University of Leeds

Economics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
  • English
Our MSc Economics centres on advanced level economics and econometrics, engaging with cutting-edge research within the discipline. It offers you unrivalled coverage of the competing perspectives in economics, including heterodox perspectives. This course is offered by University of Leeds.


You’ll combine current mainstream theoretical and applied techniques with a range of alternative critical perspectives, equipping you to meet the growing demand for economics that can address and resolve real-world problems in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. The Economics programme is offered by University of Leeds.

You’ll gain unique insight into pressing economic issues, from the microeconomics of firms and markets to the macroeconomics of the global economy. Optional modules will also allow you to tailor your learning to your interests or career plans, from comparative economics to the economics of transport regulation, and principles of health economics to corporate finance.
Academic excellence

Our Economics department stands for a distinctive type of economics, which is realistic, interdisciplinary and policy relevant. We take an open-minded approach to economic problems, and draw on expertise from one of the major hubs of heterodox economics research in the UK.

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules
  • Macroeconomics 1
  • Microeconomics 1
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Econometrics
  • Dissertation
Optional modules

Stream 1: Global Economy

  • Distributional Analysis in Economic Development
  • Economics of Globalisation
  • Global Economics Co-ordination and Governance
  • Understanding the Global Economy

Stream 2: Finance

  • Corporate Finance
  • International Business Finance

Stream 3: Comparative Economics

  • Comparative Economics

Stream 4: Regulation

  • Economics of Transport Regulation
  • Principles of Transport Economics
  • Welfare Economics and Cost-Benefit Analysis

Stream 5: Health

  • Principles of Health Economics
  • Economic Evaluations for Health Technology Assessment

Stream 6: Environment

  • Introduction to Ecological and Environmental Economics
  • Tools and Techniques in Ecological Economics

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) with a background in economics and quantitative subjects.

If English is not your first language you need to attain one of the following:

  • TOEFL iBT: At least 92 overall with a minimum of 21 in Listening, 21 in Reading, 23 in Speaking and 22 in Writing.

  • IELTS test you need to achieve a score of 6 or more in each section and an overall score of 6.5.


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