MSc Economics and Public Policy

Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences

Train to be a professional economist to understand and apply powerful economics techniques that make a real difference to the outside world.

Working as an economist means many of the technical skills learnt during my course could be transferred across to my work; for example microeconometric techniques and evaluating the effectiveness of policies. It felt really pleasing that my studies were having an impact.

Richard Mosley, Postgraduate student in Department of Economics

About the course

September 2018 start

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.

Postgraduate economics student

Core modules

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

Examples of optional modules

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

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

A good 2:2 undergraduate degree in economics

We'll also consider students with very good degrees in related subjects with strong economics, finance (not accounting finance), mathematics and/or statistics components.

English language requirements

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

Entry requirements for international students

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Dr Mark Bryan

Dr Mark BryanDr 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 theme co-lead at the Work, Learning and Wellbeing evidence programme of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing.

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.

Our MSc Economics and Public Policy degree specialises in public economics and designing and evaluating public policy. It is ideal if you want to develop your career in the public sector and research and policy-orientated job roles. At Sheffield we’re really well placed to train you for a career as an economist in the public sector. We have academic experts who regularly advise governments and work closely with UK government departments based in Sheffield such as the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Education.

Dr Mark Bryan

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

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Department of Economics
T: +44 (0)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.