MSc Economics 2016

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

Students present their findings during a seminar

Key facts

Start date:
September 2016
Duration:
12 months full time
Entry requirements:
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) with a background in economics and 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:
£6,500
International fees:
£15,500
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 transport 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 programme.

Course structure

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

Compulsory modules
Optional modules
- Macroeconomics 1
- Microeconomics 1
- Applied Econometrics
- Econometrics
- Dissertation
Stream 1: Global Economy
- Distributional Analysis in Economic Development
- Economics of Globalisation
- Global Economics Co-ordination and Governance
- Understanding the Global Economy

Stream 2: Finance
- Corporate Finance
- International Business Finance

Stream 3: Comparative Economics
- Comparative Economics

Stream 4: Regulation
- Economics of Regulation
- Principles of Transport Economics
- Welfare Economics and Cost-Benefit Analysis

Stream 5: Health
- Principles of Health Economics
- Economic Evaluations for Health Technology Assessment

Stream 6: Environment
- Environmental Economics and Policy
- Tools and Techniques in Ecological Economics

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

Learning and teaching

You’ll experience a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars and computer classes. Optional modules may also use other methods such as tutorials or practicals. Independent study is also vital to this programme, allowing you to develop your skills and prepare for taught sessions and assessments.

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 and quantitative subjects.

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

UK/EU: 31 August 2016

International: Closed for 2016 entry

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: £6,500

International: £15,500

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

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Scholarships and financial support

We award a range of scholarships to UK/EU and international students. There are several scholarships available for this programme that you may be eligible to apply for. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills. Find out more about scholarships.

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.

As a Masters student 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.

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.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide 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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