UCL Department of Economics



Taught by a world-class faculty, our two masters programmes give a thorough knowledge of cutting-edge techniques in theoretical and applied economics. The 3 month dissertation allows these skills to be applied to a project of the student’s choice. Recent graduates have gone on to PhDs, research institutes and careers across the public and private sectors.


MSc Economics

Modern economics is an increasingly rigorous discipline and advanced degrees are now essential for careers in international institutions, government and industry. 

The Economics MSc at UCL will equip the professional economist with the powerful tools required to understand the rapidly changing, complex and uncertain modern world economy.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits). 

Programme structure

MSc Finance

This is a specialist master’s degree designed for those targeting finance as a professional career. The programme is jointly delivered by the Department and UCL's School of Management, providing a study of finance underpinned by a blend of quantitative and qualitative components.

It is based in UCL School of Management’s new home in Canary Wharf, the heart of London’s dynamic financial centre. It aims to provide individuals with the knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to engage with specialist roles in the modern global financial industry.

Programme structure

Applicants to the MSc programme require a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with at least upper second-class Honours, or equivalent, with a significant quantitative component, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. 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 the MSc Economics programme.

For further information visit the MSc Economics Prospectus: Key information website.

Most of our MSc students fund their studies from employer sponsorship, 
family sponsorship, home country scholarships, and career development loans.
In addition, some UCL and departmental funds are available to encourage strong applicants. These latter two categories of funding are summarised below.

UCL Funding: Visit the Graduate Scholarships section on the prospectuve students website

Economics Department Funding: All applicants to the department's MSc Programmes are automatically considered for Michael Curtis and James Lanner departmental funding; there is no separate application procedure.

MICHAEL CURTIS UCL BURSARY: One scholarship of £5,000 is available to an MSc student from the UK or the EU to fund their living costs while enrolled on one of the MSc Programmes. This bursary is awarded on the basis of financial need.

JAMES LANNER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: One scholarship of £5,000 is available for offer holders for the MSc in Economics or MSc in Economic Policy. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit with preference given to candidates who intend to specialise in international economics or in issues of economic policy in Europe.

Applications for September 2018 entry will be considered if submitted between mid-October and the deadline published in the UCL Graduate Prospectus.