Taught course


University of Sussex · Economics

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Entry requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Your qualification should be in economics and include intermediate-level microeconomics and macroeconomics. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Months of entry


Course content

You’ll gain the skills and knowledge to become a successful economist in government, international organisations, business or at universities.

You’ll learn to:

  • evaluate the impacts of economic shocks and policy interventions, informed by latest research and best practice
  • frame complex macro- and microeconomic problems systematically and coherently
  • communicate technical analysis clearly and coherently.

Much of the theory, empirical methods and policy applications you’ll study is at the forefront of applied economics. You’ll develop skills in statistical and econometric analysis, and have the choice of options covering a range of contemporary economic challenges.

You’ll also have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience with an organisation in the UK or abroad. There is an option to include a placement alongside the dissertation, gaining work experience to enhance your career prospects. Recent placements have included the Low Pay Commission, Standard Life Aberdeen Investments and the Institute for Employment Studies.


The University of Sussex Business School is accredited by EQUIS, the most comprehensive institutional accreditation system for business and management schools. Accreditation ensures a rigorous quality control, benchmarking against international standards and is acknowledged worldwide.

We have reviewed all our courses to ensure the best possible learning experience for September, taking account of latest information and advice in relation to COVID-19. For updates on changes that may affect contact time, assessments, fieldwork and study abroad, check Course changes for 2020-2021. These changes are not yet reflected in the prospectus information here and, of course, may be revised as the situation evolves.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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