MSc Economics

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Our flagship Masters course, the MSc Economics advances your analytical skills and allows you to specialise in your chosen area of economics or finance.

The degree prepares you for a career as an economist in commerce, academia or government. It also offers a solid grounding for students looking to continue exploring economics through a research degree.

The programme emphasises the development of all the skills required by modern economists. The core modules of the MSc Economics provides the advanced skills in economic analysis and quantitative techniques. The optional modules, meanwhile, offer flexibility, allowing you to tailor the degree to your own needs and interests. 

Content and structure

MSc Economics is one year full time or two years part time. Plus the dissertation module.

You'll need to take and pass eight taught modules over two semesters, four in each. These are examined at the end of each semester. Four are core modules; the other four are chosen from option modules.

After you've completed the second semester's taught modules, there is a 10-week period to write your dissertation. We'll support you through dissertation workshops and input from your supervisory team. To be awarded the MSc Economics you will have to pass the examinations and complete the dissertation to the required standard.

See below for details of the core and optional modules across the two semesters. 

Semester 1

Option modules

One from:

ECN6570 Modern Theory of Banking and Finance

ECN6580 Health Economics

ECN6105 Modern Finance






Semester 2

Core modules

At least one from (the other may be taken as an option module):

ECN601 Applied Microeconometrics

ECN602 Applied Macroeconometrics


Academic year

Core module

ECN6800 MSc Dissertation


The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information for disabled students

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