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MSc Economics


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.
  • Teaching in industrial organisations and competition policy by expert economists from Frontier Economics.
  • Opportunity to obtain a one month paid internship at Frontier Economics, and a cash prize for outstanding achievement.
  • 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, MSc students register for the following compulsory modules:

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

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

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.

Fees and contact

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


The application deadline has now passed.

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


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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