Taught course

Economics and Econometrics

University of Essex · Department of Economics

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

Would you like to undertake advanced study in quantitative analysis in an environment of research excellence. Our popular MSc Economics and Econometrics emphasises the foundations of econometrics and its application to a wide range of topics in economics.

Among the compulsory modules, Estimation and Inference in Econometrics provides the statistical foundations for a variety of estimating methods and ways of testing economic hypotheses. We span topics from the classical linear regression model to the use of asymptotic methods in econometrics, and classical hypothesis tests. Time Series Econometrics explores techniques for analysing the dynamic processes that are often found in macroeconomics, while Empirical Methods of Economics and Finance introduces you to methods for analysing stock market and other financial data. These modules combine to equip you for further study at the doctoral level or for a dynamic career in economic or business research.

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 6.5.

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 examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Dissertation50 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872 647