The MSc Economics is a specialist masters degree designed to provide you with rigorous training in theoretical and applied economics.
It is suitable for students who either intend to pursue doctoral studies or are planning a career as research economists in academia, the public sector, international institutions, economic consulting, the financial industry, think tanks, or other research centres.
Students build on their undergraduate or postgraduate training by completing three compulsory modules in macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics both in the first and in the second term.
Students can also choose from a selection of option modules that cover a range of topics in applied economic research. Students also conduct original research to fulfil the substantial dissertation component of the degree.
This Economics masters degree will develop your economics expertise to the highest level.
Unique features of the MSc in Economics are:
- Degree provides a solid grounding in modern economics.
- Comprehensive two-semester sequences in macroeconomics, microeconomics, and econometrics that cover the essential models and tools used by research economists.
- Training in relevant mathematical and statistical methods and how to conduct, assess, and supervise both theoretical and applied research in the field.
- Possibility to continue to the MRes Economics programme upon successful completion of the MSc, which provides the option to go on to doctoral study in the School.
- A large number of generous scholarships available for academically outstanding students.
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The MSc Economics requires one year of full-time study.
In Semester 1, MSc students register for the following compulsory modules:
In addition, students will also choose one of the two optional modules below:
In Semester 2, students must choose a total of four courses from the list below.
At least two out of the following three courses:
At least one out the following two courses:
- ECOM114 Applied econometrics (micro)
- ECOM108 Applied econometrics (macro and finance)
And finally at most one option out of the following set:
During the Summer students complete a 60-credit dissertation (approximately 10,000 words) under the supervision of a member of academic staff. The dissertation is submitted at the beginning of September of the year following entry to the programme.
In total students earn 60 credits from the courses in the first term, 60 credits from the courses in the second term and 60 credits from the dissertation.
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- Undergraduate Degree - At the minimum a 2:1 or overseas equivalent is required. (A good performance in a higher degree such as a masters will also be accepted)
- Degree Discipline - Any degree discipline is acceptable, but students must have a good existing level of mathematics and statistics. Usually, our students come from Economics or a related field. Students from Mathematics, Engineering and Sciences are encouraged to apply.
- Work experience and professional qualifications - Weight will be given to relevant work experience and professional qualifications but neither is necessary to be accepted onto this course.
- English Language - Students whose first degree is not taught in an English-speaking country must provide evidence of English language proficiency. 6.5 IELTS overall and 6.0 in Writing or equivalent is the minimum required. Click here for further information.
- Other aspects of your application - All aspects of your application will be taken into consideration so our decision to make you an offer is not exclusively based on the criteria above.
Learning and teaching
The grade for each module is assessed through coursework, which counts for 20 per cent of the final marks, along with a written exam in May for each course unit which counts for 80 per cent.
The 10,000 word dissertation written over the summer counts for four modules (60 credits).
Tuition fees for the academic year 2015/2016 are £10,300 for home and EU students and £16,000 for international students.
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships
We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.
Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.
Alternative sources of funding
Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.
Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.
Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.
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Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
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