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Business Economics / International Business Economics  MSc


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The Business Economics / International Business Economics MSc course enables you to apply economic analysis and quantitative skills to real-world business and economic policy issues.

There are excellent employment prospects for economists with these skills in management consultancy, multinationals, government agencies and business and finance.

Our central London location puts you in the heart of "the world's biggest financial centre" (Economist, 2012) with outstanding opportunities for networking and employment. 


Scholarship opportunities will be available for UK/EU and international students looking to study postgraduate courses in the School of Arts & Social Sciences starting in September 2015. Further details will be published here shortly.

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £11,500
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500

Start Date:

September 2015

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

You should have some mathematical background (A-level, IB, AP or any other equivalent secondary school qualification) and either of the following:

  • a 2.1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in economics or related discipline (e.g. Finance);
  • a 2.1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in business, management, politics, law, accounting, psychology, quantitative sociology or financial journalism.
  • a 2.1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline (such as mathematics, engineering, computer science or a natural science).

Students with a good 2.2 in one of the above disciplines might be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Other Suitable Qualifications

You will benefit from having a working knowledge of microeconomic principles, mathematics and statistics. In order to help you if you have a shortfall in these areas, we run pre-sessional courses prior to the start of the academic year that will provide the necessary background.

These 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 prior to commencing 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 London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma in Business, Law and Social Science. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.

English Requirements

  • IELTS: an overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 for each sub-test

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information:


If you are a citizen of, or undertook your Bachelors degree in, one of the following countries, you are exempt from the requirement to provide proof of English language proficiency:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • UK
  • The United States of America

The above is a list of UKBA designated majority English-speaking countries. For more information see

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.

Visa Requirements

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:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2015
One year full-time. (No part-time option.)

Course Content

Students have the opportunity to extend their previous education by focusing on business and economic policy issues.

There is a high demand for economics postgraduates who, by developing specialised skills on this course, have the ability to apply economic analysis and quantitative skills to business and economic policy issues.

Course Structure

You take five core modules (including the dissertation and research methods module) and three elective modules.

Core modules

Route elective modules

  • Econometrics
  • Quantitative methods.

Elective modules

Choose three from:

* This module is compulsory in order to graduate with an MSc in International Business Economics. Your dissertation must also be in the field of international business economics.

Read the full 2014 programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment


You will take part in lectures, seminars and computer lab sessions. In lectures, we introduce you to key theories, concepts and economic models. You will have the opportunity in seminars to solve applied problems, analyse case studies and discuss the latest academic research.

You are assessed by coursework and examination. Your overall degree result is based on your performance in taught modules and the dissertation.

Read the full 2014 programme specification.


  • Full-time EU: £11,500
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.


Scholarship opportunities will be available for UK/EU and international students looking to study postgraduate courses in the School of Arts & Social Sciences starting in September 2015. Further details will be published here shortly.


  • Every year the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation offers one or two studentships, worth roughly £10,000 each, to students who have been accepted to do a Masters degree in Economics or Finance at a top UK university. The Foundation tends to favour applicants who have an interest in going into journalism, though this should not preclude others from applying. For further information, please see the Marjorie Deane website at

Career Prospects

There are excellent employment opportunities for economists in economic and management consultancies, multinationals, government agencies and in business and finance, particularly
in the City of London.

Job destinations
Example of where our 2009 Economics graduates (from all MSc courses) are now working:

  • Data analyst, Abacus International
  • Human rights specialist, Alpha Bank
  • Barclays Bank
  • Research economist, Brava
  • Accountant, Confederation of British Industry
  • Market researcher, Deutsche Bank
  • Sales assistant, Ealing PCT
  • Research executive, Eli-Lilly
  • Senior health economist, Fidelity
  • Senior health liaison manager, Gallaher Ltd
  • Finance graduate trainee, I3 Innovus
  • Project manager, IM Health
  • Commercialist, Johnson and Johnson
  • Health economy liaison manager, Kovis d.o.o
  • Analyst, Network Rail
  • Project leader, NHS Business Service Authority
  • Marketing executive, Novo Nordisk
  • Customer relations officer, Oxford Outcomes Ltd
  • Health outcomes advisor, Research International
  • Assistant Director of performance and planning, Suits You
  • Collection agent, Synovate
  • Economist , Tomtah
  • Database office health economist, United Nations Development Programme

Application Deadline

There is no fixed application deadline. Applications will close when the course is full, so you are encouraged to apply early.

MSc Business Economics / International Business Economics

To apply you will need to submit:

  • An application form (either electronically or by post)
  • A certified copy of your undergraduate academic results and degree certificate
  • Proof of English proficiency (if you are not a native English speaker, or someone who has not been taught in English for their first degree subject)

Academic references are not required when you submit your application. However, the admissions tutor may request them at a later date to help make a decision on your application.

Application forms

You are encouraged to apply online and either upload or email scanned copies of your supporting documents for convenience.

You can also download the application form using the following link: