MSc Economics and Public Policy

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

This course will enhance your knowledge of economics, with emphasis on public-sector economics and policy. It will combine a strong understanding of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, with detailed, specialist knowledge on public policy design, implementation and evaluation. It aims to give you the tools to analyse and evaluate public policy in fields such as education, health care provision, social security and taxation.

It is suitable if you want to develop your career in the public sector and research and policy-orientated job roles.  

Content and structure

The MSc Economics and Public Policy 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. Six are core modules; two are chosen from a range of approved optional 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 supervisor. To be awarded the MSc Economics and Public Policy 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

Semester 2

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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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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