Understand the forces shaping our world today


The Department of Economics at Reading offers a range of postgraduate programmes reflecting the changing global economic environment and examines the links between changes at national and international level.

Why choose the University of Reading?

The modules we teach you are informed by our research, ensuring that what you learn is topical, relevant and has practical implications. 100% of both our research impact and research environment has been judged to be world leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework, 2014).

Our academics teach
across the various fields of economics, including labour economics, behavioural economics, development economics, business economics and finance, econometrics, macroeconomics and sports economics. A number of our academics are actively involved in research that informs the policy decisions of governments, major multinational organisations and international agencies like the UN.


Students can apply for a partial scholarship.

Our master's  programmes

MSc Business Economics: Examine up-to-date analyses of business economics, at both firm and industry level. Study topics such as microeconomics, corporate strategy, business economics, the economics of development, the economics of financial markets, and the economics of public policy.

MSc Economics:
Equip yourself with the fundamental tools needed to assess a range of theoretical, empirical or policy-related economic issues. Study topics such as economics of development, economics of financial markets, advanced macroeconomics and finance, and the economics of public policy.

MSc Economics and Finance:
Prepare for a career as an economist in fields such as the investment banking industry, international or government organisations. Study topics such as microeconomic policy, financial econometrics, corporate finance, and international macroeconomics. The modules you select are offered by the Department of Economics and the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) Centre.

MA by Research Economic History:
Learn how to apply rigorous analysis to examine our understanding of the past, and compare economic growth and living standards across space and time using quantitative and qualitative approaches to historical data.

MA Public Policy:
Offered jointly by the Department of Economics and the Department of Politics and International Relations, our interdisciplinary degree uses insights from both areas to develop your policymaking skills. Study a specialist pathway – such as welfare policy, sustainable environments, international development or global governance.

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