Career opportunities

When looking to progress through­out your career you will benefit from our leading international rep­utation for teaching and research excellence, and from our status as a world-ranked university (The Times).

We are ideally located, at the heart of the employment rich Thames Valley region, just 25-minutes by train from the financial and business centre of London.

Our postgraduate economics graduates are highly sought after by employers worldwide, recognising both the value and quality of a degree from the University of Reading and the specialist knowledge and expertise our graduates can provide.

In the UK, economics is consist­ently ranked among the top 5 degree subjects, based on average graduate starting salaries, making studying for your masters degree in economics at Reading an excellent investment in your future career.

Graduate destinations

A masters degree in economics can help you to advance your career in many areas. The most common sectors our graduates enter are:

  • Banking
  • Accountancy and taxation
  • Business/management consultancy
  • UK and overseas governments
  • International agencies

Recent graduate destinations include:

Economics careers 

The Careers Centre

Our award-winning Careers Centre is open all year round and provides a high level of ongoing support and information to students, past and present. Events ranging from careers fairs and employer-run workshops to CV advice and mock interviews help to build your confidence and skills, and prepare you for your ideal role and a successful career.

Further academic study

A number of our graduates each year continue along an academic path, working towards a PhD. Each of our masters courses provides a strong grounding for future doctoral study and we offer full stu­dentships and additional sources of funding to leading PhD candidates.


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Outstanding prospects

'Reading has a thriving economy, expected to grow faster than any other town or city including London.'

The Financial Times


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