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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements English language requirements: If English is not your first language, you will need a recognised English language qualification, such as: * Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), administered by the Educational Testing Service in the US, in which scores of at least 580 overall and 4.0 in the Test of Written English are required. The computer-based test requires scores of at least 240 overall and 4.0 in essay-writing. * The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) test, administered by the British Council, in which scores of 6 or more in each section and an overall score of 6.5 are required. Academic entry requirements: * You will need a good first degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject. In exceptional circumstances, applicants without a first degree will be considered on the basis of their relevant work experience and potential for benefiting from the programme. * International applicants may be asked to take GMAT, in which a score of at least 600 and an AWA of 4.0 are required.
  • Academic Title
    Economics MA
  • Course description
    The MA Economics is a recognised postgraduate qualification that is valued by employers in both the public and private sectors, and provides a sound basis for postgraduate research.
    The programme provides exposure to advanced concepts and theories of economic analysis and research methods, which have practical application in the workplace. It is delivered by highly qualified teaching staff with research and consultancy expertise in economics. This is complimented by support for your personal development through cooperative and participatory approaches to learning, and opportunities to share your ideas and experiences with students from a range of backgrounds, cultures and countries.

    12 months full-time

    Housed in state-of-the-art facilities, Leeds University Business School is ranked in the world’s top 100 business schools and has both EQUIS and AMBA accreditation. The latest Financial Times Full-Time MBA Survey (2005) ranked the quality of the school’s research as the 5th highest amongst UK business schools and 8th in Europe. Specialist areas of activity include: Accounting and Finance; Economics; International Business; Management; Marketing and Work and Employment Relations.

    The school has many valuable links with business and commerce. Directors and senior managers from leading organisations advise the school, and provide placements and projects for students on our programmes. Recent participants have included Barclays Bank, British Aerospace, British Telecom, Eurotunnel, GE Capital Bank, The National Health Service Executive, PowerGen, SAP, Unisys and Wang Global. At the same time, staff have been consultants to more than 80 companies, and income from research contracts has topped £2.8 million in the last five years.

    All our programmes take an international perspective and, as a result, students worldwide come to study at Leeds. We think you'll enjoy the international mix - it's a great chance to network and to make lasting international friendships.

    What you study

    Designed for students who have prior knowledge of economics, this programme provides depth and understanding of modern economic analysis.

    Compulsory modules (60 credits)

    Semester 1

    Macroeconomics (15 credits)
    Quantitative Research Methods (15 credits)
    Microeconomics (15 credits)

    Semester 2

    Applied Econometrics (15 credits)


    30 credits by selecting either Stream 1, 2, 3, or 4

    Stream 1

    Economic Development 1 (15 credits)
    Macroeconomics of Development (15 credits)

    Stream 2

    Financial Economics (15 credits)
    International Business Finance (15 credits)

    Stream 3

    Economics of Globalisation & International Economy (15 credits)
    Comparative Economics (15 credits)

    Stream 4

    Principles of Transport Economics (15 credits)
    Economics of Transport Regulation (15 credits)


    45 credits to be selected from the following

    *Economic Development 1 (15 credits)
    *Economics of Globalisation & International Economy (15 credits)
    *Comparative Economics (15 credits)
    *Financial Economics (15 credits)
    *Principles of Transport Economics (15 credits)
    Welfare Economics and Cost Benefit Analysis (15 credits)

    *These modules may only be selected if not selected as a Stream module.


    Dissertation (45 credits)

    Total 180 credits

    A description of the course can also be found on the department's website.

    How you study
    On the MA Economics students experience a variety of teaching methods - taught lectures and classes, workshops, computer based teaching, case studies, group work and elements of self study.

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