The MSc in Applied Economics has been designed – in partnership with the business, consulting and policy communities – for the aspiring professional economist.
What sets this course apart from the other postgraduate courses in Economics is that we focus on developing your technical and analytical skills alongside your practical experience of how these skills are used to solve real-world economic problems and inform decision-making in a variety of environments.
Key highlights of the course include:
On completion of the course, you'll join a long list of distinguished graduates from the Department of Economics at the University of Strathclyde, many of whom have progressed to senior positions in business, consultation and public policy.
The programme will provide you with:
You'll also gain important transferable skills which will greatly help in a business and policy environment including the ability to:
There are two semesters of core and elective modules, followed by a dissertation completed during summer.
The core modules will give you a solid grounding in the core concepts and techniques of an applied economist. The elective modules will give you experience in applying these skills to hot-topics of the day.
Finally, the dissertation allows you to develop a substantive piece of applied work on a topic of your choosing and includes opportunities to work in partnership with leading companies and public sector institutions.
You'll have the opportunity to choose four modules from the list below:
Alternatively, you can choose up to two classes offered elsewhere in Strathclyde Business School or across the wider University.
Your dissertation topic can be chosen from any of the areas/issues covered on the programme. This is your opportunity to develop a substantive piece of applied work on a topic that is of particular interest to you, with supervision provided by an appropriate member of staff. It’s also a key opportunity to put into practice what you have learnt.
In 2018-19, we expect to offer a minimum of four sponsored dissertations in partnership with leading companies and public sector institutions; these will be offered to the best-performing students on the programme. We are also able to supervise those part-time or full-time students who are sponsored by their employer and wish to work on a topic of interest to both them and their employer.
Our MSc in Applied Economics can be tailored to those already using economics within a business, consultancy or policy environment who want to further develop their skill set.
We can offer various study options including:
As well as attending lectures you’ll undertake projects, case studies and small group work.
Gain a strong grounding in advanced economics, and take your knowledge an important step further by applying it to the field that most interests you.
Our MSc Applied Economics is a suite of taught courses that provides rigorous training in all the main aspects of economics.
Starting with a comprehensive refresher course in essential maths and economics skills, you will go on to receive advanced training in the analysis of problems in applied microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and strategic decision-making.
Most importantly, you will then have the opportunity to tailor the course to the area of business or policy you are most interested in, giving you additional expertise and a head start when seeking work in that field.
We are one of the only universities in the UK offering this level of specialisation on this type of master's. You can select from MSc Applied Economics as a standalone option or with one of four specialist pathways:
Whichever pathway you choose, you will develop your knowledge of quantitative methods beyond undergraduate level and gain the mathematical, statistical and econometric skills to carry out quantitative analyses of applied economics problems.
You will consolidate your research skills further during the dissertation, which you will work on over the summer under the supervision of one of our experienced lecturers. The research training you receive will prepare you well for going into research positions in a government or commercial context.
By the end of the course you will be able to:
Our teaching staff are all active researchers and regularly publish in the top economics journals, so you will be working with some of the UK’s leading thinkers in economics.
This course is ideal preparation for careers within government or industry that require a thorough knowledge of economics.
We expect graduates of the Banking and Financial Markets pathway to be particularly suited to jobs in banks and other financial institutions.
Graduates of the Public Policy or Environmental Policy pathways are especially well-placed to find jobs within government and non-governmental organisations.
Graduates of the Behavioural Science pathway will be ideally suited to work within government or large private sector firms.
This course lasts 1 year. Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.
These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.
These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.
If you're looking to develop your career in economics or econometrics this course provides you with analytical and technical skills you need for the profession, as well as a solid grounding in commerce. The course will enable you to build your knowledge in one of the following specialisations: Applied Econometrics; Applied Economics and Econometrics or Business Economics.
You will engage in a comprehensive theoretical and practical curriculum across your chosen field and develop high-level expertise in applied economic and econometric tools.
The program also gives you the opportunity to undertake independent research in your chosen specialisation.
The course is structured in three parts. Part A. Advanced preparatory, Part B. Mastery knowledge and Part C. Application studies All students complete Part B. Depending on prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A or Part C or a combination of the two.
Part A. Advanced preparatory
These studies will introduce you to Economics and Econometrics at advanced undergraduate and graduate level. They are intended for students whose previous qualification is not in a cognate field (that is, not in a field likely to prepare them for advanced study in this field). Students admitted to the course, who have a recognised degree or a graduate certificate in a cognate discipline will receive credit for this part.
Part B. Mastery knowledge
These units will develop your capacity as a critical and creative professional who is able to apply your knowledge of a specialised area to provide discipline based solutions.
Part C. Application studies
This will enable you to further develop your knowledge of your specialisation, or more broadly, or alternatively to select any units from across the university in which you are eligible to enrol. Some students use these electives units to provide a research pathway towards a Doctor of Philosophy course.
You can start this MSc Economics degree in September or January. It can be tailored to two specialist fields: International Economics or Business and Financial Economics. On successful completion of this programme, you will graduate with one of the following degrees:
There is increasing demand for economics graduates in business and public sector decision making. This demand is evident in national and international institutions, including:
All these employers increasingly look for high-quality, evidence-based decision makers with an ability in applied economics and advanced data analysis. Our Master's degree will enable you to respond to this increasing demand.
The programme combines solid training in theory and method with stimulating exposure to economics and financial data sources. We will prepare you to contribute to an international global economy and to respond to its policy changes.
Our courses weave a three-way linkage between alternative theories of economics and finance, data analysis, and application of theory and method to policy and strategy issues in the world of economics, business and finance.
