University of Essex

MA Economics

University of Essex
In Colchester

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Important information

Typology Postgraduate
Location Colchester
Duration 1 Year
  • Postgraduate
  • Colchester
  • Duration:
    1 Year

About the course
How should trade be managed to promote both social welfare and the interests of workers and firms? How should merger policy be managed to balance the interests of merging firms and others that share the industry? How should financial markets and financial instruments be designed to promote economic stability and growth?
If your first degree isn’t in economics, or your economics training doesn’t provide sufficient experience for our MSc courses, MA Economics may be for you

At Essex we push the frontiers of accepted wisdom, critically examining the decisions of individuals, the strategies of firms, and the policies of governments to understand and challenge the standard paradigms of economics

On this course, you build a thorough understanding of the key areas of economics through studying these topics:
Strategic behaviour, public choice, fiscal and monetary policy, theories of growth
Modern theory and methods with application to policy
Formal economic arguments, and the role of equilibrium
Econometric methods
We teach you the essentials of micro- and macroeconomics and econometric methods

You also have the option to explore a set of selected topics in economics to hone your skills, such as Management Economics and Market Analysis, International Trade and Financial Economics

For your dissertation, you apply these skills to create an original piece of research

If you need it, we support you in maths through pre-sessional and co-curricular support

If you’d like to develop your knowledge further at Essex, we offer a range of other advanced courses inside and outside economics that complement this course

Facilities (1)
Where and when



Colchester (Essex)
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Wivenhoe Park, CO4 3SQ


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What you'll learn on the course

Financial Training
International Trade

Course programme

Example structure
Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.
For many of our courses you’ll have a wide range of optional modules to choose from – those listed in this example structure are, in many instances, just a selection of those available. Our Programme Specification gives more detail about the structure available to our current postgraduate students, including details of all optional modules.
Year 1
Macroeconomics (Intermediate)
Microeconomics (Intermediate)
Introduction to Econometric Methods
Market Structure and Strategic Behaviour (optional)
International Trade (optional)
Economic Analysis of Asset Prices (optional)
Economics of Financial Markets (optional)
Theory of Industrial Organisation (optional)
International Trade (optional)

Additional information

We are top 5 in the UK for research, with over 90% of our research rated as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” Much of this world-class research is related to policy, and we have research strengths in a number of areas The quality of our work is reflected in our stream of publications in high-profile academic journals, including American Economic Review, Econometrica, and Review of Economic Studies Professional accreditation Our University is one of only 21 ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centres in the UK This means that our course can form part of a prestigious 1+3 funding opportunity worth up to £21,575 Our expert staff Study and work alongside some of the most prominent economists Our researchers are at the forefront of their field and have even received MBEs, with students coming from across the globe to study, research or work with us Many of our researchers also provide consultancy services to businesses in London and other major financial centres, helping us to develop research for today's society as well as informing our teaching for the future Specialist facilities Take advantage of our wide range of learning resources to assist you in your studies: Extensive software for quantitative analysis is available in all computer labs across the university Access a variety of economics databases and multiple copies of textbooks and e-books in the Albert Sloman Library Your future After completing your masters, you may wish to extend your knowledge with a research degree –many Essex graduates decide to stay here for further study Alternatively, our course also helps prepare you for employment; recent surveys have shown that higher degree graduates are more likely to obtain jobs at professional or managerial level Our recent Master’s level Economics graduates have gone on to work for a range of high-profile organisations: The Ministry of Finance HM Treasury The Work Foundation Fitch Ratings Schroders...

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