Taught course


University of Bath · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in economics or an appropriate subject, from a recognised university

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Economics course is a twelve-month taught course that provides rigorous training in the main theoretical and empirical aspects of economics.

The course is designed to provide a foundation for a career as a professional economist or for study towards a PhD in economics.

A strong emphasis is placed on the core areas of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. However, you also have the opportunity to choose optional modules in a wider range of areas, including financial economics, growth theory and environmental economics.

Research skills are developed throughout the course, especially during the dissertation, which you work on over the summer under the supervision of a member of staff.

A special aspect of our course is a dedicated unit in research methods, which provides extensive training in a range of software packages, including EViews, Stata and Matlab.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • analyse economic and financial data and critically evaluate existing research
  • understand the key issues surrounding major economic debates and contribute to these
  • apply economic concepts to specific economic and social policy questions
  • formulate an original research question and write in an academic manner

We limit student numbers on this course to ensure a collegial atmosphere and a high degree of interaction between students and lecturers.

Our MSc courses in economics have received high student satisfaction levels:

  • in the 2015 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 94% of students agreed that their course had enhanced their academic ability
  • in the University of Bath’s 2015 Alumni Survey, 97% of economics graduates agreed that they were proud of their connection to the University of Bath.

Core units:

  • Macroeconomic Theory
  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Econometric Theory
  • Advanced Economic Theory
  • Econometric Methods
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Research Methods in Economics and Finance

Optional Units:

  • International Monetary Economics
  • Welfare, Economies & Distributive Justice
  • Environmental Regulation
  • Financial Economics
  • Forecasting Economic and Financial Variables
  • Growth Theory
  • Development Economics
  • Environmental Valuation & Resource Economics

The final third of the course comprises a dissertation.


Graduates of the course have excellent employment prospects. While some progress on to doctoral study, many of our recent graduates have gone on to prestigious jobs around the world, including:

  • Economic Advisor (UK Department for Education)
  • Chief Analyst (Enterprise Lithuania)
  • Principal Case Officer (Competition and Markets Authority in London)
  • Senior Tax Consultant (KPMG in Kazakhstan)
  • Investment Manager (private equity company in Prague)
  • Director, Regional Sector Research (Emirates NBD Global Markets and Treasury Department in Dubai)

Find out more on our website.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each of the four components). PTE Academic of 62 with no less than 59 in any component. Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the programme of study.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

View information on the funding opportunities on our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Officer
+44 (0)1225 383037