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Full time | University of Sussex | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

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Course type


Course Summary

You’ll gain the skills and knowledge to become a successful economist in government, international organisations, business or at universities.

You’ll learn to:

  • evaluate the impacts of economic shocks and policy interventions, informed by latest research and best practice
  • frame complex macro- and microeconomic problems systematically and coherently
  • communicate technical analysis clearly and coherently.

Much of the theory, empirical methods and policy applications you’ll study is at the forefront of applied economics. You’ll develop skills in statistical and econometric analysis, and have the choice of options covering a range of contemporary economic challenges.

You’ll also have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience with an organisation in the UK or abroad. There is an option to include a placement alongside the dissertation, gaining work experience to enhance your career prospects. Recent placements have included the Low Pay Commission, Standard Life Aberdeen Investments and the Institute for Employment Studies.


The University of Sussex Business School is accredited by EQUIS, the most comprehensive institutional accreditation system for business and management schools. Accreditation ensures a rigorous quality control, benchmarking against international standards and is acknowledged worldwide.


By studying your Economics MSc at Sussex, you’ll develop the skills needed as a professional economist:

  • independent thought and problem-solving
  • teamwork
  • communication
  • leadership.

You’ll be well prepared for work in:

  • international organisations (for example, World Bank, OECD, IMF, IADB, ADB)
  • UK Government (for example, DfiD and HM Treasury)
  • governments abroad
  • the financial sector (for example, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank)
  • consultancies (for example, Oxford Policy Management)
  • academia (both in the UK and abroad).


This module equips you with practical econometric tools for analysis, information about economic data sources and their limitations, an understanding of how research and analysis policy fit into the policy-making process and how to communicate with policy-makers and other users of analysis.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. Your qualification should be in economics and include intermediate-level microeconomics and macroeconomics. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.