Our Master's degree has a number of distinctive features to enable you to combine theory and real word examples to develop evidence-based answers to economic and business problems.
The aims of this degree are:
In 2015, Greenwich was named by The Economist as one of four institutions in the country leading the way on curriculum change.
We are proud to say that our economics subjects were ranked:
Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.
We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Students are required to choose 4 courses from this list of options.
For a Business and Financial Economics specialisation, you study the following courses in addition to the compulsory courses listed above.
Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.
For an International Economics specialisation, you study the following courses in addition to the compulsory courses listed above.
Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.
The courses listed above will be split across two years.
You are assessed through:
You can expect to find employment in:
We have developed strong relations with companies in London's financial centres, including in the City and Canary Wharf as well as think-tanks, civil society organisations and research centres both in the UK and abroad such as New Economics Foundation Hans Boeckler Foundation, or Foundation of European Progressive Studies. This offers you networking, mentoring and internship opportunities in a perfect location to develop your career.
You can also reach out to top employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Office (BSEO). The team develops your employment skills through CV support, interview skills workshops and guidance through mentors to progress in the industry.
The BSEO team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards, which shows its dedication to actively support your career development.
Manchester is a leading centre for economics and research-led teaching. Graduate students from across the globe come to study economics at Manchester, attracted by its first-class postgraduate training and supervision in the core and specialist areas of economics.
Many famous names from the world of economics have worked here at Manchester, including three Nobel Prize winners. Interdisciplinary study is also actively pursued here with many course units involving a number of different Schools at the university.
The Economics MA course is designed to meet the growing demand for those students who seek a degree that combines a solid training in microeconomic and macroeconomic principles with quantitative methods and research informed applied economics units.
This course is clearly different from the existing MSc Economics courses at Manchester because of its focus on mainstream but less theoretical units that need to be completed.
Students who choose the Economics MA will take compulsory courses in both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics; they will further advance their quantitative skills and techniques in the core courses in Introduction to Econometrics, Mathematical Methods in Economic Analysis and Further Econometrics; and, as part of their MA dissertation, they will focus on applied and/or policy-oriented research of economic data as relevant to policy makers and economics professionals.
The programme suits students who are interested in a career straight after the MA and not those students interested in postgraduate research. The latter group may find our MSc Economics more appropriate.
Quantitative methods preparation for the MA
1. Please visit our Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Economics website where you will find information about the minimum level of knowledge of mathematics and statistics that you should possess from your current or previous training.
2. On the same website, please look at the details and content of our Introduction course on Quantitative Methods in Economics which builds on the knowledge resumed in (1) and which is designed to equip you with further technical skills that you will require before starting the MSc. You are strongly advised to attend this course which is offered, free of charge. The course will run during induction week and we recommend that you spend some time between July 1 and September studying and familiarising yourself with the course material on the website, especially if you might not be able to attend the course. The significance of this course is illustrated by the fact that the obtained marks contribute 10% to the final marks of the Maths Methods and Econometrics compulsory units of semester 1.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON PART-TIME STUDY
Part-time students complete the full-time programme over two years. There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme.
You must first check the schedule of the compulsory modules and then select your optional modules to suit your requirements.
Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your module choices during induction week with your Course Director
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: [email protected]
The demand for economists continues to grow worldwide. This demand exists across a host of institutions ranging from the public sector (like universities, central banks, international organisations) to the private sector (commercial banks and insurance providers).
With the range of applied economics skills provided in the MA Economics students are perfectly place to seek a career in business and place themselves ahead of competition. At the same time this degree is ideal for students who seek further education via MSc-research degrees across the UK and the world.
Modern economics is an increasingly rigorous discipline and advanced degrees are now essential for careers in international institutions, government and industry. The Economics MSc at UCL will equip the professional economist with the powerful tools required to understand the rapidly changing, complex and uncertain modern world economy.
The programme aims to provide all students with a sound and worthwhile education in modern economics and econometrics, developing important transferable skills of problem-definition, analysis and self-motivation. Students will learn to use the formal tools that are necessary to understand and conduct cutting-edge research in both theoretical and applied economics.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
At least two of the following advanced core modules:
Remaining applied options (taking the total to four) from a list including:
The dissertation of 10,000 words will be a piece of lightly supervised research, including a brief critical review of the literature in the relevant area.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, and practical and problem classes. The MSc degree is awarded on the basis of written, final examination papers and the research dissertation.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Economics MSc
Graduates go on to a variety of roles, including those in the civil service, research, finance and political sectors.
Recent career destinations for this degree
The UCL Economics MSc is a passport to a career in major national and international institutions that demand the deeper, more rigorous analytical reasoning in economics. In these roles, MSc graduates draw on a theoretical grounding and wealth of practical analytical tools to formulate relevant questions in economics and produce high-quality economic analysis valued by employers and prestigious PhD programmes. Students benefit from the international reputations of the programme’s academic staff and the academic excellence and international perspectives of their fellow MSc students. Major employers invite UCL MSc graduates to apply for roles.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
UCL Economics has an outstanding international reputation in the areas of applied microeconomics, labour economics, development economics, economic theory, experimental economics, econometrics, and macroeconomics. The department is a global leader in policy-oriented research, with members actively involved in policy design and evaluation. The Research Excellence Framework 2014 ranked the UCL Department of Economics as the top department in the UK for economics and econometrics, as well as the top department in any field in terms of overall score. The high quality and policy impact of research undertaken by faculty are reflected in an excellent teaching and research environment for graduate students.
UCL is located in central London at the heart of the UK centre of government. Recognised as the world's best connected city, 75% of the Fortune 500 companies have offices in London.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Economics
99% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.