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MSc Economics and Philosophy

About the MSc programme

Taught jointly by the Department of Economics and the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, the MSc Economics and Philosophy offers a unique combination of rigorous training in economics together with the opportunity to engage with moral, methodological and foundational questions. 

This thoroughly interdisciplinary programme encourages students to engage constructively with key economic and political issues, whilst allowing them to explore and question their conceptual and theoretical foundations.

Questions typically addressed include: What are the moral advantages and disadvantages of market institutions? Can we make interpersonal comparisons of well-being, and if so, how? How do models of economic phenomena relate to the actual social world? What are the assumptions underlying the rational choice model in economics? Can they be normatively justified? Are they descriptively accurate?

Students on this degree have access to the wealth of resources available in both the Economics and the Philosophy departments, including research seminars and colloquia on topics in economics, rational and social choice, scientific evidence and policy-making. 

Programme details

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Economics and Philosophy in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Graduate destinations

The degree offers a good preparation for doctoral research in both economics and philosophy. It also prepares students for careers in financial institutions, and intergovernmental, governmental, and non-governmental organisations, and for employment in such fields as financial and economic journalism and consulting.

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Application code: L1I1 (check availability)

Start date: Introductory Course in Mathematics and Statistics begins in August 2017

Duration: 13 months full-time, 25 months part-time

Minimum entry requirement: First class honours degree or equivalent with concentration on economics and quantitative subjects (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement:  All graduates of non UK institutions must submit a GRE score

Fee level: £20,112

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Financial support)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions

Note: If your first language is not English, you must submit a writing sample of 5-10 typewritten pages

Intake/applications in 2016:  7/111


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