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The MSc Economics is a specialist masters degree designed to provide you with rigorous training in theoretical and applied economics.

It is suitable for students who either intend to pursue doctoral studies or are planning a career as research economists in academia, the public sector, international institutions, economic consulting, the financial industry, think tanks, or other research centres.

Students build on their undergraduate or postgraduate training by completing three compulsory modules in macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics both in the first and in the second term.

Students can also choose from a selection of option modules that cover a range of topics in applied economic research. Students also conduct original research to fulfil the substantial dissertation component of the degree.

This Economics masters degree will develop your economics expertise to the highest level.

Unique features of the MSc in Economics are:

  • Degree provides a solid grounding in modern economics.
  • Comprehensive two-semester sequences in macroeconomics, microeconomics, and econometrics that cover the essential models and tools used by research economists.
  • Training in relevant mathematical and statistical methods and how to conduct, assess, and supervise both theoretical and applied research in the field.
  • Possibility to continue to the MRes Economics programme upon successful completion of the MSc, which provides the option to go on to doctoral study in the School.
  • A large number of generous scholarships available for academically outstanding students.


The MSc Economics requires one year of full-time study.

In Semester 1, MSc students register for the following compulsory modules:

In addition, students will also choose one of the two optional modules below:

In Semester 2, students must choose a total of four courses from the list below.

At least two out of the following three courses:

At least one out the following two courses:

And finally at most one option out of the following set:

During the Summer students complete a 60-credit dissertation (approximately 10,000 words) under the supervision of a member of academic staff. The dissertation is submitted at the beginning of September of the year following entry to the programme.

In total students earn 60 credits from the courses in the first term, 60 credits from the courses in the second term and 60 credits from the dissertation.

Entry requirements

At least an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or overseas equivalent, normally (though not necessarily) in Economics or a related field. Students from Mathematics, Engineering and Traditional Sciences are encouraged to apply. A good knowledge of relevant statistical theory and mathematics is necessary for all applicants.

For our English Language requirements please click here.

Note that all aspects of your application will be taken into consideration and so attaining the criteria above does not guarantee admission.

Fees and contact

Tuition fees for the academic year 2016/2017 are £10,650 for home and EU students and £16,500 for international students.

We can offer a large number of generous scholarships against tuition fees for academically outstanding students. For more details, visit our dedicated page here.


Regardless of the deadline, we encourage all applicants to apply as early as possible to maximise the chances of securing financial support.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme (PGL)

A new system of postgraduate loans (PGL) for Masters degrees in the UK will be introduced for the 2016-17 academic year for home and EU students. You must be aged under 60 on 1st August of the year in which you start the course.

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If you are a prospective student or a current applicant and your query is related to admission, then please email

If you are a current student or your query is non-admissions related, then please email Nick Owen ( Tel: +44 20 7882 7298

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