This course provides the technical tools required for understanding and developing microeconomic and macroeconomic models, while building a comprehensive knowledge of econometric techniques.
It exposes you to contemporary economic thinking and maximises the range of specialist economics topics that are available for study.
At the end of the course, you will be able to read and understand current and classic research papers in economics. Your theoretical knowledge is supported with hands-on training in the use, presentation and interpretation of economic data, which includes exploring various advanced econometric software packages.
The range of optional modules on offer allows you to tailor your studies to suit your interests, while our research-led approach to teaching guarantees an exciting and challenging experience, providing the skills you need to progress as a professional economist or academic researcher.
Content for this course is provided by the pivotal work of our research centres, including those in behavioural economics, international economics, time series econometrics, political economy and development economics.
Dual degree options
The school has professional links with the University of Konstanz and the University of Tübingen in Germany. If you complete the taught component of this course, you can transfer onto our dual degree and spend a second year in Konstanz or Tübingen. This is a great opportunity to travel abroad and study at a highly ranked university in beautiful parts of Germany.
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This course comprises 120 credits of core and optional modules, plus a 60-credit dissertation on a subject of your choice. You will receive one-to-one support from an expert academic supervisor, and methodological and practical guidance through our Economic Research Methodology module.
In semester one, you will take modules in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, econometric theory and economic data analysis.
In semester two, you will choose two further required modules, which can be in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. You will also start work on your dissertation by taking a module in economic research methodology, and choose two optional modules from a wide range.
After completing your semester two modules, you will undertake a 15,000-word supervised dissertation which will demonstrate familiarity with a particular area of economic theory or policy, or the ability to apply a specific analytical technique.
Modules are assessed by a combination of exams and coursework at the end of the relevant semester.
2:1 (or international equivalent) in a discipline with significant economics content
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
A masters in economics provides a logical and rigorous perspective on human behaviour which is valued by a wide-range of employers around the world, in banking, business, consulting, government and academia.
Former MSc students are spread around the globe, working in academia, government and the private sector. Economics graduate destinations include Barclays, Bloomberg, Deloitte, Economist Intelligence Unit, Goldman Sachs, IBM, PwC, and Thomson Reuters.