Industrial Economics (MSc)
Industrial Economics has been the source of some of the most fertile developments in economic theory in the last 30 years. In particular, interest in game theory and transaction cost economics grew substantially due to applications in industrial organisation. More recently, there have been important advances in empirical work to test the new theories and shed light on the behaviour of firms and industries. The new research is informing policy debates ranging from merger policy to the competitive benefits of European integration. MSc Industrial Economics is a research-training course which combines the specialist components of theoretical, empirical and policy analysis in the study of industrial organisation. Academics who teach this course include some of the leading experts in the application of industrial organisation to competition policy.
If you choose this course, you will also benefit from close collaboration with research conducted by the ESRC Research Centre for Competition Policy which works at the forefront of policy debates in competition economics at international level, and has senior advisory links with the European Commission, the UK Office of Fair Trade, the UK Competition Commission and the financial and utility regulators. You will be encouraged to attend the Centre's workshops, seminars and conferences and so are able to interact with leading academics and practitioners from across Europe and the United States. Experimental and Behavioural research is having an increasing influence in Industrial Organisation and you will benefit from access to our Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science.
MSc Industrial Economics fits into our Academic and Professional Programme and is designed to provide intensive research-led training in advanced economic theory, econometrics and research methods, as well as a particular speciality. It is suitable for those with a good undergraduate degree (equivalent to 2:1 or 1st) that contains a substantial component of economics or who have a Graduate Diploma in Economics.
This course is ideal for those who aim to gain employment as professional economists in government, financial institutions, business, commerce, industry, international agencies and other similar organisations. It is also suitable for those seeking eventual PhD enrolment and/or an academic career as a lecturer in Economics. Many of our former PhD students now hold academic posts as lecturers in University departments both in the UK and overseas.
You will study compulsory modules in applied econometrics, econometric theory and industrial economics. You will also have the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your own choice, supervised by an academic from the School.
The School is ranked among the top European Economics departments in the Centre for Higher Education Excellence Group for outstanding research performance indicators, so as our teaching is research-led, this means you will learn from some of the UK’s leading academics within these fields. Economics at UEA was also ranked fifth in the world and first in the UK in this area according to an independent study by econphd.net and in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008), 95 per cent of our research was found to be of international standing.