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Gain exposure to up-to-date techniques and knowledge relevant to policy analysis in social and other public policy areas, and to public sector administration and financial management.

If you already work in the public sector, the NHS or for an international agency, this course will help you upgrade your existing skills. 

If you have completed a degree in economics, this course will allow you to build your knowledge and expertise in more specialised areas, such as health economics, social policy analysis and public finance.

The course is also suitable for those with a background in disciplines such as government, sociology, mathematics or natural sciences, who wish to develop their abilities in economics and related areas, particularly economic and social policy, administration and management.

Course content

You'll develop your knowledge in core areas of economics used in the evaluation of public policy. Taught by leading experts, you'll complete modules to the value of 180 credits. This includes 100 credits of taught modules - some core and some optional - and an 80 credit dissertation.


You'll take 100 credits of taught modules. 

Core modules

  • Applied Microeconomics 1  and  Applied Microeconomics 2 or Advanced Microeconomics (20 credits)
  • Public Policy Analysis (20 credits)
  • Econometrics 1 & 2 or Statistics and Econometrics or Econometric Methods for Research or Econometrics 1 and Applied Microeconometrics (20 credits)
  • Public Finance (10 credits)
  • Public Sector Economics (10 credits)

Option modules

In addition you can choose 20 credits from:

  • Advanced Macroeconomics (10 credits)
  • Applied Microeconomics 2 (10 credits)
  • Applied Microeconometrics (10 credits)
  • Design and Analysis of Mechanisms and Institutions (10 credits)
  • Evaluation of Health Policy (10 credits)
  • Experimental Economics (10 credits)
  • Health and Development (10 credits)
  • International Macroeconomics (10 credits)
  • Project (10 credits)

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

This Masters combines a variety of different teaching methods, including:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Problem-solving classes
  • Practical computer-based sessions.

A member of the teaching staff will act as your supervisor throughout the degree, to help guide your studies and monitor progress.

The department also has a vibrant research community. You’ll be able to attend seminars and research workshops in which staff and invited speakers discuss their research.

Teaching location

You'll be based in the Department of Economics and Related Studies on Campus West. Most of your teaching will take place in Alcuin College and elsewhere on Campus West.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Formal types of assessment in this course include:

  • Dissertation
  • Exams
  • Group project
  • Seminar presentation
  • Essays

As you study modules you’ll take part in assessments that do not contribute to your final mark, instead giving useful feedback on your progress and understanding.

Careers and skills

This course will open up a broad range of career options in government, the public sector, health or public administration. It is an ideal basis for progression to a PhD.

Career opportunities

You'll gain the skills that will allow you to work in a variety of organisations. These include:

  • Health or public administration
  • Universities
  • Research and policy centres
  • Consultancy firms
  • International organisations.

Transferable skills

You'll develop a range of transferable skills during the course, including:

  • Independent working
  • Time management and people skills
  • Communicating research
  • Performing statistical analysis
  • Analytical and technical research skills.

Visit the Economics and Public Policy - MSc page on the University of York website for more details!




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