The MSc Competition Economics and Policy is a research-training course, where you will combine specialist components of theoretical, empirical and policy analysis in the study of industrial organisation.
This degree is part of our Academic and Professional Programme – designed for people who want to pursue careers as professional economists within government and industry or move into PhD study.
It’s ideal for you if you’ve already studied economics and are looking for intensive research-led training in advanced economic theory, econometrics and research methods, with a specialism in industrial organisation. You should have a good undergraduate degree (equivalent to a 2:1 or a 1st) with a substantial component of economics, or a graduate diploma in economics.
Applicants should normally have a good first degree from a recognised higher education institution. The University will also take into account the employment experience of applicants where relevant.
It is normal for undergraduate students to apply for entry to postgraduate programmes in their final year of study. Applicants who have not yet been awarded a degree may be offered a place conditional on them attaining a particular class of degree.
Students for whom English is a Foreign language
We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:
IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)
Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.
Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university.
The MSc Competition Economics and Policy is a one-year course. In each semester you will take three modules, followed by writing your dissertation in the period between June and August.
In your autumn semester you will take Economic Theory I, Econometric Theory, and Industrial Organisation and Competition Economics. In spring you will take Economic Theory II, Applied Econometrics, and Empirical Industrial Organisation and Competition Policy.
Although you will write your dissertation between June and August, you will begin your dissertation module with a sequence of dissertation training lectures and workshops in spring. Here you will discover how to choose a topic, how to access data and search literature and how to analyse quantitative data.
You will be able to take advantage of further dissertation training workshops in late June and early July. These will be held in computer labs, with the objective of providing the types of econometric skills often required in dissertation research.
Economic advisers for government departments (eg CMA or BEIS)
Consultants in private sector
Competition economics consultancy work
International bodies (eg OECD and EC)
Academia (after PhD study)
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