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.
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.
A career in research
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.
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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.
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.
Develop your skill set
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.