How to apply

Master of Science (MSc) students

Applications for September 2014 entry will be considered if submitted between mid-October 2013 and 01 March 2014


For information on how to apply, fees and other general information about studying at UCL please see the UCL Prospective Students page for graduate students.

UK applicants to the MSc programmes require a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with at least upper second-class Honours, or equivalent, with a significant quantitative component. Applicants with a very good Bachelor's degree in another quantitative discipline, such as mathematics, statistics, engineering or physics, may also be considered. Admission is competititve. Degrees in Business Studies/Business Administration or Accounting are not appropriate preparation for our MSc programmes in Economics.

Students entering the MSc are required to take an intensive, two-week refresher Maths and Statistics Course at the start of term, but all applicants should be proficient with matrix algebra, multi-variate calculus and optimization techniques before they arrive. The Mathematics and Statistics self-assessment tool can be found on the UCL Moodle pages.

Applicants whose first degree is from outside the UK must possess a similar level of training and qualifications as UK degree-holding applicants. Applicants also need to demonstrate competence in English at the "Good" level before the start of the course and preferably at the time of application.

Applicants whose undergraduate degree is from a university outside the UK must supply GRE General Test scores. The quantitative GRE score must be 155 or above, the verbal score must be 150 or above, and the analytical score must be 3.5 or above (post-August 2011 scores). Please upload a copy of your GRE score report with your online application or upload a page that states the date for which you have registered to take the GRE test.

We have one intake of students each year, in September, and consider applications for admission on a rolling basis from the end of October/beginning of November onwards.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page as well as the UCL Admissions Office Frequently Asked Questions page. 

You may apply for admission online or by completing a paper application form.

Questions about the MSc in Economics or the MSc in Economic Policy that are not answered on the web pages referred to above may be emailed to:

The admissions requirements for both programmes are the same; the two programmes cater to students with slightly different interests and objectives.

Please make only one application to the Economics Department's MSc programmes.  In your application, you may indicate your preference, or you may apply to the MSc in Economics if you are still deciding between the two programmes.  If you receive an offer letter, it will indicate that you have been offered a place on (a) MSc Economics or (b) MSc Economic Policy.

Once the programme begins, you may switch from MSc Economics to MSc Economic Policy or from MSc Economic Policy to MSc Economics in the first 4 weeks of Term 1.

If you apply for one programme and are not accepted, please do not apply again – you may only apply once to the Department of Economics MSc programmes.