Do you have an interest in the world economy and in how economics can help us understand the world around us? Well trained economists are highly sought after in the labour market and are employed by consultancy firms, the government economic service, financial institutions, and other international organizations and businesses (even the tech giants). Do you want to combine an advanced understanding of core economics and the latest developments in economics with the opportunity to specialise in economic theory, applied economics, or economic history?

Economics is about how people make choices in conditions of resource scarcity and the results of these choices for society. It's about understanding the world around us and our place in it.

If you are interested in advanced study in economics that is 'post-crisis' in both structure and content, delivered at one of the UK's leading universities, then this degree is for you. The core modules develop your understanding of key economic concepts, ideas, tools and techniques, including the latest developments in micro, macro, applied econometrics, behavioural economics, the economics of labour markets and social policy and economic history. You can then specialise further in economic theory, applied economics (policy and institutions), or economic history. You will spend the summer combining your knowledge and skills to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice under personal supervision of a member of the Queen's faculty. On successful completion of this Masters you will have a deep understanding of the world economy past and present and the advanced analytical and quantitative skills that are so highly sought after by employers.

Learning and Teaching
Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm

About your classes:

1) You'll be part of a small, informal and chatty class and you'll get to know your classmates and your lecturers well.

2) You will be presented with a range of complex issues, ideas and theories.

3) Class time will be devoted to discussing these ideas from a variety of different perspectives.

4) There will be many opportunities for you to work in conjunction with the lecturer, to evaluate a range of potential solutions to economics questions.

5) You will have various opportunities, both within and beyond the classroom, to work in a range of different learning environments.

6) You are expected to become an integral part of the Economic group and participate in weekly seminars.

Subjects taught

Semester 1

*Economic Decision Making and Behaviour
*History and Philosophy of Economics
*Applied Econometrics
*Global Economic History

*All regular modules are taught for 3 lecture hours per week for 10 weeks.

Semester 2

*Economics of Markets and Networks
*Labour Economics and Social Policy
*Contemporary Macroeconomics
*Topics in Economics

*All regular modules are taught for 3 lecture hours per week for 10 weeks.

Semester 3 (Summer period)
The summer project can either be an academic research project, resulting in a written academic dissertation, or a consultancy project at a business, non-governmental organisation or a governmental agency, resulting in a consultancy report on a predefined problem or challenge.

Modules are subject to change.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Economics or a closely related subject (e.g. Business Economics, Finance, Mathematics, joint degrees with substantial economics component). Performance in relevant modules must be of the required standard.

International Students
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Application dates

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 12th August 2022 for courses which commence in late September. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.


1 academic year full-time.

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Career Prospects
Well-trained economists are highly sought after in the labour market and are employed by consultancy firms, financial institutions and other international businesses, as well as in the public sector and by international NGOs. Economists work as consultants, public policy analysts, financial analysts, financial managers, investment bankers, government and policy officers, civil service fast streamers, health insurance analysts and much more. Some students will wish to go on to PhD study in Economics in preparation for a career as an academic or research economist.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Employment after the Course
Graduates of the course have been employed as economic researcher at the Office of National Statistics, consultant at RSM UK, economic analyst at NERA Economic Consulting, assistant economist at Ulster University Economic Policy, assistant economist at Oxford Economics, middle office analyst at Citi, transaction capture analyst at Citi, etc. Graduates have also progressed into research.

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    Degree - Masters at UK Level 7

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