UCL Department of Economics


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I apply for admission to the MSc Economics programme?

A. First, consider the information on the design, content, emphasis and assessment methods of the UCL MSc Economics programme by studying the information here .
Pay particular attention to the module web pages and the associated Moodle course pages (log in as a guest if necessary).
Compare and contrast the elements of the MSc programme with those offered by other universities to make sure that you are making an informed decision in applying to programmes that are consistent with your academic background, talents, objectives and needs.
Application matters are addressed in the Graduate Prospectus.

Q. What level of Mathematics and Statistics and Economics is required before starting the UCL MSc Economics programme?

All incoming students must have mastered the foundational material in New Students Guide before starting the MSc programme.

Q. What level of English language proficiency do I need for admission to the MSc Economics programme?

A. For consideration for admission to the UCL MSc Economics programme, applicants need to demonstrate English language proficiency at UCL’s “Good” level at least. UCL's English language proficiency levels, and the various ways to meet them, are described on the UCL Prospective Graduate Student webpages .

Q.  What should I do to prepare for the UCL MSc Economics programme?

A. Please see the What should I do to prepare webpage.

Q.  What are the conditions for entry after the UCL MSc Economics programme to UCLs MRes / MPhil/ PhD Economics programme?

A. From UCL's MSc Economics
First, you must make an application for admission to UCL's MRes Economics programme that demonstrates that you are taking at least TWO advanced core courses in Term 2. Then you will receive a standard, conditional offer, which requires an average mark across options and core (but excluding the ECON0080 Maths & Stats exam mark) of at least 70 and the support of your dissertation supervisor. You must apply by mid-January.

Applications from current UCL MSc Economics students that do not meet these criteria in full will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For further details of the MRes / MPhil/ PhD progamme see the UCL Economics Postgraduate pages.

Q. Are GRE scores required for my application to the MSc Economics programme?

A. Applicants whose studies for their undergraduate degree were undertaken wholly or mainly at a university located outside the UK must supply GRE General Test scores. The quantitative GRE score must be 161 or above (post-August 2011 scores). No other test will substitute for the GRE General Test requirement. Please upload a copy of your GRE score report with your online application and indicate the scores earned in the application form itself. Without GRE scores, your MSc Economics application will be considered incomplete if your first degree was studied at a university outside the UK. Students in the UK on 2+2 degree programmes do not need to present GRE scores. The GRE institution code for University College London is 3344.

Q. Are GMAT scores required for my application to the MSc Economics programme? May I substitute my GMAT scores for GRE scores?

A. No.

Q. I do not have an academic background in Economics or Mathematics or Statistics, but I want to study Economics at the postgraduate level. What can I do to prepare?

A. Consider a conversion course such as the (Postgraduate) Diploma courses in Economics (or Mathematics or Statistics) offered by Birkbeck College (University of London) or the University of London (Worldwide).

Q. May I attempt the MSc Economics programme on a part-time basis?

A. The UCL MSc Economics programme is designed as 12-month, full-time, intensive experience, with all taught activities taking place during standard business hours.

Q. Will I be charged an application fee for admission to the MSc programme?

A. Yes. The UCL application processing fees are explained on the UCL Prospective Graduate Student webpages.

Q. When is the MSc Economics application deadline?

A. Refer to the UCL Graduate Prospectus for the application deadline. We accept applications with effect from early November for entry in the following September. We recommend that applicants apply early.

Q. Do you accept late applications for admission or operate a waiting list or “clearing” process for admission after the application deadline has passed?

A. No.

Q. I am a UCL BSc student. Do I need to provide references with my MSc application if my referees are UCL academic staff members?

A. Yes. The Economics Department is unable to apply for references on behalf of any MSc applicant.

Q. How do I know if my application has been received by UCL?

A. Applicants are able to check the status of their application through the Applicant Portal

Q. How much are the tuition fees, and when are they due?

A: Tuition fees and money matters in general are outlined UCL Current Students webpage .

MSc students must pay at least one-third of their tuition fees upon enrolment (or by 31 October at the latest), at least one-third by the following 7 February, and the remainder by 2 May of the MSc year.

