Economics (MSc) 2021 entry
The MSc in Economics provides advanced, rigorous training in essential elements of economics – microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics – plus a range of specialist options covering theoretical and empirical approaches that reflect the interests of the staff in the School.
Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Science (MSc)
- Start date: 6 September 2021
- End date: 30 September 2022
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
One year full time
- A 2.1 degree classification from a recognised UK university in Economics or a 2.1 joint Honours in Economics and another subject that includes substantial training in mathematics, statistics, microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
Wednesday 11 August 2021. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- CV or résumé
- either a detailed personal statement including a list of current modules being undertaken (1,000 words) or a sample of academic written work (2,000 words)
- two original signed academic references
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
Masters programmes in Economics and Finance
Watch students and staff discuss the Masters programmes available in the School of Economics and Finance.
Each compulsory module typically comprises:
- 20 lecture contact hours
- 10 contact hours for seminars, workshops and tutorials
- intensive independent study.
For more details about each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue, which is for the 2020–2021 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2021 entry.
You must take three compulsory modules in the first semester. These are:
- Econometric Methods and Applications: advanced level training in econometric methods.
- Macroeconomics: advanced treatment of the core models and concepts used in modern macroeconomics.
- Microeconomics: advanced treatment of the core models and concepts used in modern microeconomics.
In your second semester, you will have the opportunity to choose three modules from a selection of topics.
Examples of optional modules that may be available include:
- Behavioural Finance: examines the effects of behavioural biases in financial markets.
- Econometric Time Series Analysis: provides an advanced treatment of the core theory and practice of time series econometrics.
- Experimental Economics and Finance: focuses on the methodology of experimental economics and the dialogue between theoretical and laboratory-based empirical work.
- Game Theory: provides a thorough advanced treatment of the core models and concepts used in modern game theory
- Industrial Economics: focuses on the structure and mechanisms governing markets and on the way firms compete against each other in the pursuit of profit maximisation.
- International Trade and Migration: examines the causes and consequences of international trade and migration, combining theory with empirical applications.
- Monetary Policy: studies key issues in monetary policy.
- Portfolio Theory and Management: studies key issues in asset allocation, and portfolio composition and management at an advanced level.
MSc Economics students may take up to one advanced undergraduate optional module from the following in the second semester:
- Behavioural Economics
- European Macroeconomics
- Econometrics of Impact Evaluation
The topics, and therefore module titles, vary year on year as they reflect staff research interests. Optional modules are subject to change each year and require a minimum number of participants to be offered; some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University’s position on curriculum development)
The final element of the MSc is a 15,000-word dissertation. The dissertation should be on an area of economics that you are interested in, and chosen in discussion with your supervisor who will support you through the process.
You will receive training in Semester 1 in framing a hypothesis, conducting bibliographic research, writing a literature survey, and structuring a dissertation.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2021 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.