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MSc Economics

Course Description

Our MSc Economics programmes are intended to deepen your knowledge and understanding of economics as an academic discipline. Each programme draws upon the internationally-rated research undertaken within the department and the experience of our academics in developing economic policy at organisations such as such as the Bank of England, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the United Nations.

A central objective of all of the programmes is to provide you with insight into the latest thinking in economics. You will attend a series of research seminars, during which you can discuss and present current research papers. You can also participate in the departmental seminars, which attract external academics and provide you with the opportunity to gain insight into current research in economics and econometrics.

Our postgraduate economics degrees form part of the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre – a hub of world-class social sciences research. For UK and EU students, this means you can apply to the ESRC for funding assistance with both tuition fees and living expenses if you are intending to progress to a PhD. More information about SWDTC at http://www.exeter.ac.uk/doctoralcollege/fundedcentres/swdtc/.

The MSc Economics is the most general of our programmes and offers the greatest flexibility. It gives you the opportunity to acquire professional training in mainstream economics, including analytical techniques as well as subject-specific knowledge. The programme aims to provide you with a rigorous training in the techniques of economic and econometric analysis, as an aide to understanding contemporary economic issues.

We also provide the opportunity for you to specialise in two discrete areas of Economics and for these specialisms to be reflected in your degree title. Our MSc Economics and Econometrics and MSc Economics and Experimental Economics give you the opportunity to focus on two areas in which the Department of Economics has considerable expertise and experience.

Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification

The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. Specific to this programme is a Double Degree opportunity with Fudan University School of Economics. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages at http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/studyabroad/.

Programme structure

During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation) totalling 180 credits. Please note that programme structures may be subject to change. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/modules/ .

Compulsory modules

Recent examples of compulsory modules are as follows; Macroeconomics ; Microeconomics Quantitative Research Techniques; Optimization Techniques for Economists; Game Theory and Industrial Organisation and Research Design and Dissertation.

Optional modules

Some recent examples are as follows; Topics in Financial Economics; Banking and Financial Services; Domestic and International Portfolio Management; Economics of Corporate Finance; Financial Econometrics; International Trade and Regional Integration; Economics of Banking; Advanced Econometrics and Experimental and Behavioural Economics

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

(Student Profile)

Shaun Grimshaw

2235.jpg Shaun Grimshaw is a firm believer in doing some preparation before embarking on your Masters.

“If I could offer two pieces of advice to people coming to study Economics, the first, particularly to those from other fields, would be read up on the basic ideas and key people in the field, as this will be a great help in the early part of the course. The second would be to remember to enjoy it – there’s a lot of work and the time goes by quickly, but it is rewarding when you can tie different strands of the course together into a coherent picture of a particular issue, and that should be savoured.

I have enjoyed my time immensely at the Business School. I chose to come here initially owing to the University’s growing reputation for excellence – both in teaching and in research – and also because the South West is such a wonderful part of the country to live in.

I have found the programme be very well structured, with the first term based on the key principles and techniques of Economics. These support each other well for further techniques and applied understanding in the second term. My two elected courses, in Experimental Economics and in Public Economics, have helped me with applying the basic elements of the course from the first term, to the areas of Economics I find most interesting.

It’s also been a great chance to interact with experts in Economics. This includes both internal staff, with whom we have been able to raise questions in lectures, classes and during office hours; and visiting academics, who have come here to give us presentations on the latest research. In particular, it has been fantastic to be able to hear experts describe their topics and to have that serve as the starting point for my own further studies.

During this year, I have decided that I want to continue down the academic path, and I have now been accepted onto a PhD programme at Exeter in Economics in the Tax Research Centre. The Masters has been instrumental for me in terms of helping me decide that I want to pursue a career in Economics and academia, and also in teaching me enough to progress with that choice.”


Funding for Postgraduate Study - 20+ Awards

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships and studentships for talented students. For 2016 entry, the total value of scholarships for taught postgraduate programmes exceeds £500,000. This is in addition to over 100 PhD studentships we make available each year.Students who reside in England and are interested in our Masters programmes can now take advantage of the UK government's postgraduate loan scheme which offers loans of up to £10,000.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Varies, but most awards are competitive and merit-based.

Application Procedure

Please see the details of each scheme as listed in our search: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/search

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally a good Honours degree in an economics or finance related discipline from a recognised institution. Please see website for full details. View Website

Last Updated

02 August 2017

Course Fees

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