Taught course

International Economic Policy and Analysis

University of Westminster, London · Economics and Quantitative Methods

Entry requirements

You will normally have either a minimum Lower Second Class Honours first degree (or equivalent) which would be single Honours or a major in Economics, or a quantitative discipline with a minor in Economics, or a more general first degree (minimum Upper Second Class Honours or equivalent) with significant study of economics and quantitative methods. Exceptionally, non-graduates with extensive work experience in the economics or closely-related profession may also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme aims to provide you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the latest developments in economics, with a focus on practical application and development of the skills needed by a working economist. It is specifically aimed at those with a genuine interest in the application of economics to real-world situations. As well as enhancing your ability to apply relevant economic principles in the support of policy and strategy development, the course aims to develop your ability to communicate complex issues to wide audiences; your awareness of significant sources of economic and financial data; the problems that are faced when economists attempt to carry out policy evaluation; and your capability for self-awareness and group working.

Common Core modules (MSc and MA Streams)

Strategy and Appraisal in Economics
You will apply the theoretical tools, concepts and methodology of economics to private and public sector scenarios, with an emphasis on communicating and appraising policy and strategy options.

Microeconomic Analysis and Policy
The module reviews theoretical and empirical microeconomic approaches in order to shed light on business decision-making and microeconomic policy in mixed economies.

Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy
This module reviews the evolution of macroeconomic theory and policy and, through a review of the theoretical and empirical literature, develops the analytical framework of macroeconomics underpinning contemporary macroeconomic policy.

Research Methods
This module aims to develop your knowledge and competence of the research process, and the application of research methods in the area of applied economics.

Economic Evaluation Project
This module provides you with the framework within which to develop your full project (dissertation) from the project proposal submitted as part of the Research Methods module. It must be a clear application of economic principles and concepts to a question of your choosing. The majority of projects undertaken by MSc students would be expected to involve an empirical component and appropriate quantitative analysis; projects undertaken by MA students are likely to be of a more discursive nature, possibly country or problem-based.

Core modules (MSc)

Data Analysis
Through this module you will cover a range of data analysis methods and concepts relevant for exploring and modeling economic, financial and business data.

Economic Policy Perspectives
This module explores the theoretical ideas, analytical tools and empirical research that have helped to frame contemporary economic policy and its historical antecedents. Insights are drawn both from economic literature and from policy experience in different countries.

Option modules (MSc)
Choose one of the following:

Labour Economics
This module provides you with the techniques and critical insights needed to effectively analyse topics in labour economics, and to use practical applications to explore the value and limitations of theory and empirics in the field.

Innovation Economics
This module reviews the theoretical and empirical literature in this field and examines the central role that knowledge, entrepreneurship, technology and innovation play in supporting business expansion and in shaping government economic policies.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English are expected to have an English language qualification such as IELTS with a minimum total score of 6.5, scoring at least 6 in each element.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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