Pave the way for a career as a professional economist or for PhD study, with a thorough grounding in all the core areas of economics.

Our MSc Economics is a taught master’s that offers rigorous training in the main strands of economics: microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. The course gives you the broad knowledge needed to work as a professional economist or undertake doctoral study.

Alongside the core subjects you will have the chance to delve into areas like financial economics, growth theory and environmental economics.

Developing practical skills to take with you into your career is a fundamental aspect of the course. We will enhance your research abilities throughout, and particularly during the dissertation you work on over the summer under the supervision of one of our experienced lecturers.

You can choose to conduct your dissertation on the area of economics that most interests you, or that is most useful in your career. It’s a chance to apply your newly acquired knowledge to a specific problem or debate.

Students have explored topics as wide-ranging as the effectiveness of tax credit policies to how financial transaction taxes can be used to regulate financial markets.

We also offer a dedicated module in research methods, which will allow you to practice using specialist software packages to analyse data, including EViews, Stata and Matlab.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • analyse economic and financial data and critically evaluate existing research
  • understand the key issues surrounding major economic debates and contribute to these
  • apply economic concepts to specific economic and social policy questions
  • formulate an original research question and write at an academic level

We limit students on this course to ensure a collegiate atmosphere and a high degree of interaction between students and lecturers.

Graduate prospects

This course is designed to give you the knowledge and level of skills required to secure work as a professional economist in government, research units or commercial enterprises. It is also suited to those wishing to undertake PhD study.

Our graduates have excellent employment prospects. Recent students have progressed to prestigious jobs around the world, including:

  • Economic Advisor (UK Department for Education)
  • Chief Analyst (Enterprise Lithuania)
  • Principal Case Officer (Competition and Markets Authority, London)
  • Senior Tax Consultant (KPMG, Kazakhstan)
  • Investment Manager (private equity company, Prague)
  • Director, Regional Sector Research (Emirates NBD Global Markets and Treasury Department, Dubai)

Others have opted to stay in academia.

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Entry Requirements

You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in either economics or an appropriate quantitative subject such as engineering, computer science, mathematics or physics.

You are also expected to have obtained good marks in at least five units/modules which are likely to include microeconomics and econometrics (or statistics) and three other quantitative units such as macroeconomics, calculus, matrix algebra, data analysis, game theory, operational research, probability or financial engineering. The modules should preferably have been taken in your final two years of study.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

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