MSc in Economics


Aims of the programme

The programme is intended for students who wish to acquire graduate-level skills in economic analysis and relevant quantitative techniques. It is designed for students who are embarked on, or intending to embark upon, careers in research agencies, consultancy firms, economic advisory services of governments, banks or international agencies, or as university teachers or researchers.

The programme provides a sound training in best practice methods of mainstream economics, combined with the opportunities of studying optional areas in depth, and of gradual transition to research.


Special Features

  • High quality: Over the last 30 years the programme has constantly received the highest accreditation from the Economic and Social Research Council.
  • Emphasis on problem-solving and practice in both economic theory, applied economics and econometrics. This provides a structured and phased transition from coursework to independent research.
  • Opportunity to study areas of application at the frontiers of economics such as experimental economics, regulatory policy, industrial organisation, intertemporal and international macroeconomics, financial markets, and labour economics.


Admissions Requirements

Either (i) an upper second class degree, primarily in Economics, from a UK university, or (ii) the equivalent from a non-UK university. The majority of students admitted to this programme have a first degree in Economics. However, we also admit those with a strong degree in mathematics, statistics, computing, engineering or the sciences who are very keen to study economics. 

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Programme Structure

There is further information on individual modules in the module list section.

Compulsory core components:

  1. Advanced Microeconomics
  2. International Macroeconomics
  3. Advanced Macroeconomics
  4. Project
  5. Either Econometrics 1 & 2 or Econometric Methods for Research or Econometrics 1 and Applied Microeconometrics

In addition students choose 30 credits of options from:

Category 1 modules:

  • Applied Microeconometrics
  • Design and Analysis of Mechanisms and Institutions
  • Industrial Economics
  • Micro Development Theory
  • Public Finance
  • Theory of Finance

Category 2 modules:

  • Development Economics: Theory and Evidence
  • Emerging Market Macroeconomics
  • Financial Markets
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Project Appraisal
  • Public Sector Economics: Microeconomic Applications
  • Time Series

NOTES: Timetabling should permit any choice of category “1" options although it might rule out some combinations from category “2" options. 

Students may be allowed to take one optional unit in environmental economics offered by the Environment Department. Students wishing to do so must first ask their MSc Director and the Environment Department's MSc Director for permission, which is not automatic.

  • Applied Environmental Economics

Student's view

Dr Omer Javed

Omer Javed

Dr Omer Javed was a successful MSc Economics student in 2007/8. He has just graduated with a PhD from the University of Barcelona.

“The masters degree in economics at the University of York, where I focused on optimal monetary policy rules in my dissertation, provided me with strong academic basis that enabled me to start working as economist at the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) office in Pakistan, in 2009. By the time I left for my doctoral studies in economics at the University of Barcelona in early 2013, the very enriching experience of my professional work had also given me the curiosity to explore the link between improving institutional determinants, and the consequences of IMF programmes. This culminated in my successfully obtaining ‘Excellent Cum Laude’ in my PhD thesis assessment. Currently, I am developing my research proposal for exploring the link between oligarchy, income inequality and poverty, and will try to get enrolled in a good post-doctoral programme.”

You can see details of his book at:

Students in a seminar