This course enables you to immerse yourself in rigorous modern economics training – either immediately after an undergraduate degree or as a mid-career professional. You can choose to study full time over the course of one year or part time over the course of two.
This course will give you a solid foundation in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, while exploring modules on finance, regulation, health economics, behavioural economics and development economics.
The Economics MSc helps you:
Should you with to pursue further study, the dissertation track can also serve as a stepping stone to an Economics PhD.
To apply for this course, 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 undergraduate degree in one of the above disciplines might be considered on a case-by-case basis.
All students must also meet the English language requirement for the programme as specified.
If English is not your first language you will need the following qualification:
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.
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. Learn more about INTO’s English for University Study programme.
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.
Alumnus of the MSc Economics at City, University of London, Alex McCallum, talks about his experience of the course and since graduating.
As a Masters student at City, you will benefit from City's excellent London location and our proximity to, and connections with, the City of London. We are just minutes away from the Square Mile – London's world-famous financial district – and the headquarters of numerous financial and professional institutions.
We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.
Teaching takes place over two terms from September to June. Full-time students who pass all the taught modules during the main exam sessions finish the programme at the end of September when they submit their dissertation or literature review.
Full-time students who successfully complete the taught modules in the August resit exam session submit their dissertation or literature review in December.
Part-time students complete their modules over the course of four terms from September to June before undertaking their dissertation or literature review.
Your course is taught by research-active academic staff. Assessments are a combination of unseen written examinations (70% for each module) and coursework (30% for each module).
Pre-sessional activities covering Micro-and Macroeconomics, Stata, Excel, Probability and Mathematics run in September before the start of term. These are available for all students who secure a place on the MSc Economics course. 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 are as follows:
Stata – date TBC
Mathematics – date TBC
Microeconomics – date TBC
Excel – date TBC
Probability – date TBC
Macroeconomics – date TBC
You are not required to register for the above pre-sessionals, you just need to turn up on the day. Further information such as the exact times and locations will be provided in your induction schedule.
You will take 120 credits of taught core modules and 60 extra credits through one of the following routes:
In the dissertation route, you will take four core modules and two elective modules.
In the literature survey path, you will take three core modules and five elective modules.
It is not possible to give exact hours per week as these can vary from one term to the other, depending on which electives you choose.
**cannot be chosen if ECM157 Development Economics is chosen.
*available subject to timetabling feasibility
On completing the Masters in Economics you will have a wide range of career options. Graduates of this course enjoy numerous employment possibilities in both the public and private sectors, including consultancy and financial analysis.
Recent Economics Masters graduates have secure roles such as:
The MSc also provides a solid academic foundation for students wishing to pursue doctoral research in economics.