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Course content

Course overview

  • Gain solid training in microeconomic and macroeconomic principles as well as quantitative methods
  • Understand how applied and policy-oriented research of economic data has relevance for real-world economists
  • Focus on a career after your masters or develop the requirements for our more advanced MSc in Economics

Open days

The University holds regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and courses.

On this day, you will find out more about the School of Social Sciences and our resources, and meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.

For more information, see open days and visits .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £10,500 
  • International students (per annum): £19,500
  • MA (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £5,250 
  • International students (per annum): £9,750

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Scholarships/sponsorships

We offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and merit awards to outstanding applicants and international students.

In addition, the Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a first-class Bachelor's degree and are progressing to a postgraduate taught master's course.

For more information, see fees and funding or search the University's postgraduate funding database .

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

MATHS & STATS PREPARATION

1. Please visit our   Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Economics page  where you will find information about the minimum level of knowledge of mathematics and statistics that you should possess from your current or previous training.

2. On the same website, please look at the details and content of the pre-session course which builds on the knowledge resumed in (1) and which is designed to equip you with further technical skills that you will require before starting your programme. Attending this course is mandatory and is offered free of charge. The course will run during welcome week and we recommend that you spend some time between now and September studying and familiarising yourself with the course material on the website, especially if you might not be able to attend the course.

English language

  • IELTS - overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.5
  • TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section.
  • TOEFL code for Manchester is 0757

Scores are valid for 2 years.

For students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, your test score is valid for 2 years preceding the course start date.

Applicants from certain countries MAY be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score. For further advice please email .

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply online

Advice to applicants

If you are a current undergraduate student at the University of Manchester, you may be eligible to apply via the Fast-Track scheme. Please email  for further information.

Email  to request a copy of the Postgraduate prospectus.

Due to high demand for this course, we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year, as follows:

  •  1 November (decision by 8 December; accept offer by 15 January)
  •  7 January (decision by 15 February, accept offer by 15 March)
  • 1 March (decision by 8 April, accept offer by 8 May)
  • 1 May (decision by 1 June, accept offer by 1 July)

If we make you an offer, you will have approximately 4 weeks in which to accept (conditional and un-conditional offers). Any offers not accepted by the deadline will be withdrawn so that an offer can be made to another candidate.

All conditional offer holders will have until 1 August to satisfy the conditions of their offer.

You need to ensure that you submit your supporting documents with your on-line application as it may delay us processing your application before the decision deadline.

Whilst we aim to give you a decision on your application by the decision date, in some instances due to the competition for places/volume of applications received, it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next deadline date. If this is the case we will let you know after the deadline date.

We can accept your application before you complete your undergraduate studies; please submit your latest transcripts with your on-line application. 

Teaching and learning

Part-time students complete the full-time programme over two years. There are no evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme.  

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory modules and then select your optional modules to suit your requirements.  

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your module choices during induction week with your Course Director.

Career opportunities

The demand for economists continues to grow worldwide. This demand exists across a host of institutions ranging from the public sector (like universities, central banks, international organisations) to the private sector (commercial banks and insurance providers).

With the range of applied economics skills provided in the MA Economics course, students are perfectly placed to seek a career in business and position themselves ahead of the competition. At the same time this degree is ideal for students who seek further education via MSc research degrees across the UK and the world.


Visit the MA Economics page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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