York enjoys a prominent international reputation in public economics and in the use of economics in the design of social policy.
If you already work in the public sector, the NHS or for an international agency, the MSc in Economics and Public Policy will help you upgrade your existing skills. You'll gain more exposure to up-to-date techniques and knowledge relevant to policy analysis in social and other public policy areas, and to public sector administration and financial management.
If you have completed a degree in economics, the Masters will allow you to build on this by gaining further knowledge and expertise in more specialised areas, such as health economics, social policy analysis and public finance.
The programme is also suitable for those with a background in disciplines such as government, sociology, mathematics or natural sciences, who wish to develop their abilities in economics and related areas, particularly economic and social policy, administration and management. If you don't have a strong background in economics, but have other relevant qualifications or experience, you can take a Summer Session course in Economics and Quantitative Methods.
making groundbreaking contributions in areas including economic theory, econometrics, finance and macroeconomics.
and top 100 in the world based on reputation and research citations (Tilburg University Economics Ranking, 2013 - 2017).
York is one of only three UK institutions to receive five stars from the Centre of Higher Education Development for postgraduate economics.
The MSc in Economics and Public Policy will offer you a thorough training in core areas of economics used in the evaluation of public policy. Taught by leading experts, you'll complete modules to the value of 180 credits. This includes 100 credits of taught modules - some core and some optional - and an 80 credit dissertation.
For the Masters you will take 100 credits of taught modules. There are five core modules which make up 80 of your 100 taught credits:
In addition you can choose 20 credits from:
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
You'll complete a piece of independent research carried out over three months of the summer, guided by a supervisor. The dissertation, of up to 10,000 words, is worth 80 credits and offers you the chance to examine a topic in depth and to develop your academic research skills.
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
|Full-time (1 year)||£7,810||£17,370|
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If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
This Masters combines a variety of different teaching methods, including:
A member of the teaching staff will act as your supervisor throughout the degree, to help guide your studies and monitor progress. The department also has a vibrant research community. You’ll be able to attend the seminars and research workshops in which staff and invited speakers discuss their research.
You'll be based in the Department of Economics and Related Studies on Campus West. Most of your teaching will take place in Alcuin College and elsewhere on Campus West.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
Formal types of assessment in this course include:
As you study modules you’ll take part in assessments that do not contribute to your final mark, instead giving useful feedback on your progress and understanding.
The MSc in Economics and Public Policy will open up a broad range of career options in government, the public sector, health or public administration. It is an ideal basis for progression to a PhD.
You'll gain the skills that will allow you to work in a variety of organisations. These include:
You'll develop a range of transferable skills during the course, including:
You should have at least a 2:1 degree from a UK university, primarily in Economics.
If your first degree was awarded by an institution outside the UK, see our country-specific information.
If you do not have a strong background in economics but have other relevant qualifications or experience, or who have been out of study for a while, may be required to take the Summer Session in Economics and Quantitative Methods as a condition of offer. Alternatively, the Session can also be taken as a stand alone course.
If your native language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language ability:
We also accept other English tests. Visit postgraduate English language requirements for further information.
You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.
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