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Economics MA

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Course description

The MA economics course is designed to meet the growing demand for those students who seek a degree that combines a solid training in microeconomic and macroeconomic principles with quantitative methods and research informed applied economics units. This course is clearly different from the existing MSc Economics courses at Manchester because of its focus on mainstream but less theoretical units that need to be completed.

Students on the MA economics will take compulsory courses in both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics; they will further advance their quantitative skills and techniques in the core courses in Introduction to Econometrics, Mathematical Methods in Economic Analysis and Further Econometrics; and, as part of their MA dissertation, they will focus on applied and/or policy-oriented research of economic data as relevant to policy makers and economics professionals.

The programme is focused on students interested in a career straight after the MA and not on those students interested in postgraduate research. The latter group may find our MSc Economics more appropriate.  Those wishing to pursue further postgraduate research in economics use the MA Economics as way of meeting the MSc's more technically demanding entry requirements.


  • Provide instruction and rigorous training in economics and the relevant methods of mathematical economics and econometrics research in this area
  • Develop your powers of inquiry, critical analysis and logical thinking, and your ability to apply theoretical knowledge to current issues of policy and practice in economics
  • Encourage initiative, independent learning, awareness of analytical and theoretical approaches in the field of economics, exposure to recent research and the state-of-the-art tools in applied work in economics
  • Train you in research methods and core skills in microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, mathematical economics, problem-solving, written and oral expression, communication and presentation skills
  • Equip you with the intellectual apparatus and practical skills necessary for an economist working in private or public organisations
  • Enable you to apply advanced research skills to a relevant research area either in economics, via course units and a dissertation

Teaching and learning


Part-time students complete the full-time programme over two years.  There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme.  

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory modules and then select your optional modules to suit your requirements.  

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your module choices during induction week with your Course Director

Course unit details

ECON60901 0 credits Pre Session Maths

Semester 1

Four core units:

ECON60411 Macroeconomics

ECON60391 Microeconomics

ECON60081 Mathematical Methods for Economic Analysis

ECON60611 Introduction to Econometrics

Semester 2

One core unit:

ECON60622 Further Econometrics

Three optional units:

ECON60432 Topics in Economics of Health

ECON60202 Public Economics

ECON61902 Topics in the Economic Development of China

ECON60022 Development Microeconomics

ECON60782 Economics of Environmental Policy

ECON60422 Environmental Valuation

ECON60212 Poverty, Inequality and Government Policy in Less Developed Countries

ECON60762 Agriculture in Economic Development

ECON60472 Labour Macroeconomics

ECON60482 Topics in Applied Economics

ECON60462 Numerical Methods for Economists

Not all options may be available and other options may be selected subject to approval of the Programme Director and unit lecturer

Further information can be found in the Programme Handbook .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: