Royal Holloway, University of London, MSc, Economics


Study mode Start date Duration Fee international Fee UK/ EU Fee study period Year of study
Full-time Sep months: 12 £15800 £8100 Academic year 2016 - 2017

Economics is an intriguing subject to study precisely because it enables you to analyse the world around you in ever greater detail. What causes interest rate fluctuations? How is government policy impacting upon equality in the labour market? How are businesses implementing the ‘green agenda’? These are some of the questions that a degree in economics enables you to grasp hold of.

The Department of Economics at Royal Holloway has developed and established a strong reputation as a world-class centre of economics research and teaching. We are ranked in the top ten for research in the UK with strong links in the banking and finance sectors.

The aim of this traditional taught Masters is to provide you with rigorous training in the analysis of economics, including quantitative techniques and research methods. On completion of this degree you will be equipped with the tools of the professional economist and will be ready for your chosen career path, whether in government, the private and financial services sectors or further research in economics.

You will study core course units in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics, as well as a range of optional courses to allow specialization. You will be taught by a top-ranking Department of Economics with expertise in a wide set of areas and who produce world leading research.

With an intake of 25-30 places you will benefit from a strong sense of group-identity and enjoy close contact with the academic staff of the department. The course director serves as your personal advisor up until the spring and you will then be assigned a personal dissertation supervisor.

Why choose this course?

  • The course offers an excellent opportunity to get a strong grounding in core areas of Economics and to specialize your knowledge further through the optional courses on offer.
  • You will be taught by academics who produce world leading research. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise we were ranked among the top 10 Economics Departments in the UK.
  • Students attend a two week pre-sessional quantitative methods course to ensure they are in a good position to start this challenging Masters course.
  • Our graduates are highly employable: 90% of graduates from the Department of Economics were in full time employment or further study within six months of graduation.
  • The Department has expertise in a wide set of areas, including Labour Economics, Experimental Economics, and Public Economics, and the topics taught on our Masters courses reflect these areas of excellence.
  • The Department of Economics at Royal Holloway is unique in being a young department, created in 1995, in an established and prestigious college of the University of London.
  • We are one of the few Departments in the UK to have an in-house economics experiments laboratory, used by staff and research students.

Career Opportunities

90% of graduates from Royal Holloway, University of London’s Department of Economics were in full time employment or further study within six months of graduation.

Royal Holloway graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different economics-related areas, including working in the Public Sector (Government Economics Service), journalism, business analysis. careers as Economists, Journalists and Business Analysts.  Our graduates are currently working for firms such as Accenture, TNS, Bloomberg, Citigroup, Royal Bank of Scotland, Credit Suisse, Pricewaterhouse Cooper and Baker and Mackenzie. This course also equips you with the subject knowledge and a solid foundation for continued PhD studies.  


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