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MSc ( 1 year Full-time )


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

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.

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

Why study your MSc in Economics at Queen Mary?

The School of Economics and Finance is one of the top Economics schools in the country, with particular expertise in economic theory, econometrics and finance, and applied economics. We have published research in virtually all the top economics journals. In the REF 2014, the School of Economics and Finance was ranked among the top ten in the country for research power.

Our excellent reputation and high rankings along with our close proximity to London's political and financial centre have allowed us to develop close links with some of the top names in the key policy institutions and the banking and financial industry. Top partnerships include the Bank of England the HM Treasury, the World Bank, Frontier Economics, Goldman Sachs, and many others.


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


The MSc Economics is currently available for one year full-time study. You will take three core modules, plus one option in the first semester and three core modules, plus one option in the second semester. The pre-semester modules in maths and statistics take place in September. They are especially designed for students who want to review concepts such as statistical distributions and matrix algebra.

Pre-sessional modules

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics

Core modules

  • Macroeconomics A
  • Microeconomics A
  • Econometrics A
  • Macroeconomics B
  • Microeconomics B
  • Econometrics B

Optional modules

Semester 1

  • Time Series Analysis
  • Corporate Finance
  • Investments

Semester 2

  • Financial Econometrics
  • Labour and Public Policy
  • Advanced Asset Pricing and Modelling
  • Empirical Microeconomics
  • Industrial Organisation
  • Development Economics
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Empirical Macroeconomics


Nick Owen
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7298

For informal academic enquiries, please contact:

Renato Faccini
Tel: +44 20 7882 5885

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.

Learning and teaching


The grade for each module is assessed through coursework, which counts for 25 per cent of the final marks, along with a written exam in May for each course unit which counts for 75 per cent.

The 10,000 word dissertation written over the summer counts for four modules.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2015 entry

Tuition fees for International students

2015 entry


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Read more about funding a masters

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country.

Detailed information about postgraduate funding options is available in our Postgraduate Funding Guide (pdf).

Read more about funding a masters.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

Graduate Employment

This degree is ideal for those planning a career as a research economist in academia, the public sector, international institutions, economic consulting, the financial industry, think tanks, or other research centres.



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