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1 year full-time

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 Bachelor 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 (Year 0) then a PhD in Economics in Years 1, 2 and 3.

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

Course content What you’ll study


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:

  1. Advanced Microeconomics (20 credits)
  2. International Macroeconomics (10 credits)
  3. Advanced Macroeconomics (10 credits)
  4. Project (10 credits)
  5. Either Econometrics 1 & 2 or Econometric Methods for Research or Econometrics 1 and Applied Microeconometrics (20 credits)

In addition you'll choose 30 credits of options from:

  • Applied Microeconometrics
  • Design and Analysis of Mechanisms and Institutions
  • Development Economics: Theory and Evidence
  • Emerging Market Macroeconomics
  • Experimental Economics
  • Financial Markets
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Industrial Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • Public Finance
  • Public Sector Economics: Microeconomic Applications
  • Theory of Finance
  • Time Series

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 is one of the largest economics departments in the UK. It is ranked in the Top 10 in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for 'research power' and for the impact of our research on wider society.

Since its foundation, members of the Department have made pioneering contributions in areas including economic theory, econometrics, finance and macroeconomics. 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.

Careers Where you’ll go from here

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.

Career opportunities

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

  • Research agencies
  • Consultancy firms
  • Economic advisory services of governments
  • Banks or international agencies
  • Universities.

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, primarily in economics, or the equivalent from a non-UK university. While most people accepted onto the course have a first degree 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 you do not 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.

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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