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Economics MSc

Course Description

The MSc Economics is a specialist programme which provides students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required to successfully work in the economics field. This course is suitable for you if you are a graduate of Economics who aspires to a career in a global institution such as the World Bank, the UN, the OECD or NGOs, in government departments in a range of countries or in roles supporting business analysis in organisations of all sizes. This programme would also be suitable for you if you are looking to enter a doctoral programme in economics or related discipline.

Course content

The programme has a strong analytical and quantitative focus and provides students with an advanced training in core areas of economics, while also exploring other economic approaches and enabling you to specialise according to your interests. It constitutes three compulsory modules: Advanced Microeconomics, Advanced Macroeconomics and Econometrics; and a choice of elective modules in popular areas including: Alternative Economic Perspectives, International Economics, Political Economy of Development, Investment Analysis, and International Banking and Financial Markets.

A further module Dissertation and Research Methods – which supports the completion of a dissertation – is designed to give you the necessary research and project management skills to undertake both the dissertation and the kinds of economic analysis which are likely be required by a range of employers.

The programme culminates in the submission of a sustained piece of independent economic research which will be supported by an academic supervisor.

Course modules (16/17)

-Advanced Microeconomics
-Advanced Macroeconomics
-Dissertation and Research Methods
-Political Economy of Development
-International Banking and Financial Markets
-International Economics
-Political Economy of Development
-Alternative Economic Perspectives

Methods of Learning

The one year full-time programme commences in September each year. You will attend classes, seminars and workshops for two taught semesters followed by a period of supported independent study whilst you complete your dissertation.


You will be assessed through a variety of individual and group based assessments, including essay assignments, written reports, seminar presentations, problem solving exercises, tests, examinations and research projects.

Facilities and Special Features

This programme equips students who wish to become professional economists with the technical and analytical skills prized by the profession, it also enables students to adopt a broader and critical view of the subject and to appreciate the limitations of modelling and current economic methodology.

Graduates from this programme, aware of both the strengths and weaknesses of economics as a subject, will thus be better prepared to become the rounded and versatile thinkers sought by employers and in their careers as practicing economists, whether in government, industry, consultancy or academia, will be able to promote economics as a dynamic and self-critical discipline which is genuinely seeking to discover innovative and better ways of understanding the world.


We would expect successful students to enter careers in a range of international institutions in the UK and overseas, government departments in a range of countries or in a range of companies supporting business analysis. We expect some students to wish to pursue a PhD programme.

Visit the Economics MSc page on the University of Northampton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To be accepted onto this programme you will normally need to hold a recognised First or Second Class Bachelors’ degree in Economics. At least 50% of your undergraduate degree will normally be made up of modules in Economics. If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).

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