University of Essex

MSc 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
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

In our popular flagship masters course you will develop the expert research mind-set required for a high-profile job in finance or business

You gain a rigorous training in the key areas of economics through studying the following topics:
Strategic behaviour, public choice and general equilibrium
Modern theory and methods with application to policy
Optimisation theory, formal economic arguments, and the role of equilibrium
Econometric methods
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 particular strengths in the areas of:
Game theory and strategic interactions
Theoretical and applied econometrics
Labour economics
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 of our time

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

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
Econometric Methods
Mathematical Methods
Monetary Economics
Political Economy (optional)
International Trade (optional)
Core components can be combined with optional modules to enable you to gain either in-depth specialisation or a breadth of understanding across several topics
Our postgraduates are encouraged to attend conferences and seminars
Each module is assessed with a final examination and a coursework component
Coursework is taken in the form of a term paper or a midterm test
You undertake an individually supervised research project that involves the in-depth study of a specific economic problem or issue

Additional information

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 For a full list of research interests, see our Department’s staff pages 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 prepares you for employment; recent surveys have shown that higher degree graduates are more likely to obtain jobs at professional or managerial level Our recent MSc 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 Investment Management More generally, our graduates find employment in roles such as business and financial analysts, management consultants, government officials, and economists for banks and other financial organisations We also work with the university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities One Masters not enough for you? We offer a number of postgraduate taught double degrees with our international partners You work for two Masters degrees, one at Essex and another at a prestigious university across the globe, gaining them both in a shorter time than...

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