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How long you will study
Domestic course fees
GBP 11500 per year
How you will study
International course fees
GBP 16000 per year
From start-ups to multinationals, the MSc Business Economics course is about applying economics to business - and London is the ideal place to do it.
Who is it for?
The MSc Business Economics / International Business Economics is for students who want to apply economics to real-world issues. From transfer pricing, to the complexity of financial markets and the pros and cons of EU membership, you will need to be strong at statistics and quantitative methods to get to grips with the material that makes up the core modules. The MSc is designed to give you the tools to apply your knowledge, so we expect you to be downloading the free FT app and getting on top of current issues from the second you start.
At City, we are focused on getting you a job as an applied economist in the real world.”
Course Director, Professor Keith Pilbeam
On the MSc Business Economics / International Business Economics you won't be deriving equations. Instead, we use them to apply economics to current business issues.
The programme has been designed to equip students with a wealth of resources combining data banks from City's Cass Business School and School of Arts and Social Sciences. This means you have access to everything from Datastream, Bloomberg and Bankscope, to Morning Star and Orbis.
MSc Business Economics / International Business Economics maximises City's central London location. With high-profile guest lecturers such as Jim O'Neill, former Chief Economist from Goldman Sachs, you gain insight straight from the City studying in the heart of "the world's biggest financial centre" (Economist, 2012.)
Requirements and how to apply
You should have some mathematical background (A-level, IB, AP or any other equivalent secondary school qualification) and one of the following:
Students with a good lower second class degree in one of the above disciplines might be considered on a case-by-case basis.
INTO City, University of London
Don't meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You'll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Economics.
Kaplan International College London
City works in partnership with Kaplan International College (KIC) London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Pre Masters courses at KIC London offer comprehensive support to students wishing to complete their postgraduate study at City. Progression to this degree is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London Pre-Masters course at the required level.
Other suitable qualifications
You will benefit from having a working knowledge of microeconomic principles, mathematics and statistics. If you have a shortfall in these areas, we run pre-sessional courses before the academic year starts that will give you the necessary background.
The pre-sessional courses are primarily aimed at those who have not studied economics for a few years and may need some revision of maths, statistics and/or microeconomics. The three courses are designed to ensure that you have a minimum acceptable level of knowledge in each area before beginning the course, so that once the full MSc course starts, all students share a common core of basic knowledge.
Postgraduate preparatory courses for international students
If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City, University of London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma in Economics. The course offers a route to City, University of London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, based in purpose-built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City, University of London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.
If English is not your first language you will need the following qualification:
Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.
All applicants that require a Tier 4 visa must meet the minimum Home Office English Language ability requirements before City can issue the Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS) that is needed to apply for a Tier 4 visa.
INTO English language programmes
Don't meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:
If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.
For more information see our main Visa page.
How to apply
Applications for 2018 are now open.
You will need to submit an application form, personal statement, an official copy of your undergraduate academic transcript and degree certificate and a copy of your passport.
The Department of Economics does not require references when you submit your application. However, the Admissions Tutor might request them at a later date to help make a decision on your application.
If you have any enquiries please contact the Programmes Office:
Postgraduate Courses Offices
School of Arts and Social Sciences
City, University of London
Teaching and learning
The course is taught through a series of lectures (which are also available as online resources), seminars, student presentations and interactive group work. Computer laboratory teaching gives you practical experience using software packages to develop statistical and econometric skills that are formatively assessed by computer-based exercises.
You also undertake a research project or economics literature survey on a subject that is of interest to you. This must cover a current topic that is within the remit of Business Economics or International Business Economics.
Pre-sessional activities covering statistics, mathematics, and Stata run in September before the start of term. These are available for all students who secure a place on the MSc International Business Economics and MSc Business Economics courses. Pre-sessionals are included in your degree fee and are designed to prepare you for the course. We therefore strongly encourage you to make every effort to attend. Dates of the sessions for 2018 are TBC.
You are assessed by coursework and examination. Your overall degree result is based on your performance in the taught modules and the dissertation.
The core content is covered in the first term, making this a programme with a lot of choice. There is an economics and econometrics focus, but you also can study topics including the economics of micro-finance, e-commerce, asset pricing and the history of economic thought.
If you choose to study MSc International Business Economics you will need to study the International Business Economics elective in the second term, and your research project has to cover more than one country. So, for example, you could not focus on a single-country subject such as privatisation in the UK.
You take five (six for International Business Economics students) core modules (including the dissertation and research methods module) and three elective modules. Here is a breakdown of the postgraduate programme in more detail.
Route core modules:
Route core for International Business Economics students only:
Route core elective: (choose one of two)
Route core modules:
When it comes to employer recognition, City is well established. City has become synonymous with quality and the Government Economic Service regularly recruits postgraduate students from this programme. There is also a range of career service events across the School of Arts and Social Sciences and Cass Business School, which you can attend throughout the programme.
Our graduates include Yuliya Bashmakov, Senior Gas Control Scheduler for ExxonMobil and Youssef Intabli who is now working as an account manager at Bloomberg.
Some of our graduates also choose to study an Economics PhD programme. Find out more about our Economics research degrees.
85.7% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course
Notes about fees for this course
More about fees
Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).
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Alumni Youssef Intabli, Account manager at Bloomberg talks about his experience of studying at City.
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