Q. If I am offered a place on the MSc Economics programme, will I have to pay a deposit when I accept the offer?

A: If you are made an offer of a place on the UCL MSc Economics programme, you will be charged a tuition fee deposit of £1,000 to secure your place on the programme. The deposit must be paid in full by the deadline specified in the offer of admission, usually 1 April for entry the following September, or within six weeks of the offer, whichever is the later date. See UCL's FAQs on tuition fee deposits

Q. I need funding for the MSc year. How do I find out about scholarships?

A. Review the UCL Scholarships database periodically for updates and apply for all sources of funding for which you qualify. If you are normally resident outside the UK, you are advised to also seek home-country sources of funding.

It is particularly important that students who plan to apply for any funding make their application for admission early - by November or December.

UCL addresses money matters in general on the UCL Current Students webpage .

Q: When does teaching start, and when are the term dates?

A: The MSc Economics programme is 12-months long and runs from September to September each year. The academic calendar indicates when Term 1 and Term 2 teaching and Term 3 final exams take place and when the vacation periods start and end.

The UCL MSc Economics programme includes a Reading Week in Term 1 in 2020-21; no Reading Week features in the MSc Economics programme in Term 2. MSc students must consider all breaks between terms to be revision periods.

International Student Orientation, for UCL masters students not normally resident in the UK, is during the week before the first day of term.

Maths & Stats review sessions begin on the first day of the academic year: Monday 28 September 2020.

Note: Plan to arrive in London and allow yourself plenty of time to settle in well before the start of the Maths & Stats review sessions on 28 September. The Maths & Stats review is fast-paced; you will not have an opportunity to catch up later.
The dissertation project is conducted from the end of Term 3, in mid-June, until mid- September, when the MSc programme concludes.

Q: How many intakes do you have each year?

A: One, in September.

Q.  I am an MSc offer holder who has not received information about the summer Maths & Stats pre-programme preparation. What should I do?

A. Please refer to the information on our What should I do to prepare? web page and then contact us.

Q. How is performance assessed on the MSc programme?

A: Assessment is weighted as follows:
•    Two-thirds by performance in final examinations, with one closed-book, timed Maths & Stats exam taking place in the second week of the programme, and the remaining seven closed-book, timed exams being held in the Term 3 final exams period.
•    One-third by performance in the 10,000-word dissertation project that students write from June to early September.
Students receive feedback from tutorial class teachers on their performance in problem set assignments attempted in Term 1 and Term 2. However, performance in such coursework does not count directly towards the final degree.

Q. I am an offer-holder with a disability or health condition who plans to start the MSc programme in the new academic year. Where should I register to be sure of obtaining any support services that I might need?

Please immediately register with UCL’s Student Disability Services.

Q. May I make an appointment to discuss the MSc programme with you?

A. We provide appointments only to those who hold an offer and who are unable to attend an Open Day.

Q. Does the Economics Department at UCL offer a Graduate Diploma programme in Economics?

A. No. All of the programmes of study offered by UCL are listed in the UCL Graduate Prospectus.


Q. Where have recent graduates found employment?

A. Some of the career destinations of recent MSc graduates are listed in the Graduate Destinations page.

Q. I am a masters student or a research student at one of the colleges in the University of London system or at UCL but not in the Economics Department, and have strong academic training in Economics or a closely related quantitative discipline such as Mathematics or Statistics. How do I apply to audit MSc-level lectures or take MSc-level courses for credit from UCL’s Economics Department?

A. First, review the MSc-level courses offered by studying the course web pages and associated Moodle course pages. Courses that are core to the  MSc programme are offered in Term 1 (October to December). Options courses are offered in Term 2 (January to March).
Then refer to the online course timetable for current scheduling information. (The timetable is subject to change, however).
Finally, refer your course request to the administrator for your academic programme of study and ask him or her to send your request to the UCL Economics Department’s MSc Programmes Administrator, together with pdfs of your academic transcripts that demonstrate the requisite quantitative background for the course requested. The deadline for receipt of your programme administrator's request is the end of the second week of the academic year. In 2020, this will be Friday 9 October.

Q. I am enrolled on an MSc programme at a university outside the University of London system. May I take MSc-level courses from UCL’s Department of Economics as an exchange student?

A. UCL's Department of Economics does not offer an exchange programme at the MSc-level.

Contacting the Economics Department

If you have an MSc Economics admissions-related enquiry, please refer to the information above, which is designed to answer the most common questions.  In the event that your question is not answered here, please email your enquiry to economics.msc.admissions@ucl.ac.uk.

Thank you for your interest in UCL's MSc Economics programme.