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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- UK/EU Full-time: £14,250
- UK/EU Part-time: £7,000
- Overseas Full-time: £18,300
- Overseas Part-time: £9,250
- All applicants: 1 March 2014
More details in Application section.
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, macroeconomics, fields of applied microeconometrics (labour, development, public economics and industrial organisation) , and econometric theory.
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.
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 is a piece of original research, carried out between June and September, supported by a research methods course and lightly supervised by a member of faculty.
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:
Scholarships available for this department
For prospective Master's students in the Department of Economics. This award is based on academic merit although preference will be given to candidates who intend to specialise in international economics or in issues of economic policy in Europe. Students must not be receiving full financial support from other sources. There is not applicaiton procedure; all eligible students will be automatically considered by the Department of Economics.
This is a joint programme part funded through GREAT funds and through contributions made by UK Universities. GREAT is a part of the UK Government’s campaign to show to the world the best of the UK, and UCL has 8 master's courses which are eligible for inclusion. No separate appliction is required; all eligible students will be assessed by their department.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
Applicants whose undergraduate degree is from a university outside the UK must supply GRE 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).
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English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
The deadline for applications is 1 March 2014. Please make only one application to the Economics Department's MSc programmes (Economics MSc and Economics Policy MSc).
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
- Oxford Economics: Economist
- Charles River Associates: Senior Associate
- HSBC: analyst
- UCL PhD programme
The UCL Economic Policy MSc is a passport to roles such as economic policy analyst in major national and international institutions that demand the deeper, more rigorous analytical reasoning in economics offered by the MSc. In these roles, MSc graduates draw on a theoretical grounding and wealth of practical analytical tools to formulate relevant questions in economics and produce high quality economic analysis valued by employers and prestigious PhD programmes. Students benefit from the international reputations of the programme’s academic staff and the academic excellence and international perspectives of their fellow MSc students. Major employers invite UCL MSc graduates to apply for their roles.
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"I was attracted to UCL by its unrivalled reputation as a world-leading academic institution. I was also particularly keen on becoming familiar with a very rigorous, technically demanding approach to the discipline and was sure UCL was the right place to find this."
Degree: Economic Policy MSc
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