Masters courses

Whether or not you've studied economics before, we've got a course for you.


  • MRes Economics

    Want to do a PhD? We can help you. Our course provides you with the necessary tools to pursue research at a PhD level whilst also giving you key skills for a career in academia, from one of Europe's leading economics departments.


  • MA Economics

    How should trade be managed to promote both social welfare and the interests of workers and firms? How should merger policy be managed to balance the interests of merging firms and others that share the industry? How should financial markets and financial instruments be designed to promote economic stability and growth?

MSc - applied economics

  • MSc Economics

    This popular flagship course provides an advanced level of understanding in the techniques of economic analysis. This MSc can lead to jobs in finance, business and the public sector.

  • MSc Behavioural Economics

    How do we make decisions about markets, businesses and customers? What's the science behind these decisions? How does an understanding of human behaviour make better policies? What's the impact of sales practices on customers? How do behavioural biases in customers impact how much they'll pay for a product or service?

    Behavioural economics is one of the fastest growing areas in economics in recent years. Insights inform business and public policy alike - we investigate the human and social factors influencing decisions made by consumers, borrowers and investors.

    Be a lab assistant

    We offer two of our students on this course the chance to undertake work experience as a lab assistant in ESSEXLab, our state-of-the-art social science lab at our Colchester Campus.

  • MSc Applied Economics and Data Analysis

    This course is data-orientated with an applied focus and is run jointly with our Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), which specialises in the analysis of household and labour market data.

  • MSc Computational Economics, Financial Markets and Policy

    The financial crisis and global recession have triggered a search for new perspectives in economics training that can deal with the challenges posed by highly interconnected and globalised financial and industrial organisations.

  • MSc Economics and Econometrics

    Would you like to undertake advanced study in quantitative analysis in an environment of research excellence? This popular course emphasises the foundations of econometrics and its application to a wide range of topics in economics.

  • MSc International Economics

    Would you like to develop expertise in theoretical and applied issues of international economic relations? Our course gives you this knowledge, plus a critical awareness of the integration of theory, data, and analysis in relation to international economics.

  • MSc Management Economics

    This course trains you to use economics in managerial decisions and in the analysing of strategic interaction among firms. We combine theory and applications to provide you with a unique combination of business knowledge and economic skills.

MSc - finance

  • MSc Money and Banking

    Why are banking and finance so important for our economy? How do banks work? How do their activities affect business cycle fluctuations or even economic crises? And how can economic policy, particularly monetary policy, steer the banking sector and the overall economy towards desirable outcomes?

  • MSc Financial Economics and Accounting

    Are you interested in studying within our highly ranked Department and well respected Essex Business School? This course offers compulsory modules evenly split between both.

  • MSc Financial and Business Economics

    Careers in business and finance often require an economic approach, which this course provides by allowing you to study the economical principles that are at the heart of finance and business, and to develop an awareness of their applications.

  • MSc Financial Economics

    Are you interested in finance and its economic foundations? The emphasis of this course is on the ways that economic reasoning can inform and illuminate the financial decision-making of investors and the financial choices made by firms.

  • MSc Financial Econometrics

    This new course combines a practical approach to finance with a strong theoretical approach in econometrics, and is taught jointly by Essex Business School and our Department of Economics

  • MSc Financial Economics and Econometrics

    This specialised course includes in-depth theoretical and applied aspects of econometrics to complement subjects in financial markets and corporate finance.


  • PG Diploma Statistics and Finance

    This course is administered by our Department of Mathematical Sciences.

    This course is aimed at those whose first degree included training in both statistics and economics.

  • Graduate Diploma Economics

    Although this diploma is a stand-alone qualifications, it is designed to enable you to proceed to an MSc programme in your following academic year. It is comprised of 120 credits taken in one academic year.

One Masters not enough for you?

We offer a number of postgraduate taught double degrees with our international partners. These degrees are 1+1 progression arrangements where you work for two Master's degrees, one at Essex and another at a prestigious university across the globe.

Normally, a single Masters degree in Europe would take you two years to complete. Our double degrees allow you to gain two Masters in two years, a year less than studying them separately.

This unique opportunity gives you experience of different cultures, preparing you for an international career, or for a PhD. You also gain a competitive edge when applying for jobs once you leave Essex.

Our double degrees in the Department of Economics are joint with the University of Hamburg and University of Konstanz in Germany. To find out more, contact Debbie Hall at