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Q. How do I apply for admission to the MSc Economics programme?

A. First, research the programme design, content, emphasis and assessment methods of our programme by carefully reading the information provided on the web pages devoted to it. You might start navigating from here .
Pay particular attention to the content on the course (i.e. module) pages and the associated Moodle course pages (log in as a guest if necessary).
Also be sure to compare and contrast these elements of our MSc programme with those offered by other universities to make sure that you are making an informed decision in applying to programmes that are consistent with your academic background, talents, objectives and needs.
Application matters are addressed in the Graduate Prospectus .

Q. What level of Mathematics and Statistics is required to study for the MSc in Economics?

Please see the guidance here .

Q. What level of English language proficiency do I need for admission to the MSc Economics programme?

A. For admission to our MSc programme, applicants need to demonstrate English language proficiency at UCL’s “Good” level at least. UCL's English language proficiency levels, and the various ways to meet them, are described on the UCL Prospective Graduate Student webpages .

Q.  What should I do to prepare for the UCL MSc Economics programme?

A. Please see the What should I do to prepare for an MSc webpage.

Q.  What are the conditions for entry after the UCL MSc to UCLs MRes / PhD programme?

A.

From UCL's MSc Economics
First, you must make an application for admission to UCL's MRes Economics programme. Then you will receive a standard, conditional offer, which requires an average mark across options and core of at least 70 and the support of your dissertation supervisor. You must apply by the January application deadline.

For further details of the MRes / PhD progamme see the UCL Economics Postgraduate pages.

Q. Are GRE scores required for my application to the MSc Economics programme?

A. Applicants whose studies for their undergraduate degree were undertaken wholly or mainly at a university located outside the UK must supply GRE General Test scores. The quantitative GRE score must be 161 or above (post-August 2011 scores). No other test will substitute for the GRE General Test requirement. Please upload a copy of your GRE score report with your online application and indicate the scores earned in the application form itself. Without GRE scores, your MSc Economics application will be considered incomplete if your first degree was studied at a university outside the UK. Students in the UK on 2+2 degree programmes do not need to present GRE scores.

Q. Are GMAT scores required for my application to the MSc Economics programme? May I substitute my GMAT scores for GRE scores?

A. No.

Q. I do not have an academic background in Economics or Mathematics or Statistics, but I want to study Economics at the postgraduate level. What can I do to prepare?

A. Consider a conversion course such as the (Postgraduate) Diploma courses in Economics (or Mathematics or Statistics) offered by Birkbeck College (University of London) or the University of London External System (i.e. distance learning).

Q. May I attempt the MSc Economics programme on a part-time basis?

A. Our MSc Economics programme is designed as 12-month, full-time, intensive experience, with all taught activities taking place during standard business hours.
Some of our current and former students who have been working at the time of application have successfully arranged a year's sabbatical from their jobs in order to study on our programme.
If that is not a possibility, you might consider Birkbeck's MSc instead:

http://www.ems.bbk.ac.uk/courses/msc_pgdip/msc_econ

or the London Business School’s Masters in Finance (weekend format):

http://www.london.edu/programmes/mastersprogrammes.html

Q. Will I be charged an application fee for admission to the MSc programme?

A. Yes. The UCL application processing fees are explained on the UCL Prospective Graduate Student webpageshttps://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application .

Q. When is the MSc Economics application deadline?

A. 01 March each year for entry in the following September. We accept applications with effect from late October for entry in the following September. We recommend that applicants apply early.

Q. Do you accept late applications for admission or operate a waiting list or “clearing” process for admission after the application deadline has passed?

A. No. Our application deadline is 01 March each year for entry the following September.

Q. I am a UCL BSc student. Do I need to provide references with my MSc application if my referees are UCL academic staff members?

A. Yes. The Economics Department is unable to apply for references on behalf of any MSc applicant.

Q. How do I know if my application has been received by UCL?

A. Applicants are able to check the status of their application through the Applicant Portal

Q. How much are the tuition fees, and when are they due?

A: Tuition fees and money matters in general are outlined UCL Current Students webpage .

MSc students must pay at least one-third of their tuition fees upon enrolment (or by 31 October at the latest), at least one-third by the following 7 February, and the remainder by 2 May of the MSc year.

Q. If I am offered a place on the MSc Economics programme, will I have to pay a deposit when I accept the offer?


A: A deposit to secure an offer is expected for 2018-19 offer-holders. More information will appear here when the details are known.

