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).
Optional modules - at least two of the following advanced core modules:
-Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
-Advanced Microeconomic Theory
-Time Series Econometrics
Remaining applied options (taking the total to four) from a list including:
-Economics of Development
-The Economics of Migration
-Programme Evaluation for Users
-Ethics in Welfare Economics
-Empirical Industrial Organisation
-Topics in Labour Economics
-Topics in Money and Finance
-Economics of Households
-Environmental Economics: Principle and Policy
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.
Graduates go on to a variety of roles, including those in the civil service, research, finance and political sectors. First destinations of recent graduates include:
-Department of Health: assistant economist
-Department of Energy and Climate Change: economic advisor
-Government Economic Service: economic advisor
-HM Treasury: analyst
-Cabinet Office: chief advisor
-Oxford Economics: economist
-Credit Suisse: economist
-British Airways: analyst
-ING Bank: analyst
-Deloitte: associate economist
-European Central Bank: trainee
-International Growth Centre Country Offices (Myanmar, Rwanda)
-ODI Fellowships (Burundi, Rwanda and others)
-PhD programmes: Recent graduates have been admitted to PhD programmes at UCL, Barcelona, Bologna, Cambridge, Berlin, Birkbeck, EUI (European University Institute)
Top career destinations for this degree:
-Macro Research Intern, Threadneedle Investments
-Business Analyst, Sriram Mahendran Economics
-Research Assistant, Overseas Development Institute
-Civil Services Examination, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
-PhD Game Theory, LSE (The London School of Economics and Political
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.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL Economics has an outstanding international reputation in the areas of game theory, macroeconomics, industrial organisation, econometrics, applied microeconomics, development and labour economics. The department is a global leader in policy-oriented research, with members directing and holding senior positions in research centres involved in policy design and evaluation. The Research Excellence Framework 2014 ranked the UCL Economics first in the UK for economics and econometrics, as well as the leading department in the UK in any field in any university. This reflects the high quality of policy-relevant academic research being undertaken by staff, and the excellent research and teaching 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.