How to apply

Master of Science (MSc) students

Applications for September 2017 entry will be considered if submitted between mid-October 2016 and 01 March 2017 at 5pm London time

To apply, follow this link to the UCL Prospective Students page.

  • Applications for September 2017 entry will be considered if submitted between mid-October 2016 and 01 March 2017
  • Please make only one application to the Economics Department's MSc programmes indicating a preference for one of the programmes.
  • We allow students to switch between programmes during the first four weeks of the academic year
  • 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.

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 competitive. 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 will guide you.

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 who studied for their undergraduate degree at 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). 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.

If your transcripts do not indicate all of the courses that you are taking in your final year, please include with your application for admission a list of your final year's/final term's courses.

UCL Fee Schedule

Most of our MSc students fund their studies from employer sponsorship, 
family sponsorship, home country scholarships, and career development loans.

In addition, some departmental funds are available to encourage strong applicants. These funding sources are listed below. All applicants to the department's Programmes are automatically considered for departmental funding; there is no separate application procedure. Only those applicants shortlisted for departmental funding will be notified.

Economics Department Funding


Michael Curtis UCL Bursary

One scholarship of £5,000 is available to an MSc student from the UK or the EU to fund costs of living while enrolled in one of the MSc Programmes. This bursary is awarded based on financial need of the applicant.

James Lanner Memorial Scholarship

A scholarship of £5,000 is available for prospective students of the MSc in Economics or MSc in Economic Policy. The scholarship is awarded on academic merit with preference given to candidates who intend to specialise in international economics or in issues of economic policy in Europe.

Other funding sources

Several additional scholarship opportunities are available through UCL. These scholarships. Information on other scholarship opportunities can be found on the Graduate Scholarships section of the UCL Prospective Students website.