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Economics MSc

This course enables you to apply the modern theories, analytical skills, and data analytics to real world, contemporary and evolving problems.

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This programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge to navigate and influence the complexities of economic policy challenges, such as AI, climate change, supply chain shocks, Covid-19 and Brexit.

During the course, you will build strong transferable skills in relevant quantitative methods and statistical techniques, developing expertise in quantification, evaluation and design to an advanced level. Across the four modules, you will learn about the forces shaping global economies, analyse the dynamics of competition and innovation in digital markets for decision-making, gain hands-on experience with latest data analytics tools and engage with pressing issues like international trade, sustainability, and the dynamics of emerging markets. Your learning will culminate in your final block of teaching, when you deliver an in-depth dissertation on a topic of your choice.

The course is designed for ease of understanding and assessments are carried out in a variety of formats, making complex concepts more digestible. The curriculum has been meticulously tailored to be accessible for students from diverse academic backgrounds, offering a versatile and dynamic course that transcends a traditional Economics masters.

Graduation from this course open doors to vast career opportunities, preparing you for roles in economics, finance, policy-making, and more, and we have a strong record of graduate employability. Previous students from this course have obtained roles as Economists, Sales Consultants, Finance Assistants and Lecturers in companies and organisations including government offices (Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trad), Next, Barclays, the Office for National Statistics and Chapel Wealth Management.

Key features

  • Bring learning to life in our state-of-the-art Trading Floor, which is one of the largest of its kind in the UK. Equipped with industry-standard software, Bloomberg and LSEG Workspace, you will experience what it’s like to work as a real-world Economist.
  • Benefit from real-word applications. A significant emphasis is placed on applying theoretical knowledge with case studies, policy analysis, and market assessments to real-world economic issues such as Brexit, AI, the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Develop 'hands on' skills in the use, presentation and interpretation of economic data, including time series, cross-section and panel data. 
  • Enjoy a varied curriculum, which includes a mix of lectures, hands-on workshops, and real-world case studies, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of both theoretical and practical aspects of economics. Learn through a variety of assessment methods including reports, portfolios, presentations, data visualisations, tests, reflective work and exams.
  • Participate in our exciting research projects. Under the mentorship of distinguished scholars, you will craft novel approaches to tackle economic challenges. Your research may focus on areas like environmental economics, development studies, international economics, to name a few, or you might choose to undertake projects with a practical business application. An example of our project is the East Midland Economic Data Repository where students contribute to address the on-going economic and social issues in the East Midlands. 
  • Benefit from block teaching, where most students study one subject at a time. A simple timetable will allow you to really engage with your learning, receive regular feedback and assessments, get to know your course mates and enjoy a better study-life balance.



DMU offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships and bursaries to help you realise your academic ambitions.

International Scholarships

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DMU has been shortlisted for the Postgraduate Award in the 2024 Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCAs), as voted for by students.

  • UK
  • EU/International

Programme code: L10073

Duration: 12 months

Start dates: September 2024

Fees and funding:

2024/25 tuition fees for UK students will be £10,450

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

 Programme code: L10073

Duration: 12 months

Start dates: September 2024

Fees and funding:

2024/25 tuition fees for EU and international students will be £17,950

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Entry criteria

Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in economics, accounting, finance, politics, public policy, banking or any other business-related subject with a minimum pass of 2:2, or equivalent overseas qualification, or an equivalent professional qualification.

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours

  • Block 1: Macroeconomics in a Global Context: Shocks, Policy Implications and Future Directions 
  • Block 2: Microeconomics and Digital Markets: Competition, Innovation and Strategic Analysis
  • Block 3: Econometrics and Data Science: Programming, Modelling & Forecasting
  • Block 4: Contemporary topics in Global Economics: International Trade, Sustainability, and Emerging Markets
  • Block 5 & 6: Applied Economics Dissertation

See detailed module descriptions.

Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.


Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of large group sessions, tutorials, online resources and formative assessments. Assessment is through group work for individual presentations, and research reports.  

You will be given feedback throughout the course to develop and improve your economic knowledge and skills development. Emphasis is placed on research and analytical skills through the use of assessments. The skills are built up gradually from the first block to the final block.

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course and in total you should be prepared to devote approximately 2 hours of lectures, 6 hours of workshop and 2 hours of asynchronous activity each week.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will have access to our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building, equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and IT labs. Wherever possible, students will be given home access to specialist software.

You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square metres of extra space. This is designed to facilitate your learning experience with large and airy breakout spaces, a new Student Advice Centre, and a balcony on the top floor. The Yard also features more comfortable classrooms and self-study spaces, allowing you to carry out independent study as well as group work.

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Learning Zone, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Opportunities and careers

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This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.


Graduate careers

The Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics has a strong work-related bias, offering professional, postgraduate and undergraduate courses.

You will develop an advanced understanding of economic issues for the private and public sectors, both nationally and internationally, enhancing your career prospects with key skills sought after by many organisations.

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