Entry requirements

A degree with an overall Class 1 in a discipline related to economics such as: Economics, Maths, Engineering, Finance, Physics or any other degree with a strong maths component.

The Degree should contain some economics components including Macroeconomics; Microeconomics or Econometrics.

Months of entry


Course content

At Essex we push the frontiers of accepted wisdom, critically examining the decisions of individuals, the strategies of firms, and the policies of governments to understand and challenge the standard paradigms of economics. Our popular flagship masters course provides you with a stimulating route into PhD studies, and develops the expert research mind-set required for a high-profile job in finance or business.

Our course provides you with the necessary tools to pursue research at PhD level. It is comparable to the first year of a PhD programme in a top US institution, and serves as the first year of our four-year PhD programme, if you decide to stay at Essex.

You receive advanced training in the three core areas of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, studying a range of modules in the year, including:

  • The competitive economy and imperfections in markets
  • Key paradigms of macroeconomics, econometric methods and mathematical methods
  • Strategic behaviour, public choice and general equilibrium.

We are top 5 in the UK for research, with over 90% of our research rated as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” (REF 2014). Much of this world-class research is related to policy, and we have particular strengths in the areas of:

  • Game theory and strategic interactions
  • Theoretical and applied econometrics
  • Labour economics.

The quality of our work is reflected in our stream of publications in high-profile academic journals, including American Economic Review, Econometrica, and Review of Economic Studies.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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