Entry requirements

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent)

You should have a bachelor's honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 (2:2 for those whose degree contains a high level of economics content) or above.

To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in a numerate, quantitative or business-related discipline such as economics, business administration, finance, accounting, international trade, banking, financial management, public finance, mathematics, computer science, data science, geography.

Applications are also welcome from candidates with strong career experience in a relevant field.

Pre-sessional English language programme

If you need to improve your English language score, you can take a pre-sessional English course prior to entry onto your degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Gain the fundamental tools of a professional economist with our MSc Economics degree, including how to assess a wide range of theoretical, empirical and policy-related issues.

Led by experts from the University of Reading’s Department of Economics, you’ll benefit from interactive, applied learning across a number of key areas. These include:

  • micro-principles of economic behaviour
  • macro-outcomes of national and global importance
  • methodological, theoretical and applied issues critical to the study and practice of economics and economic policy
  • current statistical software and other applications used in economic analysis, both in the public and private sectors.

You will also have the opportunity to specialise your degree – aligning it to future career aspirations or interests – by choosing from our range of optional modules.

The modules you’ll study throughout your degree are aligned with our research clusters, keeping you abreast of the latest developments within the field of economics. This learning is complemented and enhanced by guest speakers from outside the University.

Choose economics at the University of Reading

  • Established for more than 50 years.
  • 100% of our research impact has been classed ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ (REF 2021, combining 4* and 3* submissions – Business and Management Studies, and Anthropology and Development Studies).
  • Ranked among the top 200 universities in the world for Economics (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023).

Fees and funding

New UK/Republic of Ireland students: £10,800

New international students: £22,350

Tuition fee information

The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information, including information for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.

EU student fees

With effect from 1 August 2021, new EU students will pay international tuition fees. For exceptions, please read the UK government’s guidance for EU students.

Additional costs

Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.

Scholarships and financial support

For information about the University of Reading’s master’s scholarships, please visit our master’s scholarships page.

You can apply for a scholarship once you hold an offer of admission for your course. If you are eligible for a scholarship, we will contact you to guide you through the process.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team