MSc, 1 year, full-time

This is for you if... you want to develop an advanced understanding of theoretical and applied microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics.

Course Description

This course allows you to study economics at an in-depth postgraduate level. You will study a sequence of economics modules that is widely recognised as standard graduate training. It will provide you with the foundations for either a career as an economist or to prepare for PhD study.

The course will provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your acquired skills by applying them to a research topic of your choice. You will gain a strong command of analytical techniques, computing and research methods for problem-solving, and develop your critical analysis of economic theories and debates. The course will equip you with advanced research and communication skills, both written and oral.

To help you develop the skills that leading employers ask for, and let you see how traders work, we have 12 Bloomberg terminals in the University Library. 

This MSc is designed for students who have a strong background in economics. It is available as a one year full-time, or two years part-time campus-based course.

Key Facts
Start date
October each year
School of Business

MSc Admissions Advisor
School of Business
+44 (0)116 252 2157 or 5113

School of Business website

Why Leicester?

The Leicester MSc provides rigorous training, recognised as an international standard.

At Leicester you will be taught by leading experts, who have both an excellent academic reputation and real-world experience.

You can customise your degree with a focus is macro-economics or micro-economics.

You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your new skills through a summer dissertation.

Course Structure

Semester 1

Semester 1

Core modules

Option modules

  • Forecasting
  • Development Economics
  • Experimental Economics

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Semester 2

Semester 2

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Plus one option module from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Semester 3

Semester 3

Core module

  • Research methods

Plus your Dissertation

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching will consist of a combination of lectures, seminars and computer labs. Research methods will be taught through a series of lectures and one-to-one supervision with your dissertation supervisor. Core modules will be assessed through a combination of coursework and traditional exams.

You will take modules between September and the end of December, and between January and May.

Between April and August you will focus on your dissertation. You dissertation allows us to assess your skills in research and application of taught methods, as well as skills in academic writing and communication.

Research Stories

Entry Requirements


  • A 2:1 degree in economics (or equivalent) from a recognised university. 


  • An 2:2 degree in economics (or equivalent) and a minimum of a 2:1 in each final year module in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, or equivalent from a recognised university. 

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

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Fees and Funding

Career Opportunities

This programme will provide you with a unique skill set in economics and data analytics that will make you particularly well-suited to jobs that require a high level of numeracy and analytical skills. You may find employment in such areas as:

  • Government
  • International Organisations and Non-Profits
  • Consulting firms
  • Banking and Finance
  • Research and Academia
  • Other industry

You will also develop a number of skills that have a broad employment application, including: problem solving, presentation and analytical writing skills. You will be able to pursue employment across a wide range of sectors in management and analytics.  

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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Economics MSc 1 year full-time September each year Apply Now
1 year full-time
Start Dates
September each year

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