Q. I need funding for the MSc year. How do I find out about scholarships?

A. UCL addresses money matters in general on the UCL Current Students webpage .

Consideration for departmental scholarships is made when we make decisions on applications for admission. There is no separate application process for departmental scholarships. Only those shortlisted for departmental scholarships are notified.
To be considered for funding from the College, as opposed to the department, you will need to follow the application instructions for each particular funding source where the possibility of student applications exists (some UCL awards do not permit students to nominate themselves).

It is particularly important that students who plan to apply for any funding make their application for admission early—by November or December.

Q: When does teaching start, and when are the term dates?

A: The MSc Economics programme is 12-months long and runs from September to September each year. The academic calendar shows when Term 1 and Term 2 teaching and Term 3 final exams take place and when the vacation periods start and end.

Note that there are no reading weeks for the MSc Economics programme. Therefore, MSc instruction takes place throughout Term 1 and Term 2. MSc students must consider all breaks between terms to be revision periods.

International Student Orientation , for UCL masters students not normally resident in the UK, is during the weekend before the first day of term.

The Maths & Stats intensive refresher course begins on the first day of the academic year: 25 September 2017. It is not a pre-sessional course at UCL.

Note: Plan to arrive in London and allow yourself plenty of time to settle in well before the start of the Maths & Stats refresher course on 25 September. The course is fast-paced, and in order to keep up, you will need to devote all of your time and energy to it. You will not have an opportunity to catch up later.
The dissertation project is conducted from the end of Term 3, in mid-June, until mid- September, when the MSc programmes conclude.

Q: How many intakes do you have each year?

A: One, in September.

Q. What do I need to do to prepare for the start of the MSc programme?

A: Please refer to the information on our What should I do to prepare? web page.

Q.  I am an MSc offer holder who has not received information about the summer Maths & Stats pre-programme preparation. What should I do?


A. Please refer to the information on our What should I do to prepare? web page and then contact us.

Q. How is performance assessed on the MSc programme?

A: Assessment is weighted as follows:
•    Two-thirds by performance in final examinations, with one closed-book, timed Maths & Stats exam taking place in the second week of the programme, and the remaining seven closed-book, timed  exams being held in the Term 3 final exams period.
•    One-third by performance in the 10,000-word dissertation project that students write from June to early September.
Students receive feedback from tutorial class teachers on their performance in problem set assignments attempted in Term 1 and Term 2. Performance in such coursework does not count directly towards the final degree, however.

Q. I am an offer-holder with a disability or health condition who plans to start the MSc programme in the new academic year. Where should I register to be sure of obtaining any support services that I might need?

Please immediately register with UCL’s Student Disability Services .

Q. May I make an appointment to discuss the MSc programme with you?

A. Due to limited resources, we provide appointments only to offer holders who are unable to attend the MSc Open Day that we hold in February each year. Please research our programme by carefully reading the relevant UCL and Department of Economics webpages devoted to it.

Q. Does UCL offer an Open Day for prospective students who want to study for the MSc in Economics?


A. The Economics Department invites UK and EU based offer-holders to an Open Day held in February each year.


Q. Does the Economics Department at UCL offer a Graduate Diploma programme in Economics?


A. No. All of the programmes of study offered by UCL are listed in the UCL Graduate Prospectus.
Please see our related FAQ on the subject.


Q. Where have recent graduates found employment?

A. Some of the career destinations of recent MSc graduates are listed in the Graduate Destinations page.


Q. I am a masters student or a research student at one of the colleges in the University of London system , or at UCL but not in the Economics Department, and have strong academic training in Economics or a closely related quantitative discipline such as Mathematics or Statistics. How do I apply to audit MSc-level lectures or take MSc-level courses for credit from UCL’s Economics Department?


A. First, review the MSc-level courses offered by studying the course web pages and associated Moodle course pages. Courses that are core to our MSc programme are offered in Term 1 (October to December). Options courses are offered in Term 2 (January to March).
Then refer to the online course timetable for current scheduling information. (Note that the timetable is subject to change, however).
Finally, refer your course request to the administrator for your academic programme of study and ask him or her to send your request to the UCL Economics Department’s MSc Programmes Administrator, together with pdfs of your academic transcripts that demonstrate the requisite quantitative background for the course requested. The deadline for receipt of your programme administrator's request is the end of the second week of the academic year. In 2017, this will be Friday, 06 October.

Q. I am enrolled on an MSc programme at a university outside the University of London system. May I take MSc-level courses from UCL’s Department of Economics as an exchange student?


A. Unfortunately, UCL's Department of Economics does not offer an exchange programme at the MSc-level.


Contacting the Economics Department

If you have an MSc Economics admissions-related enquiry, please refer to the information above, which is designed to answer the most common questions.  In the event that your question is not answered here, please email your enquiry to economics.msc.admissions@ucl.ac.uk .  Thank you for your interest in our MSc programme.