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Economics, MSc

University of Leeds, the United Kingdom

University of Leeds

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
MScFull-time12 monthsSeptemberGBP 7250 per totalGBP 17500 per total

About Economics, MSc - at University of Leeds

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

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 in an era of global challenges such as climate change.

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 modules in global economics and development economics to the economics of regulation, and principles of health economics, environmental economics or 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.

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.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Macroeconomics 1 15 credits
    • Microeconomics 1 15 credits
    • Applied Econometrics 15 credits
    • Econometrics 15 credits
    • Economics Dissertation 45 credits

    Optional modules

    You'll also choose five optional modules from the list below.

    • Principles of Health Economics 15 credits
    • Economic Evaluations for Health Technology Assessment 15 credits
    • Corporate Finance 15 credits
    • International Business Finance 15 credits
    • Economics of Globalisation and the International Economy 15 credits
    • Distributional Analysis in Economic Development 15 credits
    • Understanding the Global Economy 15 credits
    • Environmental Economics and Policy 15 credits
    • Tools and Techniques in Ecological Economics 15 credits
    • Principles of Transport Economics 15 credits
    • Welfare Economics and Cost-Benefit Analysis 15 credits
    • Economics of Regulation 15 credits
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    For more information on typical modules, read Economics MSc in the course 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

    UK/EU: 31 August 2018

    International: applications received before 31 March 2018 will receive equal consideration. Applications made after 31 March 2018 will be considered on a first-come first-served basis. The latest possible application date for international applicants is 30 June 2018. Should capacity be reached we reserve the right to close any course to new applications before the latest possible application date of 30 June 2018.

    • 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.

    Fees

    UK/EU: £7,250 (total)

    International: £17,500 (total)

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

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

    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 for, including:

    • Masters in Economics International Excellence Scholarships
    • Masters in Economics UK/EU Excellence Scholarship
    • Dean's Excellence Scholarship (UK/EU and International)
    • Leeds Alumni Bursary and Excellence Scholarship

    Read more about Business School scholarships.

  • 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.

    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.
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  • Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) with a background in economics and a strong grounding in quantitative subjects.

    Language requirements
    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.

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