University of Sheffield

MSc Economics and Public Policy


The University of Sheffield

Western Bank

Sheffield, England S10 2TN

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc Economics and Public Policy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of Economics at the University of Sheffield has an international reputation for practical and real world economics.

We are a leading research University and economics department. You will be taught by some of the top economic experts in their field, receiving the latest cutting-edge teaching from people that care passionately about their subject.

Our research influences and informs real economic policy. We advise government departments in the UK and internationally and global organisations including the European Union, the World Bank and OECD.

Students choose to study with us from countries all around the globe to receive the best research-led teaching to help develop powerful economic techniques that makes a real difference in the outside world. This all happens in our recently refurbished building that provides state-of-art facilities in the heart of the University of Sheffield’s campus.

The MSc Economics and Public Policy will be of interest to those students wishing to enhance their knowledge of economics, with emphasis on public-sector economics and policy. This course will enable you to specialise in government economics and designing and evaluating public policy in fields such as education, health care provision, social security and taxation.

This course prepares you for a career as an economist in the public sector. Some graduates continue their studies as PhD students, and go on to work in academia or in research.

The modules of MSc Economics and Public Policy provide you with advanced skills in macroeconomic and microeconomic analysis, econometrics, public economics and public policy evaluation.

Content and structure

Study MSc Economics and Public Policy and you'll need to take and pass eight taught modules over two semesters, four in each. These are examined at the end of each semester.

Your core modules in the first semester are Microeconomic Analysis, Macroeconomic Analysis, and Econometric Methods. You choose one additional module from Modern Theory of Banking and Finance, and Health Economics.

In semester 2 you will take Applied Microeconometrics, Public Economics and Public Policy Evaluation. You will also choose one optional module selected from Applied Macroeconometrics, Development Finance, Asset Pricing, Industrial Organisation, Monetary Economics and International Trade.

After you've completed the second semester's taught modules, there is a 10-week period to write your dissertation. We'll support you through dissertation workshops and input from your supervisory team. To be awarded the MSc Economics and Public Policy you will have to pass the examinations and complete the dissertation to the required standard.


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