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Social Sciences: EconomicsPart of Social SciencesPostgraduate study

MSc Economics and Econometrics - 1 yr(s)

Our MSc Economics and MSc Economics and Econometrics are designed to equip you to undertake independent research in economics and also to provide the training necessary for a career as an economist in the public and the private sector. They are ESRC-recognised research training programmes.

Introducing your course

Become fluent in quantitative methods with a Masters in Economics and Econometrics degree. This masters course, provided by the University of Southampton by one of the largest and most active econometric theory groups in the UK, will give a rigorous training in economic and econometric analysis to students with a strong mathematical and statistical background.

This ESRC recognised Masters in Economics and Econometrics degree will provide advanced training within this field and is highly recommended to students wishing to progress to a research degree.

Programme Overview

The full-time programme lasts 12 months, with nine months of taught modules between October and June of the academic year, followed by three summer months of supervised research for a Masters’ dissertation.

Part-time programme lasts 24 months and consist of the same components as the full-time version. Students consult with the Head of Masters to establish a detailed plan of studies to fulfil the programme requirements.

You can expect to enjoy predominantly small-group teaching and a considerable degree of individual attention from members of staff. MSc students are strongly encouraged to attend our seminars and research workshops. Our MSc students usually form a lively and cohesive group which plays an active role in the Division's academic and social life.

To Apply

You can find more details on our How to Apply page.


If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the admission team at If you have questions regarding the academic aspect of the programme, please contact the Head of Masters’ programmes in Economics, dr. Max Kwiek, at

Key Facts

  • Our MSc Economics and Econometrics programme is recognised by the ESRC.
  • Our graduate programmes are structured to provide students with research and vocational training of the highest standard. Our research-training programmes are recognised by the ESRC.
  • You can expect to enjoy predominantly small-group teaching, and a considerable degree of individual attention from members of staff. MSc students are strongly encouraged to attend seminars and research workshops in the Division. The MSc students usually form a lively and cohesive group which plays an active role in the academic and social life of the Division.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Academic requirements

We welcome applications from students who have, or expect to have, a good undergraduate degree in economics (upper second-class or higher). Strong candidates from related fields will also be considered. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Quantitative methods

All applicants should have academic background in quantitative methods, such as mathematics, statistics, or econometrics. Those applying to MSc Economics and Econometrics or MSc Finance and Econometrics should be particularly competent in these areas.

English Language Requirement

For applicants whose first language is not English, the IELTS requirement is an overall score of 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component. Please visit our international pages to find out about the University's regulations about English language requirements and support.

Selection process

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This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

The programme starts with an intensive two-week module ECON6001 Preliminary Mathematics and Statistics designed to ensure that students have the quantitative skills necessary to successfully undertake the core modules.

Students may switch between MSc programmes in the Department of Economics within the first days of the academic year, subject to approval of the Head of Masters’ programmes.

Most modules are assessed by examination at the end of each semester.

The final three months of the programme are spent preparing a Master’s dissertation, to be completed by the end of September. This research is conducted with supervision provided by a member of Economics academic staff with related research interests.

Year 1

Semester Two

In addition to the compulsory modules listed, students take two option modules from the 'option' list below.

Quantitative Economics
Panel Data & Microeconometrics
Time Series Econometrics
Labour Economics
Industrial Economics
International Trade
Economic Policy in Development
Topics in Economic Theory
Topics in Macroeconomics
Experimental Economics
Empirical Finance

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Learning & Assessment


Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentIT: Software licences - Publicly available software in public workstations and some available via iSolutions, but otherwise purchase.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here:

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Study locations

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