Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

Studying Economics at Royal Holloway means that you will learn from internationally renowned experts at one of the UK’s top ten teaching and research centres. This programme provides you with an opportunity to study a portfolio of courses in the first year designed to bring you up to the entry standard for the Masters degree; ideal if you have graduated from disciplines other than Economics or if you have some background in Economics and wish to deepen your understanding of the discipline. You will receive rigorous training in the analysis of economics and graduate with the tools of the professional economist so that you are ready for your chosen career path, whether in government, the private and financial services sectors or further research in economics.

In the first year you will study undergraduate level courses and in the second year, subject to progression, you will progress to the 1'year long Masters in Economics. Throughout your studies you will gain a strong grounding in core areas of economics and have the flexibility to specialise in areas such as public economics, labour economics or theoretical economics. On graduation you will have the ability to solve theoretical and/or applied problems in economic policy, critically evaluate current research, develop simplifying frameworks for studying the real world and to be able to appreciate what would be an appropriate level of abstraction for a range of economic issues.

Our balanced approach to research and teaching guarantees high quality teaching from subject leaders, cutting edge materials and intellectually challenging debates. Our courses follow a coherent and developmental structure which we combine with an effective and flexible approach to study.

+ Excellent career prospects; economics has an impressive employment record and graduates’ starting salaries are amongst the highest in the country.

+ Small and select group with individual support; being part of a small group of around 10 students means you’ll feel part of a team and have close contact with the academic staff, you’ll also receive the individual support from the course director.

+ Quality research and teaching;one of only economics departments in the country placed in the top ten for both research and student satisfaction (Research Assessment Exercise, 2014 and National Student Survey 2015).

+ One of the few Departments in the UK to have an in'house economics experiments laboratory, used by staff and students.

Course Modules

Microeconomics (first year), Macroeconomics (first year), Quantitative Methods of Economics II (first year), Microeconomic, Macroeconomics, Econometrics, Mathematical Methods, Pre'sessional Quantitative Methods Course (September) and Dissertation. A range of optional modules are available.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MSc £6,935 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MSc £11,670 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2.1) or equivalent in non-Economics related subjects. Applicants must have taken a year long module in Mathematics or Statistics and achieve a minimum of a 2.2 in this module.
  • Applicants with a good Second Class Honours degree (2.2), or equivalent, will be considered on an individual basis
  • English language requirements:
  • IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in all subscores. If you require Royal Holloway to sponsor your study in the UK, your IELTS must be a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).
  • This is a full-time graduate conversion course for students who have a background in an area other than Economics.
  • Students from overseas should visit the International pages for information on the entry requirements from their country and further information on English language requirements. Royal Holloway offers a Pre-Master’s Diploma for International Students and English language pre-sessional courses, allowing students the opportunity to develop their study skills and English language before starting their postgraduate degree.