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 in preparation for a PhD.

Course Description

The MSc in Economics will provide you with a thorough understanding of the theory and techniques of modern economic and econometric analysis. The course is an excellent foundation for further research and a PhD. (The MSc in Economics is not available as a stand-alone degree and cannot be taken except as a precursor to a PhD. We do however offer a range of other postgraduate economics degrees which can be taken on their own.)

The central feature of the degree is its combination of core economic concepts and principles with the modern research methods required for their application. You will gain experience of actual economic research based on time series and social survey data, as this is an integral part of the degree.

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
September each year
School of Business

MSc Admissions Advisor
School of Business
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Why Leicester?

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

Academic staff at Leicester have produced research on economic growth and development, economic transition in Eastern Europe, the East-Asia crisis and UK monetary and fiscal policy.

Our academic staff are widely consulted by government agencies in various countries around the world. Staff also provide their expertise to international economic institutions such as the IMF, OECD and the World Bank, along with commercial organisations and the media.

Course Structure

Semester 1

Semester 1

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

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

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, classes and computer practicals. You will be supported throughout your studies by staff who are also available for private supervision. Each week on average you will receive six to eight hours of lectures and four hours of seminars.

Your course modules will generally be assessed by a combination of exams and coursework projects. Some modules are assessed by demonstrated skills in computing or by seminar presentation where this is appropriate.

Your dissertation, which should be no longer than 5,000 words, will give you experience of a typical task that you may have to undertake in a graduate role. It will demonstrate a great deal of independent research along with analysis, critical thinking and the application of techniques.

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Entry Requirements

2:1 degree or equivalent from a recognised university and a strong background in calculus and probability theory is desired.

Please note that this Masters Degree is only available as a precursor to a PhD. It cannot be taken as a stand-alone degree.

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.

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Career Opportunities

Our finance and economics courses have been developed to match the needs of employers and are highly regarded within business and government, whether national or international.

Many of our students have gone on to work in major banks, companies, and governments, or pursued careers in academia and education.

A postgraduate qualification from the University of Leicester is career-changing. It can be the spring board to promotion with your current employer, the platform from which to launch a new career, or simply an aid to becoming more effective in your current role.

If you are already in employment, enhancing your career by studying at postgraduate level gives a clear signal to employers that you are committed to developing your skills and knowledge and have studied to a higher level.

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Economics MSc 1 year full-time September each year

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1 year full-time
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