Taught course


The University of Manchester · Economics

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in economics, finance, mathematics or a related subject with economic theory, mathematics and econometrics studied at a high level.

Applicants with a 2:1 in a less technical economics degree with, for example, economic theory only studied to intermediate level, or a 2:2 in a technical economics degree, may be considered for entry onto the MA Economics.


1. Please see our Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Economics page for the minimum knowledge of mathematics and statistics you should have before starting the course.

2. On the same page, please look at details of our Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Economics course. This course builds on your existing knowledge and is designed to equip you with the further technical skills you will require before starting the MSc. You are strongly advised to attend this course which is offered free of charge during induction week. We recommend that you spend some of your time between July and September familiarising yourself with the course material on the website, especially if you may not be able to attend.

Months of entry


Course content

  • Would you like to study within a large department containing experts in all areas of economics?
  • Do you want a rigorous, comprehensive and balanced training in modern economics?
  • Are you interested in research-led teaching of forefront theories and findings in economics?

This programme aims to provide balanced and rigorous training at postgraduate level in modern theories and techniques in economics. You will be introduced to key concepts, ideas, tools and techniques via core and optional course units, and have the opportunity to demonstrate and develop your skills by writing a summer dissertation. By the end of the programme, you should be able to read and understand the leading economics journals, develop economic models of your own from which to derive original results and offer a critique of underlying theories.

Information for international students

IELTS - overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.0

TOEFL IBT - overall score of 100 with 25 in each section.

TOEFL code for Manchester is 0757

Scores are valid for 2 years.

For students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, your test score is valid for 2 years preceding the course start date.

For example;

Test taken on or after 17 September 2016 - CAS issued June 2018 = Score is VALID

Test taken before 17 September 2016 = Score is INVALID

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 please email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk

Pre-Sessional English Courses:

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

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please see the School Funding page .

If you are already a graduate of The University of Manchester, please visit,

Faculty of Humanities/School of Social Sciences - Loyalty Bursary

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Social Sciences
+44 (0)161 275 4471