University of Essex

University of Essex

Applied Economics and Data Analysis

This course is ran jointly with our Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), which specialises in the analysis of household and labour market data; 1 compulsory module (taught by ISER) is panel data methods, which introduces the main techniques used in the analysis of panel data, the specification of models, and the tests of their validity; it includes methods for analysing persistence over time in economic variables, for e.g. the duration of an individual's unemployment spell; another core module, applications of data analysis, focuses on handling different types of datasets, on survey methodology and sampling frames, and on how to deal with problems of response rates and attrition; these modules provide the tools for analysing and implementing some of the models that are presented in theory modules, like microeconomics.

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 6.0 or equivalent.

Course modules

Stage 1 modules: Applications of data analysis; mathematical methods; microeconomics; panel data methods; dissertation. Options: Econometric methods and applications; economic development theory; economics of financial markets; economics of incentives, contracts and the firm; estimation and inference in econometrics; game theory and applications; international finance; international trade theory; macroeconomics; microeconometrics; theory of industrial organisation; time series econometrics; topics in financial economics; topics in labour economics; trade and development.

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 council funding 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
MSc Part-time October 2016 - 24 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