About this taught graduate course
Our MSc will appeal to you if you have a strong background in the subject and wish to gain advanced and rigorous training in modern economics, as preparation for a career as a professional economist or analyst.
You will receive advanced teaching in the core areas of macroeconomic and microeconomic theory, econometrics and research methods, and you will also be able to choose from a wide portfolio of optional modules.
An 8,000-word dissertation provides an opportunity to explore your own interests across these fields of study. You will be automatically enrolled on a pre-sessional Mathematics and Statistics programme to equip you with the relevant methodological skills you need to succeed.
By the end of the course, you will be able to read and understand research papers and articles in academic journals, build theoretical models, and initiate empirical research and evaluate its findings.
Skills from this degree
- Rigorous advanced training in economic analysis and techniques, which includes opportunities to contribute to current economic research and debates
- Analytical approach to thinking about national and international economic problems, policies and decision-making
- Research skills; use of library and internet as information sources; locating, extracting, analysing, and presenting material
- Numeracy and quantitative skills; use of mathematics and diagrams, understanding data, statistical analysis
- IT skills; word processing and spreadsheets; specialist econometric or statistical software; internet applications
- Written and oral communication skills
General entry requirements
2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) specialising mainly in economics. This means you should have achieved a good standard in undergraduate courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics/ economics statistics at an intermediate level.
We also expect a good standard achieved in mathematics taken at undergraduate level.
English language requirements
You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:
- Band A
- IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0.
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.
There are no additional entry requirements for this course.
The following basic structure applies to the MSc Economics:
An online Pre-sessional Mathematics and Statistics course for the first two weeks. You will need a computer with good internet access to allow for this period of online study.
- Microeconomics A
- Macroeconomics A
- Microeconomics B
- Macroeconomics B
These modules will develop your understanding of advanced economic analysis, with more applied versions (A) or more technical/theoretically orientated versions (B). As a guide, we expect students opting for the B versions of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics to have obtained the equivalent of a First class mark (70%) in their undergraduate studies, though we will consider a request to take a B variant even if that prerequisite is not met.
- Quantitative Methods: Econometrics A
- Quantitative Methods: Econometrics B
Econometrics A covers fundamental econometrics research skills and Econometrics B will supplement the development of these key and fundamental professional skills by looking at more advanced topics.
- Three option modules
- A dissertation
Students need to have previously completed undergraduate courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics/economic statistics at an intermediate level. The MSc Economics is a quantitative degree and students will need to be competent in several areas of mathematics. All students attend a short pre-sessional mathematics and statistics course before the term starts.
Core and optional core modules
- Microeconomics A and Macroeconomics A OR Microeconomics B and Macroeconomics B
- Quantitative Methods: Econometrics A OR Quantitative Methods: Econometrics B
Optional modules can vary from year to year. Example optional modules may include:
- Behavioural Economics
- Labour Economics
- Development Economics
- Topics in Applied Macroeconomics
- Topics in Global Finance
You will have a combination of lectures, and small group support and feedback classes. You will also learn through independent study, which will include reading journals and books, completing problem sets and assessments, revising for exams and undertaking research.
In the summer term and summer vacation your independent study time will increase as you complete your research dissertation. Your dissertation work will normally be individually supervised on a one-to-one basis and we have an effective personal tutor system providing individual support.
We encourage one-to-one interaction with our world-leading academics and offer great flexibility in the optional modules that allow you to specialise or diversify your studies.
Core modules range from 50-175 students; optional modules vary (15-75) and classes typically average around 15-20 students.
Typical contact hours
An average of 8-10 hours of lectures and 3 hours of classes per week.
For MSc students, assessment is through formal examinations, coursework and an individually supervised research dissertation.
Feedback is a vital part of the assessment process, as it helps you to reach your full potential by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your work and the actions needed to develop your understanding and enhance your performance.
Feedback is provided in a variety of ways, including: grades and comments on marked work, solutions to problem sets, verbal feedback from tutors and peers in classes, Advice and Feedback hours with academic staff and personal tutor meetings.
Pre-Sessional Mathematics and Statistics
You are required to attend Introductory to Mathematics and Statistics, which will be taught in the two weeks before the University’s main term begins.
The course is designed to ensure that your maths and statistical knowledge and skills are at the standard required for you to succeed on the rest of the MSc course and it consists of both lectures and small group learning. Further information can be found at the following Economics web page.
Most departments have reading lists available through Warwick Library. If you would like to view reading lists for the current cohort of students you can visit our Warwick Library web page.
Your personalised timetable will be complete when you are registered for all modules, compulsory and optional, and you have been allocated to your lectures, seminars and other small group classes. Your compulsory modules will be registered for you and you will be able to choose your optional modules when you join us.
Your career in Economics
Graduates from our Master’s courses have gone on to work for employers including:
- Bank of America
- Bank of China
- China Merchants Bank
- European Central Bank
- Frontier Economics
- HM Treasury
- World Trade Organisation
They have pursued roles such as:
- Business and financial project management professionals
- Chartered and certified accountants
- Quality assurance and regulatory professionals
Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:
- Careers in Economics Webinar Series
- Careers in Economics Event
- Investment Banking Uncovered
- Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
- Mock Assessment Centre workshops
- Manage Your Digital Identity and Use LinkedIn Effectively
Economics at Warwick
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Our Postgraduate courses
Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.
Fee Status Guidance
The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.
If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.
Additional course costs
As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad. Information about department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:
- Core text books
- Printer credits
- Dissertation binding
- Robe hire for your degree ceremony
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