At York we are proud of the impact and influence of our economics research in society and our contribution to scholarship.
You'll join a course which, for the last 30 years, has constantly received the highest accreditation from the Economic and Social Research Council.
The MSc in Economics emphasises problem-solving and practice in economic theory, applied economics and econometrics. You'll have opportunities 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.
Students who have a Bachelors degree in Economics with a very high average mark and a research proposal of outstanding quality may wish to enrol for the 1+3 PhD. This gives you the chance to first study for a Masters then a PhD in Economics.
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 will give you graduate-level skills in economic analysis and relevant quantitative techniques. A sound training in best practice methods of mainstream economics, combined with the opportunities of studying optional areas in depth, will allow you to reach your full potential.
Taught by leading experts, you will complete modules to the value of 180 credits. These include 100 credits of taught modules - some core and some optional - and an 80 credit dissertation.
For the Masters you will need to take 100 credits of taught modules. There are five compulsory core modules which amount to 70 of your 100 required credits:
In addition you'll choose 30 credits of options 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.
The Economics Masters degree programme is diverse, stimulating and challenging. The academic teaching staff were quick to give help and support when needed and all the teaching was thorough and rigorous. Open discussion was encouraged throughout the Department in seminars, lectures and one-to-one supervision meetings.Richard, MSc in Economics, now studying Economics PhD
|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.
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 will act as a springboard to a wide variety of careers, as employers will highly value your analytical problem-solving abilities, as well as your research and communication skills. The Masters is also 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. You may also be offered a place if you have a strong degree in mathematics, statistics, computing, engineering or the sciences and are very keen to study economics.
If your first degree was awarded by an institution outside the UK, see our country-specific information.
If you have been out of study for a while, or do not have a strong background in economics or mathematics and statistics but have other relevant qualifications or experience, you may be required to take the Summer Session in Economics and Quantitative Methods as a condition of your 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:
For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements for further information.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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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