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Business Economics (MSc)

Course Description

This course provides advanced insight into business, both at organisational and industry level, focusing in particular on areas including international business strategy, regulation and key research methods.

In studying MSc Business Economics you will utilise techniques and evidence in order to understand how industries are structured, how organisations behave within them and the impact of these factors on their performance.

You can also choose one of three streams, with each stream including different modules, allowing you to choose a specialised area of further study or study flexibly across the pathways. Elective modules give further choice for specialisation.

What will you study?

The three pathways are:
- Business economics and regulation: modules include Small business economics and regulation

- Economics of international business: modules include Economics of multinational enterprise and Political economy of multinationals

- Business economics in emerging economies: modules include Business and management in emerging markets and Economic policies in emerging markets

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

What career can you have?

The specialist expertise in economic analysis prepares our students for challenging roles. We have a strong commitment to employability and our graduates are successful in obtaining professional roles, in the public as well as corporate and the third sectors.

Our award-winning careers centre provides excellent careers advice specifically for postgraduate students. A number of our courses offer placement opportunities during the summer months, with a dedicated school Development Officer on hand to help you search, secure and succeed in a relevant placement.


Established more than 45 years ago, we continue to enjoy a reputation as one of the world’s premier centres for teaching and research in international business.

Our academic staff include world experts in the global arena of economics, with research expertise in the fields of development, housing, behavioural economics, climate change policy, macroeconomics, banking and finance.

We offer a leading range of postgraduate courses reflecting the changing global economic environment. Our strong focus on applied research means we emphasise the policy implications of our research findings. We also encourage you to look beyond the headlines and understand the forces shaping our world today. You will graduate with knowledge of recent developments in the global economy and how these are linked with political changes at the national and international level.

We are proud of our friendly and inclusive international community with around 80 postgraduate students from all over the world being welcomed on to our Master’s courses each year. Through group work you will have the opportunity to network with, and learn from, fellow students from a wide range of backgrounds, and share different perspectives and experiences.

Visit the Business Economics (MSc) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Remmy Kampamba

605.JPG 'I was attracted to come and study at the University of Reading because of the international recognition and reputation that the University and the School of Economics has earned as a centre for excellence in research and learning.

Additionally, the University is situated in a beautiful, scenic, safe and green environment while the school has a wide range of courses to choose from and unusual module combinations giving me the necessary flexibility I needed.

The course provided rigorous and relevant training with the right mix of modules necessary for sound education required to work in an international context as a professional economist

The University of Reading attracts a lot of students from all over the world, thus is a multicultural centre which provides students with excellent opportunities to network and learn with people from different backgrounds making it truly an international institution

Fantastic library and learning facilities, and support from teaching and support staff and fellow students coupled with personal discipline helped me cope with the demands of the course.

Support by both the teaching and support staff was fantastic. Without the reception, warm welcome and support of the staff, my stay would have not been so wonderful and enriching

The programme is tailored in such a way as to help meet the challenges demanded by portfolios in international organisations, government and academia.'


School Bursary Scheme - 8 Awards

The School of Politics, Economics and International Relations is offering bursaries to students studying in 2015/16. These bursaries are worth £2,500 each and will be awarded in three equal payments during the academic year.There will be two rounds of applications for these scholarships. Unsuccessful applicants in the first round will be considered again in the second round.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible you must be applying to on of our Master's courses due to start Autumn 2015.

Application Procedure

To apply for a scholarship please send a statement (maximum 500 words) on ‘Why I should receive a scholarship and the contribution I will make to the life of the School’ to [email protected] for applications to be considered are:- 1st May (for the first round of applications)
- 1st August (for the second round of applications)Please include in the subject line ‘Bursary Scheme application’. Please also include your name, programme of study and student number with your application.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) with a good understanding of core economics and quantitative methods. If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.

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