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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.


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

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

  • ECOM001 Macroeconomics A
  • ECOM002 Microeconomics A
  • ECOM003 Econometrics A

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

  • ECOM014 Time Series Analysis
  • ECOM101 Behavioral Economics

In Semester 2, MSc students register for the following compulsory modules:

  • ECOM009 Macroeconomics B
  • ECOM010 Microeconomics B
  • ECOM032 Econometrics B

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

  • ECOM028 Labor and Public Policy
  • ECOM056 Empirical Macroeconomics
  • ECOM103 Contracts and Organisations

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.


Nick Owen
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Entry requirements

You should have an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or international equivalent, normally (though not necessarily) in economics or a related field. A good basic knowledge of relevant statistical theory and mathematics is also necessary.

If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency - 6.5 IELTS or equivalent is required.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find details on our English language entry requirements here:

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake a pre-masters or pre-sessional programme that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for the academic year 2015/2016 are £10,300 for home and EU students and £16,000 for international students.

We can offer up to five scholarships of £10,000 against tuition fees for academically outstanding students


The application deadlines for applicants to the MSc Economics is the 30th of July.

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

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