Many of the great issues that confront societies nationally and globally require trade-offs between conflicting objectives. This is the essence of Economics. Studying Economics will enable you to develop and use frameworks and methods essential for analysing current social and economic issues.

Areas of study

When you undertake postgraduate study in Economics you will take advanced courses in the core areas of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Econometrics. We also offer optional courses in many other branches of economics, including Game Theory, International Trade and Finance, Public Policy and Labour Economics, to name just a few. Student research is carefully arranged and mentored to ensure the first research experience of all postgraduate students is productive and interesting.

You can study Economics in the following programmes:

What you will learn

You will get a broad but thorough appreciation of the economic functioning of modern societies. The emphasis is on developing your competence in economic analysis, gaining an understanding of economic principles and applying them to real-world issues. As you progress you will be able to pursue your own interests in more specialised aspects of the subject.

Career opportunities

Employers value Economics postgraduates’ understanding of decision making, research and analytical skills, and how they can view issues within a national and international context. A number of businesses which require an understanding of contemporary issues will also employ economics postgraduates. Depending on the subjects selected careers include academic, econometrician, economist (financial, labour, macro, micro, organisational, industrial, public finance) - or public policy analyst.

Many jobs in the private sector and opportunities for advancement require at least a master's degree, and often a PhD.

More information

For more information see the Business School website: Why study Economics?