MSc Economics 2017

Gain unique insight in to the pressing economic perspectives of our time

Students present their findings during a seminar

Key facts

Start date:
September 2017
Duration:
12 months full time
Entry requirements:
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) with a background in economics and a strong grounding in quantitative subjects. Full entry requirements.
Language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. Full language requirements.
UK/EU fees:
£7,000 (total)
International fees:
£16,250 (total)
Overview

Our MSc Economics allows you to apply economics to practical questions and problems in a multidisciplinary learning environment.

Recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council and based in Leeds University Business School, this programme centres on advanced economics and econometrics, engaging with cutting-edge research within the discipline.

You’ll combine current mainstream theoretical and applied techniques with a range of alternative critical perspectives, equipping you to meet the growing demand for economics that can address and resolve real-world problems in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.

You’ll gain unique insight into pressing economic issues, from the microeconomics of firms and markets to the macroeconomics of the global economy. Optional modules will also allow you to tailor your learning to your interests or career plans, from comparative economics to the economics of regulation, and principles of health economics to corporate finance.

Academic excellence

Our Economics department stands for a distinctive type of economics, which is realistic, interdisciplinary and policy relevant. We take an open-minded approach to economic problems, and draw on expertise from one of the major hubs of heterodox economics research in the UK.

Recent commentary and coverage in the media has highlighted the need for more philosophical discussion about how best to approach economics. Leeds University Business School has been recognised in The Economist as one of the few universities in the UK offering a 'model' for this approach.

Our research activities in economics are many and varied. Several members of the teaching team are involved in multi-million pound research projects, which are at the cutting-edge of knowledge creation in several areas. The University of Leeds also hosts the Applied Institute of Research in Economics (AIRE), giving you access to even more world-leading research and expertise.

Course content

Throughout the year core modules will develop your fundamental knowledge and skills. As well as macroeconomics and microeconomics, you’ll study econometrics and the ways in which it is applied to real-life situations.

From this foundation you’ll choose optional modules that allow you to specialise in particular areas of economics. You’ll be able to expand your knowledge in areas such as the global economy, finance, globalisation, regulation, health or environmental economics.

You’ll develop your understanding of research methods and practices throughout the year. In your dissertation, you’ll apply these skills to produce an independent research project on a topic of your choice, to be submitted by the end of the course.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

  • Compulsory modules

  • You’ll take five compulsory modules including your dissertation.
  • Macroeconomics15 credits
  • Microeconomics15 credits
  • Applied Econometrics15 credits
  • Econometrics15 credits
  • Economics Dissertation45 credits
  • Optional modules

  • You'll also choose five extra optional modules from the list below.
  • Principles of Health Economics15 credits
  • Economic Evaluations for Health Technology Assessment15 credits
  • Corporate Finance15 credits
  • International Business Finance15 credits
  • Economics of Globalisation and the International Economy15 credits
  • Comparative Economics15 credits
  • Global Economics Co-ordination and Governance15 credits
  • Distributional Analysis in Economic Development15 credits
  • Understanding the Global Economy: Capitalist Institutions, Growth and Crises15 credits
  • Environmental Economics and Policy15 credits
  • Tools and Techniques in Ecological Economics15 credits
  • Principles of Transport Economics15 credits
  • Welfare Economics and Cost-Benefit Analysis15 credits
  • Economics of Regulation15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Economics MSc in programme catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials.

Independent study is also vital for this course allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.

Assessment

We use assessment methods such as exams, research reports, written assignments, essays and project work, depending on the modules you choose.

Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) with a background in economics. A strong grounding in quantitative subjects with high grades in these subjects is essential.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

  • don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
  • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Economics and Finance (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Economics and Finance (10 weeks).

How to apply

Application deadlines

International: 31 March 2017

UK/EU: 31 August 2017

Apply

This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
 
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you’ll need

  • A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
  • Two academic references
  • A personal statement
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
  • A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Leeds University Business School Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: £7,000 (total)

International: £16,250 (total)

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances.

We award a range of scholarships to UK, EU and international students. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills.

There are several scholarships available for this course that you may be eligible to apply for, including:

  • Masters in Economics International Excellence Scholarships – apply by 30 April 2017
  • Masters in Economics UK/EU Excellence Scholarship – apply by 31 July 2017

Read more about scholarships and how to apply.

ESRC studentships

This course is recognised by the ESRC as a research-intensive Masters qualification and is approved for receipt of ESRC studentships. This means you may be able to obtain funding for the Masters if you have already negotiated a PhD place. Please see our PhD pages for more information.

Career opportunities

Our Economics graduates are in great demand owing to their unique range of skills and awareness of different perspectives. You will have essential research skills required for work as a professional economist in government, business, universities and international organisations.

Graduates of our MSc Economics have gone on to highly successful careers as government advisors, think-tank researchers and quantitative analysts.

As its ESRC recognition shows, the programme is also excellent preparation for PhD study.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

You will be able to access careers and professional development support, which will help you develop key skills including networking and negotiating, and put you in touch with potential employers.

The Careers Centre provides a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

The course has prepared me with the skills for high quality research during my PhD and beyond. The varied modules and high quality content will provide the knowledge you need for your desired career.

David Clark, United Kingdom
MSc Economics
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