Economics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English


Through our M.Sc. in Economics from 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 in an era of global challenges such as climate change.

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 modules in global economics and development economics to the economics of regulation, and principles of health economics, environmental economics or 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.

Career opportunities

Our Economics graduates are in great demand owing to their unique range of skills and awareness of different perspectives. You will have essential research skills required for work as a professional economist in government, business, universities and international organisations.

Graduates of our MSc Economics have gone on to highly successful careers as government advisors, think-tank researchers and quantitative analysts.

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules
  • Macroeconomics 
  • Microeconomics 
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Econometrics
  • Economics Dissertation
Optional modules
  • Principles of Health Economics
  • Economic Evaluations for Health Technology Assessment
  • Corporate Finance
  • International Business Finance
  • Economics of Globalisation and the International Economy
  • Distributional Analysis in Economic Development
  • Understanding the Global Economy
  • Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Tools and Techniques in Ecological Economics
  • Principles of Transport Economics
For more information, please visit the programme website.

                        Detailed Programme Facts

                        • More details:

                          International applicants

                          All applications received before 15 February will receive equal consideration.

                          Applications made after 15 February will be considered at our discretion and whilst spaces remain available.

                          The latest possible application date for international applicants is 30 June.

                        • Programme intensity Full-time
                          • Full-time duration 12 months
                        • Credits
                          180 alternative credits
                        • Languages
                          • English
                        • Delivery mode
                          On Campus
                        • More information Go to the programme website

                        English Language Requirements

                        You only need to take one of these language tests:

                        • Minimum required score:


                          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 (Grade B2):


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                          Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

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                        Academic Requirements

                        You need the following GPA score:

                        Required score: Upper Second Class

                        Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                        Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                        A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) with a background in economics. A strong grounding in quantitative subjects with high grades in these subjects is essential.

                        IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.

                        Documents and information you’ll need

                        • A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
                        • Two academic references.
                        • A personal statement.
                        • An up-to-date CV.
                        • Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language.
                        • A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.

                        Living costs for Leeds

                        • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
                          Living Costs

                        The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                        Leeds University Business School awards a range of scholarships to UK, EU and international students. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills.

                        There are several scholarships available for this course that you may be eligible for, including:

                        • Masters in Economics International Excellence Scholarships
                        • Masters in Economics UK/EU Excellence Scholarship
                        • Dean's Excellence Scholarship (UK/EU and International)
                        • Leeds Alumni Bursary and Excellence Scholarship

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