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Economics at The University of Warwick: A great place to live, learn and prepare for a career

From the World Bank to 10 Downing Street, there is a strong, constant demand for highly skilled economics graduates. Be it in the public, private or international sector, their advanced skills in handling data, mathematical and statistical analysis, computing, communication and solving problems make them key assets, regardless of the industry they work in. This is precisely why students like Mark Kinuthia chose to pursue MSc in Economics at The University of Warwick.

“In the future, I hope to work in economic policy decision-making as well as research initiatives that contribute to sustainable development. I hope to achieve this through working either in the public or private sector, possibly with organisations such as the UN,” he says.

Mark believes the MSc has prepared him well, as coursework is diverse and career support covers advice and guidance, networking events, mock interviews, and even CV preparation. “The programme has enabled me to work towards my career goals by providing optional modules aligned with my interests, including development and environmental sustainability,” he says.

The Department of Economics at Warwick ranks highly in global & UK league tables. The department is ranked #22 globally in the QS World University Rankings 2023 for Economics and Econometrics and #4 in the Complete University Guide 2024. It is also ranked #1 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024 for the second year running.

“I am delighted to hear we have retained the top position in this popular league table”, says Professor Ben Lockwood, Head of the Department of Economics. “This external recognition highlights the department’s success in producing world-class academic research and giving students an excellent learning experience. It also reflects the hard work and commitment of our staff and students in all areas of our work.”

Our MSc students can expect to have an excellent learning experience including a range of opportunities to conduct research with the guidance of world-leading experts. We offer advanced teaching in the core areas of macroeconomic and microeconomic theory, econometrics and research methods, alongside a wide portfolio of optional modules. Source: University of Warwick

One of these core modules covers not only fundamental concepts in mathematics and statistics as well as empirical quantitative analysis but also how to apply them with confidence and authority.  Quantitative Methods covers not only the fundamental concepts in mathematics and statistics but also teaches students how to apply them with confidence and authority. Module leader, Professor Manuel Bagues, says ‘We’re always using state-of-the-art methods and the most recent developments. Things we thought were valid 10 years ago must be done differently now.’

“These skills are in high demand now, and we observe them being implemented across many different industries,” says Dr Canen. “Students will not only have analysis capabilities, but also the coding, the implementation, and critical thinking to implement them to practical applications throughout their career.”

Student Milan Makany appreciates the fact that he can tailor his degree to his aspirations. “The degree offers an option to choose a research-oriented, more technical track or an industry-oriented, more applied track,” Milan says. “There is an extensive list of optional modules allowing us to either specialise in a given field or explore a wider range of topics in Economics.”

Another module, Applications of Data Science, is led by Dr Nathan Canen covering three key concepts: coding, new statistical methods for large data sets and how to utilise these methods in various applications from academia to industry and policy making.

Milan is just one of many students of Warwick Economics who enjoy the intellectual challenge our research-led teaching offers, particularly the unique ways our researchers bring each module to life. “I came to Warwick for my undergraduate degree in Economics more than three years ago. I enjoyed my experience so much at the university, that I could not resist staying on for another year to do an MSc,” he says.

Many Warwick Economics students, like Mark and Milan, value the support and guidance they receive for career planning: “I have received excellent guidance from my tutor in applying to PhD programmes,” Milan says. “I also got the opportunity to gain experience in research while being a student at the department as a research assistant.”

One of the top reasons why students choose Warwick is also the fact that it offers a welcoming, safe and vibrant campus living. Located in the heart of England, five kilometres from the centre of Coventry and on the border with Warwickshire, the university has a tranquil atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of a city. It’s a self-contained community with a grocery store, state-of-the-art sports and wellness hub along with cafes and restaurants with great food. Harshita Goel, studying MSc Economics, describes the campus as “rejuvenating and relaxing”.

“I’m staying on campus at Lakeside Residences. One of the best things about Lakeside is that it’s next to the beautiful lake, so when you walk around, you can actually see geese and ducks,” she says. “It’s just a 10-minute walk to the academic buildings and five minutes away from the sports and wellness centre.”

Completing a Master’s in Economics offers an intellectual challenge and an exciting student life on a vibrant campus. It can open up a wide range of career opportunities for you, especially if you’re thinking of becoming a professional economist or analyst. So, if you’re looking for advanced teaching in the core areas of economics discipline with unique opportunities to learn from world-class researchers and explore different specialist areas such as International Financial Economics or Behavioural and Economic Science, please visit our MSc Admissions page and apply now. And if you don’t have a degree in economics, find out if our Diploma plus MSc could be an option for you. By choosing to study with us, you will make a significant step on your life journey.

Interested in checking out what the Department of Economics at Warwick has to offer? Check out their admissions page here.

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