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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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£14,250 (FT)
£18,850 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 March 2015
Please make only one application to the Economics Department's MSc programmes (Economics MSc and Economics Policy MSc).

Entry Requirements

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).

English language requirement: Good

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

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).

Core Modules

  • Research Methods
  • Microeconomics for Policy
  • Macroeconomics for Policy
  • Econometrics for Policy


  • Agenda Setting and Public Policy (Department of Political Science or International Political Economy (Department of Political Science)
  • Macroeconomic Policy
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Programme Evaluation for Users
  • Health Economics
  • The Economics of Migration
  • Economics of Development
  • Public Microeconomics
  • Time Series Econometrics
  • <b>At least two of the following applied options</b>
  • Applied Development Economics and Policy
  • Applied Policy Analysis
  • <b>Remaining options (taking the total to four) from a list of policy options, including:</b>
  • Environmental Economics: Principles and Policy
  • Economics of Households
  • Topics in Money and Finance
  • Topics in Labour Economics
  • Empirical Industrial Organisation
  • Ethics in Welfare Economics


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.


James Lanner Memorial Scholarship

1 year
Prospective students of the Economics MSc who are not already receiving full financial support from other sources.

Gaitskell MSc Scholarship

1 year
Prospective UK and EU MSc students in the Department of Economics who are not receiving full funding from outer sources.

GREAT/UCL Scholarship

1 year
Prospective graduate students from India applying to one of the following courses: Management MSc, Economics MSc, Construction Economics and Management MSc, Technology Entrepreneurship MSc, LLM, Telecommunications MSc, Drug Discovery and Development MSc,or Cancer MSc.

Michael Curtis UCL Bursary

1 year

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website


  • 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
  • Frontier Economics: Analyst
  • Oxford Economics: Economist
  • Charles River Associates: Senior Associate
  • HSBC: Analyst
  • UCL PhD programme

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Government Economic Service, Economist, 2013,
  • Blackrock, Analyst, 2014,
  • UCL, MRes Economics Student, 2013,
  • Financial Services Authority, Economist, 2012,
  • Bank of England, Economist, 2012,


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.Profiles of recent graduates:

Why 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.

Student / staff ratios › 65 staff › 155 taught students › 105 research students

Department: Economics

Degree reviews

Student review

"By updating and furthering my knowledge of economic theory and applications the degree has given me increased confidence in my ability to continue my career as a Government Economist – as it has enabled me to gain the skills and knowledge of economics that would be expected. Studying the MSc degree has also certainly strengthened my ability to prioritise tasks and information and to plan and use my time effectively. "

Alex Lim

Subject: Economic Policy MSc
Student review

"I was attracted to UCL for its undisputed reputation as a world-leading academic institution. Besides being thrilled at the idea of living in London, I was also interested in becoming acquainted with a more mathematically intense, quantitative and techical approach to economics than the one I was exposed to during my previous studies and UCL was definitely the right place to achieve this."

Matteo Scattola

Subject: Economic Policy MSc

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
Please make only one application to the Economics Department's MSc programmes (Economics MSc and Economics Policy MSc).

For more information see our Applications page.

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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


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