University of Essex

University of Essex


This course provides an advanced level of understanding in the techniques of economic analysis. It is widely recognised as a route into PhD studies at Essex and other universities; 1 module, microeconomics, provides training in key areas such as strategic behaviour, public choice and general equilibrium, while macroeconomics covers modern theory and methods with applications to policy. Key employability skills include analytical reasoning, model building, mathematical techniques, evaluation of mathematical models, econometrics, statistics and data analysis.

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: Dissertation; economic methods; macroeconomics; mathematical methods; microeconomics. 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; monetary economics; panel data methods; political economy; theory of industrial organisation; time series econometrics; 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; this course has ESRC Doctoral Training Centre accreditation, meaning it can form part of a 1+3 funding opportunity worth up to �18,000 for talented postgraduates; the University is one of only 21 ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centres in the UK.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time - 9 months
MSc Full-time £ 9,785 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 14,950 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 4,750 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 6,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Graduate Administrator, Department of Economics
Telephone number: 
01206 872719