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Join a programme with a long-standing international reputation for excellence.


At York we are proud of the impact and influence of our economics research in society and our contribution to scholarship. You'll join a course which, for the last 30 years, has constantly received the highest accreditation from the Economic and Social Research Council.

The MSc in Economics emphasises problem-solving and practice in economic theory, applied economics and econometrics. You'll have opportunities to study areas of application at the frontiers of economics such as experimental economics, regulatory policy, industrial organisation, intertemporal and international macroeconomics, financial markets, and labour economics.

Students who have a Bachelor degree in Economics with a very high average mark and a research proposal of outstanding quality may wish to enrol for the 1+3 PhD. This gives you the chance to first study for a masters (Year 0) then a PhD in Economics in Years 1, 2 and 3.

Course Content

The MSc in Economics will give you graduate-level skills in economic analysis and relevant quantitative techniques. A sound training in best practice methods of mainstream economics, combined with the opportunities of studying optional areas in depth, will allow you to reach your full potential.

Taught by leading experts, you will complete modules to the value of 180 credits. These include 100 credits of taught modules - some core and some optional - and an 80 credit dissertation.

For the Masters you will need to take 100 credits of taught modules. There are five compulsory core modules which amount to 70 of your 100 required credits:
-Advanced Microeconomics (20 credits)
-International Macroeconomics (10 credits)
-Advanced Macroeconomics (10 credits)
-Project (10 credits)

Either Econometrics 1 & 2 or Econometric Methods for Research or Econometrics 1 and Applied Microeconometrics (20 credits)
In addition you'll choose 30 credits of options from:
-Applied Microeconometrics
-Design and Analysis of Mechanisms and Institutions
-Development Economics: Theory and Evidence
-Emerging Market Macroeconomics
-Experimental Economics
-Financial Markets
-Financial Risk Management
-Industrial Economics
-Labour Economics
-Public Finance
-Public Sector Economics: Microeconomic Applications
-Theory of Finance
-Time Series

You'll complete a piece of independent research carried out over three months of the summer, guided by a supervisor. The dissertation, of up to 10,000 words, is worth 80 credits and offers you the chance to examine a topic in depth and to develop your academic research skills.

The Department of Economics and Related Studies is one of the largest economics departments in the UK. It is ranked in the Top 10 in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for 'research power' and for the impact of our research on wider society.

Since its foundation, members of the Department have made pioneering contributions in areas including economic theory, econometrics, finance and macroeconomics. York is one of only three UK institutions to receive five stars from the Centre of Higher Education Development for postgraduate economics.


The MSc in Economics will act as a springboard to a wide variety of careers, as employers will highly value your analytical problem-solving abilities, as well as your research and communication skills. The Masters is also an ideal basis for progression to a PhD.

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




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