UCL Department of Economics


MSc Economics

Programme structure and module options

Term 1

Research methods course2 week intensive course in Mathematics and Statistics which takes place in the first two weeks of term before core courses begin.

Three core courses, each consisting of 4 hours of lectures and a 1 hour small group class per week. 


Term 2

Research methods course: 1 week course covering, academic writing skills, empirical and econometric skills and software workshops including Matlab, Eviews and Stata.

Four optional courses, two or three from List B : Advanced core options and one or two from List A: Applied options.  Most optional courses  consist of a 2 hour lecture and a 1 hour small group class per week.


Core modules




List A: Applied options

Time Series Econometrics

Public Microeconomics

Topics in Labour Economics

Topics in Money and Finance

Economics of Development

The Economics of Migration (not offered in 2018/19)

Health Economics

Programme Evaluation for Users

Economics of Households (not offered in 2018/19)

Empirical Industrial Organisation

Behavioural Economics

Macroeconomic Policy

Ethics in Welfare Economics

Environmental Economics: Principles and Policy


List B: Advanced core options

Advanced Macroeconomic Theory

Time Series Econometrics (this module can be taken either as a list A or as a list B option)

Advanced Microeconomic Theory

Advanced Microeconometrics



All core and optional courses are assessed by a final exam in May/June (Term 3).  For the maths and stats course, students take the final examination at the end of the two-week intensive course, in September.  Although weekly problem sets are marked and feedback is given,  they do not play any part in the final assessment.  

June – September


Research methods course covering academic writing skills, Empirical and Econometric skills and software workshops (Matlab, Eviews and Stata).