MSc Economics and Public Policy

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

This MSc is an intensive one-year programme for students wishing to pursue careers as economists in the public sector or as academic researchers in the field of public sector economics.

The programme builds on substantial research strengths within the School of Economics, Finance and Management. The School houses the Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO), a research centre focusing on the economics of the public sector. Members of the CMPO are regularly employed as advisers to the Government.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees



Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Core units

  • Applied Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Applied Public Policy Analysis
  • Public Organisation

Optional units

You can take two optional units. These may vary from year to year but currently include:

  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Microeconometrics
  • Time-Series Econometrics
  • Topics in Development Economics

Unit availability is subject to staffing and timetable constraints. Please note: the number of available places on some units may be capped.


The MSc is completed with a research-based dissertation of up to 15,000 words. You determine your own research topic and employ techniques learned during the programme. The dissertation is written under the supervision of experienced research academics in the School.

Entry requirements

A first or good upper second-class honours degree in Economics (or equivalent).

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


Graduates will be able to pursue careers as economists in the public sector or as academic researchers in the field of public sector economics.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

  • 44% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 44% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 12% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Graduate Studies Admissions Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1519 Email:

Graduate Studies Office
School of Economics, Finance and Management
8 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TN


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