Economics MA – 2023 entry

Key information

Start date: September 2023

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Why choose this course

Economics helps us decipher and shape our complex world. It offers unparalleled insights into how decisions by individuals, businesses, and the government affect important aspects of everyone’s life, including employment opportunities, the prices of products and services, and the overall standards of living.

Our MA in Economics will give you the opportunity to explore this fascinating discipline and benefit from a boost in skills that are relevant to the modern world: your employability; digital capabilities; global and cultural intelligence; resourcefulness and resilience; and sustainability awareness.

The programme is designed to allow you to develop these competencies so that you can pursue a career in the exciting and rewarding field of economics regardless of your previous degree subject.

We are a top-10 UK economics school in research (REF 2021) and ranked 61st in the world for business and economics by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022.

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What you will study

Typically, as a student in our Economics MA, you will not have an economics background at an undergraduate level. But we will not let that stop you!

You will progressively develop your ability to understand advanced theories and sharpen your analytical skills by building foundations in two core areas of economics: microeconomics and macroeconomics. Studying quantitative methods alongside these modules will allow you to handle their more technical aspects. Also in the first semester, you will apply yourself to investments and finance enhancing your skills in areas that are relevant to financial markets.

The second semester furnishes the learner’s applied skills (in econometrics and in public policy), further reinforcing student employability and digital capabilities. You will also be able to shape your studies to match your preferences, strengths, and/or career aspirations by selecting two modules from a range of exciting options.

At the same time as your taught modules, you will undertake a year-long applied project allowing you to put your economics knowledge, analytical skills, and data-handling ability to practice.

Facilities

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 programme, a designated computer lab is located at the heart of the School of Economics. You will have access to specialist software and have the chance to work and learn together with your peers.

Professional recognition

MA - Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.

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. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.

Some of our masters graduates have recently embarked on careers in roles such as:

  • Economists
  • Analysts (finance, business, data, trade, investment, and sales)
  • Audit managers
  • Consultants
  • Economic advisors
  • Regulatory advisors.

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 economics project.

Modules

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.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 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:

Timetable

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 Code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).

Contact hours

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Credit transfer

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 your experience exceeds the typical requirements for entry to the programme, 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. If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for specific modules through your previous learning, it may be possible to exempt you from those modules, and for you to 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.

In some cases, prior knowledge and skills may allow applicants to join the start of a course without meeting the formal entry requirements.

Please see our code transfer and recognition of prior learning guide (PDF) and recognition of prior learning and prior credit web page for further information. Please email Admissions (admissions@surrey.ac.uk) with any queries.

Fees

Start date: September 2023

Full-time - 1 year

UK
£10,900
Overseas
£19,800

Part-time - 2 years

UK
£5,500
Overseas
£9,900

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2023-24 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually
  • If you are on a two-year full-time MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme
  • Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

Books/stationery/admin:

  • £35/£75 - STATA software licence (6 or 12 months)
  • £35 - Eviews student software licence (free lite version available).

Grand total: £70 - £110.

Funding

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.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy* provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our Charter, Statutes, Ordinances, Policies, 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 our offer terms and conditions and our registration terms and conditions (PDF) for the 2022/2023 academic year as a guide as to what to expect.

Please note: the offer terms and conditions and registration terms and conditions which you will be asked to agree to may be different from those detailed in the examples. 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 be available at the start of each academic year and will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.

Disclaimer

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Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

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