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    Postgraduate study that sets you up for success

Careers and Employability

A postgraduate qualification from the Department of Economics helps to set you apart from other graduates and sharpen your skillset, leading you to a rewarding career.

We place the development of your employability at the heart of everything we do. Our master's 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.

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.

In the UK, economics is consist­ently ranked among the top five 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.

"The variety of complementary skills I learned on the MPP, and the mix of Politics and Economics, help me in my current role of development planning and resource allocation. The MPP taught me how various stakeholders interact in the policymaking process, and I find this beneficial as I engage with politicians and citizens to develop economic programmes that are responsive to their needs and wants. Evidence-based policymaking is also another skill that helps me in my job as I can research and embrace research outcomes to inform development planning."

Sharon Adhiambo

MA Public Policy, Public Sector Economist, Kenya

gain transferable skills

Our courses aim to develop a deep understanding of the specific subject matter, as well as a range of transferable skills that can be utilised in a wide variety of future careers. These include analysis and problem-solving skills, numeracy and IT skills, self-management, teamwork and individual research.

dedicated placement support

Gain guidance from our dedicated School Placement Coordinator or speak to our experienced careers advisers who are on hand to offer you support on careers, job applications, CVs, mock interviews and more. Events ranging from careers fairs and employer-run workshops help to build your confidence and skills, and prepare you for your ideal role and a successful career.

Our award-winning  Careers Centre is open all year round and provides a high level of on-going support and information to current students and alumni.

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
  • Education

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.

graduateJacob Kenny story

Jacob Kenny graduated with an Economics and Politics undergraduate degree from the University of Reading in 2016.

Given the flexibility of doing a joint-honours degree, Jacob chose to concentrate more on the Economics side of the course and enjoyed the area of Public Economics in particular. His dissertation looked at the labour market impacts of immigration in the UK.

After graduating, he chose to remain at the University and pursued  a master’s in Public Policy.  Again, he focused on the Economics side of the course, and his dissertation used econometric techniques to examine the impact of immigration on UK labour productivity.

Following his graduation, he went on to work as an Assistant Economist for the UK Home Office. He was assigned to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) Secretariat, an independent body that advises the government on migration issues. 

In this role, Jacob was given the opportunity to work on the influential ‘EEA Migrants in the UK’ report, a report which advised the Government on the post-EU Exit migration system. He was able to apply all the skills and knowledge he had learnt from his studies at the University to his work in the MAC, including carrying out econometric analysis of large datasets, working with industry leading experts on labour market economics, and taking part in a secondment to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to carry out analysis of self-employed data, published for the first time in this report.

Given Jacob’s interest in Migration Economics, as shown in his two Dissertation topics, he really enjoyed his time in the MAC and decided a career as a Government Economist was for him. 

He secured a place on the Civil Service Fast Stream as an Economist in September 2018. Currently on his first post, he is working on International Trade and EU Exit in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He is really enjoying this challenging and rewarding role and is looking forward to what lies ahead in his career as a Government Economist.

"I am grateful to the University of Reading for the fantastic time studying here. Particularly to Professor Giovanni Razzu for providing me with advice and outstanding support throughout my studies".


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