Taught course

Applied Economics and Data Analysis

University of Essex · Department of Economics

Entry requirements

Upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, in relevant subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

We run our MSc Applied Economics and Data Analysis jointly with our Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), which specialises in the analysis of household and labour market data. Our MSc Applied Economics and Data Analysis has a data-orientated, applied focus.

One compulsory module (taught by ISER) is Panel Data Methods, which introduces the main techniques used in the analysis of panel data, the specification of models, and the tests of their validity. It includes methods for analysing persistence over time in economic variables, for example the duration of an individual's unemployment spell. Another core module, Applications of Data Analysis, focuses on handling different types of datasets, on survey methodology and sampling frames, and on how to deal with problems of response rates and attrition. These modules provide the tools for analysing and implementing some of the models that are presented in theory modules, like Microeconomics.

Our Department of Economics maintains a world-class reputation for our outstanding quality research and teaching. We were ranked joint third in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008), reflecting our well-established reputation for excellence. Many of our staff, who are world renowned experts in their fields, have been elected to leadership roles in learned societies and have been editors of leading economics journals.

Essex economists are engaged in a variety of research networks and collaborate with economists at other universities in the UK and overseas. Much of our research is related to policy and we often provide advice to government and non-government organisations. The top quality of our work is reflected in our stream of publications in high profile academic journals like Economic Journal, Journal of Econometrics, American Economic Journal and Journal of the European Economic Association.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.0.

Fees and funding

This course has ESRC Doctoral Training Centre accreditation, meaning it can form part of a 1+3 funding opportunity worth up to £18,000 each for talented postgraduates. The University is one of only 21 ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centres in the UK. Some University of Essex studentships also available.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations58
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Dissertation22 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872 647