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Queen’s University Belfast Economics

MSc Economics

“‘The MSc Economics at Queen’s University Belfast is an intensive postgraduate course offering students the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of economic theory, its application to a wide range of critical real-world issues, and the practical skills needed to excel as a professional economist or in PhD level study in economics.’”

Course Details

Semester 1

  • Applied Econometrics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomic Theory

Semester 2

  • Economic Behaviour
  • Labour Economics and Social Policy
  • The Global Economy in Historical Perspective
  • Plus choose one from:
  • Topics in Economic History
  • Topics in Economic Theory
  • Topics in Policy and Institutions

Semester 3

  • Dissertation

Modules are subject to change.

Entry Requirements

Normally a 1st or 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Economics or a closely related subject (eg Business Economics, Finance, joint degrees with substantial economics component).

We welcome applications from a diverse range of  backgrounds and may also consider previous work experience alongside lower academic qualifications. Prior experiential learning in a quantitaive analysis, Maths or Finance based subject in lieu of academic qualifications will be considered on an individual basis under the University’s RPL Policy http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpol.  A formal interview, the submission of written work, exam or GMAT test may form a part of this proceedure.

International Qualifications For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Countryfrom the list on our International Students website.

  • If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen’s University Belfast which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO Queen’s University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of programmes including the INTO Graduate Diploma in Finance


International students wishing to apply to Queen’s University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen’s University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study – an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English – a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen’s University Belfast and who need to improve their English

Fees & Funding

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen’s.

For tuition fee information see www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/

Postgraduate loans
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

Normally self-funding, although a limited number of scholarships may also be available. For current information on available scholarships, please see the School website. For fees, funding and further information see: go.qub.ac.uk/pgstudy

How To Apply

Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Programme Director: Professor Rob Gilles
Associate Programme director: Dr Matthias Blum

Queen’s Management School
Tel: 028 9097 5514/5515
Email: qms@qub.ac.uk
WWW: http://www.qub.ac.uk/mgt