand the constraints around it, and also to understand all that it can bring,” said Donohoe.
Professor Eleanor Denny, an economics professor at Trinity who will be the program director, added: “Over the past decade the Irish public sector has embarked on a process of modernization and reform and this program is designed to meet the skill needs of the modern Irish public service, enabling students to engage in national and international economic research relevant to Irish policy-making.
ESRI produces policy-independent research to inform public policy-making in Ireland. In a press release, the institute’s director, Professor Alan Barrett, said: “Trinity and ESRI have had a close relationship for many years, so we are delighted to jointly offer this Masters programme. “
He added: “Given the strong research profile of both institutions, this will be a very interesting and useful collaboration and we look forward to welcoming students in January 2022.”
Earlier this year, the University Council approved a Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering for Climate Action as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainability for Business.
At the time, a Trinity media relations officer, Thomas Deane, said the degree would target “those in industry who have a specific responsibility to respond to climate action initiatives in their employment context”. .