Fees and funding
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
Economic Policy MSc
The Economic Policy MSc is a unique programme which takes advantage of UCL's role as a global leader in policy-orientated research. The core teaching in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics focuses on understanding the policy implications of economic models and their applications to real-world examples.
What will I learn?
The programme is designed to equip the professional economist with the tools required to understand the problems presented by a rapidly changing, complex and uncertain modern world economy. It includes a research methods course that teaches economics and econometrics software, empirical modelling and how to formulate a research project.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL Economics has an outstanding international reputation in the areas of game theory, industrial organisation, econometrics, applied microeconomics and transitional economies.
Resident and visiting economists contribute to the programme through lectures, seminars and research supervision and provide access to a network of both public and private sector employers.
UCL is located in central London at the heart of the UK centre of government. Recognised as the world's best connected city, 75% of the Fortune 500 companies have offices in London.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
The dissertation of 10,000 words will be a piece of lightly supervised research, including a brief critical review of the literature in the relevant area.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, and practical and problem classes. The MSc degree is awarded on the basis of written, final examination papers and the research dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in Economics with a significant quantitative component from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with a qualification of an equivalent standard in another quantitative discipline, such as statistics, mathematics, engineering or physics, may also be considered.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
Please make only one application to the Economics Department's MSc programmes (Economics MSc and Economics Policy MSc). The deadline for applications is 3 April 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places.
Who can apply?
The programme is aimed at economics graduates and professional economists currently working or intending to work in a policy-related field, and individuals intending to pursue a PhD in applied economics or a related field.
What are we looking for?
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to show whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver. When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Economics at the graduate level
- why you want to study Economics at UCL: We want to see what you have found out about how we approach the study of Economics at the MSc level at UCL, and what specific skills and aptitudes you have that will help you succeed on our MSc programme.
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
- Any details of your skills in mathematics, calculus, probability and statistics, or linear algebra
- About any skills you have with spreadsheets, statistical software, mathematical programming or working with data
Economics graduates go on to a variety of roles, including those in the civil service, research and political sectors.
First destinations of recent graduates include:
- Government Economic Service: Economic Advisor
- Bank of England: Economist
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: