Taught course

Management Economics

University of Essex · Department of Economics

Entry requirements

Upper second class honours degree in economics or related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

This course trains you to use economics in managerial decisions and in the analysing of strategic interaction among firms. We combine theory and applications to provide you with a unique combination of business knowledge and economic skills.

Your core module, Economics of Organisational Management, is just one compulsory module that allows you to get a formal understanding of the basics of contract theory, incentive theory, and the theory of the firm, and how to apply these to real world management decision making. This is linked to another core module, Theory of Industrial Organisation, which focuses on interaction between firms in different market structures and how strategic interactions can affect sales and profitability. You gain logical thinking skills and are able to discuss economic theory in plain language, relating it to managerial decisions and market intelligence.

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

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations45
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Dissertation30 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872647