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Economics and Econometrics MSc

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Degree awarded
12 months full-time, 24 months part-time.
Entry requirements

UK 2:1 Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in economics/econometrics/agricultural economics or a related subject for direct MSc entry.

Applicants with a UK 2:2 Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in economics/econometrics/agricultural economics or a related subject may be considered for entry onto the MA Economics.

In addition to the normal supporting documents, applicants must also supply:

-   A brief description of any macro & micro-economics/econometrics/mathematics/statistics courses taken on your undergraduate degree, detailing core texts used. This does not have to be an official document. A paragraph for each course unit taken and a brief list of the main textbooks used will be sufficient.

Go to the Files to Download tab for an example of what is required.



1. Please visit our  Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Economics  page where you will find information about the minimum level of knowledge of mathematics and statistics that you should possess from your current or previous training.

2. On the same website, please look at the details and content of our Pre-Session course on mathematics and statistics which builds on the knowledge resumed in (1) and which is designed to equip you with further technical skills that you will require before starting the MSc. You are strongly advised to attend this course which is offered, free of charge.  The course will run during induction week and we recommend that you spend some time before September 2015 studying and familiarising yourself with the course material on the website, especially if you might not be able to attend the course.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

  • Do you want to study with Faculty members who have diverse interests in economics and econometrics?
  • Are you looking for rigorous and balanced training in modern economics and econometrics that will prepare you for a career as a professional economist or further studies at MRes or PhD level?
  • Do you want teaching that's research led and which will expose you to forefront economic theories and econometric methods?

This programme aims to provide balanced and rigorous training in modern theories in economics and econometrics at the postgraduate level. Although similar to the MSc in Economics, its differs in the level of econometric course units it provides, as well as extending the coverage in macroeconomic and microeconomic theory by providing a course unit in mathematical economics. The aims of the course are:

  • To provide advanced instruction and rigorous training in economic and econometric theories and the relevant methods of empirical research in those areas
  • To develop students' powers of inquiry, critical analysis, and logical thinking and to apply theoretical knowledge to current issues of policy and practice
  • To encourage initiative, independent learning, and create awareness of the range of methodological approaches to research and problem solving and their implications for research findings
  • To equip students with core skills in: computer literacy, numeracy, use of databases and IT skills, problem-solving, written and oral communication, report writing and presentation
  • To provide students with the knowledge and skills to equip them for a range of careers in economics and/or econometrics, in government, in industrial firms and the service and public sectors
  • To provide training for those who wish to subsequently pursue a research and/or academic career via a PhD in economics and/or econometrics
  • To enable students to apply advanced research skills to a relevant research area in economics and/or econometrics, via course units and a dissertation.

Open days

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,250
    International students (per annum): £17,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,625
    International students (per annum): £8,500

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


Please see the School's funding page for further information.

If you are already a graduate of The University of Manchester, please visit,

Faculty of Humanities/School of Social Sciences - Loyalty Bursary

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Janet Smith
+44 (0)161 275 4471
+44 (0)161 275 1750
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