Develop your understanding of the core tools and approaches needed to be a professional economist or to progress to doctoral study.
Our MSc in Economics will provide you with rigorous training in the three main strands of economics:
Alongside these core topics, you will be able to explore specialist areas to enhance your skills around your interests and career aspirations. These include:
- macroeconomic or public policy economics
- investment decision-making
- environmental and behavioural economics
- machine learning methods in economics
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Dissertation or Practice Track
The course culminates with either a traditional dissertation or a practical project in the form of the Practice Track.
You can choose to do a dissertation on an economic area that interests you or that is most useful in your career. This will allow you to apply your newly acquired knowledge to a specific problem or debate.
The Practice Track is an alternative to the dissertation. You’ll work on a consultancy or research-based project with an external organisation, helping them to address a real-world business challenge. You’ll conduct appropriate research and data analysis (if necessary), before presenting your findings as a written report and presentation.
Practice Track project numbers are limited each year. You’ll apply for a suitable project with one of our external partners and will receive support from us during this process. If a suitable project can’t be secured, you will complete a dissertation instead.
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Learn from experts in the field
You’ll learn from experts in the core strands of economics, as well as a diverse range of specialist sub-areas. Their passion, knowledge and industry expertise shape their teaching to enhance your learning experience.
Use specialist facilities
You’ll have access to some of the latest industry-standard statistical, mathematical and econometric software in our computer labs, including EViews, Stata, Matlab and Python.
Access to top-tier international databases will allow you to access up-to-the-minute data on real-world trends to enhance your learning experience.
Gain important career skills
On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:
- analyse economic and financial data and critically evaluate existing research
- understand the key issues surrounding major economic debates and contribute to these
- apply economic concepts to specific economic and social policy questions
- formulate an original research question and write at an academic level
We limit student numbers on this course to ensure a collegiate atmosphere and a high degree of interaction between students and lecturers.
This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and abilities required to secure work as a professional economist in government, research units or commercial enterprises. It also provides suitable preparation for doctoral study and future careers in academia.
Recent graduates have gone on to work in a number of different roles within economics across the world. These include:
- Principal Case Officer, Competition and Markets Authority (UK)
- Economic Advisor, Department for Education (UK)
- Chief Analyst, Enterprise Lithuania
- Senior Tax Consultant, KPMG (Kazakhstan)
- Investment Manager, private equity company (Czech Republic)
- Director, Regional Sector Research, Emirates NBD Global Markets and Treasury Department (United Arab Emirates)
Others have chosen to continue their careers in academia.