Economists are among the most influential thought leaders in 21st century life. They play a key role in helping us to understand the world around us and to make it function better. Many of our most challenging problems – global warming, poverty, rising inequality, public debt, the impact of the financial crisis – are economic in nature. The MSc at Queen’s provides the advanced knowledge and skills to understand these and other issues and to prepare students for careers as economists or for further study towards a PhD.
The programme brings together a set of modules that aim to provide the student with a clear modern and post-crisis perspective on the 21st century global economy. This includes a sequence of modules in microeconomics founded on decision and game theoretic principles; developing a network perspective on socio-economic interaction in the 21st century global economy; a sequence of modules in institutional economic history that provide a historically informed perspective on the main macroeconomic policy instruments that are used in our global economy; and a sequence of modules that provide practical skills of data analysis and econometric techniques.
If you are interested in advanced study that is ‘post-crisis’ in structure and content, delivered at one of the UK’s leading research universities, then this degree is for you. The programme builds on our established strengths in economic history, economic network theory and the quantitative analysis of economic and social policy, allowing students to combine a deep and wide-ranging understanding of the discipline with the opportunity to specialise in one of these three particular fields.
Seminars and masterclasses from expert guest speakers are an integral part of the programme. Under supervision, you will complete a dissertation involving a detailed quantitative analysis of a challenging theoretical or applied issue in economics.
- Entry requirements
- 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Economics or a closely related subject (e.g. Business Economics, Finance, joint degrees with substantial economics component).
- English language requirements
- An IELTS* score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component. *Taken within the last 2 years.
- Tuition fees
- £17,900 / ¥162,873
- Economic Decision-making and Behaviour (15)
- History and Philosophy of Economics (15)
- Applied Econometrics (15)
- Global Economic History (15)
- Economics of Markets and Networks (15)
- Labour Economics and Social Policy (15)
- Contemporary Macroeconomics (15)
- Topics in Economics (15)
Two thirds by written examination and continuous assessment. One third by dissertation which may take a variety of forms including a traditional academic based dissertation, industry analysis or work-based project.
90% of Economics students were satisfied in 2018 (NSS 2018: Overall satisfaction)
Economics, and the way economics is taught, is changing. This programme, focuses on using cutting-edge economic analysis to understand the world today and our behaviour within it, places you at the forefront of this advance.
You will cover all the core elements (compulsory modules) you need for an advanced understanding of economics and to develop your analytical and quantitative skill set, but you will also have the flexibility to tailor the course to your personal interests and career aspirations.
In addition to working with Queen’s own expert Faculty, students have the opportunity to learn from external international experts in their fields who come to Queen’s to give seminars and masterclasses. You will also hear guest lectures from industry professionals, with opportunities to network afterwards.
Weekly training sessions in our state-of-the-art computer lab will help you to develop your data analytical skills using market-leading econometrics software such as Stata.
Queen’s Management School is committed to the continuous improvement and enhancement of all of its degree programmes. New modules may be developed and included to replace or enhance those which are mentioned here.