Taught course

Applied Economics

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Business and Law

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Entry requirements

You’ll need a UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent. We will also consider applications if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided.
Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

As a professional economist or economic analyst, you could be working on some of society’s biggest questions. Such as, how do we make local economies stronger; what do we need to do to alleviate poverty in the UK and in developing countries; how do we decide which cancer treatments to invest in; can we reduce crime through improving schools; are lockdowns the best approach to controlling Covid-19.

This masters is designed to equip you with the skills to influence and advise on the important decisions we face. It will prepare you for a career as a professional economist in government, international NGOs, the health and pharmaceutical sectors and economic consultancies.

Aimed at those who have studied economics and are looking to focus their knowledge toward practical application, while also open as a conversion course to graduates without a degree in Economics. You might already be working in local government or devolved administrations and wish to develop your skillset in economic analysis.

You’ll learn from experts in public policy economics. The course reflects the Business School’s strength in public policy research and its links with external organisations that use economic advice. If your goal is to pursue a career as an economist, and to tackle the problems that affect people’s lives, then this course is for you.

Features and benefits
  • Experts in economic and public policy analysis – learn from world-leading scholars of economics – with vast experience in public policy practice.
  • Practical application – develop the technical skills to be a professional economist, with a blend of policy analysis, quantitative modelling and data analytics, all rooted in the expertise of our Economics, Political Economy and Public Policy centre of excellence.
  • Real-world focus – you’ll have the opportunity to interact and network with employers and undertake your dissertation with one of our local partner organisations.
  • Triple accredited – our business school holds the globally recognised trio of accreditations from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA, placing us among the best business schools in the world.
  • Location – Manchester is at the heart of big innovative new ideas in public policy, including city region devolution, high speed rail as well as having a booming health and life sciences sector.
  • Future Economies – study alongside a team of high-profile scholars from our research centre, conducting high-impact research in partnership with a variety of public, private and voluntary sector bodies.
  • Career support - throughout your studies, we’ll help you boost your employability and secure graduate employment through our Careers and Employability Service. Opportunities to advance your career in policy and research are built into the course.

Information for international students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0161 247 6969