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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.

The University of Reading is ranked 10th in the UK in Business and Economics subjects (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2024, United Kingdom providers only).


Recognised expertise

Economics at Reading is internationally renowned for producing world-class research through the development of economic theory, use of advanced econometric modelling, and application to a wide range of public policy areas.

100% of our research impact has been classed 'outstanding' or 'very considerable' (Research Excellence Framework 2021, combining 4* and 3* submissions – Business and Management Studies, and Anthropology and Development Studies).

Learn from active researchers

Our academics teach across the various fields of economics including labour, behavioural, development economics, business economics and finance, econometrics, macroeconomics and sports economics.

A number of our academics are involved in research that informs the policy decisions of governments, major multinational organisations and international agencies like the UN.

Develop 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.

Skills include analysis and problem-solving, numeracy and IT skills, self-management, teamwork and individual research.

Watch our film to discover more about studying a master's degree in Economics at Reading.

Your career

We place the development of your employability at the heart of everything we do. The most common sectors our graduates enter are: banking, accountancy and taxation, business/management consultancy, UK and overseas governments, international agencies and education.

Dedicated placement support

Get 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 Capstone module - where you work on a team project for an external organisation - has previously helped graduates secure jobs in the public and corporate sectors.

A career in research

A number of our graduates each year continue along an academic path, working towards a PhD.

Each of our master's courses provides a strong grounding for future doctoral study and we offer full stu­dentships and additional sources of funding to leading PhD candidates.

Studying a master's with us could therefore lead to a highly-successful career in academic research.

Find out more about our PhDs

Through the MA Public Policy I not only gained an insight into public policymaking but also learnt the tools such as research methods in social sciences which, I think, will be very helpful during my future work activities.
Vepa Rasulow, MA Public Policy

Your teaching and learning

You'll learn through real-world application of theory within an innovative environment where research is at the heart of everything we do.

Innovative approach

We teach modules that relate to the real world, delivered through hands-on tutoring, helping you to learn, debate and challenge your thinking.

You'll discuss and analyse both theory and practise through case studies, group presentations and open debate.

Guest speakers from outside the University bring subjects to life, keeping you in touch with the latest global developments and challenges.

Find out more about our modules (PDF, 38 KB)

Research-led teaching

Our Economics Department focuses on applied economic research directed towards improving the quality of life in the UK and around the world.

We work to address current socio-political issues, such as ethnicity and inequality in the job market, the gender pay gap, and UK housing reform.

To deliver research-led teaching, we align our modules to our research clusters, ensuring your learning is being informed by the latest developments.

Visit our research blog

Develop your skill set

Economics graduates have excellent prospects due to the excellent mix of skills an economic master's degree develops, such as analysis, writing, maths, econometrics and computing. 

Independent working skills

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.

Written and communication skills

Learn how to communicate concepts and ideas to non-specialists in economics in a clear and concise manner.

The programmes also give you opportunities to develop your teamwork and presentation skills, such as through the Capstone module.

IT and statistical software skills

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

Read Hicham's story

Hicham El Kaissi chose to study MSc Economics and enjoyed the full postgraduate experience: a vibrant community, comprehensive training and learning from experts.


Our research

Economics at Reading focuses on applied economic research directed towards improving the quality of life in the UK and around the world.

Our staff

Learn from our active researchers and experts. Their research informs policy decisions for governments, multinational organisations and international agencies like the UN.