Candidates should normally hold at least a second-class
honours, Grade 1 degree that has a significant quantitative
component. Applications are expected from candidates
with single or joint honours Economics degrees, Business or
B.Comm. degrees with final-year Economics options, and
Maths, Physics, Computer Science or Engineering graduates.
Applications are made online at:
Months of entry
The objective of this programme is to provide well qualified
graduates with the training required to enter Ph.D.
programmes in economics or to work as economists in
government or private sector organisations. The programme
focuses on the technical skills needed to undertake
economics research and emphasises active and problembased
learning to ensure mastery of the basic skills.
The programme is normally taken on a full-time basis and is
of ten months duration, with a two week preliminary training
in mathematics and statistics. The preliminary training
commences early September, and the M.Sc. concludes with
the submission of a dissertation by the following June.
The course can also be taken part-time. Part time students
must also take the preliminary intensive mathematics and
statistics training prior to commencing the M.Sc. programme.
Once admitted the course is of two years in duration
with coursework taken in both years and the dissertation
undertaken between May and September of the second year.
The M.Sc. programme consists of four components:
Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and a
Research Topics course in which students are guided through
the process of developing a research idea and are given the
opportunity to present their research ideas to the staff of the
Department. The core modules are taught around weekly
problem sheets followed by examinations, while the Research
Topics component is examined on the basis of a number of
seminar papers that should provide a critical analysis of the
research areas surveyed. In addition, students are expected
to complete a dissertation of 12,000 words. Permission
to proceed to the dissertation is dependent on achieving
a satisfactory pass mark in the coursework components.
Students who are unable to proceed to the dissertation or
who fail to achieve a satisfactory mark for the dissertation
element may be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate
Diploma in Economics. A number of scholarships are awarded
annually to highly qualified candidates. Further details are
available on the programme website.
Information for international students