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Economics MA

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Degree awarded
Master of Arts
12 Months. [Full-Time] 24 Months [Part-Time]
Entry requirements

Degree in economics, finance or a related subject (eg maths, stats) in which you have achieved a high level of performance.  You should normally have a good training in the core areas of microeconomic and macroeconomic theory & a reasonably strong background in maths/stats.  For a UK student, this typically means a 1st or 2:1 Hons degree (or overseas equivalent), although a 2:2 Hons degree may be acceptable.  In addition applicants must also supply the following; 

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



In common with all leading Masters level courses in Economics we require a certain level of knowledge of Maths & Stats before embarking on the formal MA training.

(1) Please visit our pre-session maths website where you will find information about the minimum level of knowledge of maths & stats that you should possess from your current/previous training.

(2) On the same website, please look at the details & content of our Pre-Session course on maths & stats 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 MA. You are strongly advised to attend this course which is offered, free of charge.  The course runs during induction week & we recommend that you spend some time between now and Sept 2015 studying & 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

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.

Open days

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2015, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £8,750
    International students (per annum): £16,000
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,375
    International students (per annum): £8,000

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.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Janet Smith
0161 275 4471
0161 275 2450
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