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

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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

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This is a specialist master’s degree designed for those targeting finance as a professional career. The programme is jointly delivered by the Economics 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 Economics 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 prospective students website.

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