Who is it for?
The MSc Business Economics / International Business Economics is for students who want to apply economics to real-world issues. From transfer pricing to the complexity of financial markets and the pros and cons of EU membership, you will need to be strong at statistics and quantitative methods to get to grips with the material that makes up the core modules. The MSc is designed to give you the tools to apply your knowledge, so we expect you to be downloading the free FT app and getting on top of current issues from the second you start.
At City, we are focused on getting you a job as an applied economist in the real world.”
Course Director, Professor Keith Pilbeam
On the MSc Business Economics / International Business Economics you won’t be deriving equations. Instead, we use them to apply economics to current business issues.
The programme has been designed to equip students with a wealth of resources combining data banks from City’s Cass Business School and School of Arts and Social Sciences. This means you have access to everything from Datastream, Bloomberg and Bankscope, to Morning Star and Orbis.
MSc Business Economics / International Business Economics maximises City’s central London location. With high-profile guest lecturers such as Jim O’Neill, former Chief Economist from Goldman Sachs, you gain insight straight from the City studying in the heart of "the world's biggest financial centre" (Economist, 2012.)
You should have some mathematical background (A-level, IB, AP or any other equivalent secondary school qualification) and one of the following:
- an upper second class (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in economics or related discipline (e.g. finance)
- an upper second class (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in business, management, politics, law, accounting, psychology, quantitative sociology or financial journalism with a significant economics component
- an upper second class (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline (such as mathematics, engineering, computer science or a natural science) with a significant economic component.
Students with a good lower second class degree in one of the above disciplines might be considered on a case-by-case basis.
If English is not your first language you will need the following qualification:
- IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 for each sub-test) OR
- A first degree from a UK university or an overseas institution recognised by City as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia or the USA.
Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.
All applicants that require a Tier 4 visa must meet the minimum Home Office English Language ability requirements before City can issue the Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS) that is needed to apply for a Tier 4 visa.