Why choose this course
Economics shapes our world, from inflation and unemployment rates, through to the implications of Brexit and the price of milk.
Our MA in Economics will give you the opportunity to explore this engrossing subject and its continual impact on our world.
Our intensive conversion course is designed to provide you with the skills necessary to allow you to pursue a career in the exciting and rewarding field of economics, regardless of your previous degree subject.
We are ranked in the top 10 for business and economics in the United Kingdom by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.
What you will study
Our MA Economics course will give you a thorough education in the theories and applications of economics. You’ll study the core principles of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, gaining a critical awareness of current economic problems and insights. You’ll also develop the ability to combine relevant analytical techniques with insightful data analysis to produce economic conclusions.
The range of optional modules on this course will allow you to shape your course to match your personal interests and career aspirations. You can choose from an extensive list of topics which currently includes: international finance, risk management, energy and development.
The University provides its students with leading facilities, including our recently renovated Library and Learning Centre and a range of computer labs across campus.
For students on this course, a designated computer lab is located at the heart of the School of Economics. You’ll have access to specialist software and have the chance to work and learn together with your peers.
Masters students will be able to build strong relationships with their designated supervisors, while working towards their dissertations over the second part of year.
Our supervisors also offer support in the form of reference letters for future job opportunities and will do so for many years to come.
Our economics research is at the forefront of its field. Within the team of our academics, two members of staff currently hold positions as government advisors, so we can ensure that our expertise is up-to-date. All our staff incorporate their research and professional experience into their teaching, and this is especially clear at postgraduate level.
All our staff are permanent, which enables them to be fully committed and invested in their modules.
The student experience at the School of Economics is vital to the success of our courses and you’ll be encouraged to express yourself and develop to your full potential. We encourage a dialogue between our staff and students, listening to your input and using it to help shape the way our courses are run. Our academic staff teach with a hands-on approach and the School will support you throughout your learning, both during and outside of lectures.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
A masters degree provides a deep understanding of the problems economists are asked to tackle, and enhances employability and the prospect of a rewarding career. You will be taught by experienced research-active experts who can provide real industry insights.
Some of our masters graduates have embarked on careers in roles such as:
- Analysts (finance, business, data, trade, and sales)
- Audit Manager
- Client Success Manager
- Consultants (International Consultant)
- Economic Advisor
- Investment Management Analyst
- Regulatory Affairs Advisor.
Academic year structure
This course is studied full-time over one academic year or part-time over two years. It consists of eight taught modules and an advanced project.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic the University has revised its courses to incorporate the ‘Hybrid Learning Experience’ in a departure from previous academic years and previously published information. The University has changed the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes. Further information on the general principles of hybrid learning can be found at: Hybrid learning experience | University of Surrey.
We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2021/22. This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We may be able to take relevant work experience into consideration if you don't meet these requirements. If you have at least one year of relevant experience in a full-time graduate-level role (or a minimum of two years’ experience in a relevant graduate-level part-time role) please provide full details of your role and responsibilities in your personal statement and CV when you submit your application.
International entry requirements by country
Do I meet the requirements for this course?
We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
Start date: October 2021
Full-time - 1 year
Part-time - 2 years
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2021-22 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
- If you are on a two-year or three-year part-time structured masters course, the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the course.
There are associated costs with this programme:
- £35/£75 - STATA software licence (6 or 12 months)
- £35 - Eviews student software licence (free lite version available).
Grand total: £70-110.
You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about postgraduate student finance.
Scholarships and bursaries
We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View an example of our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Further, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the academic year 2020/21. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach during 2020/21. Detailed information on all changes is available at our dedicated course changes webpage. This webpage sets out information relating to general University changes, and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.