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MA Economics

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Arts (MA)
Duration
1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time)
Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in economics, finance, mathematics or a related subject 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 (up to at least intermediate level) and a strong background in mathematics and statistics. 

When applying, please submit these supporting documents, in addition to the online form:

  • copy of transcript from undergraduate degrees (interim transcripts are acceptable if you have not yet finished the degree);
  • English language evidence (for applicants from non-native English speaking countries).

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply online

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MA Y Y N N

Course overview

  • Gain solid training in microeconomic and macroeconomic principles as well as quantitative methods
  • Understand how applied and policy-oriented research of economic data has relevance for real-world economists
  • Focus on a career after your masters or develop the requirements for our more advanced MSc in Economics
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Economics MA

Open days

The University holds regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and courses.

On this day, you will find out more about the School of Social Sciences and our resources, and meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.

For more information, see open days and visits .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £11,000
    International students (per annum): £20,500
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £5,500
    International students (per annum): £10,250

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.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

For details of funding opportunities, visit our website .

The Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a first-class Bachelor's degree and are progressing to a postgraduate taught master's course.

For more information, see fees and funding or search the University's postgraduate funding database .

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Janet Smith
Email
Website
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/economics
School/Faculty

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

A UK 2:1 honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in economics, finance, mathematics or a related subject 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 (up to at least intermediate level) and a strong background in mathematics and statistics. 

When applying, please submit these supporting documents, in addition to the online form:

  • copy of transcript from undergraduate degrees (interim transcripts are acceptable if you have not yet finished the degree);
  • English language evidence (for applicants from non-native English speaking countries).

English language

  • IELTS - overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.5;
  • TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section. TOEFL code for Manchester is 0757.
  • Pearson - overall 73 with 73 in writing and no further score below 66

Scores are valid for 2 years.

Due to the current Covid-19 crisis there is a small degree of flexibility in the required English scores.  Please contact us for details - see email address below.

Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.

Applicants from certain countries may be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score. For further advice, email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk.

Pre-Sessional English Courses

If you are eligible to do a pre-sessional English course (either 6 weeks or 10 weeks, depending on your English score), you will need to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

Due to high demand for this course, we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year, as follows:
  • 1 November (decision by 8 December, accept offer by 15 January)
  • 7 January (decision by 14 February, accept offer by 16 March)
  • 2 March (decision by 8 April, accept offer by 8 May)
  • 4 May (decision by 1 June, accept offer by 1 July)

If we make you an offer, you will have approximately 4 weeks to accept (conditional and un-conditional offers). Any offers not accepted by the deadline will be withdrawn so that an offer can be made to another candidate.

All conditional offer holders will have until 1 August to satisfy the conditions of their offer.

Due to competition for places, we give preference to students with grades above our minimum entry requirements. 

You need to ensure that you submit your supporting documents with your online application as it may delay us processing your application before the decision deadline.

Whilst we aim to give you a decision on your application by the decision date, in some instances due to the competition for places/volume of applications received, it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next deadline date. If this is the case, we will let you know after the deadline date.

Applications received after our final selection deadline will be considered at our discretion if places are still available.

We can accept your application before you complete your undergraduate studies; please submit your latest transcripts with your online application. 

Please note: 

  • all places are subject to availability and if you apply for one of the later dates, some courses may already be closed, we recommend that you apply early in the cycle to secure your place with us;
  • meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer;
  • if you are a current undergraduate student at The University of Manchester, you may be eligible to apply via the Fast-Track scheme, email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk for further information.

For a copy of the Postgraduate prospectus, email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk .

How your application is considered

Applications are initially assessed by the Admissions Team and referred to the Admissions Tutor when required.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

Manchester is a leading centre for economics and research-led teaching. Graduate students from across the globe come to study economics at Manchester, attracted by our first-class postgraduate training and supervision in the core and specialist areas of economics.

Many famous names from the world of economics have worked here at Manchester, including three Nobel Prize winners. Interdisciplinary study is also actively pursued here with many course units involving a number of different Schools at the university.

The MA Economics course is designed to meet the growing demand for those of you who seek a degree combining a solid training in microeconomic and macroeconomic principles with quantitative methods and research informed applied economics units.

This course is different from the existing MSc Economics course at Manchester because of its focus on mainstream but less theoretical units that need to be completed.

If you choose the MA Economics course, you will take compulsory course units in both microeconomics and macroeconomics; you will further advance your quantitative skills and techniques in the core units:

  • introduction to econometrics;
  • mathematics for economists;
  • further econometrics, and;
  • as part of your dissertation, you will focus on applied and/or policy-oriented research of economic data as relevant to policy makers and economics professionals.

The course suits students who are interested in a career straight after the MA. If you are interested in postgraduate research, you may find our MSc Economics course more appropriate.

Aims

The course will:

  • provide instruction and rigorous training in economics and the relevant methods of mathematics for economists and econometrics research in this area;
  • develop your powers of inquiry, critical analysis, 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 state-of-the-art tools in applied work in economics;
  • train you in research methods and core skills in microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, mathematics for economists, 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 in economics, via course units and a dissertation.

Special features

Quantitative methods preparation for the MA:

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

2. The website also provides details and content of our Introduction course on Quantitative Methods in Economics which builds on the knowledge gained in (1) and is designed to equip you with further technical skills that you will require before starting the MSc.

3. 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 between July and September studying and familiarising yourself with the course material on the website, especially if you might not be able to attend the course. The importance of the course is illustrated by the fact that the marks contribute 10% towards the Maths Methods and Econometrics compulsory units of semester one.

Teaching and learning

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

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

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

Course unit details

ECON60901 0 credits Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Economics.

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

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Microeconomics ECON60391 15 Mandatory
Macroeconomics ECON60411 15 Mandatory
Introduction to Econometrics ECON60611 15 Mandatory
Further Econometrics ECON60622 15 Mandatory
Mathematics for Economists ECON60811 15 Mandatory
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Economics ECON60901 0 Mandatory
MA Dissertation ECON73000 60 Mandatory
Development Microeconomics ECON60022 15 Optional
Public Economics ECON60202 15 Optional
Poverty, Inequality and Government Policy in Less Developed Countries ECON60212 15 Optional
Healthcare Economics ECON60432 15 Optional
Topics in Applied Economics ECON60482 15 Optional
Applied Development Economics Project (ADEP) ECON60552 15 Optional
Economic Growth ECON60662 15 Optional
Economics of Environmental Policy ECON60782 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 15 course units

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

The demand for economists continues to grow worldwide. This demand exists across a host of institutions ranging from the public sector (like universities, central banks, international organisations) to the private sector (commercial banks and insurance providers).

With the range of applied economics skills provided in the MA Economics course, you are perfectly placed to seek a career in business and position yourself ahead of the competition. At the same time, this degree is ideal if you wish to continue into further education via MSc research degrees across the UK and the world.