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MA Economics with Public Policy



What will I learn?

Are you fascinated by both economic and political processes behind public policy decision-making? Do you wish to develop a critical understanding of government processes and their results? Would you like to combine your interests in economics and politics?

In our MA Economics with Public Policy, you’ll build an in-depth understanding of the key areas of economics and all aspects of public policy through studying topics such as: the foundations of public policy, microeconomics and econometrics methods and evaluating public policy. You’ll also have the option to explore topics in public policy related to core economics issues, such as policy surrounding financial markets.

Through studying MA Economics and Public Policy, you’ll be equipped with an indispensable skillset in critical thinking, communication and argument development and analytics, which are highly sought after by employers today.

Your future

After completing your masters, you may wish to extend your knowledge with a research degree – many Essex graduates decide to stay here for further study.

Alternatively, our MA Economics with Public Policy will help you develop key employability skills which will make you attractive within both public and private sector roles, including analytical awareness, critical thinking, research and communication skills.

Our recent Master’s level Economics graduates have gone on to work for a range of high-profile organisations like the Bank of England and the International Monetary Fund.

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£21,350.00 (US$ 26,027) per year
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

5 October 2023


Colchester Campus

University of Essex,

Wivenhoe Park,



CO4 3SQ, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students should have IELTS 7.0 overall with minimum component scores: Listening: 5.5 Reading: 5.5 Writing: 5.5 Speaking: 5.5. TOEFL 100 overall with minimum component scores: Listening: 17 Reading: 18 Writing: 17 Speaking: 20.

For international students

You need a 2.2 degree in any discipline with some evidence of quantitative ability. You need an IELTS overall score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in all components, TOEFL IBT 76 overall with minimum component scores listening 17, reading 18, writing 17, and speaking 20.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Essex

At Essex, students learn to think differently, find new ways of doing things and adopt new techniques for solving problems.

  • World-leading academics in a research-intensive environment
  • Foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees
  • Flexible course structure, students study what matters to them
  • Internationally diverse university

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