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Economics - MSc

Course Description

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.

Degree information

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).

Core modules
-Research Methods

Optional modules - at least two of the following advanced core modules:
-Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
-Advanced Microeconometrics
-Advanced Microeconomic Theory
-Time Series Econometrics

Remaining applied options (taking the total to four) from a list including:
-Public Microeconomics
-Economics of Development
-The Economics of Migration
-Health Economics
-Programme Evaluation for Users
-Behavioural Economics
-Macroeconomic Policy
-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
-Oxera: consultant
-Oxford Economics: economist
-Credit Suisse: economist
-British Airways: analyst
-ING Bank: analyst
-Deloitte: associate economist
-KPMG: 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.

Visit the Economics - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

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Vittorio Bassi

"I feel that my Master's degree at UCL assisted me in my career steps in a number of important ways. First of all, taking graduate-level classes in many areas of economics made me realise which specific subjects I was most most interested in, and which career path I wanted to take after my Master's. Secondly, the technical and quantitative skills I learnt were essential for the success of my career as an economist. Thirdly, the very strong reputation of a UCL degree helped me to be considered for very good positions as an economist afterwards, after the Master's I decided to pursue a PhD in Economics, and was very pleased to receive offers from both top UK and US institutions. "


James Lanner Memorial Scholarship - Single Award

A scholarship of £5,000 is available for prospective students of the MSc in Economics or MSc in Economic Policy. The scholarship is awarded on academic merit with preference given to candidates who intend to specialise in international economics or in issues of economic policy in Europe.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- UK, EU, Overseas students

Application Procedure

See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/economics/masters/funding

Further Information



Michael Curtis UCL Bursary - Single Award

One scholarship of £5,000 is available to an MSc student from the UK or the EU to fund costs of living while enrolled in one of the MSc Programmes. This bursary is awarded based on financial need of the applicant.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- UK, EU students
- Based on financial need

Application Procedure

See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/economics/masters/funding

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in Economics with a significant quantitative component from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with a qualification of an equivalent standard in another quantitative discipline, such as statistics, mathematics, engineering or physics, may also be considered. Applicants whose undergraduate degree is from a university outside the UK must supply GRE scores. The quantitative GRE score must be 155 or above, the verbal score must be 150 or above, and the analytical score must be 3.5 or above (post-August 2011 scores).

Last Updated

11 October 2016

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