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    Experts from the world of economics inform your learning

How you'll learn

‚ÄčTailor your studies to your interests, apply what you learn to the real world and develop transferable skills.

Applied learning and engagement with real-life practitioners

You'll develop a strong grounding at a theoretical level and then apply what you learn to real-world settings and scenarios. Our modules are designed to equip you with the skills to succeed in economics within an ever-changing world; they're dynamic and relevant to current affairs and issues, such as our module on climate change.

Some sessions are given by civil servants from government departments such as; the Treasury, Office for National Statistics, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, and the Ministry of Justice.

Transferable skills that will aid you in your future career

Economics graduates have excellent career prospects due to the excellent mix of skills an economic master's degree requires, such as analysis, writing, maths, econometrics and computing. This makes you suitable for a wide range of careers in a number of fields.

Work independently and become strongly self-motivated

Studying economics at postgraduate level requires a substantial amount of independent reading, research and study. You'll need to take personal responsibility and show initiative in developing your knowledge and understanding of the field.

Develop professional written and oral communication skills

You will develop strong communication skills through written work, presentations and seminar discussions. This includes learning how to communicate concepts and ideas to non-specialists in economics in a clear and concise manner.

Learn IT skills and statistical software used in the real world

Your master's degree is a great chance able to build up a strong working knowledge of current statistical software and other applications that is used in both the public and private sectors.

Choose your method of assessment

You can opt to write a dissertation or carry out a research project. It's an opportunity for you to gather your own data first-hand or analyse and critically evaluate secondary data.

Contribute to world-leading research

We often give our students the opportunity to engage in our academic research as a way of applying their acquired knowledge and expertise to our world-leading research projects.

For example, Anisa Butt, a PhD student in the Department, contributed to the work of Professor Giovanni Razzu's book "Gender Inequality in the Eastern European Labour Market: Twenty-Five Years of Transition Since the Fall of Communism" through carrying out comparative analysis on gender equality research.

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