University of Bristol

Social Sciences

MSc Economics


Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road

Second Floor, Union Building, Queen's Road, Clifton

Bristol, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc Economics

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This intensive one-year programme provides a flexible and attractive set of units to those interested in applied research. Exit degrees, based on optional units taken, provide a distinct choice of academic route for those who are interested in a research career, as well as those who want further training at postgraduate level but do not intend to become academic researchers.

The School of Economics, Finance and Management has an international reputation for research excellence. Faculty members in the school regularly publish in top international journals and the school is expanding following substantial recent success in research funding applications.

Programme structure

Core units

The programme starts with four compulsory units in the first term:

  • Applied Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics

Optional units

Four units are taken in the second term. This is where you shape your exit degree based on which of the 11 available units you choose:

  • Banking
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Derivatives
  • Development Economics
  • Economics of Education
  • Further Econometrics
  • Further Macroeconomics
  • Health Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • Policy Experiments
  • Programme Evaluation

There are four available exit degrees. Each has a unique structure as follows:

  • MSc Economics
    You can choose any of the option units from the listing.
  • MSc Economics (Macroeconomics)
    You must take Further Macroeconomics plus three units from: Further Econometrics, Banking, Derivatives, Behavioural Finance.
  • MSc Economics (Microeconomics)
    You can take four units from: Labour Economics, Health Economics, Economics of Education, Development Economics, Further Econometrics, Banking.
  • MSc Economics (Economic Policy)
    You must take Programme Evaluation and Policy Experiments plus two units from: Labour Economics, Health Economics, Economics of Education, Development Economics.

Unit availability is subject to staffing and timetable constraints. Please note: the number of available places on some units may be capped.


There will be a dissertation element for all of the above programmes. You will apply appropriate technical, methodological and intellectual skills that have been developed over the programme to a piece of applied research devised in consultation with a supervisor.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS English language 6.5 overall, minimum 6.5 in all bands or equivalent

Facts & Figures

Out State Tuition (per year): 15,300 GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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