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Overview Gain a thorough grounding in applied and theoretical econometrics


1 year full-time

The public and private sectors are gaining an increasing awareness of the value of quantitative skills to assess and use evidence from large amounts of data, making econometricians highly sought after. Our MSc in Econometrics and Economics will provide you with the essential skills that you need to follow a professional career, or to pursue further research, in applied and theoretical econometrics. The Masters is aimed at those with a prior knowledge of economics and econometrics, and/or mathematics and statistics.

You'll follow a core course in advanced economic and econometric theory. The modules are taught by world-leading experts in areas of economic theory, microeconometrics, panel data analysis, time series, spatial econometrics and nonparametric methods. Applied econometrics modules will equip you with state-of-the-art data analysis skills. You'll also develop your skills in analysing economic and financial data, and using econometric software widely employed by the leading researchers in the world.

An MSc in Econometrics and Economics is ideal for those who have an interest in using econometric methods and techniques to really get to grips with the important economic and social problems of our time.
Daniel, MSc in Econometrics and Economics

Course content What you’ll study


To achieve an MSc in Econometrics and Economics you'll complete modules to the value of 180 credits. This includes 90 credits from the core taught modules, 10 credits from the optional taught modules, and an 80 credit dissertation.


For the Masters you will need to take 100 credits of taught modules. There are seven compulsory core modules which amount to 90 of these credits:

  1. Advanced Microeconomics (20 credits)
  2. Advanced Macroeconomics (10 credits)
  3. International Macroeconomics (10 credits)
  4. Econometric Methods for Research (20 credits)
  5. Applied Microeconometrics (10 credits)
  6. Time Series (10 credits)
  7. Either Project or Topics in Financial Econometrics (10 credits)

In addition, you'll choose one 10 credit option from:

  • Design and Analysis of Mechanisms and Institutions (10 credits)
  • Development Economics: Theory and Evidence (10 credits)
  • Emerging Market Macroeconomics (10 credits)
  • Experimental Economics (10 credits)
  • Industrial Economics (10 credits)
  • Labour Economics (10 credits)
  • Project (10 credits)
  • Public Finance (10 credits)
  • Public Sector Economics: Microeconomic Applications (10 credits)
  • Topics in Financial Econometrics (10 credits)

A full list and descriptions of modules are available.


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 Department of Economics and Related Studies was ranked eighth in the UK for the impact of its research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Since its foundation, members of the Department have made pioneering contributions in econometrics, as well as in public economics, health economics, macroeconomics and finance, experimental economics, economic theory, and economic history. York is one of only three UK institutions to receive five stars from the Centre of Higher Education Development for postgraduate economics.

Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed

Teaching format

This Masters combines a variety of different teaching methods, including:

  • Formal lectures
  • Seminars
  • Problem-solving classes
  • Practical computer-based sessions.

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.


Formal types of assessment in this course include:

  • Dissertation
  • Exams
  • Group project
  • Seminar presentation
  • Essays

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.

York is the ideal place to study for your MSc as it provides you with all the opportunities to reach your potential, both during your degree and in your subsequent career. I fell in love with the city of York instantly, and the teaching is world class, with world leaders in micro and time-series econometrics.
Daniel, MSc in Econometrics and Economics

Careers Where you’ll go from here

The Masters will act as a springboard to a professional career in applied economics and econometrics. It is also an ideal preparation for a PhD. Research shows that around 80 per cent of our department's MSc graduates go on to economics related careers.

Career opportunities

You'll gain the skills that will allow you to work in a variety of organisations. Recent graduates' job positions include:

  • Economists (including with Cambridge Economic Policy Associates)
  • University researchers (progression to PhD)
  • Consultants (including economic modelling and marketing effectiveness for an energy agency)

Transferable skills

You'll develop a range of transferable skills during the course, including:

  • Independent working
  • Time management and people skills
  • Communicating research
  • Performing statistical analysis
  • Analytical and technical research skills.

Entry requirements How to get here

Course entry

You should have at least a 2:1 degree from a UK university, or the equivalent from a non-UK university, in a subject with sufficient econometrics and economics content. A strong background in mathematics or statistics would be an advantage. You'll be invited to provide a brief description in your Personal Statement of any econometrics, micro/macro economics, mathematics and statistics courses taken as part of your undergraduate or postgraduate degree studies, detailing core texts used.

You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system, which allows you to save your progress and return later to finish. If you're unable to apply online, you can submit a paper application.

International options

Visit general guidance on international entry requirements or email for further details for this course.

English language

If your native language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language ability:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • Pearson (PTE) Academic: 61 overall with a minimum of 55 in each component.

We also accept other English tests. Visit postgraduate English language requirements for further information.

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Professor Takashi Yamagata

Professor Takashi Yamagata

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