The MSc Economics course is a twelve-month taught course that provides rigorous training in the main theoretical and empirical aspects of economics.
The course is designed to provide a foundation for a career as a professional economist or for study towards a PhD in economics.
A strong emphasis is placed on the core areas of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. However, you also have the opportunity to choose optional modules in a wider range of areas, including financial economics, growth theory and environmental economics.
Research skills are developed throughout the course, especially during the dissertation, which you work on over the summer under the supervision of a member of staff.
A special aspect of our course is a dedicated unit in research methods, which provides extensive training in a range of software packages, including EViews, Stata and Matlab.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- analyse economic and financial data and critically evaluate existing research - understand the key issues surrounding major economic debates and contribute to these - apply economic concepts to specific economic and social policy questions - formulate an original research question and write in an academic manner
We limit student numbers on this course to ensure a collegial atmosphere and a high degree of interaction between students and lecturers.
Our MSc courses in economics have received high student satisfaction levels:
- in the 2015 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 94% of students agreed that their course had enhanced their academic ability - in the University of Bath’s 2015 Alumni Survey, 97% of economics graduates agreed that they were proud of their connection to the University of Bath
Graduates of the course have excellent employment prospects. While some progress on to doctoral study, many of our recent graduates have gone on to prestigious jobs around the world, including:
- Economic Advisor (UK Department for Education) - Chief Analyst (Enterprise Lithuania) - Principal Case Officer (Competition and Markets Authority in London) - Senior Tax Consultant (KPMG in Kazakhstan) - Investment Manager (private equity company in Prague) - Director, Regional Sector Research (Emirates NBD Global Markets and Treasury Department in Dubai)
About the department
The Department of Economics has a strong international research reputation in mainstream economics. The department has attracted substantial funding for its work on, for example, Environmental Economics.