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Economics and Public Policy

Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences

Train as a professional economist to understand and apply techniques that make a real difference in the world.
Economics students in lecture theatre

Course description

This course will enable you to specialise in public economics and designing and evaluating public policy. It prepares you for a career as an economist in the public sector or in research.

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Core modules

  • Microeconomic Analysis
  • Macroeconomic Analysis
  • Econometric Methods
  • Applied Microeconometrics
  • Public Economics
  • Public Policy Evaluation

Optional modules

Examples include:

  • Modern Theory of Banking and Finance
  • Health Economics
  • Applied Macroeconometrics
  • Development Finance
  • Asset Pricing
  • Industrial Organisation
  • Monetary Economics
  • International Trade


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
MSc Economics and Public Policy postgraduate Mwanda Phiri at computer with colleague

Personally, attaining an MSc had been an objective of mine for a long time and Sheffield seemed like the right place to do it. The MSc Economics and Public Policy aligned perfectly with my objective: improving my statistical and econometric skills required for evaluating public policies.

Mwanda Phiri
MSc Economics and Public Policy

Entry requirements

2:2 undergraduate degree in economics.

We’ll also consider students from other degrees with strong economics, mathematics and/or statistics components.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Dr Mark Bryan, Department of Economics

Dr Mark Bryan

Dr Mark Bryan is an expert in labour economics, micro-econometrics and wellbeing. He has advised the UK government on issues such as the minimum wage and the impact of the recession. He is a co-investigator on a Health Foundation project on the social and economic value of health.

Mark teaches on the module Public Policy Evaluation which explores techniques to find out the direct causal effect of a given government policy, identifying the difference between what actually happened and what would have happened without the policy.


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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+44 114 222 3456

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.