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This course has been developed in association with Harvard Business School and is closely based on their Microeconomics of Competitiveness module.


This course has been developed in association with Harvard Business School and is closely based on the Harvard Business School 'Microeconomics of Competitiveness' (MOC) adapted to include a regional focus. The mcourse explores not only theory and policy, but also the organisational structures, institutional structures, and change processes required for sustained improvements in competitiveness from a range of perspectives on a regional, national and international basis.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development

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This exciting new short course is concerned not only with government policy but also with the roles that firms, industry associations, universities, and other institutions play in competitiveness. In modern international competition, each of these institutions has an important role that is constantly shifting as a result of the dynamic business environment. Moreover, the process of creating and sustaining an economic strategy for a nation or region is a daunting challenge. The course explores not only theory and policy, but also the organisational structures, institutional structures, and change processes required for sustained improvements in competitiveness.

This short course has been developed in association with Harvard Business School and is closely based on the Harvard Business School “Microeconomics of Competitiveness” (MOC) module. Elements of the MOC module form the basis of this one, but additionally, a strong regional perspective has been incorporated using a range of experienced and expert guest speakers to show clearly how the theoretical concepts can underpin and inform the practical application.

The course explores the determinants of national and regional competitiveness from a “bottom-up”, microeconomic perspective, and also considers the “top-down” approach. It probes the ultimate determinants of a nation’s or region’s productivity, rooted in the strategies and operating practices of locally-based firms, the vitality of clusters, and the quality of the business environment in which competition takes place.

This course is aimed at all those with an interest in competitiveness. This would include those involved with developing government policy in the area, as well as managers in firms (small and large), industry associations' representatives, and other relevant institutions, who all have a keen interest in improving competitiveness on an individual firm, regional, national and international level.

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PgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development


100% Coursework – A brief reflective written account of experiences during, and learnings from the course. Building on their learning, participants will consider competitiveness issues from a theoretical perspective and the application of them in a practical context. This can be based on a relevant 'live' issue facing a local company, or on an application of theory to an organisation of the participant's choice.


This course requires attendance on three consecutive days from 9.30am – 4.30pm on 16, 17 and 18 October 2019 with one follow-up day on 25 October 2019.

Academic profile

Any undergraduate degree.

Entry requirements

Any undergraduate degree.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).

Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.

Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept -

International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at

Start dates

  • 16 October 2019
How to apply


How to apply

The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure: (choose postgraduate short courses)

Start dates

  • 16 October 2019

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