The MSc Economics aims to provide students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the concepts, tools and methods of modern economics, together with the application of these methods to the analysis of economic problems.
The programme is designed to equip students to undertake independent research in economics and also to provide the training necessary for a career as an economist in the public and the private sector.
The MSc Economics provides advanced training in economic analysis and offers a wide range of optional subjects. It offers students the opportunity to study particular areas of economics in greater depth, from both a theoretical and an empirical perspective.
UK/EU £5,400; International £12,500
The programme is full-time and lasts for 12 months, with nine months of taught modules between October and June of the academic year, followed by three months of supervised research for a masters dissertation.
You can expect to enjoy predominantly small-group teaching and a considerable degree of individual attention from members of staff. MSc students are strongly encouraged to attend our seminars and research workshops. Our MSc students usually form a lively and cohesive group which plays an active role in the Division's academic and social life.
Modules are assessed by examination at the end of each semester.
The final three months of the programme are spent preparing a masters dissertation, to be completed by the end of September. The topic for research is chosen with the advice and guidance of members of Economics academic staff, with supervision provided by a member of staff with related research interests.
If students decide not to complete a dissertation or fail to reach the required standard in the dissertation, they may be awarded a diploma.
In addition to the compulsory modules listed, students take two option modules from the 'optional' list below.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide).
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We welcome applications from students who have, or expect to have, a good undergraduate degree in economics (upper second-class or higher) or equivalent.
If you have taken the GRE please provide details of your scores under Section 6 of the Application Form as this will facilitate the processing of your application.
English language requirements
If your first language or language of education is not English, we will ask you to show evidence of fluency in the use of English. For all of our postgraduate programmes we require a level of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 580 (CBT - 237, IBT - 92). For details of other English language tests which we accept, please see the International students section of our website where you will find a list of approved tests.
If you require further English language tuition before commencing your programme with us, you may apply for one of our pre-sessional English language courses which are run by the Centre for Language Study.
No work experience is required.
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