University of Essex

University of Essex

Economics and Econometrics

This course emphasises the foundations of econometrics and its application to a wide range of topics in economics; among the compulsory modules, estimation and inference in econometrics provides the statistical foundations for a variety of estimating methods and ways of testing economic hypotheses; we span topics from the classical linear regression model to the use of asymptotic methods in econometrics, and classical hypothesis tests; time series econometrics explores techniques for analysing the dynamic processes that are often found in macroeconomics, while empirical methods of economics and finance introduces students to methods for analysing stock market and other financial data; these modules combine to equip students for further study at the doctoral level or for a dynamic career in economic or business research.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or 2.2 degree in economics or a related discipline. (If your 1st degree is not in economics, or your economics training does not provide sufficient technical expertise for direct entry to an MSc, then we have a full-time Diploma). If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: Estimation and interference in econometrics; macroeconomics; microeconomics; time series econometrics; dissertation. Optional modules include: Applications of data analysis; banking; behavioural economics 1 (individual decision making); behavioural economics 2 (games and markets); computational agent-based macroeconomics, financial markets and policy design; economic development theory; economics of financial markets; economics of incentives, contracts and the firm; game theory and applications; international finance; international trade; mathematical methods; monetary economics; panel data methods; political economy; theory of industrial organisation; topics in financial economics; topics in labour economics.

Assessment methods

Combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams. During the summer, you will work on a dissertation or individual project included in your final grade.

Sponsorship information

Research councils and some University of Essex studentships available.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 9,950 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 15,500 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 9,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 9,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 9,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

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Key information

Graduate Administrator, Department of Economics
Telephone number: 
01206 872719