Postgraduate MSc

Economics and Data Science

Take your degree a step further with this flexible and valuable MSc. Open doors to careers in international organisations, the financial sector and overseas governments.

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Studying Economics at postgraduate level gives you the opportunity to advance your knowledge of core macroeconomics and microeconomic theory, alongside econometrics methods and financial econometrics. Learn the theoretical concepts and analytical techniques that will contribute to your understanding of complex contemporary problems. With opportunities to specialise in areas such as labour economics and money and credit.

This course is studied over two years full-time and is co-delivered with Aix Marseille University, leading to a double degree awarded jointly bu the two institutions. You receive high-quality training with real-world applications, and have opportunity to pursue an internship in France, building industry connections.

Be part of a university that has a strong research culture and an international reputation for applied microeconomics, quantitative macroeconomics theory and economic development.

Reasons to study Economics and Data Science at Kent

  • you'll study among our economics community, with excellent facilities, ideal for teaching analytic tools.
  • you’ll have access to the excellent research facilities in The Templeman Library
  • you’ll be part of one of a few courses in the UK to offer specialist training in advanced econometric methods and their application
  • you’ll develop your ability to apply economic knowledge, analytical tools and skills to a range of national and international problems in the areas of finance, development, agriculture and the environment
  • you'll learn from inspiring lecturers who advise UK, European and international organisations

What you'll learn

Build on your existing knowledge, abilities and skills by developing a deeper understanding of economic theory, econometric and quantitative techniques and policy applications, whilst choosing modules and areas of interest to specialise in. You’ll develop the skills necessary for independent research and application to real world problems.

You spend your second year at Aix Marseille University where you take courses related to Data Science. These include ‘Machine Learning’, ‘Programming for Big Data’ and ‘Duration and Transition Models’ which are all necessary to meet the growing demand for more specialist needs, such as programming for economic and financial applications and quantitative techniques needed to analyse, in-depth, economic, and financial data.

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About the School of Economics

The School of Economics is dedicated to excellence in both teaching and research, as demonstrated by our results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 and recent national student surveys. Our academic staff are active in research, and teaching and learning are informed by the School’s thriving research culture and strong cosmopolitan academic community.

We currently have 35 academic staff, with about 35-40 MSc and PhD students, which has the benefit of a good community for interaction between students but also means that each student receives a good deal of individual attention in classes and workshops. It also means that we are able to offer excellent facilities for research.

Our postgraduate student community is global with many of the students originating from outside the UK and Europe. There are also a number of different nationalities represented within the academic staff. You will be able to integrate into this multicultural environment and build yourself an international professional network for the future.

Your future

A postgraduate degree in the area of economics is a particularly valuable and flexible qualification that can open the door to exciting careers in many professions. Our graduates have gone on to work as economists in international organisations, the financial sector, business, UK and overseas governments, and to further postgraduate training and academic careers at Kent, UK and overseas universities. Recent MSc graduates have gone on to work for companies in the UK such as BNP Paribas, AXA, FactSet and PwC.

The School's employability officers and the University's Careers and Employability Service are available throughout the year to offer one-to-one advice and help on all aspects of employability at any stage in your postgraduate studies. We also offer online advice on employability skills, career choices, applications and interview skills.

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Whether you want to get ahead in your current career, change lanes, or kickstart a new one – we are here to help you realise your ambition.

Fees and funding

For the first year of the course you will be charged the tuition fee for Msc Economics by the University of Kent.

For the second year you will be charged the current fee charged by the Aix Marseille University.  For more information, contact the School of Economics.

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

General additional costs

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Learn more about the application process or begin your application by clicking on a link below.

You will be able to choose your preferred year of entry once you have started your application. You can also save and return to your application at any time.

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Kent has risen 11 places in THE’s REF 2021 ranking, confirming us as a leading research university.


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