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Economic Policy MA

Course Description

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This MA covers a range of economic policy areas; in particular, fiscal and monetary policy, labour market and wage policy, as well as financial regulation and macroprudential policy. It will develop your capacity to carry out research on the implementation and effectiveness of economic policy in a contemporary global and financial context, enabling you to contribute to debates on austerity versus active demand management, and efficiency versus equity in the regulation of markets.

Key features

This course will provide you with in-depth expertise relevant to organisations including governmental regulatory agencies in the domestic economy (eg HM Treasury), think-tanks and international agencies dealing with globalisation issues.

Lectures are supplemented by seminars, giving an opportunity for regular feedback and discussion.

What will you study?

You will study core aspects of macro- and microeconomic theory, applied econometrics and economic policy. On this basis, you will acquire a professional knowledge of procedures used to analyse current issues in economic policy.

You will also explore the economic history of capitalism and the history of economic ideas, placing the issues surrounding the evaluation of economic policy in a historical and intellectual context. In addition, you will pursue intensive study of the contemporary globalised and financialised economy and its relationship to economic development. Finally, you will work with a member of staff to choose an applied economic policy topic for your dissertation, research this topic and write up your conclusions.


Graded problem sets, presentations, practical coursework, essays, examinations, thematic case studies, policy briefs, literature summary, and dissertation.

Core modules

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
Applied Econometrics and Economic Policy
Economic Change and Ideas
Economics Dissertation
Financialisation, Globalisation and Economic Policy
Macroeconomic Theory and Policy

All modules are core.

What this course offers you

If you choose to study this course, here are some of the things you can expect from the course and how it will benefit you.

A focus on applied economic issues in the context of economic policy.

Students receive a solid core background in macroeconomic analysis and policy, economic history and the history of economic thought.

All lectures are supplemented by seminars, giving an opportunity for regular feedback and discussion.

The Department of Economics is actively engaged in research and publication on topics linked to economic policy, with regular staff/student seminars and workshops.

Careful guidance and supervision is given on each student's research dissertation concerned with an aspect of economic policy.

The MA is good preparation for work with a range of public and private institutions concerned with issues surrounding globalisation and development, such as international agencies and NGOs.

You will be supported throughout the degree by our Personal Tutor Scheme.

You will have the opportunity to learn another language, completely free of charge, alongside your degree. Languages offered include French, Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic and German.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Economic Policy MA page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Alumni discount - 20+ Awards

All undergraduate alumni qualify for 10% off postgraduate taught course fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Kingston Undergraduate alumni will receive 10% off postgraduate course fees.

Application Procedure

Automatically assessed on application, please ensure you state that your undergraduate degree was awarded by Kingston University.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

One or more of the following will normally be regarded as appropriate admission requirements: Successful completion of a certified programme of study in an area appropriate to the content of the degree (normally a good second-class honours undergraduate degree or its equivalent, including, where appropriate, quantitative methods having been studied to an appropriate standard); strong academic performance in other disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis; Relevant non-certificated learning; An appropriate combination of certificated and non-certificated learning.

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